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Luxury Hotels in Northamptonshire Jan 2017


Luxury Hotels in Northamptonshire Jan 2017

Though there are not hundreds of luxury hotels in Northamptonshire, those that do exist are incredible.

Our county possesses some of the most unique hotels in the Midlands and if you haven’t visited any of those on this list, you really need to pull your finger out and find an excuse to.

Luxury Hotels for Couples

If you’re looking for a place to take the other half where romance, decadence and spending quality time together is the goal, these are the places you really must visit.

Talbot Hotel

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First on the list is the Talbot Hotel, based in Oundle.

This grand looking hotel is perfect if you are looking for a romantic night away as a couple for a small retreat, or alternatively is the perfect location for a family weekend away, whilst still being located in a small, tranquil village and near to some main attractions of Northamptonshire.

As a popular wedding venue, and a specialist in cuisine, there is not much left to desire on a visit to this beautiful location.

The first sight of the hotel is a reminder of the beautiful historic buildings which are prevalent in many areas of Northamptonshire when searching slightly further afield.

The outside of the hotel looks as though it could be placed in film set, gleaming with Elizabethan style.

A TripAdvisor review said they “cannot recommend this hotel enough.

Beautiful hotel steeped in history.” In the evening, this view is particularly spectacular as the building is lit up and shown in its full refinement.

On arrival at the hotel, the interior was equally as impressive; the history continued with a beautiful oak staircase previously belonging to Fotheringhay Castle.

Whilst the historical features were maintained in the overall design of the hotel, it has been renovated in recent years and modern aspects of the design including some monumental glasswork have been added.

The overall feel is of class and elegance.

The only downside on arrival was the tiny car park round the back of the hotel, can sometimes make parking difficult.

However, being situated in a village, there is usually parking available down the road a short distance from the hotel.

The Talbot Hotel consists of 35 bedrooms, ranging from the smallest room which is a classic single room for just one person, to a deluxe family room for four, which includes a double bedroom, a living room and a twin room, highly resembling an apartment.

Alternatively, there are classic double rooms, classic twin rooms, superior double rooms or deluxe double rooms for your choice.

Prices of rooms per night depend highly on the date you are staying, and the type of room you choose. However, a single room can be as little as £59, and a deluxe double can range up to £149.

It is also worth looking at the Special Offers page as some of the seasonal offers can make for a great weekend away.

If you are a lover of great food, the Talbot Hotel is renowned for its cuisine.

Specialising as a restaurant and café alongside the hotel, the menu is just long enough to have trouble deciding on what to choose, but short enough to know that each dish has been well thought out by the chef. It is well worth investing in the cooked breakfast too, as there are some delicious options on offer.

There are some interesting attractions which are easily accessible from the Talbot Hotel in Oundle. One such place to visit is Rutland water.

This is a beautiful reservoir offering a romantic walk for couples, or a fun place for children to explore. Bike hire is available if you’re feeling active, or if you would rather walk, this makes for a lovely meander around the mass of stunning lakes.

If you’re looking for some historic experiences, Rockingham Castle is a great place to visit which is also within close proximity to the Talbot Hotel.

With attractions in the Summer months and a brilliant Hallowe’en experience, this can be a great opportunity for a family day out. A TripAdvisor review said “This hotel is in a very pretty location with lots of nice places to visit within walking distance.”

Other nearby attractions which are worth checking out include Hamerton Zoo Park, Ecton Hall, and Burghley House.

Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa

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Based in the small village of Rushton, this beautiful hotel is full of history and is a real escape from the usual hustle and bustle of Northamptonshire. A TripAdvisor review said their experience was “a wonderful break in one of the country’s most beautiful hotels.”

On arrival of the hotel, the track leading up to hotel through its extensive grounds is an instant release from the outside world, and it is easy to forget that you’re not in an entirely different location.

Wildlife such as robins, rabbits and the occasional deer greet guests immediately as they arrive in their cars, highly resembling a Disney fantasy.

At Christmas time, the hotel is decorated beautifully with large ribbons and bows on the exterior. Special events such as the New Year’s Eve event has also been reviewed to be “outstanding”.

