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Monday, 10 September 2012


On our last day in the Lake District we visited Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House.

The view from Blackwell over Lake Windermere and Grizedale Forest towards the Dunnerdale Fells.

Blackwell is one of Britain's finest houses from the turn of the 20th century, and is an icon of Arts & Crafts architecture. The house (designed by MH Baillie-Scott) and its furnishings very much embody the ideas and philosophy of John Ruskin and William Morris (Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. WILLIAM MORRIS). 

Morning coffee would have been nice sitting on this flower-bordered terrace, but the weather was cold, so we sat inside.


Ruth said...

I do love the Arts & Crafts style, more than any other, I think. Really lovely place!

Goat said...

Fab-looking house! What are the brown, swirly things made of? They look a bit like demented basketry.

Ruth said...

I noticed those too, Goat. They are magical.

The Solitary Walker said...

The demented basketry is by the demented basketry artist Laura Ellen Bacon (www.lauraellenbacon.com)