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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1332574



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Windermere

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

Grade: I

Date first listed: 08-May-1950

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 351655

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BELLE ISLE 1. 1834 Belle Isle (Also known as Island House and Longholme) SD 39 NE 7/41 8.5.50. I 2. Built 1774, designed by John Plaw, it was the first house in the Lake District to be built for picturesque reasons. Unique in having a circular plan. Crowned by a dome with a lantern. Ionic entrance portico of 4 unfluted columns, and Venetian windows in the other cardinal sides. The basement is square, with 3 storeys and attics above in a cylinder. The island was landscaped by Thomas White in the 1780's. See Country Life article.

Listing NGR: SD3928496478

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Country Life' in Country Life, ()
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 9 Cumbria,

National Grid Reference: SD 39284 96478


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