Cumbria & the Lake District

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

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Reference Only - When you cross the threshold and enter Blackwell you will be seeing the very details that the Holt family would have seen over 100 years ago; you will look out over the lawns and the Lake to the same magnificent views of the Coniston Fells that made Edward Holt choose this location for his holiday home and you will experience the tranquil atmosphere that the family would have loved when they stayed here. Blackwell is one of Britain’s finest houses from the turn of the last century. Designed by M H Baillie Scott, Blackwell was built between 1898 and 1900 as a holiday retreat for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewery owner. The house survives in a truly remarkable state of preservation retaining almost all of its original decorative features, including the rare and fragile hessian wall-hangings in the Dining Room. One of the real joys of Blackwell lies in its wealth of detail, from the leafshaped door handles and curious window catches to spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling. Blackwell remains an internationally important icon of Arts and Crafts architecture. Blackwell is managed by The Lakeland Arts Trust (charity no. 526980) which also runs The Museum of Lakeland Life and Abbot Hall Art Gallery on the same site in Kendal.

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