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“excellent visit”

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 September 13, 2013

This Arts and Craft House is a wonderful place to visit. Amazingly complete in its decor, how so much survived after it was left to dereliction is truly amazing. Very sensitive restoration. Good cafe that was not expensive also on site, as well as small shop selling quality - therefore not cheap - arty goods and jewellery as well as books.

Thank eunice h
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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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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Would love to live there. I was bowled over by the whole place. Ideally would have been nicer to have seen more of the rooms without the exhibitions (enjoyed them though) and a bit of servant quarters.

Thank Stockall
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

A special place brought back to life by a caring trust! I enjoyed our visit to Blackwell immensely and hope to return again to step back in time and experience the beauty of the Arts and Crafts period.fascinating wooden panelled corridors with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. Views down to the lake across open fields from window seats in cosy corners, a place to reflect on life as it had been in this home. It was warming to read about Blackwell as a school and how happy the pupils had been .
A good balance of history,architecture and art makes this a fascinating place to keep coming back to. An excellent tearoom, friendly and helpful staff throughout the house who are bristling with pride and enthusiasm and rightly so!

Thank Veronica J
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We loved every moment of our visit. So well refurbished in the Arts and Crafts style both inside and out The many rooms featured really wonderful decoration, the freizes are worth detailed study. The stained glass ( my subject) windows were a joy to look at, particularly the swaying tulips..
The up close nature of the rooms and exhibits created a feel of actually living in the house ( what it it were possible !). The views over thelake were muted exept in the bay window in the white dining room. This somehow made the glimpses even more pleasant.
Even if you are not an A & C devotee you will find the visit very worth while and well worth the money

Thank potglass
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I'm not one for trekking around dusty old houses, but on a wet afternoon in Bowness what else is there to do? This one is an exception to the rule. It's bright and lively, and I could actually imagine not only living there, but being very comfortable too. Apparently it's typical of the arts and crafts movement, and overhearing some of the other visitor's comments, it gets some very knowledgeable guests. Strangely, visitors are prohibited from photographing some items on display, but for a landscape photographer it is a treat, with stunning views down to Lake Windermere. We did not go into the cafe on site, but the people that we are staying with said that it is very good.

Thank SouthernPacific
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