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Set within 235 acres of beautiful lakes and parkland, Billing Aquadrome is a popular choice for families and couples looking to enjoy both onsite facilities and local attractions.
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Medbourne Edge Retreat is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, an exclusive adults-only, luxury lodge escape nestled in an idyllic setting overlooking the Leicestershire countryside.
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Northamptonshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Northamptonshire, a county brimming with lush countryside, stately homes, and thrilling motorsports. Savour the local cuisine at farmers' markets and traditional pubs. Get active with watersports at Rutland Water or hike through ancient woodlands. Discover the adrenaline rush at Silverstone Circuit or unwind with a leisurely canal boat ride. Northamptonshire also boasts the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit at Brooklands. Seeking a cosy retreat or an action-packed group holiday? Opting for a lodge or cabin stay in Northamptonshire offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for couples, families, and friends alike.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire, often overlooked, is a gem in the heart of England with a tapestry of lush landscapes and stately homes. It's not just about the historical battles or the age-old architecture; it's the modern twist of events and festivals that inject life into this county. For 2024, keep your eyes peeled for the Northampton Balloon Festival, a spectacle not to be missed. Lodges offer a more intimate, flexible stay compared to hotels, with the freedom to explore at your own pace. Northamptonshire's unique blend of countryside and culture, with attractions like the Silverstone Circuit for motorsport fans, makes it an intriguing spot for a lodge break.

If you're visiting Northamptonshire with kids

Absolutely, Northamptonshire is a playground for kids. They can dive into history at the Rockingham Castle, or get hands-on at the interactive exhibits at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Lodges provide a homely base for families, often with outdoor space for kids to play. They're a retreat after a day of adventure, offering the comforts of home with the excitement of being somewhere new.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for lakeside fun or lodge pools
  3. Rain gear, because UK weather can be unpredictable
  4. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  5. Favorite snacks for fuss-free munching
  6. Board games or cards for family nights in
  7. Outdoor toys like frisbees or footballs
  8. First aid kit for any little scrapes
  9. Portable chargers for devices
  10. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

Pet Friendly Northamptonshire Adventures

Northamptonshire welcomes pets with open arms. For a pint with your pup, The Olde Coach House in Ashby St. Ledgers is a must-visit, as is The Folly Inn at Towcester, where dogs are greeted as warmly as their owners. When booking, look out for lodges with enclosed gardens; it's a game-changer for peace of mind. Also, remember to check if there are any additional charges for bringing your furry friend along.

Dog walking ideas in Northamptonshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Brixworth Country Park 7 Lake and woodland NN6 9DG
Salcey Forest Variable Ancient woodland NN7 2HX
Stanwick Lakes Up to 7 Lakes and meadows NN9 6GY
Irchester Country Park 3 Woodland and quarry NN29 7DL
Althorp Estate 5 Parkland NN7 4HQ

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to surprise your other half with a romantic getaway, consider the lodges in Northamptonshire. They're perfect for couples seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure. Many lodges offer pamper packs on arrival, setting the tone for a luxurious stay. For the ultimate romantic experience, look for lodges with private hot tubs – it's a game-changer for evening relaxation under the stars.

For those who enjoy being pampered, several lodges in the area are part of complexes with on-site spa facilities. Imagine starting your day with a couples' massage before exploring the local scenery. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges offering fine dining experiences or recommendations for intimate local eateries where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Northamptonshire's local cuisine is hearty and traditional. Think succulent meats, pies, and stews. A famous dish to try is the Northamptonshire clanger, a pastry with a savory end and a sweet end – a complete meal in one! For a memorable dining experience, check out The Hopping Hare for its modern British fare, or The Church Restaurant for a unique setting in a converted church.

For family-friendly dining, The World's End in Ecton is a hit with its extensive menu and play area for kids. Couples might prefer the intimate atmosphere of Althorp Coaching Inn, which offers delicious local dishes and a fine selection of wines.

