The arts and crafts of a truly stylish break from Devon to Scotland

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Millennials love to think they've discovered everything, and even came up with a quirky term – Cottagecore – to describe an appreciation of the aesthetic beauty and romance of the countryside.

Fueled by the power of social media, the Cottagecore trend is currently sweeping the United States, but this idealization of style has existed in Britain for more than 150 years thanks to the Arts and Crafts movement. It was run by William Morris and his followers, who started out about the quality of design and the practice of traditional craftsmanship.

Hipsters for their time, every detail created importance; the Arts and Crafters wanted to design everything from door knobs to drawers, often with flowers and plants as inspiration. Rails against industrialization and mass-produced furniture, pioneers went to the Cotswolds and set up guilds to protect old trades. Morris & # 39; s Cotswolds House, the 16th-century Kelmscott Manor (sal.org.uk/kelmscott-manor), is currently closed for renovation, but there is still plenty for onlookers to see when & # 39; travel restrictions are lifted.

Winsford Cottage Hospital, Devon

Winsford Cottage Hospital, pictured, is located in the village of Beaworthy in Devon. It used to be a local hospital that treated World War I soldiers

Care for conservation The Landmark Trust has highlighted the Arts and Crafts trend with its new premises in the village of Beaworthy.

Built in 1900 and designed by the eminent Architect and Art Architect Charles Voysey, this was once a local hospital that treated & # 39; World War I soldiers who were wounded & # 39; e front.

Voysey made everything from motifs of hearts and trees to the windows and doors. He also designed the departments so that patients could look out onto the sunny, south-facing garden.

Everything is quietly updated now, with proper kitchens and tasteful bathrooms.

The property sleeps up to six people, and four-night stays cost from £ 503 (landmarktrust.org.uk).

Gravetye Manor, Sussex

One of & # 39; s bedrooms at Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead, which dates from & # 39; e 16th century. It was transformed into a 1958 hotel

One of & # 39; s bedrooms at Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead, which dates from & # 39; e 16th century. It was transformed into a 1958 hotel

Gravetye Manor is old – it dates back to the 16th century – and in 1885 it was purchased by William Robinson. Originally a boy of & # 39; a gardener, Robinson became one of & # 39; the most influential horticulturist of his era and Gravetye was his home until he died in 1935.

The country house, near East Grinstead, was transformed into a hotel in 1958, and today the rooms still adhere to Arts and Crafts principles: they are great, yet serene.

Guests can also sign up for daily guided tours through the meadows, kitchen and flower gardens.

Bed & breakfast deals cost from £ 295 per night (gravetyemanor.co.uk).

Perrycroft, Herefordshire

Perrycroft in Malvern, which was built by Charles Voysey in 1893. It has been refurbished for many modern conveniences

Perrycroft in Malvern, which was built by Charles Voysey in 1893. It has been refurbished for many modern conveniences

On a smaller scale, Perrycroft, near Malvern, was built in 1893 by Charles Voysey for John Wilson, an MP and industrialist. It is a private home, but it is open to the public between May and September. There are also three holiday cottages on the estate, including The Lodge, which was also built by Voysey.

Although The Lodge has been refurbished to contain a lot of modern comforts, much care has been taken to preserve Voysey's vision, thanks to whitewashed walls, green painted woodwork, red curtains, and antique furniture and furnishings.

The property has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six people. A four-night stay costs from £ 585 (perrycroftholidaycottages.co.uk/the-lodge).

Llangoed Hall, Wales

Llangoed Hall was originally an old mansion near Hay-on-Wye. It has an art collection that includes works by Augustus John and James McNeill Whistler

Llangoed Hall was originally an old mansion near Hay-on-Wye. It has an art collection that includes works by Augustus John and James McNeill Whistler

Llangoed Hall was originally an old manor house in & # 39; near Hay-on-Wye, and was rebuilt in 1912 into a mansion by Clough Williams-Ellis. He was fascinated by the idea of ​​village life and would later go on to build the Italian village of Portmeirion in Northern Wales.

In the 1980s, Bernard Ashley, husband of designer Laura Ashley, turned Llangoed Hall into a country house hotel, with kitchen gardens and an art collection that includes works by Augustus John and James McNeill Whistler.

The property has since changed ownership, but the ethos remains the same. Bed & Breakfast deals cost from £ 160 per night (llangoedhall.co.uk).

Standen House, West Sussex

Inside Standen House, which was built in 1891 by Philip Webb, an influential designer for Arts and Crafts

Inside Standen House, which was built in 1891 by Philip Webb, an influential designer for Arts and Crafts

Philip Webb was another influential designer for Arts and Crafts and in 1891 he built Standen House, near East Grinstead, for a gifted family.

Now owned by the National Trust, the place is an Arts and Crafts time capsule, with William Morris furniture and wallpaper, and you can still see the original electric light fixture. Guests staying in the Morris apartment of the property can explore the gardens after visitors are away for the day.

