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The idyllic rural village of Castle Ashby is set within the 10,500-acre Castle Ashby Estate, the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton, and at its centre sits The Falcon. A Grade II-listed coaching inn built in 1594, it will open as a magnificent country retreat having been lovingly transformed and completely reimagined by Lord and Lady Northampton. There’s 22 bedrooms spread across the main hotel and adjacent cottages; bedroom five is
the showstopper, with a private terrace and far-stretching lake views. Some cottages can be booked together to create larger suites, perfect for families. A connection to nature is at the hotel’s heart, and it’s easy to see why given its restorative surroundings. A multitude of wellbeing and meditative activities are on offer, including yoga, cycling, nature walks and wild swimming. A boot room stocked with Hunter wellies is there for rainier days. Dining on the sun-drenched terrace of Eyas restaurant (meaning a young falcon learning to fly) is sublime, with a menu celebrating exquisite local produce and healthfulness. A new retreat set to take off, just like its namesake. Opening September 2020.
Rates: Doubles from £140 B&B
Contact: +44 (0)1604 698005