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“Not what I expected”
Review of 78 Derngate

78 Derngate
Ranked #2 of 59 things to do in Northampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton. Designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, the house has been meticulously restored and opened to the public. On site: a boutique restaurant, light-filled art galleries, a stylish design shop and elegant spaces that can be hired for meetings, events and functions. 78 Derngate was the architect's final major commission; his visionary patron, Northampton model engineer, W.J Bassett-Lowke. It is the only place in the world where Mackintosh's mature architectural and interior style can be seen in their original setting. As such, the house has drawn many thousands of visitors from around the globe. Now you can follow in their footsteps and see this unique work from one of Britain's most influential and celebrated designers. Please note: To post a review for The Dining Room Restaurant ( a separate business ) you should search for their separate TripAdvisor page. Thankyou!
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The property covers 3 houses and to get to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh section you have to go through the reception down steps into the garden and into a section with an interesting timeline showing CRM the owners and what was happening in the rest of the world. We ventured without a tour guide and found the information in each room was interesting and not over detailed but we were disappointed to find that the owners of the house had done a lot of the designing themselves and the lady of the house had described some items as overbearing (I have to agree with her for the front reception), the rooms were small and every spare space had been used the decoration did not include the well-known designs CRM, I was a little disappointed.
The property includes exhibitions which are changed periodically, a shop of the usual CRM souvenirs, and a tea room which served a very acceptable menu.

Thank JoPattern
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

What a find this is! A perfect little gem of a museum. If you aren't a Charles Rennie McIntosh fan before you arrive, you soon will be. The restaurant looked attractive, too, but was fully booked even early in the day.

1  Thank malaita
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Sorry but I was. A visit here has been on my wish list since its opening and not living locally it has taken a while to get there. On our way home from holidaying in the North of England I made sure that this time we made time to stop here. Even stayed in Northampton so could go there first thing.
The welcome is very good, although we were told 2 school parties about to arrive so may want to miss introductory video to get round before they started - then they arrived! We duly set on our way after putting on the obligatory blue plastic overshoes. What! We have visited very many stately homes or homes of interest and never had that before.
No photography allowed so interested to see visitor photos with reviews.
The lounge is the only complete room in the house others are recreated with some original features others half empty.
Well at least I can tick it off my bucket list

Thank Gardengel-IoW
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Well worth a visit to see this fabulous place. Lovingly restored to its former glory and a fine example of the work of Charles Rennie MacIntosh. Friendly, helpful staff. The tea room is cosy and the afternoon tea I shared with friends was delicious!

Thank Lesley1412
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

It's a fascinating property full of history. You can feel the tangibility of its former use as a family home.
Moving through the house into the museum will fill you with information and you will be amazed by the models on display.
Oh, and do t forget to pop into the cafe and shop before you leave...

Thank Lakeworth1
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