Brantwood was the home John Ruskin from 1872 until the
death of Ruskin in 1900. The house is situated on the
east side of Coniston Water [opposite Coniston itself]
and is regarded as one of the finest houses within the
Lake District with Brantwood offering excellent views
of the mountains over Coniston Water.
Brantwood used to be the home of William Linton who
was a printer and engraver, his wife writing Victorian
novels and the house being built around 1797 and being
little more than a large cottage.
Ruskin purchased the house without seeing it , his
thoughts on seeing it was "dilapidated and dismal"
he paid the sum of one thousand five hundred [£1,500]
pounds for Brantwood, but he did say "On the whole,
the finest view I know in Cumberland or Lancashire".
He moved into Brantwood with his cousin Joan Severn
and set about repairing the house. The first addition
to the house was the bedroom turret, which had some
excellent views. Over the coming years the house was
extended, with Ruskin also purchasing land to add onto
While he lived here, he filled the house with priceless
art and treasures. You can see Ruskin's drawings and
watercolours, along with his furniture, books and his
personal items. You can also see a video presentation
and special displays which provide a fascinating insight
into Ruskin's work and the way he lived in the house.
Ruskin died he left the house to his cousin Mrs. Severn
and her husband. In 1924 when Mrs. Severn died, her
husband moved back to London, to a house that was given
to them by Ruskin, and began sell off the treasures
of Brantwood which included the Turners along with the
best items from the house.
Fortunately a wealthy collector J.Howard Whitehouse
went around buying back all the Ruskin possessions he
could find and he also founded the Birmingham Ruskin
Society and a boys school in Bembridge, Isle of Wight
There is excellent bookshop where you can purchase
Ruskin literature and related art or you could have
something to eat and drink at Jumping Jenny's with the
restaurant being licensed.
Take a walk through the gardens and woodlands that
cover over thirty  acres. In early spring wild daffodils
and snowdrops can be seen and later on in the season
the figs and vines that have ripen can also be seen.
Gardens include the Fern Maze, Moorland Garden, Professor's
Garden, Zig Zaggy, and more...
Through out the year there are various Exhibitions,
Events and Study Courses held, for more information
please E-mail them or visit their Web site see below:
To make an excellent visit to Brantwood, why not take
the steam yacht Gondola
or on a Coniston Launch and make it a day
to remember from Coniston.
It is advisable to
contact Brantwood prior to your visit if there is something
specific you wish to see or any alterations have been
made to the Opening times and the attraction itself.
Further information and details on opening
times, costs and facilities please contact or
visit their website.
Location - Brantwood,
Coniston, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA21 8AD