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“Stunning Lakeland attraction”

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
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Visited this place for a glass exhibition but realised that the house and the stunning views were well worth a visit despite the exhibition. No guides around the rooms glaring at you and you are encouraged to sit in the windows "to read or just daydream". Nice cafe but with a small menu and hardly any gluten free options which won't affect most people but bloody annoying for those who need it! However, the Lake District is full of other places to eat and drink. I'd certainly go back in the summer if only for the spectacular window seat in the drawing room!

Thank Stuart R
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

A great place to visit.
Interesting, informative and a glimpse into how "the other half lived"
Stunning preserved art and crafts design.
Well worth a trip on a rainy day.

Thank 2HappyTravellersUK
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

What a great house, if you are an arts and crafts fan (or even if you are not) and it is open all year round unlike National Trust properties. The House is quite an incredible building and the collection of arts and craft furniture is really well worth seeing. The House also has contemporary art/ craft displays in a gallery, which keeps the idea of the period alive in a modern context. The views of the lake are stunning and it would be a lovely place to site in the grounds on a warm day, otherwise just look from the windows in the White room. There is a lovely shop in that it sells craft items and interesting gifts, not the usual run of the mill mass manufactured gifts, with a good book section. Also a nice café although we only had coffee as we were too early for Lunch and we had to move on.

Thank RewelPeople
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

An absolutely amazing house, really interesting, lovely cafe and the views across the lake are spectacular.

Thank morlandmonk
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The day we visited the weather was quite wet and windy, but the house was dry and cosy. It was very different from a lot of older houses you could visit. It has been very carefully restored in the last 12-13 years and the work is still ongoing. Some of the displays were being changed today when we visited so they reduced the price. I enjoyed the boards showing the history of the house and the family that had the house built. Also looking at how the house used to be used as a school for many years and reading the memories shared by some of the now grown up ladies who attended it. The views of lake Windermere are absolutely stunning, even on a day like today. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and the food in the tea room was very nice. Brilliant.

Thank LittleMissDotty
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