Shrewd tenants: 10 great hotels and Arts and Crafts houses in Britain | Travel

Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire

With medieval origins and largely built in Tudor times, Owlpen Manor is deeply revered in arts and crafts circles. In the 1920s, architect Norman Jewson bought it and restored it alongside Ernest Gimson, a key arts and crafts figure, furniture maker and architect, using traditional methods and Morris-trained craftsmen. Still privately owned, Owlpen offers a collection of nine self-contained cottages for rent, which are all dog friendly, and an estate to explore with miles of wonderful woodland walks within easy reach. The house – still with its original furniture – is also open to groups.
Three nights from £312; owlpen.com

Broad Leys, Cumbria

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A masterpiece of Charles Voysey, one of the favorite architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, and originally created for the family of a Wakefield tycoon, Broad Leys is now home to the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club. However, during the week (and occasionally weekends), anyone can stay in this mansion with its elegant curved floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views over Windermere. The Lake District has some of Britain’s most famous Arts and Crafts architecture. Blackwell, one of the UK’s arts and crafts masterpieces and designed by Baillie Scott, is a 20-minute walk away, but there’s plenty to enjoy here.
Doubles from £135 including breakfast and temporary club membership; wmbrc.co.uk

Roman Camp Hotel, Stirlingshire

Roman Camp Hotel, Stirlingshire
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Benefiting from a romantic coating by the young architect Gerald Dunnage in the late 1890s, this mix of buildings and turrets is a fairytale gem of arts and crafts. There are lovely gardens leading down to the River Teith, a historic chapel and a lovely stone and timber garden room. This peaceful refuge from the modern world now has two restaurants, one with three rose windows and the other in the typical Arts et Métiers style, fashioned from the house’s original hut.
B&B doubles from £140; romancamphotel.co.uk

Standen House, West Sussex

Standen House, West Sussex
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In 1891 Philip Webb was asked to build a house for a wealthy Birmingham family; the result typified the Arts and Crafts ethos, from love of history to the integrity of simple design and the importance of setting. Now owned by the National Trust, with William Morris furniture and wallpaper alongside new electric lights, the Morris flat sleeps four and continues the Standen feel with its furnishings, small-paned windows and a sense of home. informality rather than grandeur.
From £536 for two nights; nationaltrust.org.uk

Beach house, Hampshire

Beach house, Hampshire
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Built in 1897 by Arnold Mitchell, this Grade II listed building near Lymington has 14 bedrooms, sunny seaside charm and Isle of Wight views. An idyllic spot a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s a year-round draw for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts with its Oscar Paterson wood-inspired stained glass windows and lights with William De Morgan tiles .
Double from £180, room only; beach housemilfordonsea.co.uk

Winsford Cottage Hospital, Devon

Winsford Cottage Hospital, Devon

Another masterpiece by Charles Voysey, who designed everything in this former hospital, from the verandas for patients to sit in the sun to the heart and tree designs on the windows and doors. Using its trademark white and green, the building has a graceful simplicity and is now owned by the Landmark Trust, who have converted it to accommodate up to six people.
Four nights from £734; landmarktrust.org.uk

Llangoed Hall, Brecon Beacons

Llangoed Hall, Brecon Beacons
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As well as creating Portmeirion, Clough Williams-Ellis rebuilt this mansion near Hay-on-Wye in 1912, mixing its Jacobean remains with Arts and Crafts galleries and staircases. In the 1980s, Bernard, husband of designer Laura Ashley, saved it. Today independently owned, it has an important art collection, as well as 23 rooms and a renowned restaurant.
Rooms with dinner and B&B from £360; llangoedhall.co.uk

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle
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Largely created by Norman Shaw in 1871 for a local arms manufacturer, this mansion showcases British art and craftsmanship at their most exuberant with its paneling, plasterwork, stone carvings and stained glass; a glorious historical mashup. Now a hotel in Newcastle’s most exclusive residential area, like all the main arts and crafts houses it is surrounded by a large garden.
B&B doubles from £125; jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

Broadway Russells, Worcestershire

Broadway Russells, Worcestershire
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In the early part of the 20th century, Broadway became the most important area for Arts and Crafts furniture making in the Cotswolds when Gordon Russell set up a design business there. Its former showroom is now a restaurant with rooms, blending the bones of the 16th century building with contemporary touches and original Russell furniture. It is close to some of the most important sites in the Cotswolds, including William Morris’ home at Kelmscott Manor and the Gordon Russell Museum on Broadway itself.
B&B doubles from £165; russellsofbroadway.co.uk

The Mackintosh Building, Perthshire

The Mackintosh Building, Perthshire
Photography: Jill Tate

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s most acclaimed Arts and Crafts architect, was commissioned by a local draper and ironmonger to build this house in the Highland village of Comrie in 1904, a time when he was doing some of his best work . Whitewashed and turreted, the apartment above the store was taken over by the Landmark Trust in the 1980s. Still with most Mackintosh design details intact, it sleeps four and has furniture from early 20th century British designers, including Heal’s and Baillie Scott.
Three nights from £431; landmarktrust.org.uk.