The Falcon

Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire

‘When you hear that this revamped 16th-century pub on the Castle Ashby Estate is owned by Lord and Lady Northampton, you expect it to be posh with a capital P,’ writes a Guide insider – but happily no! More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘When you hear that this revamped 16th-century pub on the Castle Ashby Estate is owned by Lord and Lady Northampton, you expect it to be posh with a capital P,’ writes a Guide insider – but happily no! ‘Spenny and Tracy’, as they style themselves, have created ‘a rather lovely boutique hotel’, devoted to relaxation and renewal, with a yoga studio (‘You may find yourself in a downward dog next to Lady N’), juice bar and vegan-friendly menus, while retaining a separate Cellar bar. ‘Designer Jackie Blakey has brought the outside indoors, with reminders of nature everywhere – wood, leather, stone, greens and russets.’ A main-house bedroom had beams, a statement light, shades of moss and brown, a balcony, ‘a slipper bath for a perfect wallow’, toiletries developed by a clinical psychologist. Duplex cottage suites are steps away. Russell Bateman’s menus are ‘big on estate produce – the venison was delicious, as was the foraged mushroom mousse’. You can eat more simply alfresco, with your dog. And what to do with the day? Why, take a walking meditation in parkland, swim in the lake or visit the meerkats. Simples! (JK)

Hotel details

Address

Castle Ashby
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN7 1LF
England

Telephone

01604 698005

Bedrooms

22. 14 in adjacent cottages, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, restaurant closed Mon, Tues.

Facilities

reception, lounge, restaurant, cellar bar, yoga studio, juice bar, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, EV charging, private gardens within 10,500-acre Castle Ashby Estate.

Background music

ambient, in all public spaces.

Children

all ages welcomed, family suite, baby baths and cots.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£25 per night), on terraces, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £190. Terrace menu (à la carte) £38, fixed-price dinner £60.