Good Hotel Guide Review
Well-being is at the heart of this ‘rather lovely boutique hotel’, a reinvented 16th-century coaching inn, where guests enjoy nature walks, yoga and the run of Castle Ashby's pleasure grounds. Lord and Lady Northampton (‘Spenny and Tracy’) have ‘lavished attention on it to reflect their core values and interests’, say our inspectors. The interiors have earthy, mossy tones designed to connect with the surrounding countryside. Some bedrooms have a balcony, some interconnect for a family, all have an espresso machine and organic toiletries. ‘This is a lovely hotel, with excellent staff,’ readers write. In Eyas, Russell Bateman’s ethically sourced tasting menu might feature spring truffles, Orkney scallops, Herdwick lamb. You can eat more casually from a lounge menu, such as bavette steak with peppercorn sauce, hand-rolled pasta, a Caesar salad. ‘Wild swimming in a lake designed by Capability Brown gives you amazing glimpses of Castle Ashby itself’, while the Italian gardens, orangery, arboretum and menagerie await exploration. Unwind even further in monthly classes that include meditation, breathwork and 'sound baths'. (John and Elspeth Gibbon, and others)
21. 13 in adjacent cottages, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Mon, Tues.
reception, lounge, restaurant, cellar bar, yoga studio, juice bar (vegan menu), in-room TV, civil wedding licence, EV charging, private gardens in 10,500-acre Castle Ashby Estate, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
ambient, in public spaces.
all ages welcomed, family suite, baby baths, cots.
allowed in some bedrooms (£25 a night), on terraces, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £180. Lounge menu (à la carte) £38, tasting menu (Eyas) £75.