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High Cross House - CLOSED

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Goodbye to High Cross House

The modernist building that was the home of the Dartington Headmaster looks like something from an... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2013
Elizabeth K
Hook, United Kingdom
A little too modern for us

National Trust accurately describes this site, and it is relatively contemporary. Helpful guides... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2013
Demar H
Sacramento, California
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23 Dec 2013
“Goodbye to High Cross House”
24 Oct 2013
“A little too modern for us”
Built for William Curry, headmaster of Dartington Hall School, this Modernist gem was commissioned by Leonard Elmhirst and designed by William Lescaze in 1932. The house still evokes the ‘serenity, clarity and a kind of openness’ described by Curry...more
Dartington Hall Estate, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6ED, England
+44 1803 842382
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

The modernist building that was the home of the Dartington Headmaster looks like something from an episode of "Poirot". It is under the guardianship of the National Trust but only for a few more days - so go and see it while you can! When...More

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed 25 October 2013

National Trust accurately describes this site, and it is relatively contemporary. Helpful guides and somewhat interesting back-story, but not a lot to look at.

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Demar H
Reviewed 23 October 2013

This is a very interesting place to visit and I believe people only have a small window of opportunity to visit. The architecture is certainly worth a look- typically a modernist style. It is only a relatively small house as National Trust properties go, but...More

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Pam B
Reviewed 20 October 2013

I found this a fascinating visit. The house - as may be seen - is modernist and was taken over by National Trust on a ten year lease. The lease has a two year break clause and as the number of visitors was disappointing they...More

Date of experience: October 2013
2  Thank davyb1944
Reviewed 1 October 2013

On the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate this unique “International Modernist House”, now used as a gallery, is just to the north-east of Dartington Hall School and well worth the effort to locate it. High Cross House reopened to the public under a partnership between the...More

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank John N
Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

My partner and I have been so looking forward to visiting this property and have never been so disappointed. The signage is hopeless and we ended up not where we should have been!. After walking a short distance to the house itself we were amazed...More

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Pinkywooster
Reviewed 24 August 2013

The house was completed in 1932 to the requiremets of the then headmaster of Dartington Hall School. It had been designed in the "modern" style, but unfortunately, the designer did most of the work in California, so the house ended up meeting Californian requirements, rather...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Clive R
Reviewed 23 August 2013

This is part of the Dartington Hall estate and is currently being supported by the National Trust, which is how I found out about it. It's a beautiful building designed by William Lescaze in 1932 (a modernist building) The house now has local artists working...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank 233Andrea
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Oh dear - Dartington Estate and the National Trust should be hanging their heads in shame at letting this exciting building get in such a state. What a disaster. I actually liked seeing the various artists in residence- after all that's the spirit of the...More

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank pilgrim51
Reviewed 29 July 2013

As you can see from the well-repeated words from the NT press release used to respond to other reviews here, the NT has a two-year lease on the house which won't be extended. After that, the chances of seeing inside this extraordinary building will probably...More

Date of experience: July 2013
2  Thank Chris G
NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at High Cross House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2013

Hi there, Thank you for this great review - you've made some really interesting and important points. I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit, and appreciated the originality of this Modernist house. Many thanks!

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