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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Visited on a cold winters morning but the colours and warmth of this house were rich and warming... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Judith C
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Bedlington, United Kingdom
Always a highlight.

However many times we visit Blackwell, we still love it and enjoy the whole experience. The cafe... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
polonthephone
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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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 and Crafts designers and studios.
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a cold winters morning but the colours and warmth of this house were rich and warming. Soft creamy coloured Walls, so quiet and peaceful despite a few other visitors. The coffee shop offered a lovely menu recommend the daily soup and warm bread.

Thank Judith C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

However many times we visit Blackwell, we still love it and enjoy the whole experience. The cafe has very good service, offering a variety of cakes etc, but the main attraction for us is the stunning house. It's difficult to describe to others, just how...More

Thank polonthephone
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovey review and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Winter is a glorious time to visit the house. The sun is low in the sky and the movement of sunlight throughout the day is one of the highlights of the house....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called at this beautiful Lakeland house on Thursday to be told by the man on the reception desk that the New exhibition wouldn’t be open until Friday. As we particularly wanted to see the exhibition, we discussed with him that we would change our plans...More

Thank davidsy145
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We understand the frustrations for wheelchair users - being able to access the first floor of the house via the lift is unusual in historic properties and we are fortunate that we have a lift...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This house was built by the Holt family from Manchester as a holiday retreat. They referred to it as a "cottage".....I don't know what their "house" would have looked like. Sadly, they hardly ever stayed there. Old man Holt was a teetotaller who made his...More

Thank seamuscumbria
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review - Blackwell really is a special place isn't it and we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. The Holt family adored Blackwell and spent many happy years enjoying racing their boats up and down the lake, playing tennis...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The house is stunning. We liked the completeness of Baillie Scott's vision, even down to the light fittings and window catches. We were blown away by the wonderful carving and stained glass. There is a nice little cafe and a shop. However wrap up warm...More

Thank Vancatwoman
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review - Blackwell really is a special place isn't it and we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. I will make sure that your comments are fed back to the whole team and we hope we can welcome you...More

Reviewed January 12, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful house with a range of exhibitions. Of course the view is magnificent with windows and seating areas to take advantage of it. The history of the house as well as the craftsmanship are interesting too. The heating had broken down on...More

Thank JXX18
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and sorry you visited while we were having issues, so thank you for your patience. Blackwell is run off two gigantic boilers and unfortunately we experienced a damaged boiler for a few days - that has now been replaced with...More

Reviewed January 10, 2018

This is a beautiful house over looking Windermere. The house and fixtures are wonderful in true Arts and Crafts style. However, we were disappointed at the lack of soft furnishings on display as the house looked quite bare inside. There were so many iconic textile...More

Thank JennyWren40
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of your visit to Blackwell. Blackwell is famed for its light and, as wonderful as it is it can be, it can also be difficult from a curatorial perspective - antique and collectible furniture and textiles need to be kept...More

Reviewed January 1, 2018

If you are into the Arts and Crafts Movement then this is worth a look. Nice little Cafe if you are looking just to get out of the rain for an hour !More

Thank Stuart R
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review - Blackwell really is a special place isn't it and we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. I will make sure that your comments are fed back to the whole team and we hope we can welcome you...More

Reviewed December 30, 2017

The title is perhaps a little unfair as the boiler was apparently out of order and the house was very cold (lying snow outside). This was a pity as there was no realistic way of lingering to fully appreciate what is a very interesting building....More

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Lakeland-Arts, Marketing at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2018

Hi Ewingston, Thank you for your comments and review. We're sorry that you didn't have satisfactory visit. Unfortunately on the day of your visit one of the boilers broke down, but it is in the process of being fixed as part of our winter maintenance...More

Reviewed December 6, 2017

We arrived earlier than the house opened so spent the time in the cafe relaxing and looking at the art and books. The food and service was excellent. We had a child & wheelchair and every effort was made to ensure we had access and...More

Thank Chris R
Lakeland-Arts, General Manager at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review - It sounds like your whole family enjoyed their time here. Blackwell really is a very unique and special place isn't it. We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit to the house and exhibition. I will make sure...More

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Terry A
March 10, 2017|
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Response from Lakeland-Arts | Property representative |
Hi Terry, Unfortunately we can only allow service dogs into Blackwell House and the garden, but dogs are welcome on the courtyard area by the main entrance where there is patio furniture for owners to sit with them if they... More
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Gordon D
June 25, 2016|
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Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It is open every day except around Christmas, and is 10.30 to 5.0pm in the summer, 4.00pm winter. Shop and tea room are open too.
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