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High Cross House - CLOSED

Dartington Hall Estate, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6ED, England
+44 1803 842382
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Good to have access but needs more doing.

Pleased to discover this newly opened period house through this listing on Tripadvisor. And I agree... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2012
Jannerbloke
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Devon
Art versus Period Furniture

Whilst I applaud NT for bringing in different types of buildings and I enjoyed some of the artwork... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2012
ANN K
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Built for William Curry, headmaster of Dartington Hall School, this Modernist gem was commissioned by Leonard Elmhirst and designed by William Lescaze in 1932. The house still evokes the ‘serenity, clarity and a kind of openness’ described by Curry. High Cross is one of Britain’s most celebrated Modern residences, and we are presenting it to the public under our management, working in partnership with the owners of High Cross House, the Dartington Hall Trust until 29 December 2013 when we will be closing the doors of High Cross House to visitors and subsequently ending the lease with the Dartington Hall Trust.In March 2012, we agreed to manage High Cross House as a Trust property on a ten year lease; this included a two-year ‘break-clause’. We took on the house with its indigenous furniture only; the living and dining rooms shown in their original state but the rest of the house as an exhibition area for local artists.Despite hugely raising the profile of High Cross House, visitor figures continue to be below target and therefore are not generating enough income to make it financially sustainable. Experience has shown us that ‘new’ properties normally have high visitor numbers in their opening year due to significant levels of publicity and Member curiosity and drop significantly in subsequent years.Gary Calland, General Manager for the National Trust English Riviera properties said: ‘Although of course we are disappointed at having to take this decision, over 21,000 people came and visited High Cross House in 2012, that’s something we should be proud of. As a charity we must ensure that we do all we can to protect the many properties, coast and countryside we already own and care for’.Vaughan Lindsay Chief Executive of The Dartington Hall Trust said: ’As a Trust we are keen to give the public access to our Estate. Our gardens, in particular, attract many people to explore and experience their beauty. And we wanted to see if opening up High Cross House in partnership with the National Trust could also be successful. Unfortunately, the house has not attracted as many people as had been hoped for and the National Trust have decided they don’t want to continue with the arrangement. We will now be looking at alternative ways we can share this remarkable modernist building.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good18%
  • Average22%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible7%
Dec 23, 2013
“Goodbye to High Cross House”
Oct 24, 2013
“A little too modern for us”
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Dartington Hall Estate, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6ED, England
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Pleased to discover this newly opened period house through this listing on Tripadvisor. And I agree with most of the preceding comments. I daresay a good deal of the original furniture and furnishings were made for the house. Assembling a fresh collection must be difficult...More

3  Thank Jannerbloke
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Glad to hear that you are pleased to have discovered us. High Cross House is very much an evolving project, so do come back and see us againI don't believe that the house was ever used in Poirot filming - but it would be perfect...More

Reviewed September 3, 2012

Whilst I applaud NT for bringing in different types of buildings and I enjoyed some of the artwork displayed (Dick Bixby and Get Clobbered), it would be really good if they had more furniture of the 30's in the rooms to enhance the feeling of...More

4  Thank ANN K
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thank you and good to hear that you enjoyed some of the art work by Dick Bixby and Get Clobbered. We appreciate your comments for some more period furniture, please do come and visit us again soon.

Reviewed July 15, 2012

This architecturally iconic building is presented in a oddly disjointed way which is very disappointing. Much of the artwork is not in context in terms of the building. What a missed opportunity! At the time of the conception of this building Dartington was groundbreaking socially,...More

6  Thank HeritageRanter
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thank you for your comments. I am sad to hear that you were disappointed by your visit. High Cross House is still very much a work in progress, and we are working on ways in which we're presenting it. Your reviews mean a lot to...More

Reviewed June 26, 2012

Yes I know that sounds like nonsense, but as reviewer Lou_Rolls has said very well, restoration of this stunning house is still a work in progress. Having only just been taken over by the National Trust, it is expensive to visit and some of the...More

4  Thank Shoebecky
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Visitor Experience Intern at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thank you for your comments, it doesn't sound like nonsense, we really appreciate your honesty as as you have said, it is very much a work in progress. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the cafe and the 'swaying trees' and beautiful views! Please do...More

Reviewed June 4, 2012

The Hill Corss house was years ahead of its time. Despite being designed by an American Architect he had a great insight into British weather. He included a variety of spaces around the house: a) Indoor spaces with view to the outside. b) Outdoor garden...More

3  Thank SeeburgDL
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing Intern at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Thank you so much for your response and comments. We really appreciate any feedback you have for our new addition to the English Riviera, High Cross House. Thank you for noting all the spaces that make High Cross such an amazing and special place, they...More

Reviewed May 22, 2012

High Cross is among the top five Modernist houses in the country so we were delighted to have the chance to visit it. High Cross House, near Totnes in Devon, is a stunning house in the International Modern style designed by Swiss-American architect William Lescaze...More

3  Thank Friendlypers0n
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing Intern at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Thank you so much for you lovely comments. So glad that you enjoyed the way that we have interpreted the house so far. You are very right in saying that a lot of the house is still a work in progress so we do appreciate...More

Reviewed May 19, 2012

Upon arriving we were impressed by this 1930's minimalist property (very controversial in it's time). We paid just shy of £10 each and our stay was short. In each room there is information about how the room used to be. In the main sitting room...More

5  Thank Lou_Rolls
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing Intern at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Thank you for your comments. Lovely to hear that you were impressed by the house and that you enjoyed how we have interpreted and restored the main sitting room. Sorry to hear that you felt disappointed by the cost and with some of our exhibitions....More

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