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Brantwood, Coniston

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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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  • A trip to Brantwood started with a film about the life of John Ruskin, much more than I had seen portrayed about him in films. The house is interesting with good views over Coniston lake. I particular...  more »
  • The house looks pretty big on the journey in via boat, so its a bit of a disappointment when you realise how much of it is actually open - not much at all. A 15 minute video gives a bit of the history...  more »
  • Great views over the lake. Fascinating house, lots to see, and the garden is good for a wander. Staff were friendly and helpful. 
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  • We didn't view the house, just the gardens. There some good formal gardens, including one inspired by the seven deadly sins, but much of the garden is more natural in style, in keeping with the local environment. A great place if you like ferns. Some parts of the gardens have been restored to Ruskin's original ideas, others are still to be worked on. The views of Coniston Water and the surrounding fells from the gardens and house are lovely. The food in the cafe is not cheap but what we had was excellent and therefore felt like good value. The service was quick. The chap on the ticket desk was very friendly and welcoming. The gift shop is better than most, with a good selection of books and other items. We drove here but you can catch the ferry, which would be a nice way to do it.
  • Good range of food, well-prepared and served. If the weather permits gthen the view from the outside seating area across Coniston is sensational!
  • Lovely food. Massive cakes. Only down side was that it was a tad expensive.
  • Delicious food, slightly cramped because of its popularity.
  • 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