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“If you love Arts and Crafts, then you must visit!”

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 June 17, 2013

This is a rather overused phrase, but Blackwell is really a gem. What makes it more poingnant is that it could so easilly have been lost to us (as the public). It is very original but the best thing is that you are allowed to walk around it like a grown up and at your own pace. You are surrounded by Arts and Crafts beauty and it's so lovely to hear visitors' exclamations as they find views and objects around you. You can actually sit in window seats and alcoves (for example) and take in the details of this well-appointed house. As a result, it's not the sort of place that you would take a dog and if you are lucky enough to have a dog, either keep the fellow at home or park your vehicle in the shade with the windows open. Evidently that seems to be difficult. There is also a very well stocked gift shop where you could easily spend a small fortune and a restaurant, which we did not visit.

1  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Well that was a great review of the car park, how about the attraction, wasn.t that great, didn't you find it interesting, or did you only go to the car park??

Thank hagar99
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Visted this place yesterday and was disgusted to see a sign in the car parks say

Only service dogs will be allowed in the home and grounds.
Please make sure all other dogs are safely in cars.

While i can understand only service dogs being allowed to ask for all other dogs to be left in cars was just palin stupi

DOGS DIE IN CARS

3  Thank jennycolin
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Loved the architecture and furnishings, especially the stained glass windows and intricate woodwork. Nice gift shop and tea room as well.

1  Thank doris w
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

If you're interested in design and architecture, especially the Arts and Crafts period, a trip to Blackwell is unmissable. The house - large but not gigantic - is fairly sparsely furnished to allow you to examine the beautiful fixtures. Small changing exhibitions are of a high quality, as are the contemporary crafts. The tea room is lovely too.

Thank Dismal
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