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Booking Opening times:
2 for 1 adult admission with one full paying adult.
Adult Gift Aid admission: £7.95
One day, a wealthy businessman commissioned a promising young architect to build him an idyllic holiday house in the Lake District. He created one of Britain’s most important and beautiful architectural treasures. Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, the young designer, created a masterpiece of space, light and texture. All overlooking the Lakeland fells, for his client, Mancunian brewer, Sir Edward Holt.
Blackwell was built as a luxurious holiday home, with a wealth of cosy corners in which to sit and soak up the beautiful interiors and the Lake views. Now the house is open to visitors it maintains this relaxed atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to explore the house and gardens at their leisure. Many visitors return time and again to take a seat in the heavenly White Drawing Room, with its delicate plasterwork. Or to perch on the fireside seats in the Dining Room, enjoying the surrounding detail.
Blackwell’s architect Baillie Scott was an important figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement. It was a philosophy developed by John Ruskin and William Morris. Arts & Crafts designers reacted against the industrialisation of the Victorian era. They promoted a return to handicraft and traditional values. Blackwell’s interiors are a symphony of handicraft. Featuring exquisite carvings, stained glass, metalwork and textiles wherever you look. Rooms are brought to life with furniture and objects by the finest Arts & Crafts designers. Thorough exploration is repaid with a wealth of detail, from the carved rowan-berry motifs throughout the house, to the quirky window latches, every one different.
Completed in 1900, Blackwell’s interiors combine the best of the ‘modern’ developments available. Such as original electric lighting, with historical features like reclaimed fireplaces and the Tudor feel of the Main Hall. The house was built at the dawn of the twentieth century and has lived through turbulent times.
Blackwell’s gardens were laid out by garden designer Thomas Mawson. They were designed to make the most of the stunning views over Windermere and the Coniston fells. A series of terraces with a long sweep of lawn, provide space to stroll and admire the views. Beautiful flowerbeds offer something to see in any season, from the wild daffodils coming through in the colder months to the roses scenting the terraces in late summer. The lawns are a great place for children to let off some steam. Whilst grown-ups can have a meal or a coffee and enjoy one of the country’s most breathtaking views!
The shop offers the best of contemporary craft by new and established craftspeople. It is a popular place for anyone looking for beautiful pottery, scarves, woodwork, glassware, bags and jewellery. There is a wide range of work, from beautiful but affordable treats such as glass and ceramic tableware, through to stunning ceramics and fabulous textiles.
Also with an emphasis on the handmade, the licensed Tea Room offers an original and tempting menu of light meals, hot drinks and home baking. In warm weather the outdoor tables are very popular. Indeed the views are so good, many of our regulars wrap up and take a hot drink outdoors whatever the weather! Open to all, whether you are visiting the house or not.
The light-filled galleries are a special space in which to see exhibitions of historical and modern work. Our changing programme offers something for everyone, and a reason to return to Blackwell every season – there is always something new to see. Displays and exhibitions are listed at www.blackwell.org.uk
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