The Falcon at Castle Ashby has today (28 September) reopened following a Lord and Lady Northampton’s restoration project which has turned the sixteenth-century coaching house into a “curative getaway” of mindfulness and nature.
The grade II listed property will offer 22 bedrooms alongside a “destination” restaurant, located within the 10,500-acre Castle Ashby estate in Northamptonshire.
Lord and Lady Northampton said The Falcon has been redesigned with its original function as a “resting place for weary travellers” in mind.
The hotel will centre on promoting physical and mental wellbeing, providing guests with “special access” to Castle Ashby’s Capability Brown gardens, as well as activities such as wild swimming, yoga and cycling.
Chef Mark Lawton will run the hotel’s ‘Restaurant Eyas’, leading with a menu which is “inspired by the local Northamptonshire landscape” and works “hand-in-hand” with local producers, in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Falcon has also partnered with the holistic wellness retreats, Silver Linings, to offer their first UK based retreat in January 2021. A stand-alone Wellness Centre is also due to open in 2021.
Lady Northampton said: “I would love people locally and from all over the world to come and enjoy The Falcon. I would like to invite them to experience something new that represents our love of nature, wellbeing and many of the other things we enjoy.”
Lord Northampton added: “I would like guests to come away having discovered something different from their usual experience of life.
The Falcon’s interior designer, Jackie Blakey, focused on the hotel’s aim to be different: “The interior design was created to provoke the senses and provide an atmosphere where guests have a different experience from any other hotel.Every bedroom will have a different aesthetic – there is little uniformity and symmetry.”
General manager Douglas Cooper said: “The Falcon is a very special property in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside.
“We want our guests to feel like they are at home, relaxed and content with great food, high quality accommodation and a team that feel like family.”