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Published July 5th 2012
You may never have heard of the name William Morris, but if you have enjoyed an arts and craft fair before or are a fan of hand made crafts then this is the man you have to thank. Back in the 1800's, he started the Arts and Crafts movement that fought back against machine produced arts and crafts by creating more aesthetically pleasing pieces by hand.
During this movement he also helped to design and built his own home, Red House. This is one of the finest examples of a house designed in the arts and crafts style and it takes its name from the red bricks used to give the home its unique exterior.
Morris aimed to create a " Palace of Art" in his home and over the years it has been restored to its original state. It was acquired by the National Trust in 2002 and they now provide the chance to have a guided or unguided tour around the home taking in the sights such as pieces of artwork and the stained glass windows.
Another attractive feature is the garden. Morris wanted this garden to be in the form of a series of "rooms", and the garden includes the herb garden, the vegetable garden and a garden full of a variety of flowers. These rooms almost lead on from the house, making it one big adventure.
The house also has a tearoom, so it makes the perfect afternoon out. It is a stunning place where you can enjoy the simple pleasure of simple art and have a cup of tea and piece of cake one you have had a stroll round the garden. The only thing that is advised is to go when it is sunny, but based on the weather so far this summer that may be a challenge!