The first floor of the historic house is reached by way of the shallow staircase rising from the Main Hall. Attention to detail even extends to the thoughtful placing of the floor boards on the half-landing by the door to the Minstrel’s Gallery. Another generous and architecturally complex passage runs along the north side of the Arts & Crafts house offering spectacular views up Lake Windermere and the Cumbrian fells. Here we can also see the beautiful wrought iron window latches and stays, featuring many individual designs.

As with the rooms downstairs, each bedroom was designed individually, having either an arched, plaster or panelled ceiling. Each would have also had its own bold, co-ordinated colour scheme linking the walls, tiles, windows and fireplaces, as can be seen in the Arts & Crafts bedroom with its bright yellow walls. The fireplace tiles are by William De Morgan, a major figure of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Only one room, the Master Bedroom (now Gallery 2) had its own bathroom. This is situated towards the eastern end of the passage and had its own miniature version of the fireplaces in the Main Hall and Dining Room. Electricity and central heating were installed when the house was built, but the Holt family would still have been grateful for the additional sources of heat.

Look for the leaf-like door handles, inspired by natural forms, which were also designed by Arts & Crafts architect MH Baillie Scott. Replicas were recast by a local blacksmith to replace those that had been broken or removed.

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  • The upstairs corridor at Blackwell