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

  • Stoneywell – an Arts & Crafts cottage designed by Ernest Gimson

  • 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 or Dr Scott Anderson to look at 78 Derngate in Northampton, his only significant architectural work in England and explore the Victoriana of country house at Wrest Park and Arts & Crafts cottage Stoneywell, as well as the Higgins Gallery at Bedford and the church at Ashby St Ledgers, with its Lutyens memorial.

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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 or Scott– ‘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. Evening talk by Anne ‘A Leicester Boy: Ernest Gimson and the Arts & Crafts’ followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 3:  Stoneywell, Ashby St Ledgers and 78 Derngate.
Our first visit of the day is to Stoneywell Cottage, home to Arts  & Crafts pioneer Ernest Gimson and an architectural jewel, epitomising William Morris' golden rule: 'have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful'. This is  followed by a visit 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. After lunch we move 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 30 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
  • Double for sole use 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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Didn't like being told that a speaker was being removed but in the end it worked out brilliantly as Scott delivered at full power from beginning to end with a superb logically consistent portrait of the subject

Review by Burns who travelled 18-October-2019


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A very busy weekend!!!

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We always enjoy our short holidays with Travel Editions, but this one was really above expectations. The content of the visits, and Dr Scott Anderson's explanations of what we were seeing was excellent at drawing together that whole period of history for us. We shall certainly be doing more trips with you.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 18-October-2019


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Excellent talks and interesting places to visit.

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No. of passengers c28. An enjoyable well organised tour. Everyone was well looked after. The programme of visits and talks was well thought through and I learned a lot as well enjoying what I saw.

Review by Wigley who travelled 18-October-2019


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I was disappointed that Anne Anderson had a "diary clash" as she was the main reason I chose the tour. I mentioned to Scott Anderson that it would have been helpful if instructions for driving to the Marriott had mentioned that the exit from the A45 was at the Brackmills interchange. I think that it would have been better if the welcome drink on Friday had been served while we stood up as this would have enabled us to circulate before sitting down for the talk and dinner. The talk on Friday was about what we were seeing on Sunday, whereas we learned about the places we visited on Saturday only after we had seen them. In spite of these comments, I enjoyed the tour!

Review by Fawcett who travelled 18-October-2019


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Our first Travel Editions tour and we were happy with it. My impression form the brochure was that there would be more on the stated them, Victoriana to Modernism. Some of the country house and garden visits were not directly relevant to that. I thought that there could perhaps be better co-ordination between the on-site guides and the tour leaders /speaker at evening lectures. Some duplication would in that way be avoided.

Review by Owen who travelled 07-June-2019


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We would prefer a dinner allowance and then pay any extra charges as the choice of menu was not "exciting" Anne & Scott were as excellent as ever

Review by Smith who travelled 07-June-2019


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We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, there was a lot to do, and everything was of great interest.

Review by Bessant who travelled 07-June-2019


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Excellent tour guides and visits.

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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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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

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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.

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