great places to visit off the beaten path.
The only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. When it was completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as ‘the beautifullest place on earth’. Only recently acquired by the National Trust, the rooms at Red House give a unique view of William Morris’ earliest designs and decorative schemes. The original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, the bold architecture and a garden designed to ‘clothe the house’, add up to a fascinating and rewarding place to visit. Facilities include a shop, second hand bookshop and tea room. For more information go to the web site, including details on hours, and special events: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house/
Address: Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, London, DA6 8JF
Closest rail: Bexleyheath