The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, this iconic house and gardens date back to 1902.
The Hill House sits high above the Clyde in Helensburgh, commanding impressive views over the river. Walter Blackie, director of the well known Glasgow publishers, commissioned not only the house and garden, but much of the furniture and all the interior fittings and decorative schemes. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret MacDonald, contributed fabric designs and a unique gesso overmantel.
Hill House’s rooms boast a timeless quality, appearing much more modern than their 1904 design would suggest. This is due in part to the level of detail Mackintosh poured into the project, which allegedly stretched to the architect suggesting the colour of flowers the Blackies should place in their living room to ensure nothing clashed with the décor.
An information room interprets the relationship between architect and patron and provides a historical context for Inspirations, an exhibition in the upper east wing and the gardens. It brings together exceptional pieces of domestic design by great living designers, all of whom, in some way, pay homage to Mackintosh’s elegance and invention.
Hill House is run by the National Trust for Scotland, with admission free to all NTS members.