The Hill House

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The Hill House

Date of travel

April, 2016

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Adult family

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The Hill House was designed, built and decorated by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald between 1902 to 1904 for Walter Blackie, the publisher. Set in beautiful gardens on a hill looking down to the Clyde, the house itself is an absolute gem.

Every inch of the house is a wonderful example of the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement. Room after room is full of Mackintosh’s elegant lines and purity of light, complemented by Macdonald’s art and textile design. Some pieces have been painstakingly remade in recent times; however you certainly cannot see the joins. We spent much time in every room drinking in the atmosphere and wondering at the detail.

After our visit we enjoyed homemade cakes in the delightful tea room.

As we left we learned that you can rent The Hill House Apartment, formerly the children’s rooms on the top floor of the house. We are very tempted to do so on our next visit to Scotland.

Paul Ambler

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