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Hill House

Overview

This property is undergoing major renovation works and is currently "drying out" under a large box like structure. Please be aware of this before you go as it has a major visual impact and external pictures aren't practical at the present. It is still worth a visit as the interiors are time capsules displaying the brilliance of Mackintosh's  visionary designs. On the upside, the protective box has walkways that allow you elevated external vantage points of the house. 

The Hill House is arguably Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest piece of building design. The style is so clean and modern that it is amazing to learn that Mackintosh was originally commissioned to design it in 1902. The owner of the house, Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, wanted Mackintosh to design, not just the house, but most of the furniture and décor as well. The result is a beautifully coherent blend of form and colour. 

Credit for the Hill House doesn’t all go to Charles though, as his wife Margaret also contributed fabric design and a unique panel over the fireplace. 

The Helensburgh Hill House is a must for any Mackintosh enthusiast. There are several rooms open to the public, but the main ones of interest are the Drawing Room, Master Bedroom and the Hallway.

The Hallway is very beautiful in the fine detail of its design and the stencils on the walls. In contrast to the Dark wood of the entrance/hallway you then enter the bright and very modern feeling Drawing Room. Visitors are welcome to play the piano in this room, but it is the only piece of furniture that you may touch!!!

Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the house. You may find this frustrating as there are so many beautiful features that you will want to photograph.

Approximately half the rooms on the first floor are now empty of MacKintosh furniture and this is a little disappointing after you have seen how stunning the original rooms are.

When entering Helensburgh on the A818 from the A82, the road to the Hill House (Kennedy Drive) is the first on the right after the "Welcome to Helensburgh" sign.

Address:

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh G84 9AJ

Operated by:

National Trust for Scotland

Opening Hours:

3rd January to 22 December, Daily 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Admission:

Adult £ 12.50, Child £ 5.50, Family £ 28

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

Explanatory text: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Accessibility:

Limited access to the house and the gardens

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes, 1:30 to 4:30pm

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