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Nanny Brow Luxury Country House, Ambleside
Nanny Brow is an Arts an Crafts gem built in 1904 by the distinguished architect Francis Whitwell. Whitwell, who practiced with Guy Dawber in London, was a fellow of RIBA and later came to Ambleside to build his family home. Built using traditional Lakeland stone on the solid rock of Nanny Brow, this imposing country house boasts of many subtle features so characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement including gentle motifs of animals and flowers in the plasterwork, oak paneling and leaded oak picture windows facing the valley and the hills.

In 2009 Sue and Peter Robinson became custodians of this beautiful house which had been left empty for many years and set about her restoration. The house is featured in the book “The Arts and Crafts Houses of The Lake District” by Esme Whittaker and Matthew Hyde and named as one of the significant properties in The Lake District for the successful bid for UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2017.

Guests at Nanny Brow will receive 10% off in Blackwell's Craft Shop. Plan your Arts & Crafts Experience here.

Former home of John Ruskin. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations associated with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State.

'The Eyrie' is Brantwood's self catering holiday apartment that sleeps two, go and enjoy the superb setting which inspired John Ruskin.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
A special display traces the development of the Arts and Crafts Movement locally, with examples of metalwork by the Keswick School of Industrial Art, woodwork by Simpsons of Kendal and Stanley Webb Davies, exquisite textiles from Annie Garnett’s famous workshop, The Spinnery, and samples of Langdale Linen and Ruskin lace.

Graythwaite Hall
Graythwaite Hall Gardens deftly illustrate the genius of Thomas Mawson. Commisioned in 1896 he was instructed to utilise the existing contours and landscape to make a garden combining the formal and informal. Open to the public.

Broad Leys
Broad Leys is a superb example of Arts and Craft Architecture designed by the famous Arts & Crafts architect CFA Voysey. Available for accommodation and private functions.

Today Hutton-in-the-Forest reflects centuries of history and change. A house of six periods between the mid 14th and the mid 19th centuries, Hutton is a rich illustration of the development of the country house in the North of England. Open to the public.

The Armitt Library & Museum
The Armitt is a unique place combining museum, library and gallery, holding a diverse collection of art, photographs, documents, objects and oral histories.

Ruskin Museum
There has been a Ruskin Museum in Coniston since 1901, when W.G. Collingwood, a local artist and antiquarian who had been Ruskin's secretary, set it up both as a memorial to Ruskin and a celebration of the area's heritage. Therefore, although the museum has a Ruskin collection, there are also exhibits relating to the coppermines, slate, geology, lace, farming and Donald Campbell.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Tullie House boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events, brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.

Cragwood Country House Hotel
Nestled on the shores of England’s longest and most beautiful lake you will find Cragwood Country House Hotel. Set in its own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland and with stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere.

Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is one of the finest luxury Lake District hotels. Situated close to Lake Windermere.

Holbeck Ghyll Hotel
Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is one of the Lake District’s finest luxury hotels, boasting breathtaking views over Lake Windermere and the fells and mountains beyond.

Download the Holbeck Ghyll, Blackwell and Peter Hall flyer

Rybeck Hotel & Restaurant
Lying in a leafy clearing above the shores of one of Britain’s most iconic lakes sits the Ryebeck. A beautiful, peaceful and unpretentious Arts and Crafts country house, the Ryebeck is a place to kick back, relax and enjoy the informal friendly, home from home atmosphere.

Langdale Chase Hotel
The Langdale Chase is a truly magnificent country house hotel, which commands panoramic and inspirational views of Lake Windermere and mountains from the seclusion of its own wooded grounds.

Lickbarrow Lodge
Lickbarrow Lodge is a country house at the edge of a private, five-acre woodland, just 1 mile from Windermere. The house, built in 1912, was designed by a renowned Arts & Crafts architect.

St. Martin's Church, Bowness-on-Windermere

Black Clauchrie
Built in 1898 as a family hunting lodge and weekend retreat, Black Clauchrie House is a distinctly Scottish, country mansion. The house is available for exclusive hire.

The Winsford Trust
The Grade II Listed Winsford Cottage Hospital is a fine example of Arts & Craft Architecture designed by the influential Arts & Craft designer Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941).

High Ground, Borrowdale
An Arts & Crafts holiday retreat set on the lower slopes of Catbells with stunning views overlooking Derwentwater and the Borrowdale Valley in just over an acre of natural gardens High Ground is a truly magical spot. Designed by the renowned Arts & Crafts Architect M.H Baillie Scott who also designed Blackwell.

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