The Falcon – Castle Ashby, Northampton
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’s a magnificent country retreat that was recently 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.
Doubles from £180 B&B
+44 (0)1604 698005, thefalcon-castleashby.com