And finally… Mackintosh’s iconic ‘House For An Art Lover’ - your own private B&B?


Glasgow’s iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed ‘House for an Art Lover’ is transforming from one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions into a B&B for an exclusive overnight experience for two – for the first time in the building’s 20-year history.

Available for £20 on the 10th November via Airbnb, two lucky art and architecture aficionados will have the opportunity to stay overnight in the heart of Glasgow’s magnificent Bellahouston Park – being handed the keys to the exquisite gallery, exhibition and events space overnight.

Offering the ultimate romantic night in, guests will be provided with their own private room surrounded by iconic pieces inspired by the works of Mackintosh and that gave rise to 19th century movement of Art Nouveau.

The unique package also features an exclusive invite from House for an Art Lover to be guests of honour at the House for an Art Lovers 20th birthday celebrations in the space that evening – toasting the great man’s life and work.

What’s more, following a peaceful night’s sleep in their private room, guests will be given a private tour by a Mackintosh expert before opening to the public. With a chance to properly enjoy the gallery and museum space, guests will be able to really get under the skin of the building – which was originally designed by Mackintosh over 100 years ago as an elegant country retreat for “a person of taste and culture”. Now internationally recognised as an important epicentre for the visual arts, the space exists to stimulate public interest in art, design and architecture – attracting thousands through the doors every year, including academics and students of design from all of the world.

Gary Sanderson, CEO of House for an Art Lover says: “Designed by Charles and his wife Margaret over one-hundred years ago, the space is an homage to the work of one of the most important artistic voices in recent history.

Originally designed as a theoretical build for an architectural design competition, the space is probably the most significant representation of Mackintosh’s style. Incorporating a unique blend of Art Noveau, Scottish Baronial and Japanese influences alongside Mackintosh’s own distinct architectural vocabulary, House for an Art Lover is arguably one of the most visionary buildings in the world today.”

Elaine Dickie, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau: “Mackintosh is one of the city’s most celebrated sons – something we are extremely excited to share with two lucky guests as part of this amazing overnight experience package.”

How to spend a night at House for an Art Lover

Visit the listing page from 10am 2nd November to win the chance to spend one night at the majestic House for an Art Lover.

Entrants are asked to tell a little about themselves, and why they would like to stay at House for an Art Lover by Midday 7th November.

The winner and their guest should be over 18 years old and medically fit.

Submissions should be between 50-500 characters in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese.

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