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“Peaceful, beautiful and informative.”

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House
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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 & Crafts designers and studios - metalwork by WAS Benson, ceramics by Pilkingtons and Ruskin Pottery and furniture by Morris & Co., Stanley Webb Davies, Ernest Gimson and Baillie Scott himself. Visit one of our exhibitions, which for 2017 include: The Light Within (Griet Bayaert & Paul Miller) - 10th Feb - 18th June Summer of Swallows and Amazons - 29th June - 3rd September
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“Peaceful, beautiful and informative.”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stumbled across the house and whilst it is quite small the rooms and exhibitions are excellent. The white drawing room is stunning. If you are interested in the arts and crafts movement, this house is a must. The tea bread in the tea room is particularly good too!

Visited December 2012
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Longnewton, East Lothian
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“A stunning and calming piece of history”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Perhaps we were lucky that we went around on a quiet day but the whole place was stunning - it's not often you can feel just at home in a historical property. Beautiful detailing and tiling everywhere you look.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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“A must see!!!!!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

A must see. Brilliant! Spent a good couple of hours meandering through all the rooms and galleries. Lovely shop and tea shop. A real find!!!!!

Visited December 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Brewer's Taste”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Blackwell is a delight and proof that Edwardian Mancunian brewers were not only interested in shifting ale and making money. This very fine Arts and Crafts house by Baillie Scott (1900-01) boasts intriguing spaces, romantic carving and fine furniture and has the air of something created with love. It is also a house of contrasts: from the enclosure of the rooms to the sweeping spaces down to Lake Windermere; and the cosy dark oak of the Dining Room to the luminous white and gold of the White Drawing Room. It is only a pity that the below stairs spaces are not open and telling their story (though an exhibition does some of that).

Special exhibitions, friendly staff, a nice cafe and a high quality shop ensure that a visit to Blackwell is a pleasure.

It’s best visited on quiet days (if that is possible) – the rooms are comparatively intimate and noisy crowds will frighten off the spirits of both the pre 1914 days of Edwardian charm and elegance and the craft skills that were passing even as the house was being built.

Visited November 2012
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Manchester UK
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“A Wonderful experience”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

A truly atmospheric and informative place to visit. Don't miss it...you'll love both the house and gardens. The White Room in particular is unmissble.

Visited November 2012
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