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“OK but I found it rather dull”

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 and Crafts designers and studios.
Reviewed May 10, 2012

Everyone seems to rave about this place but I can't see what all the fuss is about, frankly. Yes it is an attractive house with lots of wood panelling and some nice artefacts scattered around. Yes it is a calm place and has a nice view. Yes it has nice gardens. But unless you are really into art or William Morris designs I predict you will find it a bit underwhelming. The house felt a bit empty and some of the exhibitions (such as book coverings!) were of fairly niche interest in my view. Virtually all the visitors when I was there were 55 plus. I can't see it appealing to the younger generation. The most interesting aspect of the history of the house was its use as a Prep School and this was glossed over, which was a shame. Staff were friendly and professional.

Thank Hugh1965
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"white room"
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"baillie scott"
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"drawing room"
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"main hall"
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"stained glass"
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"gift aid"
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"overlooking windermere"
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"craft shop"
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"minstrels gallery"
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"tea room"
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"holiday home"
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"interesting history"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Beautifully restored Arts and Crafts House. Well worth checking out the regular exhibitions as some of these are really excellent.

Thank Greenings
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

What a wonderful place.The house itself is worth the visit,the exhibitions are a bonus.Lovely atmosphere,beautiful setting and wonderful art.worth a visit

Thank molarnator
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

A stunningly attractive house overlooking Lake Windermere. Every room is a gem and most have window seats where you can sit and take it all in and just imagine you could live there. Plus a superior Craft shop and a good Tea Room.

Thank Simon F
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

For anyone interested in the Arts & Crafts movement this house is a "must see". For others, go anyway! The beautiful situation overlooking Windermere is superb, and the interior of the house will woo even those with no previous knowledge of the period. It is a truly stunning example of the movement; the design, workmanship and attention to detail is enthralling. And by the way, it also has a very good tea room and shop!

Thank hotelraterScotland
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