Northamptonshire's rolling landscapes and endless countryside views have been a source of inspiration for centuries, most notably to former literary residents Charles Dickens and HE Bates, and there are a wealth of activities to provide enjoyment to all who live here or visit.
The M1 motorway runs directly through the county and within 15 minutes of the cottages, so you can easily reach London or Birmingham. Alternatively, you can roam further a field to explore heritage cities like Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick and Stratford.
Whatever you want to do when you visit, Northamptonshire has everything you need to do it.
East Haddon Grange is a working farm with South Devon cows that are incredibly tame and love being petted by kids and adults alike! The whole family can enjoy the seclusion of the farm and walk the network of footpaths through our 100 acres of land to nearby villages. If you're lucky, you may spot badgers, buzzards and barn owls along the way.
Less than half a mile away from the farm is Althorp House, home to the Spencer family for over 500 years and final resting place of Princess Diana.www.althorp.com
Regularly used by leading garden photographers and recommended for a visit in Gardener's World ‘Garden Lovers Guide to Britain’.www.cotonmanor.co.uk
This is a fabulous example of the Art Noveau architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who remodelled the house in 1916.www.78derngate.org.uk
Built for entertaining Elizabeth I, Holdenby became the palace of James I and eventually the prison for his son Charles I.www.holdenby.com
Pack up a picnic, grab a paperback and spend the day relaxing in some of these wonderful parks
When it comes to sport and leisure activities you're definitely spoilt for choice. In addition to horse racing at Towcester Race, car and bike races at Silverstone and Rockingham, rugby at the Northampton Saints ground, and cricket at the County Grounds there's also:
For those who like to wile away a few enjoyable hours shopping, Northamptonshire is full of rural market towns and centres to browse around, including the traditional Victorian-style Heart of the Shires Shopping Village and The Old Dairy Country Shopping and Craft Centre. And if you have a passion for shoes that rivals Imelda Marcos, Northampton has some of the best footwear manufacturers in the world, a fact that the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery pays tribute to with its Life and Sole exhibition of historic footwear.
If you're happy to travel further afield during your stay, why not also try a few of the following:
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