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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Sublime arts and crafts house

This is a beautiful arts and crafts house. The white drawing room is breathtaking, alongside the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anne C
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An outstanding restoration & largely successful presentation

Blackwell was a school for a long time after it was a home and so what you see today is a tribute... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phileas_Flogg
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Enjoy a serene day out at the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District. When you visit you are invited to relax and immerse yourself in all the beauty and craftsmanship of Blackwell. We encourage you to sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks, which have fine examples of tiles by Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan. The inviting window seats offer stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery. You can appreciate the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas. Blackwell retains many of its original decorative features, including a rare hessian wall-hanging in the Dining Room, leaf-shaped door handles, curious window catches, spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling by Simpsons of Kendal. The rooms contain furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts and Crafts designers and studios.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“white room” (40 reviews)
“drawing room” (29 reviews)
“baillie scott” (28 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
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+44 15394 46139
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful arts and crafts house. The white drawing room is breathtaking, alongside the main reception room. There is also an intetesting ceramics exhibition, with pieces dotted around the house, as well as a designated display upstairs. Room details explain the arts and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Blackwell was a school for a long time after it was a home and so what you see today is a tribute to the meticulous care and enlightened decisions that have gone into its restoration. Where features survived, they have not been aggressively restored and...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review of Blackwell and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. I am also pleased to say that the new augmented reality tablets have proven to be incredibly successful with all of our visitors - they tell the story of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved our visit, this is a gem of a house, with almost all the original detailing intact. Add to that a very knowledgeable team at the front desk, an excellent cafe and stunning views over Windermere, plus a special, auspicious feel about the...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your great review and we are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Blackwell. It really is a special place and it sounds like you were able to enjoy the whole of the property. I will pass on your kind words...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this gem through the Art Fund book, although it is well signposted. What a fantastic house, designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie for the Holt Brewery family in 1900. Many original features still in tact. Lift available. Small tea room with outside seating on the...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It sounds like you had a wonderful time at Blackwell and it is great that you caught the tour. They are on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at 2:00pm and free with admission. Just to clarify that Art Fund entry is half price (not free I'm...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting house showing beautiful Arts and Crafts design. The information sheets provided in each room are just the right length to be informative but not too distracting. The staff were friendly and helpful and the exhibition space added an extra dimension. We had...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Lovely comments, thank you. We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back at Blackwell again soon. I will pass on your comments to our team.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Blackwell is one of the most beautiful, interesting building in the Lake District, and the coffee and cakes are wonderful - definitely a place to visit!

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit (including the coffee and home-baked cake!). The house is in one of the best and most tranquil positions overlooking Windermere, so we hope you managed to sit outside and enjoy it. Hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful home with extraordinary detail preserved in the woodwork , period arts and crafts furniture and decoration . The house layout and design is so original it doesn’t need much to come to life other than the simple explanations offered about history and the...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so pleased tat you enjoyed your visit to Blackwell and were able to appreciate the fine detail of the house and contents. It really is a special place and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly amazing place. full of light, intriguing furniture, wall hangings and features. Could have wandered around for hours . Amazing setting. Beautiful gardens. Lots to see. Cannot wait to revisit

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have long wanted to visit Blackwell as I am very interested in the Arts & Crafts movement. The house does not disappoint! The architect has done his job and then some; the dark oak panels of the hall lead you towards the brilliant white...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your lovely words. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit to Blackwell, that you finally got here and it was all you hoped it to be. The house was built to track the movement of light and the Holt family through the...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a wonderful house with fabulous views and it was well worth the entrance fee. I was absolutely delighted we decided to stop off here. Not only did it have wonderful craftsmanship it also had a lovely feel, I fell in love with it.

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are so pleased that you enjoyed this wonderful house. It is too easy to fall in love with! Hope to see you here again soon.

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Terry A
10 March 2017|
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Response from Lakeland-Arts | Property representative |
Hi Terry, Unfortunately we can only allow service dogs into Blackwell House and the garden, but dogs are welcome on the courtyard area by the main entrance where there is patio furniture for owners to sit with them if they... More
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Gordon D
25 June 2016|
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Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It is open every day except around Christmas, and is 10.30 to 5.0pm in the summer, 4.00pm winter. Shop and tea room are open too.
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