Kelmscott Manor was the country home of the writer, designer and socialist William Morris from 1871 until his death in 1896. Here is an interesting and important collection of the possessions of Morris and his associates, including furniture, textiles, carpets and ceramics. Today the Manor is owned by the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Morris drew great inspiration from the unspoilt authenticity of the house's architecture and craftsmanship, and its organic relationship with its setting, especially its garden. The Manor is featured in Morris' work News from Nowhere. It also appears in the background of Water Willow, a portrait of his wife, Jane Morris, painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871.
Timings: Leave Leominster 9:00am., Hereford at 9:30am., Ross on Wye at 10:15am. With time for lunch with a stop along the way. Depart at 4:30pm and travel back to Ross at 6:00pm, Hereford at 6:30pm and then Leominster at 7:00pm.
Costs: Travel costs and guided tour of the house plus tea/coffee and biscuits before afternoon tour are £32.00 per person.