The Manor House – Ashby St Ledgers, Northamptonshire

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Rooms and gardens by Lutyens, a mention in the Domesday book, the home of the Gunpowder Plot – The Manor House is certainly not short on history. It is also not short on charm, comfort and the mod cons we’ve come to expect when hiring a private house. Ideal for a family get-together, the sprawling golden house sleeps 18 and resides in 30 acres of glorious gardens, including a lake and walled garden. This is a children’s paradise: there’s a former medieval kitchen turned playroom – complete with pirate shack – heated outdoor pool, tennis court, bridge for Pooh sticks and enough space for nannies, grannies and everyone in between. The interiors might not be what you’d expect: an eclectic, clever curation of the classic and contemporary has been overseen by the owner, who made the bold but brilliant decision to paint it white throughout. Steeped in history yet with a firm foot in the world of luxury private house hire, you will struggle to find a more interesting venue. If only walls could talk…

Weekends from £5,500
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Althorp is 15 minutes away as are a number of beautiful stately homes with gardens; including Apethorpe Palace, Boughton House, Burghley House and Cottesbrooke Hall.


At Fawsley Hall Hotel (15 mins away) and The Olde Coach House (in the village a walk from the house).


The Heart of the Shires is 5 mins away and Bicester is 20 mins away or for children why not try Whilton Mill Go Karting or Brampton Riding School.


Guests have included Edward VIII, Winston and Clementine Churchill (on numerous occasions) and composer William Walton.

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