ROAMING// Glasgow Mini Guide #3

Hello! So today I’m sharing the final installment of my mini Glasgow guide. To look at the last 2 posts click here and here. I’ve featured a couple of video montages as well as photos in the other posts but today decided against it. You see, this place is BEAUTIFUL. As in one of the most beautiful houses I’ve been to. So I don’t want to ruin the experience for you by giving too much away!DSC_0140I am talking about the House for an Art Lover. This house is in Bellahouston Park and was built in the 90’s based on the designs of Scottish artist Charles Renee Mackintosh. Now, you don’t have to be in to art or architecture to appreciate the designs of this house. I definitely have no experience!! As it was built fairly recently, it is unlike other houses and museums in that you can interact with the objects for example playing the piano or sitting at the dining table. It makes the experience a lot more real and allows you to feel a real part of the surroundings. You can even pretend you live there until some other strangers walk in the room and ruin the illusion! Hehe.

DSC_0173I won’t share many pictures of the house because as I said, I don’t want to spoil the magic. It is filled with the most beautifully crafted pieces of furniture and fittings all in the style of Mackintosh though, and everything is so precise. All the tiny details are what made it kind of magical. Above is me pretending I could play piano (and wishing I hadn’t given up years ago!) on the most stunning grand piano! We spent a good 3 hours of so looking around and listening to the audio guide which, unlike some others, was really interesting and helpful. There was a wedding being held in the house when we were there so we were slightly conscious of time, plus we had a restaurant booking, but you could easily spend all day in the house looking around and relaxing in each room.

DSC_0236 DSC_0277As well as the house, there are beautifully landscaped gardens around the House which you can wander in. I’m a sucker for walled gardens so this bit was pretty magical for me!

DSC_0242 DSC_0278 DSC_0275I got so many flower pictures… all yellow! You can so tell what my favourite colour is, can’t you?! DSC_0309 DSC_0335 DSC_0317I loved getting lots of snaps with my Mum and Grandma over the weekend. I don’t get enough opportunities to get these sort of pics, either because I’m behind the camera or we’re at opposite ends of the country!! We all felt super summery on our day out.

I also need to give a mention to the restaurant cafe at the House for an Art Lover. Oh, my gosh. That good. It was delicious! As the House is clearly quite established as a place for lunch and catch ups with friends, there was a lovely atmosphere. The service was brilliant and the food incredible at not expensive prices! If you decide to visit for the day, I’d definitely recommend stopping in for lunch, dinner or just afternoon tea because it was a lovely experience to top off the whole day. The gift shop was also great, have an array of Mackintosh designs, pretty gift bits and fudge from the Wee Fudge Company. If you haven’t tried their fudge, please do! It is so yummy and the lady who makes it is equally lovely 🙂

So, that is all for my Glasgow mini guide! I expect I will be doing more of this type of thing as other friends and family come up to visit and as I continue to explore this city myself. I had an amazing weekend with Grandma and Mum and every day was exciting and magical! It made me feel all inspired and happy to be out and about looking at beautiful sights.

I hope I’ve given some of you just a little bit of inspiration if you live in or are just visiting Glasgow. If you have any tips on cafes, restaurants, houses, museums or just places to wander about, I would love to hear! And if you choose to go to any of the places I visited, I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it 🙂

Thank you so much for reading. It always makes me smile.

Lots of love,

Kath xxx

LINKS

House for an Art Lover house – QUICK TIP: although the opening times are on the website, they fluctuate because of weddings and so on. I’d call ahead so you’re not disappointed to find out when they’re open and if there are any restrictions on that day!

House for an Art Lover restaurant 

The Wee Fudge Co.

 

 

 

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