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.)

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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.

www.oldbrooklands.co.uk & more photos here. The house is up for sale too. Sigh.

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The perfect little B&B set in a tranquil country garden…. Love love love!


Looks gorgeous! Have some F1 acquaintances, will pass on the info 🙂

Ali x


What a beautiful home. I read your Mother’s blog as well as yours and I can understand why she is so sad to be leaving, besides all of the *happy* memories.


I am tempted to brave the podunk Gainesville airport in order to spend a week rambling around your mother’s stunning property. Why can’t rural Florida look like this?

Am going to recommend this lodging to my friends and to my own mother!


Fantastic idea – hopefully this’ll take off and then she won’t have to move – everything crossed at this end. Fabulous website, too. Fx


Your family home is lovely, LLG! I would absolutely love to stay here if I was traveling abroad. Hopefully she won’t have to sell it and everything will work out.


Oh, such a lovely home! It’s everything I ever wanted growing up as a child and beyond….

Any chance she won’t have to sell?


What a beautiful house, such a terrible shame it is for sale.


Oh dear. I’m so sorry, LLG, for all the pain in your family right now. Perhaps this B&B will do well, and your family home won’t have to be sold? *Crosses fingers*


How unbelievably charming!! I would love to stay there! Sounds like your mom is a really amazing woman – turning lemons into lemonade.

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