Last year when legal bills, house bills & every kind of bill threatened to overwhelm my mother’s finances after she kicked my father out, she turned our family home into a wonderful B&B. I couldn’t write about it then, as I was still anonymous and it would rather have given the game away.
Although she takes the occasional single booking, mainly she specialises in group bookings (very popular with Silverstone attendees), often with private dinner parties in the evening, (as regular readers will know, my mother is a brilliant cook,), either around a large table in the farmhouse kitchen, in the limestone-flagged dining room with the door open to the garden, or in the outside dining area, lit by candles.
The house was built in 1710 from traditonal mellow Northamptonshire ironstone, and there are a possible five pretty bedrooms available: 3 doubles, 1 twin, and 1 single. (There are only photos of the smaller twin). Each room has antique furniture, complimentary tea & coffee kit, tins of home-made biscuits (yum), and carafes of filtered water. The bathrooms have been properly renovated with good showers, and there are fluffy towels and bath robes. (None of that chilly, country house bathroom business here.)
There is a hard tennis court available for use, as well as lovely gardens to sit in, country lanes for long walks, secure parking behind locked gates, Wi-Fi in the sitting room & kitchen, & office facilities (for a small fee).
Situated at the end of a pretty no-through lane in a peaceful village, the house is one and three-quarter hours from Central London, 40 minutes north of Oxford, and just 20 minutes from both the M1 (J15a) and M40 (J11).
Whether you wish to spend a weekend motor racing at Silverstone (10 miles), horse racing at Towcester (10 miles), shopping at blissful Bicester Village (35 minutes), exploring Oxford, Canons Ashby, Sulgrave Manor, Upton House, Warwick or visiting the theatre at Stratford upon Avon, this is the perfect base.