Thursday, November 4, 2010


Blackwell (built 1898–1900 by Baillie Scott) is an example of British domestic architecture at the turn of the 20th century. The style is of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The house was built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewer. It is situated overlooking Lake Windermere and across to the Coniston Fells in the town of Bowness-on-Windermere in the South Central Lake District.
Blackwell has survived with almost all its original decorative features intact. The house is furnished with original furniture and objects from the period. The gardens are laid out in a series of terraces, and flowers and herbs border the terraces, which form sun traps on the south side of the house.   
The windows were fantastic wrought iron sashes perfectly glazed and the fenestration I found to be exceptional its consciously irregular layout. One feature that was really cool was a stairway landing on the way to the minstrel's gallery that had a little slit window in a rounded turret that ties the drawing room wing into the rest of the house.
If a mansion can be unpretentious and unassuming, Blackwell would be it.  I would call it an extremely large home rather than a mansion.  The Arts and Crafts movement placed an emphasis on a homespun variety of craftsmanship in every detail.  Even the spouting was architectural featuring ornate decoration.

The interior had a great exhibition of pieces reflecting this aesthetic.  Truly a lovely place to relax and enjoy the view.

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