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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

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

Interesting history of the house and some rooms well presented, but some a bit sparse. Cafe and... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Really nice example of Arts and Crafts period.

This house is a very pleasing way of spending a few hours browsing around the rooms and gardens... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
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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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Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

Interesting history of the house and some rooms well presented, but some a bit sparse. Cafe and shop also worth a visit

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Reviewed 27 April 2016

This house is a very pleasing way of spending a few hours browsing around the rooms and gardens. The architecture was very interesting and the exhibits of items from the period was fascinating. Would recommend a visit.

Thank 777lady
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Came upon this place by chance while out walking. What absolutely glorious views of Windermere! We stood in the car park for 15 minutes just taking it in and taking photos. The tea room was lovely and our table looked straight out to Windermere. Very...More

Thank BurtonTrekkie
Reviewed 22 April 2016

One of the jewels of the Lakes, this Arts and Crafts house built for a Manchester brewer rewards the visitor with outstanding views, a wonderful house and great exhibitions.

Thank WeaverTom
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Blackwell is a remarkable house with a stunning views of Lake Wimdemere. It gives a fascinating insight into the Arts and Crafts movement and is truly beautiful. In the grounds and small formal gardens you'll find some amazing sculptures. It seems to be one of...More

Thank Ivan G
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We read about Blackwells and were not disappointed. The architecture of the building was stunning, timeless and the arts were fabulous.

Thank LikeTraveler
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We'd been before but you forget so much about the things that make this such a great house. The sheer impact of the 'medieval' great hall for example and the attention to detail in every carving, every juxtaposition. This timing we were particularly impressed by...More

Thank MaryYG
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Been meaning to go here for so long, it was absolutely beautiful, stunning sunshine helped too. Beautifully designed house, if only we could live like this now! I loved the sculptures on display by Laura Forde, but I did over hear a few other visitors...More

Thank TriciaG18
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We came upon this by chance on a beautiful morning. What a setting and the interior is lovely. Well worth a visit.

Thank 454Simon
Reviewed 19 April 2016

This arts & crafts house sits on the hillside overlooking Windermere. On the date we visited there was a 'different' exhibition of sculptures and figures which were quite spooky/disturbing; I'm not sure they added to the visit or distracted us from the house itself though!...More

Thank Bob T
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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.