The one-bedroom apartment can accommodate up to four people and has an elegant sitting room and a bright and airy kitchen. A two-night stay costs from £ 494 (nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/the-morris-apartment-sussex).

Rodmarton House, Gloucestershire

This house was built by Ernest Barnsley, a follower of Morris, and is still owned by the family who commissioned it in 1909.

Rodmarton is full of treasures of the early 20th century, including furniture and pottery by Alfred and Louise Powell, wall hangings by Hilda Benjamin, lead and brass designed by Norman Jewson, and ironwork by Fred and Frank Baldwin and Alfred Bucknell.

Visitors can take tours of both home and garden, and craft events take place regularly (rodmarton-manor.co.uk).

Hidcote, Gloucestershire

The beautiful gardens at Hidcote in Chipping Campden, which are among the most charming in Britain

The beautiful gardens at Hidcote in Chipping Campden, which are among the most charming in Britain

The 17th-century building was purchased by Lawrence Johnston in 1907 and he soon used everything he had learned from books by pointers from Arts and Crafts.

Today, the gardens at Hidcote, in Chipping Campden, are one of & # 39; the most charming in Britain – a series of colorful and intricately designed & # 39; rooms & # 39; outside.

The site is now owned by the National Trust (nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote) and attracts 175,000 visitors per year. Also in Chipping Campden is Court Barn (courtbarn.org.uk), a museum that shows the period Arts and Crafts.

London

The William Morris Gallery, pictured, in Walthamstow, East London, contains the largest collection of his designs

The William Morris Gallery, pictured, in Walthamstow, East London, contains the largest collection of his designs

No matter how much the Arts and Crafters love the country, they couldn't escape London. The William Morris Gallery is housed in the tallest nursery of Morris in Walthamstow, East London, and has the largest collection of its designs (wmgallery.org.uk).

After their marriage, Morris and his wife Jane went to live at Red House in Bexleyheath, Kent.

Built in 1860 by Morris and Philip Webb, it's another jewel, with paintings and murals by Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Rossetti and a touch of utopianism – the room of the servants are unusually light and airy (nationaltrust.org.uk/ red-house).

Cotswolds

Martin Randall Travel has been running Arts and Crafts tours of the Cotswolds since 2016, offering guests a chance to visit museums, churches and private homes.

A four-night tour in September starts at £ 1,890pp including all transport and accommodation, and most food. The trip includes visits to an establishment of the world-famous Ashmolean Museum on Broadway, which includes a collection of popular British decorative arts, and the Museum and Art Gallery in Cheltenham, which is a nationally important Arts and Crafts collection (martinrandall.com/ arts-and-crafts-in – & # 39; e-cotswolds).

Meanwhile, Historic Homes also arranges tours in privately owned Arts and Crafts homes, including Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire (historichouses.org).

Scotland

Hill House in Helensburgh, near Loch Lomond. It was built by renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret

Hill House in Helensburgh, near Loch Lomond. It was built by renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret

Renowned architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret built Hill House in Helensburgh, near Loch Lomond, between 1902 and 1904 for publisher Walter Blackie.

The house is considered his household masterpiece – Mackintosh and his wife also built the furniture and even gave the owners instructions on what color flowers should be placed in phases.

However, the used materials did not withstand the test period, so the National Trust for Scotland embarked on a ten-year restoration project. A protective steel structure is built over the house so work can continue from the & # 39; elements (nts.org.uk/visit/places/the-hill-house).

TREASURE CONSIDERATIONS OF THE LAKES

Troutbeck Church in Cumbria, which has Arts and Crafts interiors

Troutbeck Church in Cumbria, which has Arts and Crafts interiors

Built largely as holiday homes for Manchester industrialists, they have nowhere in the UK a better collection of arts and crafts than the Lake District.

Even though many of them are still private homes, you can visit Blackwell (blackwell.org.uk). Overlooking Windermere, it was built in 1898 by Baillie Scott for a brewing magnate.

It is a treasure trove of Arts and Crafts, with peacock feathers, a warm white room and leaf-shaped door handles.

The garden is just as important, with a series of terraces that frame the water below. Blackwell's craft connections are kept current with a store that shows contemporary artists, especially ceramists.

There are also many churches in the area worth visiting – those in Staveley and Troutbeck have Arts and Crafts interiors, including stained glass windows by Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites.

Brantwood was the home of & # 39; art critic John Ruskin. Overlooking Coniston Water, it has eight gardens to explore plus a museum with its art and possessions.

If you want to soak up the view a little longer, you can stay here yourself. The lodge sleeps up to nine, while the Eyrie is a one-bedroom apartment overlooking the water. Two-night stays start at £ 247 (brantwood.org.uk).

Birkdale House in Bowness-on-Windermere shows its roots of Arts and Crafts with rooms and stained-glass windows, though the transformation of & # 39; basement in a cinema room may not fully fit & # 39; e views of Morris on modernity.

Three-night breaks at the property, which sleeps ten, start at £ 3,675 (birkdalewindermere.co.uk).

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