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Reviewed 4 June 2013

John Ruskin resided at Brantwood from 1872 until his death in 1900. Our first impressions on arrival at the property and parking the car were the huge and very impressive rhodedendrons in the lower garden. One of these specimens was the size of our detached house in North Wales.

Our first port of call inside the house was a video presentation of a documentary film about John Ruskin and Brantwood. This took place in the former kitcken of the house and the suject matter was clear and informative.

Brantwood as a house is a well presented unit and the inside tour almost takes the visitor into a time warp into the life and times of the influential John Ruskin. He is almost "personified" and the exhibits all relate and tell an interesting story.

The weather was wet and windy which limited our outside activities and the indication of length of visit of 3 hours + applies to good weather.

Brantwood is not really suitable for visitors who rely on wheelchairs. The place has stairs inside and it is ok to visit at quiet times for those not so good on their pins.

We complemented our visit to Brantwood by visiting the Ruskin Museum in Coniston village.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank ChasNorthWales
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Brantwood really blew me away, visited lots of NT places during the week( this is not NT, but we'll worth the £7.50 entrance fee).

John Ruskin was indeed lucky to live at Brantwood.

Great history, beautiful gardens, spectacular views, arrived by steam gondola yacht, jumping Jenny's restaurant, what's not to like.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank Bren181254
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Learning about John Ruskin was very interesting he's a figure I'd heard of but hadn't appreciated. The house is nice with good exhibitions and artefacts but a tad small. The gardens however are very nice. As some other reviews mention you can combine this with a trip on the Conniston steam powered gondola which we didn't do but would have been fun.

Only loses 1 star because of the limited area of the house available for viewing, otherwise excellent.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank bekosimes
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Do not go here if you are in a rush or indeed actually have any other plans. We went on Sunday. They seemed to have plenty of staff doing things, but only one on the counter serving. I reckon we waited 40 mins to get served. Other people gave up. I'm not sure if the management are aware this is happening or in keeping with the cult of Ruskin, they refuse to consider any means of improving productivity.
All that said, while they grew your tea leaves, the cafe is in a beautiful place and you have plenty of time to absorb the scenery, the view and watch nightfall.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank Will M
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Loved the history of the house but most of all loved learning more about Ruskin and his influence on society even though he did not live to see it. The gardens were a delight and would recommend the guided walk to learn more about them. The views of Conniston Lake and the fells behind were breathtaking.

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank StanleyGBeds
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