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Review of Brantwood

Ranked #7 of 16 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Can't believe I'd never thought to come here before when in Coniston. Really enjoyed the whole house , will return to see the gardens next time as it was tippling with rain on this visit.

Thank ChrisCurwen
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Ruskin was much more than an artist and his home is beautiful -well worth a visit and beautiful gardens and views a bonus. -small but very good cafe in the stables.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

A wonderful place to go on a sunny day if you enjoy lovely gardens and great views. Unlike many reviewers, I was well acquainted with Ruskin before my first visit, but still find the introductory video very informative. There's so much to see inside the house if the weather isn't so good. Check out Bill S's review for a full description. It's so amazing to think you are walking where many of the most influential people of the 19th century have relaxed, chatted, discussed and enjoyed the views of Coniston. I recommend combining your visit with a sail on the beautiful Victorian steam Gondola - perfect!

1  Thank Pamceegee
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

To be honest we didnt go into the house, we visited for the wonderful sail across the lake, then a walk round the colourful garden and a good coffee in the cafe, overlooking the lake
Great on a sunny day

Thank Kathleen K
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

In 2008 we visited Brantwood for the first time, and determined we'd make a day of it should we return. We were fortunate to do so this last May, as part of a walk on the Cumbria Way (it's not all about walking, after all).

While I remembered much of John Ruskin's famous home (especially the gardens), a second look brought many "new" surprises. I was taken, again, by the manner...the style...in which he lived. He was privileged at birth, and in any era money allows a person freedom to devote themselves to their passions—surely, Ruskin's was Nature, as it deeply affected his thinking and art—but having an opportunity without talent and determination doesn't make thoughts, or art, either original or lasting. Examples of his vast collection of natural objects, alongside drawings and paintings, and excerpts from his writings, confirm that Ruskin would have been brilliant in any circumstance.

Walk through the rooms at Brantwood, then, and imagine the daily life of this amazing man, who remains relevant into the 21st century. Learn about life at Brantwood, past and present, through the exhibits and displays, and from the staff members who will help you in a cordial manner. When it all becomes overwhelming (as it did for me), enjoy a break for tea and cake at the Jumping Jenny Coffee House, close by to the main house. Finish your day strolling through the spacious gardens, savoring the variety of species brought to bear by the shore of Coniston Water.

The admission prices could be doubled and your investment in a day of historical contemplation would remain a bargain.

Thank Bill S
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