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10 stunning self-catering stays in Northants

Who needs to go abroad with stays like this on our doorstep? If you're looking for a stylish cottage escape close to home for when lockdown lifts, read on.

The Old Rectory, Maidford (Sleeps 14)

The Old Rectory Maidford

Fancy a spot of Georgian sophistication on a grand scale? This sumptuous former rectory set in five acres of beautiful grounds may be just the ticket for your post-lockdown gathering. Immaculately furnished in a comfy traditional style, you’ll find a games room with pool table, ping pong and darts, not to mention the heated outdoor swimming pool with plenty of space for lounging. There is also a cottage in the grounds, which sleeps up to five additional guests, plus space for your helicopter to land, naturally.

The Loft, Rectory Farm, Clipston (Sleeps 6)

The Loft, Rectory Farm, Clipston

This brand spanking new stable conversion has everything to keep your techie tweens and teens entertained including fibre broadband, Netflix and an Xbox, leaving you free to put your feet up and enjoy the luxuriously decorated pad or explore the scenic walks in the surrounding countryside. There is also an additional three bed cottage available to rent here, plus you can even bring your horse, as there are two full-size stables available.

The Cottage, Byfield (Sleeps 4)

Bedroom at The Cottage in Byfield

A quaint, traditional Northamptonshire ironstone cottage which has been simply and lovingly decorated. The neat, cosy and bright interior has eclectic and traditional twists, including gorgeous patchwork quilts on the beds and a cosy log fire. Byfield is a bustling village with plenty of amenities, an abundance of country walks and some splendid local pubs to choose from.

Dodds Manor Cottage, Eydon (Sleeps 6)

Dodds Manor Cottage Eydon

Dodds Manor is a farm and market garden growing fantastic local produce in an idyllic setting and you get to stay there and enjoy it all without lifting a finger. On arrival, you’ll find the fridge stocked with home produced goods including organic milk, butter and eggs, which you can then use to rustle up something hearty in the range cooker. There’s a well-maintained garden with beautiful flower borders, a large lawn area and a terrace with a fire pit and BBQ. There is also a rather bucolic shepherd’s hut available which sleeps an additional two guests.

Old English Cottage, Chipping Warden (Sleeps 4)

Oak beams, flagstone floors, vaulted ceilings, thatched roof, ironstone walls. If it’s rustic chic you’re looking for then step this way. This luxuriously converted fifteenth century grain store has character pouring out of every crevice and has been renovated to the highest standard. Chipping Warden is a picturesque village a stones throw from Banbury and the Cotswolds, with lots of stunning walks to enjoy from the front door, so don’t forget your wellies.

Manor Farm Barn, Duddington (Sleeps 4)

Manor Farm Barn Duddington

A grade II listed barn conversion with period features, furnished to an impeccably high standard throughout with lots of quirky details. There’s a well-equipped shaker style kitchen for enjoying family meal times, comfy sofas in the lounge area, flag stone floors downstairs and immaculate bathrooms. Manor Farm Barn is the perfect family escape with Rutland Water and Burghley House within easy reach.

The Tower, Canons Ashby (Sleeps 2)

canons ashby

Fairytale romantic sixteenth century tower, anyone? Ok, here’s one. Accessed via a spiral staircase and painstakingly restored, the utterly charming apartment sits at the very top of the tower at Canons Ashby, a historic National Trust property. After the visitors have gone away in the evening, you’ll be able to stroll around the beautifully kept gardens to your heart’s content, pretending to be the Lady of the Manor.

Ashbrook Cottage, Moreton Pinkney (sleeps 6)

Ashbrook Cottage Moreton Pinkney

This open plan and super stylish, charming new build property sits on a farmstead in a picturesque rural setting. The decor is simply fabulous and it ought to be, as the property also serves as a film and shoot location, so attention to detail is impeccable. You get your own private garden and terrace for al fresco dining as well as all mod cons inside the house. The Jurassic Way long distance walking path is right outside the door, and Muddy fave the Crown Inn at Weston is a decent stagger back along country lanes.

Peartree Cottage Annex, Newnham (sleeps 2)

A beautifully cosy village retreat where hospitality is the star of the show with lovely baskets of provisions ready for guests to arrive. Newnham is a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding Northamptonshire countryside, with an abundance of walking routes to choose from, so you can work up a really good appetite for a Portuguese supper from Maria’s Kitchen at the Romer Arms, conveniently located just next door. Bom apetite!

The Barn, Orlingbury (sleeps 2)

The Barn Orlingbury

This is a beautifully restored stone barn set within the grounds of the owners’ 17th century home. There are beams, oak flooring, a wood burning stove and marble worktops to compliment the fittings from Fired Earth and furnishings from The White Company. Attention to detail is fabulous so do enjoy a tipple from the thoughtfully provided cocktail box. Orlingbury is also home to one of our fave local cafes, Wythmails, so be sure to make the most of their amazing loaded fries. The hosts have a fantastic Instagram account with loads more pictures and info here.

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