On entrance to Rushton Hall, the interesting historic interior makes an immediate impression, with a classy red carpet leading up to the reception area.

On arrival, the greeting is impeccable, as staff escort you up to your room, kindly offering to carry bags and being generally accommodating and sociable.

This service is at least partially because the hotel seems like a maze on the first visit.

The rooms are not numbered, but are named after past occupiers of the grand historic house, or alternatively the theme of the décor in that room.

For example, the Chinese Room incorporates an oriental style.

If you are interested in the history of the hotel, the staff are always on hand to offer information and tours including historic features and information surrounding the hotel.

A review said “The hotel has a wonderful grandeur about it, but the staff make it a warm, easy and welcoming place”.

Each room in Rushton Hall has its own individual design, so each time you visit, the style of the room is a complete surprise, unless you request a particular room, which is possible.

It is clear that each room has been designed with tender loving care, as every room has its own appeal, integrating stunning views with comfort and style.

One of the most appealing features of this hub for a romantic getaway is the spa.

Perfect for a weekend away as a couple, the spa includes a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and extensive treatments, from massages to manicures.

In fact, there is no need to step away from the spa facilities because it even incorporates a café for when you get peckish.

We are sure you won’t want to leave the comfort of this lovely hotel, but if you do feel like getting some fresh air, the ground are so extensive that you could spend an afternoon enjoying a stroll around.

Known for the exquisite food and afternoon tea choices, if you visit Rushton Hall it is highly advisable to enjoy the food whist you are there. The menu includes some delicious choices.

The only limiting factor to this fantastic retreat is that it is not as welcoming as some to children. The pool is off-limits to children at certain times of the day, and the menu does not really cater for children either.

This beautiful resort would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day getaway, and it is worth looking on sites such as Groupon for deals, as they regularly appear and can prove to save a lot of money.

As a very popular hotel for weddings, this year Rushton Hall and Spa will be opening their new orangery, which will be a beautiful venue for services.

Luxury Hotels for Business

Staying in and around Northamptonshire on business regularly? These are the places offering a mix of luxury and the ability to quickly jump on travel routes or entertain within the grounds.

French Partridge

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The French Partridge is a boutique hotel and contemporary fine dining restaurant. From looking at the website and pictures, this hotel certainly looks like a hidden gem hidden away in the country.

A TripAdvisor user reviewed their first sight of the hotel: “First impressions, lovely old building, well presented and well lit.”

This beautiful country style hotel has a history dating back to the 16th century. Situated in rural Northamptonshire, it is surrounded by beautiful views and scenery.

With only 10 rooms in this hotel, it is a good idea to book ahead so that you can experience this original hotel for yourself. It has also been pointed out in a number of reviews that the booking process is highly temperamental.

On arrival to the hotel, the exterior looks chic but homely and cosy, and on entrance the same appeal is certainly noticeable in the demeanour of the staff.

They are extremely polite and welcoming, down to earth and the service is very personable; the staff really treat their guests as one of the family, perhaps because of the small occupancy of the hotel. By the end of the visit, it is likely that you will feel at home at the French Partridge.

This hotel is perfect for a couple’s retreat or for a family, as the facilities are fully family friendly. This lovely hotel is also a fine choice if you are on a budget, as the rooms are available from as little as £53.  However, this is highly adjustable depending on your availability and room needs.

The French Partridge prides itself on their individual, boutique style, and the bedrooms certainly reflect this. They are chic, pretty and elegant and the owners clearly have good taste in the designs.

These classic style rooms appear lovely in decor, however the reviews occasionally state otherwise.

Reporting some to be unclean, and some of the facilities such as curtain railings and piping systems have been reported to be broken, causing distress to some clients.

On occasion, the staff have also been reported to be unaccommodating for booking purposes and changing of dates.

On a more positive note, the French Partridge offers holistic spa treatments including manicures, pedicures and massages.

The French partridge also boasts a restaurant offering Sunday lunches and an a la carte menu, which also offers service to those who are not staying at the hotel.

If you are not familiar with the area, it is home to some interesting sites, such as historical venues Holdenby House and Cottesbrooke Hall & Gardens.

