Rocking Airbnb – 3 reasons to stay at Peartree Cottage
Part of the 'Muddy Stays' series
Airbnb has become a brilliant and affordable way to get out and about in our fair Shire (and the world) and we’ve got some wonderful properties and hosts around the county. Up this week on the ‘Muddy Stays’ series, is the absolutely delightful Peartree Cottage, Newnham Village…
It’s soooooo pretty (and the owner is a natural host)
When you’ve stayed in a few London Airbnbs, it’s such a lovely change to drive to the countryside (Newnham Village near Daventry) and rock up to a delight like this. It’s a self contained, GORJUS one bedroom cottage (self contained is always a winner for me), with ensuite bathroom and king size bed that is beautifully decorated throughout (it really is very, very pretty, much moreso than the photographs do it justice).
Karen King, the owner, is a dream to deal with. She lives and breathes hospitality and just enjoys making people feel at home and relaxed. She’s already thinking seasonal treats like christmas chutney and pear liqueur in addition to the blackberry gin she does, and she’s just started to make her own confectionery – fudge, truffles, cinder toffee – and ice cream that’s from the frozen fruits that she has kept from the gardens (I know right?!).
You have everything you need (and more than you knew you ever did)
Did you know you needed bubbles and some home made shortbread hearts dipped in chocolate, romantic pillow mist spray and chocolates on the bed? We also got bespoke Mr & Mrs Muddy Stilettos shaped shortbreads and freshly laid eggs, it really is totally idyllic, but also great from a practical level (especially handy for longer stays).
There is a tasteful, well equipped kitchen area with a microwave, electric hob, oven/grill, slow cooker and toaster. Karen always makes sure you have some milk and a small welcome pack (croissants/bread, butter, preserves, yoghurt, granola and fruit).
There’s tea and coffee (instant AND filter, wahoo) and also sliced bread in the freezer so can you have fresh toast whenever you like with a lovely selection of preserves. The living/dining area has a dining table and chairs for some intimate dining by candle light, or stretch out on the sofa after a days walking with a well earned cuppa (or wine in our case) and a take away from the pub next door.
Karen has an agreement with the Romer Arms (Maria & David – it’s also called Maria’s Kitchen) that if you would like to take your supper/lunch back to the Annex to eat, they will happily plate something up for you? Karen says she often gets some grilled Tiger Prawns, a portion of chips and a salad (nom), but we plumped for an absolutely awesome fish stew!
The pub is more of a café than a traditional pub but we managed a couple of pints and had a thoroughly nice time before our meal. There are loads of other local dining options though (Karen keeps information on the sideboard with her personal recommendations – The Plough Inn, Everdon and The Malsters Country Pub, Badby are on there amongst others). For the summer months, there is a small bistro table and patio chairs just outside the annex, so alfresco is an option too.
It’s soooo convenient with loads to do nearby
There’s guest access and off street parking on the paved area and Karen always leaves you her mobile number so you can contact her anytime. If you are feeling adventurous, pack yourselves up with a picnic (picnic basket and blanket inside) and head off to Badby Woods (the bluebells are breath taking in Spring). There’s also Everdon Stubbs or Fawsley Park – these are nice easy walks with access to either Fawsley Hall or the village pubs for further refreshment (always this, and Fawsley Hall is a total Muddy fave). There’s a walking map on the sideboard for a great circular walk and details/recommendations for the pubs; all pretty perfect really!
As you can see, Karen goes above and beyond the call of duty and for the £59 plus a night, I’d be VERY hard pushed to find a reason not to visit! If everyone treated hospitality the way Karen did, I’d probably just live in Airbnb full time…hmmmm, now there’s a thought! Northamptonshire certainly has some corkers, and Peartree Cottage is one of my new faves! Details of Peartree Cottage on Airbnb are below, and as ever, give us your feedback if you pop along – sharing is caring (and in that spirit, see a couple of testimonials below)! Safe travels Mudsters, there’s lots of Northamptonshire out there to see : )
Peartree Cottage Newnham Village near Daventry
‘Not sure I want to write a review as I want to keep this little gem to myself. Just returned from our stay at Karen’s and it was perfect. The annexe is kitted out with everything you could possibly need for an overnight stay or long term. It’s spotlessly clean it’s modern it’s homely in fact it’s all wonderful. Karen and her family went over and above to make us feel very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble and there were lots of lovely personal touches. We were left breakfast a bottle of bubbly and all the basics that you would need. Karen makes her own chutneys and gave us one to try. It was delicious. There are some fantastic pubs around, beautiful walks (the countryside is stunning) it’s a great place to stay to explore Northamptonshire. You will not be disappointed if you book here. I will definitely be returning.’
‘Wow – the photos just can’t do this justice. It was very quiet, no traffic noise or ‘pub’ noise at all. Such a peaceful place. The property had everything needed and even accommodated my earlier than expected arrival with smiles and a big welcome. There were some wonderful touches such as croissants, home made preserves, fantastic granola, a pillow spray for a good nights sleep and chocolates on the bed. All so very thoughtful. I would highly recommend a stay here.’