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Blackwell, an arts and crafts house in the Lake District


We called at Blackwell near Bowness recently and I really loved what I saw.
It was creatively designed by architect MH Baillie Scott and completed in 1901 as a holiday home for his clients, the Holt family.
The views of Lake Windermere through the windows are stunning and everything inside the house is linked with the natural world. I loved ALL of it:
Stained glass windows
Carved panelling
Fabrics used as curtains and cushions
Tiles in the inglenook fireplaces
The bright light in the south facing drawing room
Tapestries on the wall
Beautiful views.

So, no more words from me, just enjoy the things that I enjoyed!

Last of all, my favourite feature and some words which seemed to explain why the whole house was so very lovely.

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I can certainly see just why you were so smitten with this place, beautiful craftsmanship, tiles and glass gorgeous!!

29 Sep, 2017


I love the stained glass windows and the tiles,they are very colourful. It is a lovely place. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

30 Sep, 2017


Oh, I so agree with you. I love Arts and Crafts period and I especially love the stained glass and that wall light in this house...oh and that wood carving....its incredible isn't it....I wish they had done loads more, there's not enough of it to see! The only thing about Arts and Crafts movement that I don't care for (funnily enough) is William Morris fabric prints! But this is definitely 'my' period in Art History. What an amazing place to visit. I am envious!

30 Sep, 2017


Brilliant blog thank you for sharing with us fantastic art work there.

30 Sep, 2017


Some beautiful work there Wildrose and looks like a bit of William Morris two down from the quilt on the bed.

30 Sep, 2017


Glad you all liked it. :-)
The main hall had lots of carved wooden panels but I didn't get a general photograph to show you. Every single thing in the house had been so thoughtfully done.
Their website is worth a visit too!

30 Sep, 2017


Very interesting. Wonderful craftwork views and gardens :)

1 Oct, 2017


I have always fancied doing some wood carving. Does anyone know where to obtain the necessary tools ?

1 Oct, 2017


I logged on an enquiry. There is a good selection available. Now to find some timber off cuts locally.
New idea for the winter months.

1 Oct, 2017


Wow what a lovely visit and the blog you made for us workmanship at its best and the words in the last picture says it all .

2 Oct, 2017


I can see why you enjoyed your visit,Chris..what a wonderful house,and your photo's are superb...I wish I had known about this place,when we stayed in Windermere's on my bucket list for another time...thank you for sharing it with us..x

2 Oct, 2017


Many thanks for sharing, Chris. I love this place, which I persuaded OH to take me to several years ago, and luckily he loved it too. It's really special, isn't it, so thank you for the memories!

Btw, Baillie Scott was one of the architects involved with building the first Garden City, which is where we live :)

5 Oct, 2017

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