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Hill House

Upper Colquhoun Street | Helensburgh, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Helensburgh G84 9AG, Scotland
44-143-667-3900
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Must be our fourth visit and every time we see something new. The first time is a jaw-dropping experience. Enter through the front door into the dark lobby. To the right is the library, panelled in dark wood. Go up the small flight of stairs to the main hallway and enter the living room (to the right). It is a... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

No matter how many books, calendars, posters you have seen of CRM's work, they hardly prepare you for seeing it in the flesh. Having said that, the guide book is worth buying, although the volunteers around the house are very helpful and knowledgeable, with little anecdotes that don't appear in print. Don't go hoping for a lot to eat in... More

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London, U.K.
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I am ashamed to say we had never heard of Hill House, but saw a sign when we visited Helensburgh for the day. Armed with our English National Trust cards in hand, we were very glad to be able to tour the house without having to pay any additional fees. What I really liked about Hill House was that Charles... More

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Nottinghamshire, UK
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34 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Built in the first few years of the 20th century for the Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, the Hill House is the leading domestic residence to be designed both inside and outside by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Any fan of Mackintosh will know what to expect: a combination of many influences (Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Japanese etc.), great use of light... More

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Herkenbosch, The Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had always wanted to see some of CR Mackintosh's work but Glasgow was not on the agenda. Instead we took a slight diversion to visit Hill House. We were not disappointed. The rooms were light and airy and had a contemporary atmosphere. A most enjoyable visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Stayed here for I night very friendly... good breakfast ... Comfy room good rate .... Would return Mz n Dny

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was our first visit to Hill House. It is quite magical to see the full force of Mackintosh's talents unleashed. Hill House has been well maintained and the guides can provide lots of insights. There is a cosy tea shop in the old kitchen and don't miss the child's playroom under the stairs on the first floor. Also take... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Hill House was designed by this genius in 1902, with his wife, Margaret MacDonald adding her design expertise. It is virtually unchanged from 1904 when it was completed for Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie and his family. Parking is easy just above the well signposted property although I don't think disabled access will be easy. The National Trust for Scotland maintain... More

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Paris, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The future as he had seen it, quite a bit ahead of his early time in history. Interesting but a little on the subdued side. To live in.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited the Hill House on a wet weekday during summer and stayed for longer than we expected. As members of the national trust it cost is nothing to get in and we took our time wandering around all the rooms. Would have been nice to get into the attic but the vast majority of the house is open. Staff... More

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