These tranquil places make for a relaxing weekend away as a couple or family.

Overall, the French Partridge is an interesting visit, in a lovely location. It offers something different with boutique style rooms and a friendly service.

The spa and restaurant add to what the hotel has to offer, but the reviews are mainly negative, so it may well be a risk to book into this hotel.

The Granary at Fawsley

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The Granary at Fawsley is a real country getaway, set in a charming countryside venue.

The Granary is situated deep within the historic attraction of Fawsley Estate, and is a popular venue for a family retreat. It has been reviewed to be “first class” and a “superb stay”.

The granary dates back to the 17th century, and on arrival the historic features are fairly obvious. Once you get past the beautiful views, the building itself is a true classic creation, its primary use previously being in farming.

A TripAdvisor review said; “Set in the rolling countryside this is a little gem, small but perfectly formed”.

Set in a rural, picturesque location, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy country walks and the outdoors.

This lovely building is very close to the Capability Browne landscape, perfect for couples to walk and for family activity walks.

The friendly staff are very welcoming on arrival, and the rooms are homely, with a very relaxed atmosphere.

The bedrooms are chic and modern whilst still maintaining a touch of history with beams, wooden features and sloped ceiling featuring in some rooms, presenting as full of character.

The rooms are clean, warm and spacious, and the general atmosphere is one of tranquillity and relaxation.  This lovely serene hotel is also dog-friendly, so there is no need to worry about your beloved pets if you choose to stay at the The Granary at Fawsley.

The Granary at Fawsley is perfect for a family retreat because all the facilities are appropriate for children.

There are a range of activities for children to engage in too, for example the lawn in front of tea room is specifically designed for children to play, exerting energy whilst couples and family can enjoy their drinks.

The country location also offers footpaths and exciting exploring opportunities, and for older children then can engage in hiking trails. A review said “The whole family had an amazing time”, and this is easy to believ with the extensive activities and service available for the whole family.

Rooms are very family friendly; options available include double rooms, twin rooms, and family rooms. Rooms can be booked for as little as £76, and range up to £195 depending on the day you would like to stay and the room you will be staying in.

Although the reviews on TripAdvisor are rating at ‘excellent’ for the vast majority, it has been commented that “the price was a little high per room”.

Highly regarded for weddings, this beautiful hotel has excellent facilities which are dressed beautifully for special occasions, providing a perfect location.

The Granary at Fawsley also operates as a restaurant and tea room, using locally sourced products wherever possible. The main menu consists of classic English dishes, and the tea room also offers the usual cakes and drinks to be expected.

A prosecco afternoon tea is also available for those who fancy a celebratory drink.

Overall, the Granary at Fawsley is a classic country retreat, very accommodating to families, perfect for the relaxation you can only experience in this country location.

Luxury Hotels for Showing Off

Love taking photos and getting your friends asking questions on social media? These are the places that look incredible, are well known in the region and have that ‘x’ factor.

Barton Hall Hotel

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Barton Hall Hotel is a stunning 16th century building, set in sensational grounds within Northamptonshire. Despite its grade II listing, this is a modern choice for a small retreat, oozing sophistication and elegance.

This is a great venue for couples to spend a romantic night, or for a dinner party to be arranged for a group of people intending to stay overnight in the hotel.

Barton Hall Hotel is a grand building consisting of 29 beautiful bedrooms which each individually styled with a chic, stylish, modern approach. You can choose from a double, twin, or family bedroom, with en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms.

Room prices range from as little as £50, and can range up to £210 for one of the gorgeous four poster rooms. Whichever room you opt for, you can be confident that the room will be well-prepared, stylish, sleek and modern. One TripAdvisor comment review said “Rooms & ensuites are wonderful and beds are so comfortable”.

Although the general outwards appeal of the hotel is a very sophisticated vibe, it is still a good place to take your children to this hotel. A TripAdvisor review said “Staff were very attentive, we had one child in our group and they went out of their way to accommodate her”.

The renowned Wicksteed Park, a fun theme park ideal for younger children is just a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel, making it a family appealing stay.

