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[Lake District visit continued from above]

Blackwell, "an architectural jewel in the heart of the Lake District", was designed by M H Baillie Scott (1865-1945) as a holiday home for a wealthy Manchester brewery owner, and is "one of the country's most important examples of Arts and Crafts architecture".

Blackwell is one of the most beautiful houses that I have ever visited, and is also one of the most frustrating to describe properly to someone who has not been there. Photography is forbidden indoors, and neither the official web site nor any other site that I have found shows photographs that come anywhere near conveying the beautiful atmosphere of the real place.

However if you would like a really good written review of the place (not mine), go here.

Blackwell (top of picture) seen from Windermere

The view from Blackwell across Windermere. Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's retreat, is on the other side of Windermere, somewhere off to the right. In the distance are the fells behind Coniston Water.

One of the many nice things about Blackwell is that it has alcoves with window seats and cushions that visitors are allowed to sit in. This view is one of several that can be enjoyed from such a seat in the beautiful White Drawing Room - I must have spent over 20 minutes doing just that.

[Location of Blackwell on my England Map]
[The Arts and Crafts Movement (Overview)]
[The Arts and Crafts Movement (Wikipedia)]
[The Arts and Crafts Home - A Design Resource for Home Decoration]
[Places to enjoy life... in England]