Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

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Address: Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House
Town: Bowness-on-Windermere
County: Cumbria
Postcode: LA23 3JT
Telephone: 015394 46139
Open: Daily from mid-January to Dec 31st 10.30am - 5pm (4pm Nov to Feb) - Closed 25th & 26th Dec
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Blackwell Arts and Crafts is an architectural jewel in the heart of the lake District, one and a half miles south of Bowness. The house itself was completed in 1900, designed by Arts and Crafts architect M.H. Baillie Scott as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, a brewer and former Lord Mayor from Manchester. It's said to have significant international importance as the house stands at the crossroads of Victorian design and modern 20th century architecture. Since 1998, £3.5 million has been raised to restore Blackwell and open it to the public as a high quality Lake District Arts and Crafts collection. Throughout the house, furniture, objects and fine art have been introduced to re-awaken the interiors in sympathy with Baillie Scott's original designs and ideas about the layout and decoration of houses. During 2010 and 2011 there was an investment in new exhibitions at the Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, a bigger, brighter shop and café, indoor playspace for kids and new tourist information facilities.

Blackwell copyright Tony WestBlackwell Arts and Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere photographed by Tony West