Your perfect proposal at House for an Art Lover

The nights are getting longer and the air a little cooler, there’s nothing that beats a Scottish winter. But what you may not know is the winter months also happen to be engagement season. Starting in November and running through to February, it’s the most popular time of the year to get down on one knee. And what better place to propose than in Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow? With its historical landmarks, a host of bars and restaurants, and a range of shops, you’re spoiled for choice.

One of our partners, ROX Diamonds & Thrills, have featured us in their new interactive guide to proposals. Taking you through Glasgow, we think it’s the perfect tool to help you prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime moment. From getting pampered in preparation to finding the right location, it guides you around some of the city’s most romantic hotspots.

To make your moment even more special, why not choose House of an Art Lover to ask for their hand in marriage? We’re set in the beautiful Bellahouston Park which was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs, creating a truly breathtaking location. You can wander around our gardens, take in the art and enjoy a locally supplied lunch to round off your day.

With quirky spots such as ‘The Glasshouse,’ ‘The Maze’ and our ‘Elephant for Glasgow,’ you’re sure to find the ideal magical setting. Or, venture inside the ‘House for an Art Lover’, where you can pop the question and say ‘I do!’, all in the same place!

There’s something for every couple in ROX’s Glasgow guide to proposals. Just click on the locations for more tips and information on each stop-off.

So go on, take a look and explore the city that might one day change your life

See the full guide here!




Summer has arrived at House for an Art Lover

An Elephant in Bellahouston Park, no you’ve not read that wrong. If you head down to House for an Art Lover late this Autumn you will see just that, an elephant for Glasgow. Ok, so it’s not a real live elephant but it does promise to be visually stunning.

In partnership with House for an Art Lover Kenny Hunter has created a life-size ‘Elephant’ cast from recycled parts of locomotives, which he sourced from India and South Africa. Here’s where it comes full circle, the original locomotives where original built in Glasgow, truly bringing meaning to the name an Elephant for Glasgow.

You will be able to take in the sculpture later this year on the same site as the famous 1938 British Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park.

While we don’t want to jump too far into the future we have to tell you about a special event happening this October, which we are currently taking bookings for and predict will fill up fast.

On the 25th of October 2015 we will be hosting ‘Home from Home with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’. This full day event will provide those attending with a completely unique opportunity, only granted to a few, an in depth exploration of Mackintosh’s greatest domestic works.

Throughout the day you will meet Graham Roxburgh the man behind the idea of House for an Art Lover, you will then tour the house. After you have taken in everything House for an Art Lover has to offer you will be taken by bus to the Hunterian where you will be granted a tour of Mackintosh House, and after that you will visit Mackintosh’s most astounding domestic creation, his Glasgow home, Hill House.

This full on day of exploration in to Mackintosh’s greatest domestic works is truly not to be missed. We will supply you with refreshments throughout the day, a dedicated tour guide, coach transfers and entry into each of the houses. Buy your tickets here today.

Back to now and its summer in Glasgow. The city has loads to offer those who find themselves with a bit more time to spare over the summer holidays. For those of you looking for a new challenge this summer we have lots of exciting art classes to suit all ages, abilities and interests.

You can spend your summer learning how to paint portraits and landscapes, how to draw in pastels or how to make abstract collages. If you have little ones to amuse while the schools are shut then you should check out our art classes for 5-15 year olds.

Whether the sun is breaking through the clouds or the rain is coming down with force we have loads going on at House for an Art Lover. We hope to see you soon.

Thanks for reading,

Garry CEO

Meet Rachel our Wedding Coordinator

At House for an Art Lover we have an amazing team of people working hard everyday to make the house the inspiring place it is today.

We want to introduce some of the team to you to give you an idea of the people behind the house.

This week we got to meet up with Rachel the wedding coordinator to find out what she does for soon to be married couples.

House for an Art Lover has well and truly cemented itself as one of Glasgow's coolest wedding venues, and the couples who choose to get hitched at the house are as stylish as the venue.

Rachel spends her days helping brides and grooms navigate the sometimes tricky world of weddings. With her help the couples plan their wedding from start to finish.

Here's 10 things Rachel wanted you to know about having a wedding at the house.

1. My days are spent helping couples plan the perfect day, sometimes that's answering emails and phone calls, showing couples around the house or making the final preparations for the day itself.

2. We can offer loads of advice when it comes to stockists and suppliers.

3. I spend a lot of time researching themes for couples and creating mood boards to let them visualise what they can do with the space.

4. We only hold one wedding a day meaning your wedding is always our top priority.

5. We hold your ceremony, dinner and evening reception in different rooms. This allows your guests to see the whole house and no waiting for us to set up a room as it's all done in advance.

6. We are a one of a kind venue and the maximum we can accommodate for day guests is 110, providing a unique and intimate setting for your guests.

7. We are one of, if not the most, unique venues in Scotland.

8. We are only a six minute drive from Glasgow city centre but set in the most tranquil grounds, transporting you from the hustle and bustle of the city to the countryside.

9. The house with it's famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh influence makes it instantly stylish and romantic.

10. The house has an amazingly dedicated team on hand to help with every aspect of your day. There really isn't anything else like House for an Art Lover for a one of a kind wedding.

If you are looking for a unique Glasgow wedding venue then get in touch with Rachel on 0141 353 4773 or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. check out the wedding section of the House for an Art Lover website to find out more about having a wedding at House for an Art Lover.