For a good night out

Northamptonshire's nightlife offers something for everyone. If you're after a traditional pub experience, The Olde England is a real ale pub with a cozy atmosphere. For a more upbeat evening, Bar Hygge is known for its live music and great selection of drinks.

For those who enjoy a bit of dancing, Revolution Northampton is a popular spot with a vibrant atmosphere. And if you're looking for a laugh, The Comedy Crate at The Charles Bradlaugh pub hosts regular stand-up nights that are sure to entertain.

Fishing

Northamptonshire is a haven for anglers, with a variety of serene fishing spots:

  • Pitsford Water - NN6 9DG
  • Ravensthorpe Reservoir - NN6 8EJ
  • Drayton Reservoir - NN11 0SG
  • Wellingborough Lakes - NN8 2BX
  • Stanwick Lakes Fisheries - NN9 6GY

Outdoor Adventures

For outdoor enthusiasts, Nene Whitewater Centre offers a rush with activities like whitewater rafting and tubing. Prices vary, starting around £30 per person, and the centre is open seasonally, so check ahead for availability.

Another hotspot is Canoe2 at Rushden Lakes, where you can hire canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards. They offer guided trips too, which are perfect for beginners. Prices start from as little as £19 for a short hire, with the centre open from spring through to autumn.

Shopping and Souvenirs

NameTypeOn OfferPostcode
Heart of the Shires Shopping VillageShopping VillageBoutiques & AntiquesNN7 4LB
Rushden LakesShopping CentreHigh Street Brands & LeisureNN10 6FH
Burton Latimer Farmers MarketMarketLocal Produce & CraftsNN15 5LA
The Grosvenor Shopping CentreShopping CentreRetail OutletsNN1 2EW
Wellingborough Antique and Collectors FairAntiques FairVintage Finds & GiftsNN8 2DH

Whether you're after a romantic lodge with a hot tub, a family-friendly pub, or a lively night out, Northamptonshire has it all. Don't forget to try the local clanger, cast a line in its peaceful waters, or seek an adrenaline rush at its outdoor centres. And for shopping, the county offers everything from quaint village boutiques to bustling markets, ensuring you'll find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Northamptonshire

Billing Aquadrome, Northamptonshire

Driving Distance: About 10 minutes (5.30 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Billing Aquadrome is a vast 235-acre leisure park offering an array of facilities, including a fairground, adventure golf, and an indoor swimming pool, making it an ideal family getaway.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples looking for a fun-packed holiday will adore Billing Aquadrome. With its extensive range of activities and entertainment options, there's something for everyone, from the thrill of the fairground to the tranquillity of lakeside walks.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park is brimming with activities: enjoy the fairground, play adventure golf, or relax in the beauty salon. For dining, there are restaurants and bars offering great food and live entertainment. All facilities are detailed on the park's website, so check in advance to plan your stay.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Althorp House and Silverstone Raceway, both within easy driving distance. Whipsnade Zoo is also accessible for a family day out. Check for entry fees and driving times on their respective websites.

Accommodation options: The park offers a range of accommodation including the Abingdon 2 and Regent 2 Waterside lodges, both sleeping up to 6 guests. While pet-friendly options are not available, the lodges offer comfortable living spaces and are ideal for families or groups.


Medbourne Edge Retreat, Northamptonshire

Driving Distance: About 32 minutes (23.48 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Medbourne Edge Retreat is an adults-only, luxury lodge escape offering peace, quiet, and stunning countryside views, with bespoke lodges equipped with hot tubs for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Who will love these lodges? Couples seeking a secluded and luxurious break will find Medbourne Edge Retreat irresistible. The adult-only policy ensures a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for romantic stays or quiet relaxation.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The retreat offers idyllic walks and a delightful natural pond. For dining, the nearby village of Medbourne provides an excellent pub, while Market Harborough offers a range of eateries and shops.

What's nearby? Rutland Water is a short drive away, offering water sports and nature reserves. The market town of Market Harborough and the historic village of Medbourne are also within reach for cultural experiences and local cuisine.

