Sometimes the castle and manor hotels are more impressive than the surrounding castles and castle museums but in this case I’ve found a few that are almost on an equal par with the environs. Fawsley Hall is one of them, as this Tudor manor house once played host to Elizabeth I. This is an interior pic and I’ll try to get an exterior shot up in the album as soon as it decides to cooperate. ; )
Set in the countryside near Daventry with gorgeous rolling parkland along with lakes landscaped by Capability Brown, this hotel opened for business officially in 1998 and is as comfortable as any modern facility of its stature. Its interior styling ranges from Tudor, Georgian and Victorian along with a Tudor kitchen which has been converted into a restaurant with the finest reputation in Northamptonshire. It is convenient to Sulgrave Manor, Althorp, Canons Ashby and Warwick Castle in the next county. There are seven conference rooms which can accommodate up to 80 people and the Salvin Suite can seat 140 for wedding receptions or banquets.
Ashworth House in Oundle nestles in the Nene Valley and is convenient to Rockingham Castle and Lyveden New Bield. It is a grade II listed town house with a nice English garden.
T- 01832 275312 75 West Street in Oundle
Fotheringhay Castle may not be able to accept any visitors anymore but there is a nearby hotel where you may meet up, unexpectedly, with Mary Queen of Scots, anyway! The Elizabethan Talbot Hotel which is on New Street in Oundle has the oak staircase and other portions which were brought from the castle and if I remember right- this staircase bears the gouged insignia from Mary’s ring when she attempted to delay her execution at Fotheringhay by gripping its banister. Other than this little bit of inconvenience it’s a delightful hotel and intimate restaurant with four beautiful new suites, oak beams, open fires and ransomed windows. It has recently been refurbished. Purportedly Mary does haunt this hotel and if you see her, tell her "Hello!" for me OK ? Brou-hah-ha-ha!
The Castle Lady embraces you with strong arms
and lots of true affection!
Expect an entry on Leicestershire and tiny Rutland very soon!
Check out the pics for these hotels in the Northamptonshire photo album!