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From Victoriana to Art Nouveau

2 nights starting from
£379

  • 78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s only significant English work

  • Wrest Park, The Earl de Grey's 19th century grandiose mansion

  • Kelmarsh Hall and the legacy of society decorator, Nancy Lancaster

  • Higgins Art Gallery, with its Victorian house and decorative arts gallery

  • Ashby St Ledgers Church with Lutyens memorial 

2018 marked the 150th birthday of acclaimed architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Join Prof. Anne Anderson to look at 78 Derngate in Northampton, his only significant architectural work in the UK and explore the Victoriana of country houses at Wrest Park and Kelmarsh Hall, as well as the Higgins Gallery at Bedford and the church at Ashby St Ledgers, with its Lutyens memorial.

Available Departures

From

07 - June - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

18 - October - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Northampton Marriott from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Anne – ‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh: from Art Nouveau to Modernism’.

Day 2: Wrest Park and The Higgins Gallery, Bedford.
A varied day as we head to Wrest Park, a 19th century house following the style of an 18th century French chateau, with magnificent 18th century gardens. After free time for lunch we then head to the excellent and recently-restored Higgins Gallery in Bedford, with its Victorian house (home to the Higgins brewing family) and Burges gallery. 

Day 3: 78 Derngate, Kelmarsh Hall and Ashby St Ledgers.
Our first visit of the day is to 78 Derngate, a Georgian house that had its interior extensively remodelled in 1916 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh – the only significant Mackintosh work south of the Scottish border. Mackintosh’s designs incorporated bold colours, clean geometric forms and Art Nouveau furnishings and display his tendencies towards Modernism. Then to Kelmarsh Hall, built in the 1730s for the Hanbury family but redesigned by early 20th century society decorator, Nancy Lancaster, whose spirit pervades the house today. Finally to Ashby St Ledgers, whose church includes a memorial to Lutyens. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 29 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Northampton Marriott, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Northampton Marriott Hotel 
Located close to J15 off the M1, the modern, four-star Northampton Marriott Hotel offers a bar, restaurant, indoor pool, gym and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. Complimentary car parking is availalbe at the hotel. 

Northampton Marriott Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-October-2018


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As always, very satisfied!

Review by Richards who travelled 19-October-2018


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Oscar the coach driver was very good. Some of the staircases in the houses visited were very steep and needed careful management. Only our opinion but you fit a lot into the time which would not leave any free time at the hotel base.

Review by BATES who travelled 19-October-2018


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Prof and Dr Anderson were an absolute mine of information and we will most definitely book a tour with them again. Not only so knowledgeable but also exemplary at managing the group. These two are gems . As a retired educationist myself I really appreciated their enthusiasm for the subject, they totally captivate the audience, and we can’t wait for another opportunity to benefit from their expertise.

Review by Brooking who travelled 19-October-2018


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I would suggest more time at two sites per day with an earlier dinner/talk or talk/dinner, maybe fitting in Ashby St Ledgers on the first afternoon and forgetting the Swiss Garden.

Review by Turner who travelled 10-August-2018


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the swiss garden was a bit of a let down after the build up,not much to see.

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Review by Austin who travelled 03-August-2018


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Just a small quibble regarding the hotel accommodation, suggest walk-in showers preferred by your older clients as much safer, but apart from that food and room and location very good

Review by Johnson who travelled 03-August-2018


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The tour didn’t seem to be very well planned and was rather chaotic at times. The visits to Wrest Park, The Higgins Gallery and Kelmarsh were excellent and the undoubted highlight was Derngate. The Swiss Gardens and Ashby St Ledger seemed unnecessary and if excluded would allow longer at the other places. The evening lectures were rather long causing the meal to be served quite late after a tiring day. The hotel was comfortable with good food and pleasant staff but the air conditioning/heating unit in our room was rather noisy.

Review by Hart who travelled 08-June-2018


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The tour was excellent.

Review by Britton who travelled 08-June-2018


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