Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House

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Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house is a rare architectural gem in the heart of the Lake District and offers a perfectly preserved snapshot of early 20th-century living.

Designed by noted architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, this stunning Grade I listed building is one of the UK’s finest examples of Arts & Crafts architecture and with remarkable views towards the Coniston Fells, it’s a house that never fails to inspire.

Completed in 1901, the house was originally built as a holiday home and haven from bustling Manchester life, for brewer Sir Edward and Lady Holt and their five children.

From 1941, it became a school for Huyton College in Liverpool, then Blackwell School until 1976.

Today you can explore the house and discover the Arts & Crafts story, what Blackwell was like as a family home and hear of fond memories of many students who grew up there.

See original features, furniture and objects by leading Arts and Crafts designers and studios including metalwork by WAS Benson, ceramics by William De Morgan and furniture by Stanley Webb Davies and Baillie Scott.

Soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks and inviting window seats while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding Lake District.

Blackwell retains 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.

Blackwell also offers an inviting Tea Room with quality, locally sourced produce, and a Contemporary Gift Shop which has an enviable reputation for presenting work for sale by the best contemporary craft makers in the industry.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts HouseBowness-on-WindermereLA23 3JT View map
Telephone: 01539446139 Visit Now


Lift access to first floor galleries

Admission Charges


Children and Families

Children's trail, baby changing facilities, children's menu

Commercial and Hire Services

Education room for hire

Services and Facilities

Tea Room, Craft and Book shop, Free parking

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 4:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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