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Blackwell Review

From 1898 to 1900, architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865–1945) designed Blackwell, a quintessential Arts and Crafts house with carved paneling, delicate plasterwork, and a startling sense of light and space. Originally a retreat for a Manchester brewery owner, the house is a refined mix of modern style and the local vernacular. Lime-washed walls and sloping slate roofs make it fit elegantly into the landscape above Windermere, and the artful integration of decorative features into stained glass, stonework, friezes, and wrought iron gives the house a sleekly contemporary feel. Accessibility is wonderful here: nothing is roped off and you can even play the piano. There's some Bailie Scott furniture too, and an exhibition space upstairs. Peruse the shop and try the honey-roast ham in the excellent tearoom. The grounds are also worth a visit: they often host contemporary sculpture installations.

Updated: 05-30-2014

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