This Northamptonshire luxury guest house is like staying in your very own country house hotel.Tucked away in the Northamptonshire countryside, Flore House and its grounds have been perhaps the dominant fixture in the pretty village of Flore since the early 17th century – originally a hunting lodge and now a superb adults-only boutique guesthouse that gives you a rare chance to experience a weekend in your very own country house. Owned, renovated and run by professional florist Georgie Dunn, it has two beautifully updated guest rooms, each with their own entrances and access to 20 acres of grounds that include parkland, meadows and a lake. It's used for occasional film and fashion shoots and is the perfect rural bolthole for two people wanting to get away from it all for a few days.
First the rooms, Bramble and Bayberry, which have been updated with great taste and a flair for design, with contemporary features blending well with the historic character of the building. Bayberry is the slightly larger of the two, but both have the same level of facilities – a king-size bed, Smart TVs and Roberts DAB radios, good wifi, tea, coffee and biscuits, and spacious ensuite bathrooms with rainfall showers and free-standing baths, robes and toiletries. You receive a breakfast hamper on the first morning that gives you everything you need for your stay, including cereals, bread, butter and jam, teabags and coffee, fresh milk, and mineral water, and each room has a fully equipped kitchenette with fridge, boiling water tap, toaster and crockery and cutlery. All very private and perfect if you're after a secluded break.
There's plenty to do, too. You could just spend your time lazily strolling around the grounds, or practising your shots on their private driving range and a putting green (keen golfers might want to pack their clubs). There are also plenty of walking opportunities in the area, including the start of the Nene Way long-distance path in the nearby village of Badby. If you're hooked on country house life, you could also consider a visit to Althorpe, the family seat of the Spensers, which is a short drive away – as are the superb 18th-century gardens of Stowe. Georgie is also planning to offer floristry classes and workshops, using flowers from the gardens, and you're only 10 minutes' drive from Silverstone, making Flore House the ultimate base for attending a Grand Prix or another race meeting. A beautiful spot that's like staying in your very own country house hotel.
FacilitiesThe peace and tranquility here at Flore house means you can kick back, relax and unwind from the minute you arrive, an ideal getaway and a romantic retreat.
Suitable ForThe view from Bramble room is absolutely stunning. The room overlooks the gardens, parkland and lake. It truly is the best of the English countryside.
NearbyThe English countryside really is stunning in Northamptonshire, guests can enjoy the beautiful walks around the area on the historic network of canals and the start of the Nene Way walking path is near. There are a number of National Trust properties close by to visit such as Stowe and Canons Ashby. But if your looking for something a bit faster pace why not visit Silverstone race track which is only a 10 minute drive away.
Food & DrinkThe Fox and Hounds at Harlestone, The Cromwell Cottage at Kislingbury and The Hopping Hare are all great local country pubs serving delicious food. The Narrowboat at Weedon is also a great stop off during a walk for a drink, where you can sit in the garden on a summers day and overlook the canal.
Open all year.
Bramble and Bayberry cost £145 and £165 a night respectively.
The Owner Says
Flore House has two large self contained rooms each with sink into me soft king size beds and spacious en suite bathrooms with cosy robes and luxury toiletries. The rooms have recently been refurbished to a high standard and each have fully equipped kitchenettes and bespoke furniture. The peaceful setting at Flore House means you can relax and unwind from the moment you arrive, leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life behind you. Escape to the countryside for a romantic getaway.
Two self-contained superior ensuite rooms with king-size beds and kitchenettes..
Flore House is just outside the village of Flore, Northamptonshire and less than 5 minutes from junction 16 of the M1. Exit the motorway and continue along the main road to Flore; go through the village and take a left onto The Avenue – Flore House is on the first left hand bend.
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