Northamptonshire is dotted with pretty villages and ancestral manors - including those belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales and George Washington. Plus it’s got a wonderful series of canals, upon which brightly coloured barges potter along. So it’s all very picturesque, piqued here and there with elegant stone churches, a corn mill or two and some exposed Tudor timber.
Choosing the best places to stay in Northamptonshire are heavily dependant on why you’ve chosen this peaceful county as your destination. If you’re here for the Grand Prix in July then Towcester is comfortably close to Silverstone. But if you like the idea of those coloured canal boats and pretty villages then one of the best places to stay in Northamptonshire is probably Stoke Bruerne, eight miles outside Northampton.
Northampton is the largest town, but not currently a city - though they are trying. They have a museum and art gallery, a beautiful Guildhall and the only house outside Scotland to have been designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. But Northamptonshire is more a rural escape than a city break county.
Nr Daventry, Northamptonshire
Country house hotel with Tudor roots ideally located for Oxford, Stratford up on Avon and Bicester Village. Fifty eight spacious bedrooms traditionally decorated many with antique furniture. Popular venue for weddings and business events.