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“tour too long” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 78 Derngate

78 Derngate
78 Derngate, Northampton, England
01604 603407
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Northampton
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Owner description: This early 19th-century house is the only Charles Rennie Mackintosh to be found outside of Scotland.
Northampton, United Kingdom
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“tour too long”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

The tour guide was unable to be succinct and told anecdote after anecdote. He also expressed his personal and political opinions rather to freely. Much better to let the rooms speak for themselves.

Sorry to be rude but some people need to be told when to shut up.

Excellent tea rooms.

Visited February 2012
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Leeds
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“Excellent example of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in England”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Easy to find in the centre of Northampton a short walk from a large car park this little property is well worth a visit. We timed our arrival so we could eat lunch in the excellent Dining room. Be warned, the Dining room is very small so arrive early (12ish) or book a table. The food is excellent but does take a while to arrive (small kitchen with only 1 cook). We had booked a guided tour to get the full experience. This doesn't cost any more but you are guided by an expert who gives you loads of information you would otherwise miss. The building wasn't designed by Mackintosh it was re modelled so is different from the Scottish buildings. Although the house is small and RCM only designed 2 interior rooms they have WOW factor so if you are in the area and love RCM definitely give your self a treat!

Visited February 2012
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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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“Migraine -inducing hallway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

But once past that it is fascinating - you don't often see an ordinary house as "made over" by a famous architect. Cafe has delicious food and there is a great exhibition as well

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england
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“Full filled all my expectations and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Great afternoon out, especially if you like the work of Charles rennie Macintosh and the style of that period. this house is a a treasure that northampton should promote more in my opinion to our American cousins.

Visited July 2011
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Art Deco Masterpiece”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

Well worth a visit. Lovingly restored example of Rennie Mackintosh work (only oneoutside Scotland). It also gives an insight into one of the important characters in Northampton's history. A little research can lead you on a fascinating trail that will take in St Matthews Church with its art works, the university campus at St Georges Avenue (fund raising led by Basset-Lowke), the Park Campus with some superb examples of Bassett-Lowkes model making skills in the Library entrance and even a glimpse of on the first Bauhouse homes erected in England (You need to search for this). Who says Northampton is boring.

Visited June 2011
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