Overlooking the River Clyde and the town of Helensburgh, Hill House in Glasgow was designed and furnished by famed Glasgow artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Walter Blackie commissioned Mackintosh to build the house in 1902. His sister in law had attended the Glasgow School of Art with the designer, so Mackintosh was not unknown to Blackie.
The house is reminiscent of a romantic Scottish castle, with a turret and slit windows. The interior was filled with Mackintosh's furniture and décor designs. The National Trust for Scotland have restored many of the rooms using old photographs, and original items of furnishing. One wall has been left intact, with the original faded stencil pattern. The famous angular designs and arts and crafts finish can be seen just about everywhere in Hill House: lighting, friezes, windows, staircases were all carefully planned by the artist. Mackintosh was not just concerned with an aesthetically pleasing house – a shower was installed, which was extremely high-tech at the time!
Surrounding Hill House are formal gardens that were also designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but not put in place until much later. Plants available at the beginning of the 20th century have been sourced, to make the garden as true as possible to Mackintosh's vision.
The ground floor of the house are accessible with wheelchairs and prams. A display book with pictures and descriptions of the first floor is available to view upon request. There is a storage area for prams, so that children can be carried to the first floor.
Parts of the garden are unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs, due to uneven surfaces and steep inclines. The shop and tea room are accessible for all.
Visitors with wheelchairs can park at the back of the house, where there is a ramped entrance.
Hill House is North-West of Glasgow, and easily accessible by car. The ferry from Gourock and Kilcreggan docks one mile from the property. Contact the house for up to date travel information, as times and routes change often.
Braille and large-print information sheets can be provided for blind or partially sighted visitors, by request at the admissions desk.
Toilets, disabled toilet and baby change facilities are available.
The tea room serves drinks and snacks. It only seats 16 people, so may be full during busy periods. An alternative is to use the picnic area, weather permitting.
There are two gift shops at Hill House. One sells unique goods made by modern designers, and the other is devoted to all things Mackintosh.
The Hill House
Upper Colquhoun Street
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley
Tel:0844 493 2208