Meet Felicity our Cafe Manager

If you have ever visited House for an Art Lover then you will understand it's appeal if not then you had better get yourself along, the houses intrigue really can't be aptly explained in words even by the best of writers.

The house has cemented itself as a modern, stylish and wildly unique venue for a day out, a spot of lunch or to celebrate a momentous occasion. The charm of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work is present and ready to be enjoyed in every corner of the house.

We wanted to find out more about the house and why it's one of Glasgow's coolest venues. To do that we had to meet the team who work in the house day in day out to maintain it's unique charm.

We met up with Felicity the Art Lover's Café Manager to find out all about the house and the café.

Here's 10 things Felicity wants you to know about the café.

1. It's all about friendly and efficient service.

2. Our menus are seasonal and frequently change.

3. Our thick cut chips, served with our trendy new burger, have made diners mouth water from the smell alone.

4. The chocolate and cointreau delice is out of this world and tastes so good we never feel guilty about the extra calories.

5. I have never tasted anything as good as our sea bass, and we eat at lot's of restaurants, for market research of course.

6. We have sourced the most amazing gluten free cakes from a baker in Bearsden just outside of the city.

7. We have a brand new selection of low alcoholic wines.

8. Our terrace is a sun trap and perfect for those summer lunches.

9. Unlike many places, our set lunch menu changes daily meaning you can come back everyday to take advantage of the deal and never get the same thing twice.

10. Last but not least our diners come first at the café and we will make sure you have a great visit.

The Art Lover's Café can accommodate private dining and offers special occasion menus so you can enjoy a birthday, anniversary or graduation from the luxurious café.

If you are looking for an everyday option then you can dine from the set lunch menu, that Felicity mentioned earlier, for only £11.99 for 2 courses and £14.99 for 3 courses.

If the sun is shining you will be able to enjoy your meal, a lite bite or a cup of coffee from the terrace overlooking the beautiful Bellahouston park.

Check out all the menus that the café has to offer here and get yourself along for a visit today.

From the time we spent in the café and the dishes we saw leaving the kitchen we are sure you won't be disappointed by your visit. Contact Felicity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your table.


Spring has arrived at House for an Art Lover

The clocks have sprung forward, the nights are getting lighter and it's officially spring. House for an Art Lover looks particularly beautiful this time of year, but that's not the only thing we have to look forward to, we have lots of exciting exhibits and events happening right on our doorstep.

Moonjung Hwang is our inspiring artist in Residence. Moonjung is a South Korean artist who recently graduated from the M.Litt Sculpture programme at Glasgow School of Art. Her work has a strong connection with architecture and its surroundings. From Friday the 17th April to Thursday the 30th of April you will be able to visit her exhibition in the ART PARK Studio Pavilion. Moonjung has proposed to develop a monumental sculpture or a living book about life in Bellahouston Park of which she is the editor. This exciting exhibit is definitely not to be missed. Find out more about the exhibit here.

Wedding season is almost in full swing here at the house so we thought it was the perfect time to remind you that we don’t just host awesome weddings, in fact the house is available for lot's of private events. Whether it’s for a birthday party, anniversary, christening or just a get together with friends, our venues and menus make the perfect setting. Check out the venues we have on offer and read some of our testimonials here.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his designs are known throughout the world. Whether it’s for his high backed chairs or iconic typography they are timeless pieces. Where better to indulge in Mackintosh inspired gifts, stationery or furniture than at House for an Art Lover itself. We even sell gift cards, available here, take the stress out of present buying and give the gift of Mackintosh today.

In this months blog post we wanted to give you all an insight to the man behind the house, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, by giving you 10 facts about the world famous designer you might not know.

1 . Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow on the 7th of June 1868, the fourth of eleven children.

2 . Charles' mother was Margaret Rennie and his father William Mackintosh a superintendent and chief clerk of the City of Glasgow Police.

3 . Margaret Macdonald, Charles' wife and an artist whose designs become some of the most renowned during the 'Glasgow Style' of the 1890s, was born in 1864 in Tipton and only moved to Glasgow in 1890.

4 . Mackintosh walked with a limp and had a problem with his right eye which caused it to droop.

5 . Mackintosh was able to make an architectural tour of Italy after winning the prestigious Alexander Thomson travelling scholarship while studying at Glasgow School of Art.

6 . Mackintosh was briefly engaged to Jessie Keppie the sister of John Keppie, his employer in the firm Honeyman and Keppie. Mackintosh broke off the engagement to pursue and eventually marry Jessie's best friend Margaret Macdonald, leaving her heartbroken. Jessie was to remain a spinster for the rest of her life.

7 . Margaret and Charles married on August 22, 1900 in Dumbarton.

8 . Only a few months after designing House for an Art Lover Mackintosh entered the competition to design Liverpool Cathedral, his work wasn't shortlisted.

9  . 1914 Mackintosh and MacDonald moved to the Suffolk village of Walberswick. While there he was accused of being a German spy and briefly arrested in 1915. Fearing they had a spy in their midst, the police called in the army. When soldiers arrived at his home, they were convinced Mackintosh was German after failing to understand his strong Glaswegian accent.

10 . Mackintosh smoked a pipe and died of cancer in the winter of 1928.

Thanks for reading,

Garry CEO


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