78 Derngate is a great little gem to visit in Northampton. It is a Grade II* Georgian house that was extensively remodeled in 1916 and 1917 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. During my visit home, I popped in for a little look and a cuppa in the tearoom. Here is a little Mackintosh history if this is all new to you.
Mackintosh had a brilliant but brief career as an architect, most of his commissions being completed in and around Glasgow between 1896 and 1911. His major works include Glasgow School of Art, The Hill House, and the remarkable tea room interiors for Catherine Cranston.
In 1914 Mackintosh moved to England. During this time he focussed on watercolour painting, and took up textile design. In 1923 the Mackintoshes left Britain for the south of France, where his painting took on a new vigorous form. He returned to London in 1927 and died there the following year, unknown to all but a few. He is now recognised as one of the most important architect/designers of the late 19th/early 20th century.