Places to visit

The Hill House

The Hill House

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic masterpiece on a grand scale

  • Admire the visually arresting mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design.

  • Restored by the National Trust for Scotland to look almost exactly as it did in 1904.

  • Don’t miss Margaret Macdonald’s sensual ‘sleeping princess’ gesso panel above the drawing room fireplace.

  • Look out for the ‘Glasgow rose’, which can be found all through the house, one of the classic emblems associated with Mackintosh.

  • Wander round the beautiful garden, restored using plants that would have been available in the early 20th century.

The Hill House is a masterpiece on a grand scale. Working to a commission from publishing magnate Walter Blackie, celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald, created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles.   

Think early 20th-century Scottish design and you’re bound to conjure up images of Mackintosh’s geometric lines and elegant purity. His creations were exquisitely simple and have become icons of the Glasgow Arts & Crafts movement. 

Outside, the beautiful garden has also been restored in line with some of the early designs and reflects the palette of Mackintosh colours.