I visited National Trust property Canons Ashby last weekend, in the Daventry district.
This Elizabethan manor house built by the Drydens, is surrounded by beautiful 18th-century gardens. Using the remains of medieval priory, the Drydens built the house and amazing it has survived largely unaltered since 1710.
This lovely house is full of character, tapestries and Victorian antiquary. It has a interesting past as well, which the room guides will be happy to indulge you with as you stroll around the house.
When visiting this house be sure to look out for…
These fabulous deft tiles in one of the fireplaces.
The beautiful stone work again found in one of the house’s many fireplaces.
This quirky twin spouted teapot.
Also look out for the numerous pieces of taxidermy from stags heads, to rabbits in the kitchen and the fabulous William Morris wallpaper in Alice’s bedroom along with her vintage photography. This house is truly full of treasures to be discovered.
Once you have seen the house then there are the gardens bursting with colour, I am afraid my photos do not do it justice.
In addition there can also be found a large vegetable patch, croquet lawn and magnificent views over the neighbouring green fields.
Once you are satisfied with the grounds and house then there is also a second hand bookshop, National Trust shop and a lovely courtyard tearoom (who serve ice cream locally made and a delicious orange cake).
That is not all as across the road peeking through the trees you can see the old priory, St Mary’s which has a interesting history of its own and is worth a visit.
So if you are near Daventry and looking for something to do Canons Ashby is a great place to visit.