The Architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens and the Arts & Crafts Movement and with Gardens by Gertrude Jekyll

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869–1944) is considered one of England’s greatest and most prolific architects with more than 600 commissions in Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, India and the United States. Beginning at the age of nineteen with little formal education or architectural training, his career lasted more than half a century, from the time of Queen Victoria to World War II. Lutyens is an icon with American architects and designers, especially as the architect of fabulous country houses, for their originality and durability of style. His solid reputation is based upon his masterful synthesis of vernacular forms and brilliant, inventive use of Classicism.

Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a British horticulturist, garden designer, craftswoman, photographer, writer and artist. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1000 articles for magazines such as Country Life and William Robinson's The Garden.

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exclusive seven-day tour, led renowned architect, Ankie Barnes, with access to country residences and other sites designed by Lutyens and his contemporaries in southeastern counties of Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent in England, including some normally not open to the public.

ANKIE BARNES is a Washington, D.C. based architect, member of the Lutyens Trust America Advisory Board of Directors, and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Barnes also serves on the board of several other charitable and educational organizations including the Design Leadership Network (DLN), the Design Leadership Foundation (DLF), and is a co- founder of the Whisky Watercolor Club. Ankie is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, and received his education at the University of Witwatersrand and his master's degree in architecture from Yale University. He has been named a member of the AIA College of Fellows for his contributions to the profession. He founded the firm of BarnesVanze Architects with Stephen Vanze in 1989.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note, that you must contact Classical Excursions’ Director, Lani Summerville to formally register for this program. Upon completing a registration form, submitting a deposit to Classical Excursions, and receiving a confirmation from Classical Excursions you will be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $600 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. Again, to inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728.


Single Occupancy: $7,750
Double Occupancy: $6,350

A fully tax-deductible donation of $600 per person is required to participate in this travel program. Please note that this donation is non-refundable except in the case that this travel program is cancelled by the organization. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

The tour begins, departing from London to the south, with a visit to Runnymede to see the pavilions designed by Lutyens in 1930. This is a memorial to Urban Hanlan Broughton consisting of the kiosks and piers at the Egham end with lodges and piers at the Windsor end. The latter are identical buildings mirrored either side of the A308 entering Runnymede from Old Windsor. The pavilions are known as The Fairhaven Lodges after Lady Fairhaven who donated 188 acres of surrounding land to the National Trust in 1929 and commissioned Lutyens who often stated "There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.”

The group will visit The Cedar House, a small scale Lutyens designed house completed in 1935 in Chobham, near Woking.

Participants will enjoy a tour of one of the best known of the Lutyens houses, Goddards,in Abinger Common, Surrey. Lutyens designed the house 1898-1900 in the Arts and Craft movement style. The west facing courtyard garden was designed by Gertrude Jekyll. The house is built around three sides of a courtyard, with splayed wings, likened to a "butterfly", oriented towards the late-afternoon and evening sun.

The tour features a visit to Munstead Wood, Godalming, Surrey. The Arts and Crafts style house, designed by completed in 1897 for Gerturde Jekyll. Munstead Wood was the first in a series of influential collaborations between Lutyens and Jekyll in house and garden design. The house was built in a U-shape around a courtyard open on its north side. The west wing contained Jekyll's workshops, and to the east lay a service wing. The house was built of local Bargate stone, lined inside with brick. The casement windows were set flush with the outside walls to maximize the internal windowsills. Oak timbers were extensively used and obtained from locally.

The program features a tour of Great Dixter, built in 1910-12 by Lutyens. Lutyens combined an existing mid-15th century house on the site with a similar structure brought from Benenden, Kent, together with his own additions.

Travellers will visit the 16th century house Losely Park. Though not a Lutyens house, the house was built between 1562 and 1568 with stone brought from the ruins of Waverley Abbey. It is a unique house in that many of the interiors are intact from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The walled garden, based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll, contains a series of "rooms" with different themes running through them.

The tour features a visit to Standen House, a creative Arts and Crafts masterpiece designed by architect Philip Webb, taking inspiration from the local Sussex vernacular, and furnished by William Morris/Morris & Co. The house was constructed between 1891 and 1894.

The garden covers 12 acres and the resulting Arts and Crafts garden used local materials for its formal elements, and loose plantings amongst yew hedges, trellis and pergolas.

The group will tour Little Thakeham, designed in 1902 by Lutyens in the Arts and Crafts style. Little Thakeham was one on his first to mix neoclassical into his previous vernacular style. Completed in 1903, the 12,480 square foot house is considered one of Lutyens' best private houses. Laid out in an H-shape using locally mined coarse-stone, the exterior has weathered quickly to give the house a 16th-century, Cotswolds manor look. It consists of two stories plus an attic, with two wings.

What’s included

  • One-night stay at the Ned Hotel in London, deisgned by Lutyens in 1924 for Midland Bank as their headquarters.
  • Three-night stay at Pennyhill Park, a 19th century manor house set on 120 acres of parkland, now a five-star hotel, located in Bagshot.
  • Two-night stay at the Gallivant Hotel, in Camber, by Rye. The Gallivant is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is located across the road from the Sand Dunes leading to Camber Sands beach on the English Channel.
  • A visit to Runnymede to see the pavilions designed by Lutyens in 1930.
  • A tour of Cedar House, a small scale Lutyens designed house, completed in 1935 in Chobham, near Woking.
  • A special visit to one of the best known Lutyens house, Goddards, in Abinger Common, Surrey, designed in 1898-1900 in the Arts and Crafts movement style.
  • A tour of Munstead Wood in Godalming, Surrey. The Arts and Crafts style house, designed by Lutyens, was completed in 1897 for Gertrude Jekyll.
  • A tour of the house, Great Dixter in Rye, East Sussex. The house was built by Lutyens in 1910-12.
  • A visit to the 16th century house, Loseley Park, Guilford, Surrey. The property features interiors preserved from the 16th and 17th centuries, and a walled garden, based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll.
  • A tour of Standen House and its gardens, in Grinstead, West Sussex. The house is designed by architect Philip Webb between 1891-1894, and furnished by William Morris/Morris & Co.
  • A visit to the Pulborough, West Sussex house, Little Thakeham, designed by Lutyens in 1902 and completed in 1903. It was one of his first homes for mix neoclassical into his previous vernacular style.
  • More houses designed by Lutyens and in the Arts & Crafts style to be announced!
  • Special Note: The Lutyens Trust is hosting a conference in Cambridge England, from November 15 to 17, 2024. Please contact the Lutyens Trust or the Lutyens Trust for America for more details.

Goddards (Image: Wikimedia/Suspensa Vix)

Great Dixter (Image: Wikimedia/Oast House Archive)

Losley Pary (Image: Wikimedia/David H-C)

Standen House (Image: Wikimedia/Martyn Davies)

Little Thakeham (Image: Wikimedia/Stefan Czapski)


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