This is the only house that was commissioned, designed and lived in by the great William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement. Built in 1860, the house is an example of early ‘modern’ architecture, and was described as “the beautifullest place on earth” by the artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, whose paintings are on show inside the house. Despite the care Morris put into its construction he was only able to live in it for five years before financial reasons forced him to move, after which he vowed never to return in case the experience proved too traumatic. The house changed hands several times and remained a family home until the National Trust purchased the building in 2002. The Grade I listed building has been restored to its original appearance, with exposed brick fireplaces, wooden beams on the ceiling and an oak staircase. The gardens are also worthy of note, with horse chestnut, oak and fruit trees. There are daily guided tours each morning, however you can wander around on your own from 1.30 pm onwards. Refreshments are provided at the onsite café and there is a gift shop should you wish to purchase a souvenir.