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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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This is a beautiful house with lovely gardens and a wonderful tea room. The house is large enough... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer L
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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A stunning arts and crafts house in a beautiful setting. It is full of fantastic features, large... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
938fjg
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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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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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful house with lovely gardens and a wonderful tea room. The house is large enough for free movement around. Lots of information to help you with your visit. Very helpful staff and also good toilet facilities.More

Thank Jennifer L
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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit and we are really pleased that you enjoyed the house and its stunning location. The garden is beginning to come into its own and is a complete riot of colour and scent in summer -...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A stunning arts and crafts house in a beautiful setting. It is full of fantastic features, large and small and a great place to spend a couple of hours. We were there quite early so had the place mostly to ourselves. Enjoyed the opportunity to...More

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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and were able to enjoy the tranquility of the White Drawing Room. I will pass on your kind comments to the Tea Room team too. We hope that we can welcome...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is brilliant! Soooo much to drink in and enjoy! The rooms were all so unique and amazing, and the ceramic exhibition was great. Interactive stuff to do in a few rooms which even appealed to our 13 year old! A good 2 hours...More

Thank Alex B
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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write about your recent visit to Blackwell. It really is a special place isn't it and the perfect way to spend a drizzly spring day in the Lakes. So pleased that you bought a piece of Pat Armstrong's pottery...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have any interest in the arts and crafts movement then this is a must see property. Fantastic detail and sympathetic ongoing restoration. The talk in the main hall revealed some great detail about the architect and the property. Well worth catching.More

Thank Jonathan R
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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Blackwell. We are so pleased that you enjoyed it and were able to catch one of our talks whilst here. Hope you can visit again soon. We have a different talk on Fridays at 2pm, all about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small but excellent example of a well maintained historic building.It is probably one of the best Arts and Crafts houses that we have visited.It was quiet when we visited so we had the house practically to our selves.There are good information boards...More

Thank Nigel V
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Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review of your recent visit to Blackwell. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit - it is so special to be in the house when it is quiet. I will make sure your comments are passed on to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We like Arts & Crafts so when I found out this place was just down the road we had to go. It is just gorgeous. Thank goodness it’s been saved and restored. Not much else to say. As part of the entrance fee you get...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Blackwell. Our new augmented realities have proved incredibly popular and lots of people are enjoying being able to stop for a while to listen but you are right, the app works on face recognition,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of our favourite buildings anywhere on planet earth. Ok, so tastes differ, and someone who likes Rococo grandeur may well feel that this building is somewhat wanting, but for me, there is a perfect simplicity about this place which is hard to...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such an in depth and interesting review. You are right, Blackwell is an extraordinary place, which reveals different nuances each time someone visits. Every visitor's experience is different. I do hope that we can welcome you back...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whenever we are in the area we always Blackwell - it is simply stunning, a stylish house in a stunning position.

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

It is always nice to hear from visitors who have been before - each time people visit Blackwell, we often hear that they discovered something new. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Even as a lover of Regency I can appreciate this Arts and Craft gen has been restore dto to perfection, wonderful views and a good cafe as well.More

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

Thank you for your review. Blackwell took a long time to restore but we were very fortunate that most of the original detail was still intact after a life as a school and offices and we are really glad that you enjoyed your visit. I...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We went to visit the current ceramics exhibition of Katie Spragg but found a beautiful building furnished by the Arts and Craft Movement. A joy to visit and an unexpected treasure near Bowness

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

So lovely to hear reviews from visitors who haven't visited Blackwell before. This wonderful house has the ability to create a different experience for every person who visits. Hopefully you can visit 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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