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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Fabulous visit!

We arrived earlier than the house opened so spent the time in the cafe relaxing and looking at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris R
A lovely surprise

We had never even heard of Blackwell till a friend tipped us off. What a lovely surprise! Some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT, England
+44 15394 46139
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived earlier than the house opened so spent the time in the cafe relaxing and looking at the art and books. The food and service was excellent. We had a child & wheelchair and every effort was made to ensure we had access and...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had never even heard of Blackwell till a friend tipped us off. What a lovely surprise! Some other contemporary houses I have visited have been rather dark and gloomy. Blackwell is light and bright. It's location, above the lake, is stunning and the house...More

Thank Mandy46
Lakeland-Arts, Marketing at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thank you for your review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards, Kate

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great morning, and a lovely lunch in the cafe. The place is amenable to some one who has limited mobility, as there is a lift and plenty of places to sit. There are a few steps. Beautiful views of the lake from...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited the Lake District for many years and I can't believe we have only just discovered this gem of an arts and crafts house. Beautiful rooms and a lakeside setting.

Thank doline15
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This is a must see if you are at all interested in 20th century architecture, the Arts and Crafts movement, art, or simply beautiful things. Lifts your soul.

Thank Kitty W
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit The house has been beautifully and intelligently restored The house was quiet as we were slightly out of season and that added to our enjoyment

Thank N_Rayn
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Terrific place where you can enjoy stunning arts and craft creativity, wonderful views and theres a great little cafe and craft shop too!

Thank Gazzard1
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

A beautiful house to visit and explore. Wonderful arts and crafts architecture and design. The main hall and the lounge are lovely, but pretty much the entire house is worth exploring. Also, very nice tea room with great cakes. A great gem - equivalent to...More

Thank Mr&MrsWilko
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Designed by architect MH Baillie Scott, Blackwell is a fine example of the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 1800’s. The lovingly restored house features beautiful themes inspired by nature including hand carved wood panels, hand painted Burlap panels". Lest you forget where you...More

1  Thank Merunisha P
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

This beautiful house is situated just outside Bowness and has stunning views over Windermere. Lovely rooms with carved panelling, plaster ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and stained glass. Also a nice cafe.

Thank Ian B
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Terry A
10 March 2017|
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Response from Lakeland-Arts | Property representative |
Hi Terry, Unfortunately we can only allow service dogs into Blackwell House and the garden, but dogs are welcome on the courtyard area by the main entrance where there is patio furniture for owners to sit with them if they... More
Gordon D
25 June 2016|
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Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It is open every day except around Christmas, and is 10.30 to 5.0pm in the summer, 4.00pm winter. Shop and tea room are open too.