If you are interested in a family retreat, it is definitely worth looking out for deals such as the ‘Family Fun Overnight Stay’, where the rates are as little as £100 with the children staying for free at the hotel, and you can also get 25% wristbands for Wicksteed Park.

Barton Hall offers a luxury brasserie serving a traditional brasserie style menu, largely sourcing the produce from local suppliers, and freshly prepared in the kitchen on hand.

The restaurant, referred to as The Vines, is perfect in all seasons. In the summer months, the patio is a lovely place to dine, overlooking the extensive landscape and orangery, and in the winter months, you can enjoy your hot food in the comfort and warmth of the dining room inside by the log fire.

A TripAdvisor review said “the quality of the fresh ingredients was delicious & the chief showed flare & imagination with his dishes & presented well”. You certainly can’t go wrong if you choose to dine at Barton Hall.

The Vines is also available as a bar, for snacks or anything in between; it is highly popular for clients to pop in for a cocktail; the facilities being the picture of ambience for a relaxing experience.

The staff are very accommodating; nothing is too much trouble for them.  A review said “They always ensure my stay is the best possible – going that extra mile”

For the ultimate relaxing experience, yoga in the orangery is available at Barton Hall on Sunday evenings. This class is sure to align your body and mind, preparing you for the new week ahead in an ambient atmosphere at a lovely venue.

The light, airy feel of the room creates the perfect tranquil aura for this very enjoyable activity.

Available for weddings and civil ceremonies, Barton Hall is a beautiful building, with a lovely interior in picturesque location, the perfect venue for special occasions.

A beautiful hotel for all types of occasions, you can be confident that your stay at Barton Hall will be a fully enjoyable experience.

Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

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Last but certainly not least on our list of the finest hotels around Northamptonshire is the breathtakingly beautiful Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa.

Another historic building with a difference, Fawlsey Hall was as manor as early as the seventh century, and was enjoyed by monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII.

On arrival of the hotel, it is easy to get lost immediately in the English countryside; set deep within a 200 acre landscape by Capability Brown, this rural location is stunning, and the building compliments the surroundings.

A TripAdvisor review said their stay was “Top class in every way”.

The picturesque scenery is one you certainly won’t forget. This setting is perfect for a romantic weekend away offering all the facilities you need for a relaxing break with your partner, including pamper facilities in the spa.

The spa includes an indoor swimming pool, outdoor heated swimming pool, relaxation room, steam room, sauna and offering many different treatments to choose from. If you opt for a spa break, you are sure to leave the hotel feeling fully rejuvenated and relaxed.

The award winning 2 AA Rosette restaurant is a perfect place for fine dining as a couple or in a party of friends or family. Fawsley Hall offers 3 different dining rooms, and various menus; afternoon tea, Sunday lunch, breakfast or elevenses.

For a special occasion, you can even opt for private dining for which you will be provided with the comfort of your own dining room at this wonderful country house. A TripAdvisor review said “…the food was just terrific, hats off to the chef!”.

When staying at Fawsley hall Hotel and Spa, you can choose to stay in a classic room for as little as £124, or on the other end of the spectrum, the Queen Elizabeth master bedroom ranges all the way up to £363, but these prices highly depend on the dates you are staying.

As a popular venue for weddings and special occasions, this venue offers a fairy-tale location for a capacity of up to 150 people for the ceremony, and 250 people for the reception. Offering wedding advisors, fantastic food, fine wines and a tailor-made service for your individual wishes, Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa comes at a large price, but is a beautiful venue, able to offer a dream day.

The main appeal of the hotel would be for a romantic getaway, or for a classy stay with friends or family, and the venue and setting is perfect for this type of escape: a true gem in the countryside of Northamptonshire.

A infuriatingly humble cage fighting champion, Danny was singlehandedly responsible for the creation of the ‘Danny Chapman Year 8 Chess Champion Foundation’, in which he works tirelessly to spread the word of chess to year 8 students. Danny is a cocktail evangelist, lover of seventeenth century Thai literature and has a keen eye for Fabergé eggs. Surprise Fact: Danny owns 62 ½ Daimler’s

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