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“Interesting house in stunning setting”

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Interesting house in stunning setting”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A very interesting house for anyone who's a fan of the arts and crafts movement. Quite small but plenty to see, with stunning views across Windermere. The layout is also very informal, without the usual constraints of roped off areas. Only five minutes drive from the Windermere car ferry, which makes for an interesting detour.

Visited May 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Arts and Crafts masterpiece”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

A visit to Blackwell should be a must for anyone interested in the Arts and Crafts movement and the work (architecture/design) of Baillie-Scott.

I was fortunate to visit during the week during term time - so had the time and space to sit/stand quietly and revel in the design and detail of the place.

Café was a (very) minor disappointment - as an admitted coffee snob, the coffee was average; and, I thought on the edge of being overpriced.

Visited April 2014
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Blackwell Arts and Crafts House - Bowness-on-Windermere”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This house is quite lovely. It has been restored to its original glory and houses a number of historical pieces of furniture by famous designers and has different collections of art and craft works on at different times. Right now it is a collection of Moorcroft, which is interesting enough despite me not being a big fan of the style.

The house itself, if you are a historical house aficionado, will not match your expectations, it is not a huge place and is not crammed full of items of historical importance. What it is, is a very beautifully restored old house with some gorgeous rooms and views, comfortable places to sit and take in the surroundings, a very good cafe, gift shop, and small garden area. It will not take a full day. The house itself, in effect, is an art gallery.

The garden really is a small area, quite how they can offer a garden only pass for something so limited is a little bit ridiculous, this brings my review down to 4/5.

Overall though the visit was wonderful, the house and surroundings lovely, and the cafe serving up some tasty food. If you're staying in the area you really should visit. Recommended.

Visited May 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“A perfect example of Arts and Crafts at its best”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

What a little gem this house is. The white room is stunning. I only wish that the gift shop was a little less expensive because there were some beautiful things in there.

Visited May 2014
Thank LuBLu_12
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Askam in Furness, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful Building and well worth a visit”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Took students from our local Art College to a Magdalene Odundo ceramics exhibition. The grounds building and surrounding gardens were lovely.

Visited June 2013
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