This beautifully situated house was the home of influential Victorian poet, artist, writer, and critic John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900. Brantwood is filled with Ruskin's personal effects, drawings, watercolours, and furniture.
The house is set in 250 acres of woods, meadows, and moorlands, including walking paths which allow excellent views across Coniston Water. Brantwood can be reached by car or during the summer months via the steam ferry Gondola from Coniston village.
The 30 acres of gardens that surround the house include the Professor's Garden, where Ruskin grew native fruits and flowers. Ruskin created different garden "rooms" as a kind of living laboratory to experiment with his ideas on social and environmental philosophy. From a fern garden to a medieval herb area, Brantwood has enough variety to satisfy even the most experienced gardeners.
It is difficult to categorise John Ruskin, for his influence extended so profoundly into such diverse areas as architecture and social philosophy. His writings on architecture did much to foster the Victorian Gothic Revival, and the Arts and Crafts Movement owed much to his philosophy on the nature of the creative process and the importance of highly skilled individual craftspeople.

I found Brantwood absolutely captivating. The homely interiors are very much as Ruskin would have known them, with a typical Victorian warmth and clutter. The location on the sloping hillside above Consiton Water is simply wonderful, and the gardens are a place you could sit and enjoy the scenery for hours.

A garden path
A path in the upper garden
Coniston Water from Brantwood
Coniston Water from Brantwood
The path to Brantwood pier
The path to Brantwood pier

About Brantwood
Address: Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA21 8AD
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Off the A593 or by regular boat service from Coniston
Website: Brantwood
Phone: 015394 41396
Fax: 015394 41263
Historic Houses Association
Location map
OS: SD307945


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