Spring is fast approaching the UK, and what better way to welcome the warmer seasons than explore the hidden villages and hamlets around rural Northamptonshire? In this blog, we will walk you through some of our top recommendations of villages to visit during your stay at our Northampton Hotel, and attractions to check out while you’re exploring.
We are starting with the biggest village in terms of population. Brixworth is a civil parish and one of the biggest villages in the Daventry area, with its main attraction being the All Saints’ Church and Brixworth war memorial, located in the church’s graveyard. If you’re a fan of Anglo-Saxon or World War I history, you can’t miss this!
With a population of just over five-thousand, there are plenty of attractions and no shortfall of pit-stops in the form of inns and breweries. This really is a great destination when staying at Hotels near the M1. Another site to recommend is the Brynne Vineyard - a producer of white and rosé wines - with tours on offer. This astonishing 10 acre land overlooks the Pitsford Reservoir and to the shore beyond it. The Brixworth country park also provides a tranquil walking route along Pitsford water. Not up for a walk? You can rent bikes, too!
While staying at our budget hotel in Northampton, Polebrook offers some budget-friendly (and free) options for your entertainmnet. Historically considered an agricultural district, Polebrook has evidence that the settlement dates back as far as 400BC. With a population of approximately 480, Polebrook is still a small village. While it may not have many attractions, Polebrook has a deep and rich culture. Now disused, Polebrook is infamous for its airfield, where the 351st Bomber Group was stationed from 15th April 1943 to 23rd June 1945. The main attraction is a memorial for those in the station lost during the Second World War, where the US flag hangs in memoriam. WWII enthusiasts need to add the RAF Polebrook War Memorial to their list of places to pay respects, all while enjoying the serenity of village life, here in Polebrook.
Tansor is a village and civil parish in East Northamptonshire, which may be a little while away from our hotel in Northampton, but nevertheless is well-worth a full day out for you adventurous types! With a population of only 172, Tansor boasts an idyllic settlement deep in the countryside, along the River Nene with a few kilometers between the surrounding villages and Hamlets. While Tansor may not have the most broad list of attractions, it draws ramblers from far and wide, with walking routes from as little as 2-kilometre to 12-kilometre loops around the River Nene. Not a huge fan of walks? Fancy something a little more active? Luckily for you, a nearby village - Oundle - hosts “Nene Extreme Adventures”. Perfect for a Sunday morning kayak down the river Nene, with excellent views of Tansor on your way past. What’s not to love?
Last, and certainly not least (for a very good reason), Woodford Halse is a great place to visit, namely due to Arbury Hill, a popular mountain peak for ramblers. At 6.5-miles south of Daventry, Woodford Halse is a great pit-stop for a quick visit. The attraction we love the most in Woodford, however, is Arcadia Alpacas! Alpacas are naturally one of the most gentle-natured animals on the planet, who wouldn’t want this experience? As a bonus, Arcadia Alpacas have an eclectic little gift shop where you can even buy clothing made from 100% real alpaca wool! Considering the wool is so warm - this is seriously cool!
We hope you enjoyed our lesser known villages in Northamptonshire. We always encourage you to experience the tranquility of dreamy village life during your stay in hotels near Silverstone. Northamptonshire holds many hidden gems - but you need to dig to find them. Here - we already did the hard work for you.
We stopped here on the way back from Silverstone to use the hotel's rapid charger and have a bite to eat.
Really impressed with the reception staff, hotel cleanliness in the lobby and the quality of food.
We enjoyed our brief 40 minute stay here so much we are considering staying here in the future for when we fly in and out of luton - which we do very often!
Can recommend the fish and chips and the lasagne.
Driver Friendly hotel too - serve becks blue behind the bar.
Im a lady on my own travelling from Spain to UK, hotel staff were exceptional I got back late last night so i had to use the carpark at the back and it was dark so the receptionist walked with me to my car shed only been working there a week so thank you so much ,the man on reception was really kind ,polite and helpful ,I would recommend to any ladies travelling alone it feels safe and clean loved it ,I'm also gluten and lactose intolerant and they even had gluten free food brilliant thank you and I will be defiantly be back.
Pleasant and efficient reception. It was a Sunday evening, and the hotel was very quiet with few fellow guests. Our twin room was on the ground floor. There were two comfortable chairs, a workbench, two very small bedside tables, and a wardrobe. The bathroom had a walk in shower. All quite compact.
The bar/restaurant was in the open lobby style. We had a good evening meal there.
Breakfast had a good choice, well maintained by a very cheerful chef. Fried or poached eggs were made to order, which helped keep things fresh.
Very good value for money.
Just an overnight stay for a wedding at nearby Dodmoor Barn. Hotel easy to find of M1, clean and tidy, staff friendly, large rooms well fitted with every thing you need. Breakfast excellent with options for all.
Stayed here for one night. Rooms comfortable and Clean. We were able to check in earlier to get ready without any fuss. Great Breakfast included. Hotel near M1 so very convenient but in a countryside location.
This is one of the nicest Holiday Inn's I've stayed at - can hardly fault it at all!
Special mention to the man who checked us in on Saturday evening, and the man serving in the restaurant that night. Both offered some of the nicest hotel service I've ever known. The receptionist took time to tell us a bit about things in the local area, and helped us make sure we get the best out of our stay. The waiter/bar man made the meal really special. There was a slight delay preparing some of the food, but the way he handled the situation was perfect. The food was all very tasty too - I had the Club Sandwich, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. All tasted delicious.
The room and the whole hotel is clean, modern and comfortable. Felt very welcoming. The car park is big and free, and there was plenty of spaces available.
So happy I booked a couple of stays here, so am really looking forward to coming back in a few weeks' time. Thanks to all the staff for making it such a great weekend.
Lots of parking spaces neat to hotel and offered FCO. The welcome / meet and greet was good. Nice bar and bar meal offerings. Room clean and in good decorative order. Wifi good and intuitive to connect to. Lots of access to power points in room. Location of hotel good, very useful for an early train ride from Milton Keynes to London. Communal areas in good order, all in all, left refreshed and happy. Easy to find on Google maps. Will visit again.
Went here with a friend for a chill out. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Close to the M1 but lovely and quiet.
Rooms were lovely and clean. Ordered room service and this was brought up on time. Well worth a visit. Close to other towns and not far from Silverstone.