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Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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We stopped here as we were looking for something to break up our journey home from Scotland- we... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Gemma E
Wigan, United Kingdom
via mobile
Beautiful, Uplifting, Inspiring

I was transported to another world for 3 blissful hours this morning. A truly wonderful house... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
liz r
Sunderland, 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 & Crafts designers and studios - metalwork by WAS Benson, ceramics by Pilkingtons and Ruskin Pottery and furniture by Morris & Co., Stanley Webb Davies, Ernest Gimson and Baillie Scott himself. Visit one of our exhibitions, which for 2017 include: The Light Within (Griet Bayaert & Paul Miller) - 10th Feb - 18th June Summer of Swallows and Amazons - 29th June - 3rd September
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Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here as we were looking for something to break up our journey home from Scotland- we were very glad we did. The house itself is beautiful and inspirational. It is run efficiently and the rooms and items are clearly signed and well described....More

Thank Gemma E
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I was transported to another world for 3 blissful hours this morning. A truly wonderful house. Awesome. And the cafe was great too!

Thank liz r
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Beautifully located overlooking Windermere this is a delight for anyone who appreciates the quality represented by the architecture of the Arts and Crafts movement. This is a gorgeous place to spend a few hours. We particularly like sitting in the window seat of the white...More

Reviewed 8 August 2016

Fresh and spotlessly clean the cafe offers a restrictive but very pleasant light lunch menu, plus plump scones and tastie cakes. The open sandwiche with freshly made vegetable slaw was just the right size and the smoked chicken was fresh and flavoursome. Excellent green tea...More

Thank j4ewe
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Bailie-Scott's wonderful design is truly exemplified in this beautiful house. The quality of construction, the elegant, restrained grandeur, the attention to detail all bear witness to another age, when British craftsmanship was at its best and those who could afford it expected nothing less. The...More

1  Thank Howi58
Reviewed 8 August 2016

This is a beautiful Arts and Crafts House with permanent and temporary exhibitions. The rooms are welcoming and make you want to stay. The views over Windermere are stunning. To top it all off the food in the Tea room is mouth-watering!!

Thank Smackeral_time
Reviewed 7 August 2016

A combination of arts and crafts and contemporary pottery and sculpture. A fantastic but expensive gift shop and a cafe with fab food worth a visit just to go there for lunch.

Thank Briony B
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is a worthwhile place to visit. It's very interesting and educational. I was so inspired by the rooms and furnishing of the place.

Thank Autumnswallow
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is both interesting and pleasnt.I lerant something but on theother hand it was nicely spaced out and not overwheleming. The house lives up to the spirit of the arts and crafts movement - well designed.

Thank msrbcel
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I walked here from Bowness (uphill on a busy road, but doable). The setting is lovely and the sculptures in the garden (a temporary exhibition) were really striking. The house and minimalist furniture were just wonderful, especially if, like me, you're a fan of the...More

Thank bestcornishcat
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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
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.