• Henley DFAS

Eltham Palace and the Red House (William Morris)

Eltham Palace
Wednesday 23 May (Booking 15 March)
A moated manor house and altered in the early 1300’s into Eltham Palace, it was fit to accommodate the entire Tudor Court and visited by generations of Kings and Queens. The Palace was bought by millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld to create a ‘Party House’. They built a 1930’s Art Deco Mansion using the latest design and technology and filled it with their extensive collection of art and furniture. The magnificent Great Hall was renovated and used for musical soirees. Don’t miss the basement to see how the Courtaulds survived the war. Tour the wonderful gardens and the old moat. 
The Red House is the only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement. It is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. 
Completed in 1860, the rooms give a unique view of Morris’s earliest design and decorative schemes. Its secrets are slowly being revealed as conservation work has recently uncovered an unknown Pre-Raphaelite wall painting and a very early Morris repeating floral pattern. The bold architecture and a garden designed to ‘clothe the house’ make it a fascinating place to visit.