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||The Hill House Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh G84 9AJ
||The Hill House Website
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1 April - 31 October, daily, 13.30-17.30. Last admission 5pm
About The Hill House
High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation.
The Hill House is a visually arresting mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design.
Mackintosh designed nearly everything inside the Hill House too, from the decorative schemes and the furniture to the fittings and contents.
His wife, Margaret Macdonald, designed and made many of the textiles as well as a beautiful fireplace panel. Much of the house has been restored so it looks almost exactly as it did in 1904 when its first residents, Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie and his family, moved in.
The beautiful, formal gardens have also been restored in line with the early designs, using plants that would have been available at the time.
A children’s quiz gives the kids things to look out for as they explore the house – it’s a fun way for them to learn about the work of Mackintosh and Macdonald.
They’ll also enjoy looking at the large 3D model of the Hill House, upstairs in one of the exhibition rooms.
If it’s a nice day, the beautiful gardens are a great place for a family picnic on the grass, particularly near the orchard when the apple blossom is out.
And don’t forget that the café serves delicious cakes which are bound to keep children of all ages happy!
The property occasionally holds events just for children, such as the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, so check the events page before you go as there may be something special happening.
Vibrant design shop selling unique items by contemporary designers. A second shop specialises in Mackintosh-inspired goods, and books of architectural and historical interest.
Wheelchair users can park temporarily at the rear of the property.
There is limited access at the House, with ramped access to the back of the House.
The Drawing Room, Dining Room, Hallway, tearoom and shop are all accessible. No wheelchair access to upper-floor rooms, but a display book and information on all rooms is available on request.
The large garden, with gravel paths and some inclines, is partially accessible for wheelchair users with assistance.
Accessible toilet is to the back of the property.
Braille guidebook and large print information sheets are available.