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Review of 78 Derngate

78 Derngate
Ranked #1 of 60 things to do in Northampton
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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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

amazing reconstruction of mckintosh house a must for all crm fans even those who are not converts would be impressed by qualit yof exhibition

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Intimate with Charles Rennie Macintosh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Absolute delight. We had a personable, knowledgeable guide who brought the house alive. A good understanding of the owner and his reasons for commissioning Rennie MacIntosh made a small house a large experience. Don't leave Northampton without paying this a visit. Again it is operated by 'Friends', another architectural gem saved for Northampton.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank S M
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Perth, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Visit to Charles Rennie MacIntosh works.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Love this mans work and genius. Would recommend this place to everybody interested in brilliant design.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Ozziemo
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Derby, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Best thing in Northampton!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Had wanted to visit here since 'doing the CRM trail' in Glasgow, and it didn't disappoint. Felt it was worth taking the guided tour (ours was with the man who lives next door, but obviously knew his stuff!) but you can do it on your own. The accompanying exhibits and information add good context and give more of an idea of Bassett-Lowkes' life. Whilst most things (furniture, wallpaper, patterns) are reproductions, the effect is so 'CRM' that you don't mind!

Unfortunately, our tour finished slightly too late to catch 'afternoon tea' in the adjacent Dining Room restaurant - which looked good! The fairly steep entrance price might deter those not so interested in architecture/design but just as a piece of 'recent history', it was fascinating.

If you then want to find B-L's subsequent house - New Ways - built in the Bauhaus style, head up Wellingborough Rd to Abington Park, turn right at the major junction (towards Weston Favell & Wellingborough) and after about half a mile, it's on the right-hand side, tucked away behind a brick wall, but not quite as 'hidden' as the guide suggested. Be aware that it is still in private hands and they might not welcome 'snappers'! It looked equally as 'eccentric' as 78 Derngate.

Visited August 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

As a huge admirer of Mackintosh I had followed the transformation of Derngate with interest so to visit has made my bucket list one item lighter.
I was not at all disappointed, in fact I was utterly overwhelmed by the work and faithful reproduction, using so much of the original features. Absolutely stunning. The modern additional building sitting comfortably side by side with the original house.
Our guide was a gem in herself informative and enthusiastic.
Wonderful and well worth the visit

Visited August 2013
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