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“Home and Garden of William Morris”
Review of Red House

Red House
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Bexleyheath
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

This visit was well worth while. The large rambling red brick house and English country garden of William Morris was brought to life by Ross our guide, who spent an hour telling us the history of the house. It was most interesting and different to the usual National Trust houses. On a sunny day the garden was a delight to sit in, and the cakes in the cafe received a 9.5 out of 10 by me and my friends.

1  Thank Lin O
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you are a fan of the great man and his still stylish patterns and renderings, then Red House is a must see. Given it was built in the late 1850s the shift in architectural style from what prevailed at the time is stunning. The house got knocked around after Morris left (he was only there for 5 years), most notably when it was taken over by the Govt around WW2. But restoration by the long time owner Ted ...... at the time and since by the National Trust has saved a real gem. Whilst a lot of the wall art has been painted over, sufficient has been conserved in order to appreciate what it must have been like at the time. Although many of the original furnishings are also gone, there is enough there to appreciate the essence of his style. There tours are informative if a bit perfunctory, but you do need to book as they are very popular. This red brick house is a true gem, and I am so greatful to all who have strived to save it. Use your Oyster Card on the train as it is much cheaper.

Thank Goldrichie
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

For anyone interested in the Pre-Raphaelite Artists this place fulfils a dream. William Morris is still an inspiring figure and his Red House reveals not only his character but that of Jane and the many others who gave so much artistry and imagination that is carried through to the present time.
For those not particularly interested in Morris and his crowd, the Red House is nevertheless a magical experience, to suddenly come across this superb architectural achievement, now nestling amongst present day roads and homes, it's setting is very different to the Heath land it was originally built upon. Red House has something to appeal to everyone.

Thank Gilly B
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

The history of William Morris was very interesting. We unfortunately could not get on a tour so had to read from the information in each room. Head phones would have been better but I guess it is costly to install. Very nice café and efficient and friendly waitress served us. Very pretty gardens and very lucky to miss the rain. Would like to go back and have a tour guide.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

An excellent tour guide explained that the work going on at The Red House is very much a work in progress with some hidden wall paintings only being revealed last summer! I am sure that there is enough here to satisfy those interested in the Arts and Crafts movement and William Morris etc as it stands but it will also be worth going back in a year or two to see what progress has been made.
We finished our visit by nipping over to Danson House and enjoying a cream tea as the Red House Cafe was closed on the day we visited - lovely day.

Thank Terry J
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