Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
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 Arts and Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere photographed by Tony West