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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Stunning house

Lovely morning spent exploring this stunning arts and crafts house. Finished with a lovely lunch in... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2015
Overseas tourists

We brought Australian friends to visit Blackwell. They were quite overwhelmed. Such a lovely... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2015
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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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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

Lovely morning spent exploring this stunning arts and crafts house. Finished with a lovely lunch in the cafe and a browse around the gift shop. Well worth a visit

Thank Grandmastreasures
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We brought Australian friends to visit Blackwell. They were quite overwhelmed. Such a lovely interesting place. Friendly un pressured-we could have read the Sunday papers and no one would have minded. The small cafe is very good too. And the shop has good quality craft...More

Thank crowwwoman
Reviewed 19 November 2015

I love going to Blackwell. It is so peaceful and interesting. The history of the place is facinating--- the wooded panels having been coverd up in WW2. The views are amazing, a different angle on the fells. The shop has lovely gifts at a reasonable...More

Thank susieQ321_12
Reviewed 19 November 2015

Interesting way to spend some time. There is a cafe and a large car park. There is wheelchair access to the first two floors but not above, however, there is no charge for wheelchair users as a result. We all enjoyed our time here

Thank 18Karen
Reviewed 17 November 2015

I say "surprisingly" because I'm not normally that interested in visiting houses. This is a real exception. It was built as a real family house, has lovely rooms with really unusual designs and the central area draws its inspiration from a mediaeval hall - but...More

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

Being a lover of the arts and crafts period, I was extremely keen to visit Blackwell whilst staying in Windermere. It wasn't too rainy, so we decided to walk, which from The Old England hotel where we were staying, took about 30mins. It was well...More

Thank Essexhalebop
Reviewed 7 November 2015

As Arts and Crafts fans this was a pilgrimage to a masterpiece. The architect M H Baillie Scott, unfairly overshadowed by Rennie Mackintosh, exceeded our expectations, the man was a genius. Imagine the quintessential house in superb setting, an architectural gem. It takes you breath...More

Thank TMJ81
Reviewed 31 October 2015

This is a truly amazing house - everything you look at is beautiful especially the White room. There is always a good range of exhibitions to see as well

Thank Anna W
Reviewed 31 October 2015

A beautiful house in a lovely setting overlooking the lake. Great examples of Arts& Crafts architecture and furnishings. My husband was allowed to play the piano and I had the chance to do some printing. The display boards showed how the servants fared at the...More

Thank Tallis
Reviewed 26 October 2015

I love the arts and crafts period so I really looked forward to seeing Blackwell. It has lots of good reviews and I so wanted to love it. The handful of rooms that were open and still had their original features were beautiful. There were...More

Thank Lesley B
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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.