Hoteliers around the county are looking forward to welcoming visitors once again after the coronavirus lockdown and hope even more will look for a 'staycation'.
Northamptonshire: Britain's Best Surprise has put together a list of its top 20 hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation to inspire holiday-makers.
1. The Falcon Hotel, Castle Ashby
"A coaching inn built in 1594, The Falcon has been thoughtfully restored and reintroduced into the rural Northamptonshire countryside as a hotel, restaurant and retreat for those in need of rest and renewal. Guests can explore ancient woodland, meadows and lakes with guided nature walks, experience the liberation of wild swimming in open water, and immerse themselves in over four centuries of history, with the nearby Castle Ashby House Gardens. There is also a full wellbeing programme on offer with massage, yoga, gong baths, meditation and outdoor fitness. If you’re not spending the night, locals are welcome to dine at Eyas Restaurant, led by acclaimed Head Chef Russell Bateman, or stop by the Little Juice Bar with fresh pressed juices, coffee and a selection of vegan salads, flatbreads and snacks. https://www.thefalcon-castleashby.com"
2. Flore House
"A luxury retreat, a historic filming location, a backdrop to a glorious photoshoot? Yes, but also a piece of British history, and a window into a bygone age. Set in 19 acres of parkland, Flore House represents a taste of luxury that most of us only experience through the tales of Jane Austen, and is the ideal tranquil retreat for a luxury staycation this summer. Start your day with a breakfast hamper, wander the manicured gardens, parkland and down to the lake, and enjoy the extravagant splendour of the suites; which offer eclectic interiors with a mix of classic and modern twists. A trip to the nearby White Hart pub rounds of your visit. https://www.florehouse.co.uk."
3. Castle Farm House B&B, Rockingham
"Castle Farm House is a beautiful period property dating back to 1764. Set in the picturesque village of Rockingham, with its thatched cottages, beautiful village pub (The Sondes Arms) and views of Rockingham Castle and the wonderful surrounding counties of Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Breakfast is served in the lovely dining room overlooking the garden. https://www.castlefarmhouse.net"
4. Fawsley Hall
"An extraordinary country house retreat surrounded by 2,000 acres of visually stunning parkland, this surrounding natural beauty is matched by the historic architecture and interiors of the Hall itself. Fawsley offers a range of bedroom styles and suites, including family and ‘dog friendly’ rooms. Multiple award-winning dining options include the on-site 2 AA rosette Cedar Restaurant, and the Tudor bar & lounge. Fawsley’s award-winning spa is currently undergoing a revamp and reopens mid-June. https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/fawsleyhall