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Escape to The Country

Set deep in the heart of rural Northamptonshire is Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa, the epitome of the luxurious country house hotel. Set within 2,000 acres of stunning countryside, this elegant Grade I-listed property is the perfect hideaway for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, which is exactly what we planned to do.

As you drive past the open countryside on the drive up to Fawsley Hall, you can already feel yourself transporting into another world, one of a slower pace of life where rest and relaxation are paramount. Fawsley is steeped in history with Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and other monarchs all enjoying fine hospitality here, so much so, that as you walk through the entrance into the magnificent Great Tudor Hall you half expect to see The Queen taking tea here. This is a room that will have you practically speechless, with its high ceilings, feature stone fireplace, wood paneling and stylish furniture, that all come together to create a sense of grandeur fit for any occasion. Luxuriating on the plush sofas, sipping afternoon tea you feel like a character from a Jane Austen novel.

Situated in the Victoria Wing of the main house was our room The Elizabeth Hampden. A beautiful room full of character, a huge four-poster bed draped with soft gold’s and grays, antique style light wooden furniture, and breathtaking views over the intricately landscaped gardens and tranquil lake. Stand and look out the window for a minute or two and it is easy to transport yourself back to a bygone era of days gone by.

A stroll around the grounds and the rest of the house and it is evident, that although Fawsley is no longer frequented by aristocrats, it still feels like it is, with its character and charm around every corner.

Dinner is served in the 2AA Rosette Cedar Restaurant, that occupies most of the ground floor of the south wing (the earliest part of the house). Reminiscent of the inside of a medieval castle with gothic arched windows, stone fireplaces, slate floor, brick walls and beamed ceilings all blend together to create an amazing place to enjoy both the ambience and cuisine of somewhere steeped in so much history. Although large there is an intimate feel in the restaurant that just adds even more to a fine dining experience you just won’t want to end.

Our table was in a hidden alcove, which proved the perfect start to our dining experience. We began with seared scallops with slow cooked pork belly, apple puree and pickled cauliflower and pan-fried mackerel with cauliflower textures both were delicious dishes full of creativity and flair. Lamb rump with dauphinoise potato, crispy kale with a tomato and olive jus – and loin of venison followed, again both dishes were faultless. The cuisine continued to impress with a vanilla crème brulee topped with a chocolate and raspberry crunch and a melt in the mouth almond shortbread biscuit. Our whole dining experience from start to finish was perfection.

Dinner finished we retired to the bar for a nightcap before heading back to our impressive room for a restful nights sleep.

Breakfast the next morning again saw us in the Cedar restaurant, with food that was just as delicious as the previous night.

After breakfast we thought it only right to pamper ourselves just a little more with a treatment at the ultra-modern spa. Walking through the doors we were greeted by warm and friendly staff, who gave us a quick show round of the facilities that include an indoor pool, outside hydrotherapy pool, steam and sauna rooms and a relaxing lounge area, before being taken to one of the six treatment rooms where I had opted for an Elemis Hot Mineral Body Boost Treatment. My therapist worked wonders massaging heated oils into my whole body stimulating every cell and helping me feel relaxed and energised and wanting the treatment to never end.

But end it did as did our stay at Fawsley Hall. This country house hotel is the perfect place to escape to, full of character and charm. A beautiful hotel in an idyllic countryside setting.

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Prices start from £128 per room per night including breakfast in a Classic Room.

Prices start from £277 per room per night including breakfast in a Feature Room.

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