Hill House

Upper Colquhoun St, Helensburgh G84 9AJ, UK

In 1902, publisher Walter Blackie commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless mansion, now considered the architect’s domestic masterpiece. Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Mary Macdonald, designed almost everything here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles, using a visually arresting mix of Arts and Crafts, art nouveau, Scottish Baronial, and Japonisme styles. Today, visitors can tour the house, then head outside to explore the beautifully restored gardens, which feature the same plants used in the early 20th century. (Note: The Hill House is currently closed for restoration but is expected to reopen in May 2019.)

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Hill House, by Charles Rennie Macintosh

Hill House is a short train ride, plus a short walk up a hill from Glasgow. It’s one of architect Charles Rennie Macintosh’s most famous buildings. A great day trip. Beautifully restored, with lovely gardens and views of the water. Stop at the Riverhill Cafe Cafe at the foot of the hill for lunch.

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