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Brantwood, Coniston

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Brantwood is a country house in Cumbria, England, overlooking Coniston Water. It has been the home of a number of prominent people, including John Ruskin. The house and grounds are administered by a charitable trust, the house being a museum dedicated to Ruskin. The house is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and buildings in the grounds are also listed.
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  • The way in which the house is set out enables you to find out, painlessly, much about this eminent Victorian. The gardens were lovely on a damp day and must be stunning when it's dry and bright. 
  • This house is a joy! An Informative video lets you know how Ruskin arrived at Coniston and stayed until he died. The house offers details of the life of the residents and it is easy to see how settlin...  read more »
  • Brantwood was John Ruskin's home for 28 years, and enjoys wonderful views of Lake Coniston. The house is reached using a narrow road from Coniston, with free parking available. Apart from the house, t...  read more »
  • We didn't view the house (didn't know who Ruskin was at the time) but had a truly delightful and delicious lunch on the patio at the restaurant. It is a wonderful spot with a great view and if you're interested in a bike ride you can rent them at the Coniston Boating Center across the lake (call first to make sure I've got that right!) It was an easy bike ride (esp since we got electric bikes to help us up the medium sized hills which feels like cheating but it's a great way to go!) around the lake and truly one of the most fun days we've spent in our travels over the past few years! And we travel a lot - all over the world - this was a delight! We had a nice day weather wise and that certainly helped! The food was scrumptious and the people working there were lovely. Happy travels!! ~ Ali & Jesse
  • What a mess! THE HOUSE The house is a mixture of what was originally Ruskins' home and just about anything anyone thought might look good in the rooms! No flavour of the man at all! There seemed to be no common approach to the exhibits. The house itself is wonderful, flamboyant architecture mixed with playful wall coverings stuffed full of bits n pieces (of which you couldn't be sure what was his and what was not). I just do not believe that Ruskin lived in this sterile, lifeless place! Worse was the placement of paintings (George Rowlett: Time & Tide, the Thames at Work) which jarred the senses and were wholly inappropriate for the house. Half the house was not open to the public, and as expensive as it was, I expected more. Was very disappointed with what I'd found in the Severn Studio, with a few tufted tapestries (Christine Crofts: Close to Home) which I really liked, but found it utterly devoid of any hint of Arthur Severn or Ruskin (other than a card on the wall). GARDENS Too depressed by what I found in the house to bother! TEA ROOM Get there early and hope for the best! Very 1960's feel (the service), too many tables in such a small place, noisy! Outside seating ok, but not nearly enough! Prices ok, and food was acceptable. SHOP/GALLERY Now we know where the heart of the Trust is! Stuffed full of the work of local artists, all reasonably priced...........but what has that to do with RUSKIN? You pay enough admission to see the house that surely you don't need to open a branch outlet for some London Boutique Art store! What an absolute waste! What a mess! I'm off to see if the Ruskin Museum in Coniston can do better. Mind you, THAT WON'T BE DIFFICULT! P.S; I now this all seems harsh, but really, people have taken a lot of trouble to see something of Ruskin, surely you can do better than this!
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