The Hill House in Helensburgh is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation.
It is a visually arresting mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial, and Japonisme architecture and design.
Mackintosh designed nearly everything inside the Hill House too, from the decorative schemes and the furniture to the fittings and contents. His wife, Margaret Macdonald, designed and made many of the textiles as well as a beautiful fireplace panel.
To protect the Hill House, National Trust for Scotland set on a pioneering conservation programme. The first stage saw the construction of the Hill House Box, a protective steel frame structure covered in a chainmail mesh designed to protect the house from the rain. This will allow the walls to dry and prevent further damage.
Arguably as pioneering as the Hill House in 1904, the Box, along with a new visitor centre, will deliver a unique visitor experience.
Discover parts of the Hill House usually hidden from view on the walkways around the house. For those with a head for heights, venture onto the walkway over the roof to see the house in a way that even Mackintosh himself could not experience! While on the walkways, enjoy the spectacular views of Helensburgh and the surrounding area.