"Unto this Last"

The final years of one the brightest stars of European culture: John Ruskin

When, in 1890, John Ruskin decided to bite his tongue, the most controversial, outrageous but candid voice of the 19th century became silent. He gave himself to the Lake District of England, a region he loved more than any other place, which had left a mark on him, Lake Geneva, Glenfinlas, Venice… You could see his silhouette cut against the shore of Coniston waters, or rowing across to Susie Beaver - one of the few people he still communed with - or walking in his moorland garden at Brantwood, an estate he had purchased as part of a plan to protect the region from the ravages of urbanization. Continue reading  


Ruskin’s former home is a vibrant centre for the arts and has a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Brantwood offers an inspiring vision into the world of John Ruskin in the last 28 years of his life, in these Lakes which he helped to conserve with his untiring action. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. Our visitors are free to explore the rooms and house stewards are on hand to answer questions. There are a range of quizzes and activities for children to enjoy.



Two independent Self catering units, accommodating up to 11 guests with stunning lake views of Coniston Water in the heart of the Lake District.

Events & Weddings

Celebrate your special day at Brantwood overlooking Coniston Water with spectacular views of Coniston Old Man. 

Garden Estate, Visits

Brantwood has unique and beautiful mountainside gardens set in a 250 acre wood estate, forged by the vision of Ruskin. Enjoy spectacular views over Consiton Water and the fells beyond. At the café, enjoy delicious food with spectacular views. 


The Brandwood Trust Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AD


For more information on Brantwood, please visit http://www.brantwood.org.uk/