Accommodation options: The retreat features luxurious lodges like the Rutland Lodge, which sleeps 6 and includes a hot tub, making it pet-friendly and ideal for couples or small groups seeking a lavish stay.


Landal Rockingham Forest, Cambridgeshire

Driving Distance: About 42 minutes (29.15 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Landal Rockingham Forest is set in ancient woodland, offering luxury lodges and a cottage with modern comforts, woodland trails, and a café/bistro, perfect for a serene family break.

Who will love these lodges? Families, couples, and friends looking for a nature retreat with the comfort of luxury lodges will enjoy Landal Rockingham Forest. Its peaceful setting and high-quality accommodation cater to all seeking a restorative break.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Explore the woodland trails, relax in the café/bistro, and for selected lodges, unwind in a private hot tub. The park also provides children's play areas and Wi-Fi access.

What's nearby? The park is close to Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Nene Valley Park, and the picturesque town of Stamford, offering a variety of outdoor and cultural activities for all ages.

Accommodation options: The park offers a range of lodges, such as The Nassington, which sleeps 6 and is pet-friendly. Selected lodges come with hot tubs, providing a luxurious touch to your stay.


Elton Furze Retreats, Cambridgeshire

Driving Distance: About 42 minutes (32.05 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Elton Furze Retreats offers an exclusive adult-only lodge experience within the Elton Furze Golf Club, featuring stylish lodges with hot tubs and a golf clubhouse for a sophisticated escape.

Who will love these lodges? Adult couples and golf enthusiasts looking for a tranquil and luxurious getaway will find Elton Furze Retreats ideal. The golf course and clubhouse provide additional leisure options for guests.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Indulge in golfing at the 18-hole course, dine at the clubhouse restaurant, or relax in your private hot tub. The retreat focuses on providing a serene and indulgent environment.

What's nearby? The retreat is within driving distance of Peterborough, offering cultural attractions, shopping, and dining options. Nature reserves and historical sites in Cambridgeshire are also accessible.

Accommodation options: The retreat has a selection of lodges such as the Florence, which sleeps 2 and includes a hot tub, providing a romantic setting for couples. These lodges offer modern amenities and sophisticated décor.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Northamptonshire

Althorp Estate

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check the website
  • Prices: Adult £18.50, Child £11, Family £45
  • Postcode: NN7 4HQ
  • Est. time required: Half a day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, included in ticket price

Althorp Estate is a stunner, especially if you're into your English heritage. It's the ancestral home of the Spencer family, and Princess Diana's final resting place. The house and grounds are immaculate, and there's a new exhibition that changes yearly. It's a hit with families and history enthusiasts alike. To avoid the crowds, try a weekday visit. And hey, the on-site café is pretty decent for a scone and tea.

Phone number: 01604 770107 | Web: spencerofalthorp.com


Rockingham Castle

  • Opening Times: Tuesdays and Sundays, April to September
  • Prices: Adult £12, Child £8.50, Concessions £10.50
  • Postcode: LE16 8TH
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free of charge

Rockingham Castle is a gem, and not just for the castle itself. The gardens are a real treat, with views over the Welland Valley that'll knock your socks off. There's a great little event calendar too, with medieval reenactments and outdoor theatre. Kids will love the castle's quiz trail. Tip: the homemade cakes in the tea room are legendary, so save some room.

Phone number: 01536 770240 | Web: rockinghamcastle.com


Wicksteed Park

  • Opening Times: Daily from 10:30 am, closing times vary
  • Prices: Free entry, pay-per-ride or wristband options
  • Postcode: NN15 6NJ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, charges apply

Wicksteed Park is a blast for families and thrill-seekers. It's one of the UK's oldest theme parks and has a mix of traditional rides and modern thrills. The Water Chute and the Railway are classics, while the new adrenaline-pumping rides will get your heart racing. Best time to visit? Off-peak days mean shorter queues. And if you're planning multiple visits, the annual wristband is a no-brainer.

