County manor house wins three awards

Staff from Canons Ashby accept one of three awards at the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Awards 2012
Staff from Canons Ashby accept one of three awards at the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Awards 2012
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An Elizabethan manor house won three awards at the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum Awards.

One of the three awards Canons Ashby House in Daventry won was the prestigious Heritage Site of the Year award.

The event involved nearly 50 different museums and heritage attractions competing for a total of eight awards, selected by a panel of assessors and presented by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.

Canons Ashby also won the Best Historic House Event award for its Victorian Country Gathering last year.

Its third award was the Most Inspirational Project award, which it won for the innovative way the story of Sir Henry Dryden has been brought to life at the property.

Mark Bradshaw, Northamptonshire Property Manager, said: “These awards are all a reflection of the fantastic support and commitment of our staff and volunteers.

“It’s a moment we’re all incredibly proud of and we encourage our supporters to come and enjoy Canons Ashby for themselves this autumn.”

Several new rooms have been opened at Castle Ashby this year and a new combined visitor reception and shop has also been created.

To share the success Canons Ashby is offering half price admission to visitors until the end of August.

To get the discount visitors need to say ‘Sir Henry Dryden’ when they arrive at Canons Ashby’s visitor reception. The discount is available until August 31.

Canons Ashby is open Friday to Wednesday, until August 31, from Saturday to Wednesday from September 1 to October 31 and at weekends from November 3 to December 16.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canonsashby or call 01327 861900.