Arts & Crafts tours for se­ri­ous stu­dents of the Move­ment.

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TALKABOUT PIL­GRIM­AGE! “I wanted to ex­am­ine the roots of the Move­ment where it be­gan, in Bri­tain,” says El­lis, who founded the com­pany in 1992. Since then, she’s planned both Bri­tish and Amer­i­can cus­tom tours, delv­ing into the Arts & Crafts Move­ment, its an­tecedents and its crafts.

El­lis pro­duced the 1981 ex­hi­bi­tion about Gus­tav Stick­ley and was among those who es­tab­lished the Crafts­man Farms Foun­da­tion at his New Jer­sey home. She’s pro­duced con­fer­ences for Ho­tel Pat­tee in Iowa, over­see­ing de­sign of its pe­riod rooms. But touring is the pas­sion she shares with clients ready to go past stan­dard tourist at­trac­tions. “A small-group tour is ideal for the in­ex­pe­ri­enced trav­eler, too,” El­lis says. “We get them out of Lon­don and into as­ton­ish­ing places to meet amaz­ing peo­ple.”

Or­ga­nized in con­cert with his­toric houses, art mu­se­ums, and preser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions, per­son­al­ized tours nor­mally are at­tended by just 12 peo­ple. A hand­ful of tours each year are pre­planned; oth­ers are spe­cially cre­ated for an individual or a group. Re­cently they’ve had an in-depth fo­cus: Bri­tish ce­ram­ics, say, or em­broi­dery and needle­work. Guides are art his­to­ri­ans, cu­ra­tors, univer­sity pro­fes­sors, and col­lec­tors. Ac­com­mo­da­tions bal­ance lux­ury and charm; be­sides small lux­ury coach, trains and pub­lic trans­porta­tion are used.

“I’m so proud we’ve in­tro­duced our clients not only to his­tory but also to con­tem­po­rary artists work­ing in the tra­di­tions at the heart of the move­ment,” Elaine says. art­sand­craft­s­tours.com a

ABOVE Tours are geared to the in­ter­ests of par­tic­i­pants. RIGHT Voy­sey at Black­well. BE­LOW Standen is a must; visit lesser-known houses, too. An up­com­ing trip be­gins in Lon­don and ends in the lovely Cotswolds.

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