Phone number: 01536 512475 | Web: wicksteedpark.org


Canons Ashby

  • Opening Times: Check the National Trust website for current times
  • Prices: Adult £11, Child £5.50, Family £27.50
  • Postcode: NN11 3SD
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free for National Trust members

Canons Ashby is a slice of tranquility, perfect for a laid-back day out. The Elizabethan manor house is packed with history, and the gardens are a peaceful retreat. They've got some cool hands-on activities for kids, and the second-hand bookshop is a treasure trove for bookworms. The best bit? The stunning priory church next door. Don't miss the homemade treats in the tearoom; they're a real winner.

Phone number: 01327 861900 | Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby


Stanwick Lakes

  • Opening Times: All year round, dawn till dusk
  • Prices: Parking charges apply
  • Postcode: NN9 6GY
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site, charges apply

Stanwick Lakes is an outdoor adventurer's paradise. With miles of paths, it's perfect for a family bike ride or a leisurely stroll. The adventure playground is a hit with the kids, and there's even a BBQ area if you fancy cooking up a storm. The visitor centre's got some interesting exhibits, and the café does a mean bacon butty. Pro tip: bring a change of clothes for the kids – the water play area is irresistible.

Phone number: 01933 625522 | Web: stanwicklakes.org.uk


Silverstone Interactive Museum

  • Opening Times: Daily 10 am to 6 pm
  • Prices: Adult £22, Child £12, Family £58
  • Postcode: NN12 8TN
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free of charge

Silverstone Interactive Museum is a must for motorsport fans. You'll get up close with historic race cars and interactive exhibits that really put you in the driver's seat. They've got a wicked 360-degree cinema that shows an action-packed film about the history of Silverstone. Best to book tickets online in advance to save some quid. And if you've got a need for speed, check out their supercar driving experiences.

Phone number: 01327 320424 | Web: silverstonemuseum.co.uk


Remember, after a day of exploring, there's nothing like coming back to a cosy lodge. And when it comes to lodges in Northamptonshire, you're spoilt for choice. Whether you're after a lakeside view or a woodland retreat, you'll find the perfect spot to kick back and relax.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in Northamptonshire offer spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and sometimes even a private hot tub. It's a chance to unwind, explore the countryside, and enjoy some peace away from the city buzz.

What should I pack when visiting Northamptonshire?

Pack for comfort and the outdoors. Bring layers for variable weather, walking boots for exploring, and swimwear for hot tubs or nearby lakes. Don't forget chargers for your gadgets, and maybe some board games or a good book for cosy evenings in your lodge.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Northamptonshire provide parking spaces very close to your accommodation. Some might be right outside your door, making it super convenient to unload your car upon arrival and keep your vehicle secure throughout your stay.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are perfect for enjoying the indoor perks of your lodge, like a dip in the hot tub or a movie marathon. Local attractions like Sywell Aviation Museum or 78 Derngate are great indoor alternatives to explore nearby.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many lodges are within the delivery radius of local restaurants and supermarkets. Apps like Just Eat, Deliveroo, or local services can bring meals right to your door. Some lodges even have their own restaurants that offer delivery to your private accommodation.

Is Northamptonshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Northamptonshire's charm isn't just for the summer. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at attractions like Althorp House or Castle Ashby Gardens. Plus, lodges often have fireplaces or heating to keep you toasty.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Hot tubs are usually drained, cleaned, and refilled before each new guest arrives. They're maintained to high standards for your health and safety, so you can relax knowing it's been taken care of.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Northamptonshire?

Yes, there are plenty of pet-friendly options. Places like Bluewood Lodges welcome your furry friends, so they can join in on the adventure. Just check the lodge's pet policy when booking.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't skip Warwick Castle, just a short drive away, for a day of medieval history. For nature lovers, Barnwell Country Park is a must-visit. If you're into motorsports, the world-famous Silverstone Circuit is within easy reach.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges cater to guests with mobility needs, offering ground-floor bedrooms and bathrooms equipped with handrails. Check with your lodge provider about specific accessibility features before booking to ensure a comfortable stay.

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