Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
Tel:- 015394 46139
Blackwell has been described as being "an internationally important icon of Arts and Crafts architecture". Designed by architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, in the Arts and Crafts style, it retains many of it's original features to this day. It is a Grade One listed building.
The house is furnished with original furniture and objects from the Edwardian period, including rare and fragile Hessian wall-hangings, stunning plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling.
Blackwell’s period rooms have been carefully furnished and contain furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts & Crafts designers.
Visitors are free to enjoy the house as it was originally intended, and consequently there are no roped-off areas. The inviting window seats offer the chance to just sit awhile, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery.
The gardens are as delightful as the house. They were designed and laid out by Thomas Mawson, who lived and worked from premises in Windermere, in a series of terraces. Flowers and herbs border the terraces, which form sun traps on the south side of the house.
- Several of the first floor rooms have been adapted for use as galleries, and exhibitions are held throughout the year. The Gallery Rooms are perfect for showing contemporary work by established as well as emerging craft-makers and displaying historical exhibitions that explore different aspects of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Enjoy a superb lunch at Blackwell's Tea Rooms
The tea rooms at Blackwell serve a wide range of light lunches, gourmet open sandwiches, drinks and a superb Classic Afternoon Tea, which on sunny days you can enjoy outside on the terrace overlooking the Lakeland Fells and Windermere.
For that special present ..
The Blackwell Craft and book shop stocks contemporary craft by leading craft-makers , including jewellery, leather handbags, textiles, ceramics, silver, glass, wood and metalwork for the home. There is also a comprehensive selections of titles relating to the Arts & Crafts Movement, as well as a wide range of art books, exhibition catalogues, postcards and greetings cards.
Time taken to visit
Linger awhile, enjoy studying the detail and soaking up the atmosphere. An hour to an hour and a half would be adequate, but true devotees of the Arts and Crafts movement could easily be able to spend longer.
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