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The Falcon Hotel, Castle Ashby, Northampton
Set on the edge of a small village green, surrounded by fields, The Falcon is a former 16th-century coaching inn which was latterly a Greene King pub until it was taken over by local couple, Spencer Compton - the 7th Marquess of Northampton, who grew up on the Castle Ashby estate that encompasses the village - and his wife Tracey. It's been transformed into a subtly tasteful, stylish hostelry, with eight bedrooms in the main building, and several small cottages close by. The flagstones lining the floor of the reception area and beyond are original, and dotted with coffee tables, generously upholstered furniture, sculptural artworks and burnished mirrors. The hotel offers a range of wellness experiences - overseen and co-ordinated by Tracy, a psychotherapist - from open-water swimming to yoga classes and guided meditation. A newly-built extension houses a bar and lounge, and the main restaurant, Eyas, features dishes made with ingredients sourced from the estate.
The Castle Ashby gardens are exquisite, and feature a small menagerie of animals including some adorable, and entertaining, meerkats.
The hotel is in the sleepy village of Castle Ashby, surrounded by countryside and 20 minutes' from Northampton for shops and restaurants.
By car: The Falcon is around 2 hours from London, just over an hour from Birmingham and 3 hours from Manchester. There is free parking available on-site.
By train: London Euston to Northampton takes 1 hour. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Nature-lovers will be at home here, and it's great for couples. Families are also welcome. We love the way the soothing colours blend the inside with the outside, making the overall vibe feel harmonious.
Service & Facilities
The guided nature walk is a great way to switch off from any stress or anxiety, and think only about what you can see around you.
- Massage and yoga
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are welcome at this hotel, with a bed, bowl and a welcome pack of treats being provided. Extra charges apply.
The super-comfortable Deluxe bedrooms have sweeping views out onto either the gardens or the village. We love the vast tub, situated next to a window so you can peer through the shutters at the view as you soak.
Double, Deluxe, Deluxe Balcony, Accessible rooms, Cosy Cottage, Large Double Cottage, Superior Cottage, Deluxe Cottage, Cosy Cottage Family Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, toiletries, bathrobes, Smart TV, bluetooth speakers, tea and coffee facilities, snacks, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love the relaxed, informal ambience; the restaurants are popular with locals as well as guests. Venison reared on the Castle Ashby Estate, served with swede, juniper and pickled black walnut, is a standout dish.
Eyas: fine dining, contemporary cuisine, regional produce. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £25.
East Wing Lounge: bar snacks, afternoon tea, light meals, local ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from £12.
Cellar Bar: cosy lower floor bar, local ales. Open Friday and Saturday evenings.