When the architect MH Baillie Scott built a holiday home overlooking Windermere for his client Sir Edward Holt he created Blackwell, a masterpiece of twentieth-century design; a perfect example of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
The most enchanting historic house in the Lake District, which retains almost all of its original features. When you visit you are invited to relax and immerse yourself in all the beauty and craftsmanship of Blackwell. Sit and soak up the atmosphere in the inglenooks or the window seats offering stunning views of the surrounding Lake District.
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:First Floor Rooms - Miss Murphy's Room, Yellow Bedroom and Yellow Dressing RoomFirst Floor Rooms - Oliver Thompson Exhibition GalleryTerraces
Travel by public transport
There is level access from the car park to the Tea Room Entrance and to the Main Entrance. We have two accessible parking spaces.
Path to main entrance
If travelling alone, there is an intercom for visitors to request assistance
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Lift to First Floor
Ticket/ information desk
Main Reception Desk
Things to See and Do
First Floor Rooms - Master Bedroom, Children's Activity Room and Arts & Crafts Exhibition Gallery (Permanent)
These rooms are accessible from the lift.
The flooring is wood.
There are some areas of low lighting in the Master Bedroom.
First Floor Rooms - Miss Murphy's Room, Yellow Bedroom and Yellow Dressing Room
There are two half-stairs on the landing leading to these rooms.
Auditory narration in Miss Murphy's Room (up one step)
The first floor at Blackwell has been designed with many different levels, and has several short flights of stairs, as mentioned. Some visitors with additional access requirements could find these rooms difficult to access. Wheelchair users will ot be able to access these rooms.
A visual guide containing photographs of all the spaces accessed by stairs is available from the reception. The guide also includes large print interpretation information of the text panels and object labels in those rooms.
The floor surface on the first floor is wood, with the exception of Miss Murphy’s room which is carpeted. The flights of stairs are fitted with non-slip tape. There are wooden window seats located at various points around the exhibition galleries.
First Floor Rooms - Oliver Thompson Exhibition Gallery
The Oliver Thompson Gallery is our primary gallery for temporary exhibitions. The gallery is pu a half-flight of stairs, which do not have a hand rail.
Those with mobility issues may find access to this gallery difficult.
Wheelchair users will not be able to access this gallery
Written interpretation and large-print guides are available for all temporary exhibitions
Ground Floor Rooms - Main Hall, Dining Room and White Drawing Room
Place to eat and drink
The Tearoom is situated on the ground floor and has step free level access from the reception area and from the outside. The lighting in the Tea Room is natural daylight from the large windows with additional overhead lighting. Tables in the Tea Room can be well spaced apart if needed, with a clear height from the floor of 710mm/27.95ins.
Getting around outside
The Lower terrace is accessed via a sloped ramp from the car park. There is gravel, which can be difficult to traverse
Customer care support
Gallery stools for resting in open areas
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support