Hoteliers around the county are looking forward to welcoming visitors once again after the coronavirus lockdown and hope even more will look for a 'staycation'.
Northamptonshire: Britain's Best Surprise has put together a list of its top 20 hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation to inspire holiday-makers.
5. Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone
"Situated in the picturesque village of Farthingstone, in the rural south of Northamptonshire. Bay Tree Cottage offers a selection of charming and characterful accommodation, ranging from one-bedroom cottages to a large three-bedroom barn conversion, which if booked together can sleep up to 30 guests. All properties are self-contained and furnished to a high standard with their own outside seating areas where guests can enjoy alfresco dining while taking in the stunning views. Surrounded by stunning countryside and woodlands, Bay Tree Cottage is the ideal base for those who enjoy walking whilst also being within easy reach of the village pub (Kings Arms, Farthingstone) as well as a range of attractions including country parks, National Trust properties, historic houses, theatres and art galleries. There is something here for everyone. https://www.btcaccommodation.co.uk."
6. Hunt House Quarters, Kilsby
"Having been a stable block over 100 years ago, all rooms are self-contained with their own front doors and en-suite facilities, set in a peaceful, private courtyard. All finished to a high standard with period features, the rooms sit in the grounds of a restored, thatched Hunting Lodge, parts of which date back to the 1500's. The rooms in the old stable block are all unique and vastly different from their previous life, which was housing Polo ponies for the Comte De Madre in the early 1900s and before that, the care of young deer over the winter. Wander to the local pub – The Red Lion, Kilsby – for great food and a warm Northamptonshire welcome. https://www.hunthousequarters.co.uk"
7. Swallows Rest B&B, Brigstock
"One of Northamptonshires best kept secrets? Located in the pretty village of Brigstock, the Swallow's Rest offers stylish and comfortable accommodation at a very reasonable price. Beautifully furnished rooms are designed with every comfort in mind, to make you feel at home, with a little luxury added in. The Swallow's Rest looks out to wonderful views across the Northamptonshire countryside - a peaceful place to stay for work or to escape for a much-needed leisure break. Recent awards (of which there are many) include 4th Best B&B in the world on TripAdvisor, Travellers Choice Awards 2019, and Muddy Stilletos "Best Boutique Stay" in Northamptonshire 2019. http://www.theswallowsrest.co.uk"
8. Rushton Hall, Kettering
"A magnificent Grade I listed country house hotel, Rushton Hall is nestled in 25 acres of immaculate grounds and splendid 16th Century surroundings near Kettering. This historic luxury hotel offers sanctuary to those seeking a relaxing weekend away, and with 4 red stars and 3 rosettes is the only restaurant in the county with a 3-rosette accolade. The restaurant team strives to deliver an unforgettable dining experience – be it for fine dining in the restaurant, afternoon tea in the Great Hall, or a special occasion in one of the stunning State Rooms. The beautiful Stable Yard Spa completes the experience. https://www.rushtonhall.com"