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“John Ruskin's Home-Brantwood, Coniston Water, Lake District”
Review of Brantwood

Ranked #9 of 19 things to do in Coniston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The former home of artist and writer John Ruskin is perched high above Coniston Water. Brantwood offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent at Coniston. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. Famous as a writer, artist and social reformer, many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas. Brantwood remains a place of inspiration. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. With its many contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community, Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 5 June 2013

One of my favourite places in the Lakes. Beautiful views, interesting hillside garden. The House is full of information on John Ruskin, a remarkable man who was well ahead of his time in his thinking. Do watch the video in the house about him. You can easily spend a day here. Also can catch a boat to or from Coniston across the Lake. Always has good exhibitions on.
Jumping Jenny, the restaurant, (run independantly) is a lovely reflective restaurant, excellent food. Can't say enough about this fabulous place. Not ideal for disabled visitors although you can drive up to the door and drop off but the garden is not accessible.

6  Thank mary j
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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.

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.

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.

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.

1  Thank Will M
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