Northamptonshire is a beautiful county, steeped in history and full of unusual and surprising things to do, Mark Clayton, the Regional General Manager of Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa recommends the best way to spend a weekend in this part of the East Midlands.
Northamptonshire is in the heart of England and also known as the ‘Rose of the Shires’ which is why I love cycling around it and discovering the rolling countryside, pretty villages with thatched cottages, beautiful walks and ancient woodland, stately homes and ancestral seats, including that of the Spencer family at Althorp and miles of canals to be explored by boat. I live in the North right on the tip of North Yorkshire National Park which has very hilly countryside so being in The Midlands definitely makes for an easier ride!
Before heading to the hotel, I would recommend a visit to Warwick Castle. Situated on the River Avon the medieval castle and its grounds are one of England’s most picturesque. With check in at 3pm, you will have plenty of time to sample our afternoon tea handmade by our amazing Head Pastry Chef Raechel Harris, followed by a relaxing visit to our spa where you may want to choose a massage or facial before enjoying dinner at the Cedar Restaurant.
After a hot breakfast or one of our specialities, such as poached haddock and eggs benedict (there is also a cold buffet if you are really peckish), head off to Blenheim Palace for a tour around the beautiful grounds and the historic house, which was once home to Sir Winston Churchill.
Bicester Village is just a short drive away with more than 160 designer and fashion brands. All of our guests are entitled to a special VIP voucher, which will give you an additional 10% off in most stores, they also offer various hospitality services including Hands-free Shopping, VIP Apartment and Personal Stylist
Spending a day on your feet will no doubt make you want to make the most of our spa, housed within the Hall’s original lodge and boasting an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam rooms, before heading to the bar for our cocktail of the day and then dinner.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and why not take a stroll around the Fawsley estate. With formal gardens and glorious parkland landscaped by Capability Brown no less, if you are lucky, you may spot Green Woodpeckers, together with deers and sheep that roam the woodland, and swans on the lakes.
Head home via Warner Edwards, the gin distillers based in Harrington or maybe the fascinating Canal Museum in the heart of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, for a last spot of sightseeing. If there were an event on at Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix and other racing, this would also be a good place to stop if you enjoy motorsport.