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Review of 78 Derngate

78 Derngate
Ranked #1 of 82 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 19 October 2009

78 Derngate is a tiny house. Just seven rooms and none of them over twelve feet square. But parts of it will take your breath away. The two next-door houses have been converted to accommodate the ticket desk, shop, restaurant, museum and function rooms, allowing 78 itself to be restored exactly and fully to the original Mackintosh and Bassett-Lowke design. Macintosh AND Bassett-Lowke? Yes. The interior of the house owes almost as much to the patron as the architect. Apart from a small detail on the newel post on the staircase, there are none of the fluid, organic Art Nouveau aspects of the earlier designs produced by Macintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald. The house is unremittingly geometric in the sparse, minimalist style favoured by the owner. Some of the details are stunning. Look out for the reflector on the light fitting and the cupboard latches in the hall-lounge, the dining room window, and the tiny chairs in the guest bedroom.
Finally, have lunch in the restaurant. Not cheap, but top quality ingredients competently cooked in a well-proportioned Georgian room with a huge bay window looking out over the truncated garden.
The house recently won a award as the best small visitor attraction in England. Spend half a day there and you'll see why.

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Reviewed 23 November 2008

My daughters (11 & 13) and I visited Northampton to stay with a relative who had recently moved to the area, therefore we were all new to the wonders of Northampton. So, we searched the internet for things to do and to our delight we found a real treasure right in the centre of Nortampton - 78 Derngate. Being lovers of Charles Rennie MacKintosh & Art Deco design we were thrilled to find the only CRM designed interior in England. You will not be disappointed if you too love CRM, even if you don't the whole project will interest you. The history of the house & its renovation is amazing. I take my children to NT properties etc but never have they entered rooms and exclaimed, "Wow!" We have returned for a mini-stay and will visit the house once again and this time sample the coffee shop and gallery. Can't wait!

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