Enjoy a lovingly crafted day out at one of the most
enchanting historic houses in the Lake District.
Welcome to Blackwell
The Arts & Crafts House
Perched overlooking lake Windermere, this Grade I listed building is a masterpiece of artistic design. Architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott designed Blackwell as a holiday home for Manchester brewer Sir Edward Holt, Lady Holt and their five children in 1901.
When you visit you can sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks and inviting window seats while enjoying stunning Lake District views. Explore the house, join a talk or meet the Holts through our digital augmented realities to learn about life in the late Victorian period.
Discover original decorative features by leading Arts & Crafts designers, including a rare hessian wall-hanging in the Dining Room, leaf-shaped door handles, ornate window catches, spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling.
History of Blackwell
In 1901, Blackwell was built as a Lake District rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt (1849 – 1928), his wife Elizabeth and their five children. Originally designed by MH Baillie Scott as a private home, Blackwell has since been a school and later office space before Lakeland Arts purchased, restored and opened the Arts & Crafts House to the public in 2001.
Receive unlimited access to three venues, event discounts and exclusive previews…
Unlimited access to our venues
For 12 months you’ll receive free admission to Blackwell, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.
You’ll benefit from members discounts on our talks, lectures and events.
You’ll be the first to hear about our latest news and programme, and you’ll receive our seasonal venue leaflets through your letterbox.
Exclusive Exhibition Previews
You’ll be invited to previews of our major exhibitions at Blackwell and Abbot Hall Art Gallery.