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The Hill House, Helensburgh

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  • Address: Upper Colquhoun St, Helensburgh G84 9AJ, United Kingdom

Hill House with walkways around the building

Most of Mackintosh’s best known buildings are in or very near Glasgow city centre. But travel 20 miles west along the Clyde and you come to an altogether different setting. 

The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, Mackintosh and his wife Margaret created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles. Venture inside to see Mackintosh’s iconic creations and find out about the people that lived here. Don’t miss Margaret’s Sleeping Princess gesso panel above the drawing room fireplace!

Hill House with mesh box surrounding building

The National Trust for Scotland have embarking on a 10-year conservation programme, which will allow continued public access to the house, but also offer views of the Hill House that have never been seen before, even by Mackintosh himself. Stage one opened to visitors in early June 2019, with a protective steel frame structure covered in chainmail mesh, featuring walkways around and over the top of the house. This structure, along with a new visitor centre, will deliver a unique heritage visitor experience.