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“Fabulous house”

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 October 17, 2013

This is the second visit we've made to Blackwell. Truth be told my wife is the Arts and Crafts fan, however it's not difficult to see the attraction of this beautiful house. It's not the biggest house to visit - you can see the inside in an hour or two, however it's well worth a visit. The gift shop is well stocked with an interesting range of gifts and books, and the cafe also serves good quality food and drinks. On a sunny day the garden is a pleasant place to while away a little time too.

Thank CYTripper
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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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"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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"dining room"
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"wonderful setting"
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"cakes"
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

This lovely house has a great position overlooking the lake and features fascinating original decoration. Worth a look round as there are few other houses like this, not a statley home but a family house for the well off!

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This exceptionally calm and beautiful historic house is architecturally significant and a wonderful example of the Arts & Crafts style. It was my third visit, this time to show it to a visiting German friend. I like and enjoy it more each time. It isn't like visiting a stately home where you walk through room after room looking at 'stuff'. There are only a few rooms. You need to stand still and gaze in order to absorb the perfect proportions and exquisite details. Better still, sit down in one of the window seats or inglenooks and settle into the quiet peace of the internal space and the magnificent views to Lake Windermere. Also well worth taking time to read the personal accounts of those who were evacuated to the house when it became a school during the Second World War. The headmistress Miss Murphy sounds to have been a kind and progressive woman who knew how to help children have fun and enjoy themselves while learning.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Blackwell is one of my favourite places - I just love it. I visit regularly to see the house, view the exhibitions (my all-time favourite was the Martin Brothers. Fabulous!), and I also just call in to enjoy tea and a snack overlooking Lake Windermere. If you like formal houses stuffed with furniture and paintings then Blackwell might not be for you. The house itself is the star at Blackwell - the beautiful carved panelling, stunning fireplaces, arts and crafts stained glass, William De Morgan tiles. And best of all - the White Room. Just sit and experience the calm.

1  Thank Pamceegee
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Easily the most impressive Arts and Crafts building we have seen in the UK. 1901 design with huge quantities or original carvings, stained glass windows. Homely yet magnificant.

1  Thank robini
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