AboutThe Arts & Crafts movement was a direct response to the Industrial Revolution and championed the skills and vision of craftsmen and women.
When entering Blackwell you will be seeing the very details that the Holt family would have seen over 100 years ago; you will look out over the lawns and Lake to the same magnificent views of the Coniston Fells and experience the tranquil atmosphere that the family would have loved.
Blackwell is one of Britain’s finest houses from the turn of the last century. Designed by M H Baillie Scott, as a holiday retreat for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewery owner Blackwell survives in a truly remarkable state of preservation retaining many original decorative features. The period rooms are carefully furnished with the blend of Arts and Crafts furniture and early country-made pieces advocated by Baillie Scott, containing furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts & Crafts designers and studios – furniture by Morris & Co and Voysey, metalwork by W A S Benson and ceramics by Ruskin Pottery and William de Morgan.
Visitors are encouraged to sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks and are free to enjoy the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas. The inviting window and garden seats offer stunning views of the surrounding Lakeland scenery.
Benefits for Groups
• Save 29% on our standard admission charge for groups of 10 or more.
• Visiting all three venues in one day may be too much, that’s why we allow groups to spread their visits over a 7 day period. To be eligible for the discount, all three visits must be made by the same group.
• FREE coach parking during your visit and a further two hours FREE coach parking at Abbot Hall, to see the historic town of Kendal.
• Coach welcomed by a member of staff.
• Pre-booked catering options with reserved seating.
• Early visits starting at Blackwell before we open to the general public.
• A FREE talk for groups of 15 or more at Blackwell and Abbot Hall (weekdays excluding Bank Holidays, weekends at Blackwell subject to availability).
Benefits for Group Organisers
• Free familiarisation visits to see how timings would work and look at what would be of interest to your group. Visits can be made at any time during our normal opening hours. Just call or email and we can make arrangements.
• FREE admission for the organiser when bringing a group of 10 or more paying visitors.
• An additional FREE place when bringing 40 or more paying visitors.
• FREE catering for the organiser when catering is booked from the group menu for 10 or more paying visitors.
Benefits for the Coach Driver
• FREE admission
• FREE refreshment voucher
• Special reserved coach parking