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Mears Ashby Hall

A secluded retreat less than an hour from London

Mears Ashby Hall

Lavish Living with comfort, style…

…and panache

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Mears Ashby Hall has it all: an idyllic setting, 400 years of history, style, comfort and charm with a bit of ‘wow’ thrown in for good measure! Built in 1637 and extended some 200 years later in the Victorian era, it boasts some of the finest rooms in our portfolio. The drawing room is pure opulence, with the light streaming through the French doors that open out onto the garden, set off by the finest drapes that complement the furnishings and cushions scattered tastefully around the room. The library at Mears Ashby Hall has a wonderful fireplace – ideal for winter evenings – and is the ideal place for an afternoon tea and a chat or an after dinner brandy. The dining hall is sumptuous and is perfect for a formal meal for up to twenty people (and we can fit an extra twelve in the next room), in glorious surroundings. And the, next door is the party room where you and your guests can dance the night away and burn up all those calories! And the kitchen is fully fitted with modern appliances for you or your caterers. Unfortunately, we can’t take pets at this property but it is available for stag and hen parties.

2 night weekend break from £5,850

Based on a weekend break.

Accommodates 18 people

With room for a couple more on guest beds.

Rural setting

Set in rural Northamptonshire countryside, yet less than 50 minutes by train from London

Perchance to dream…

9 bedrooms, sleeping 18

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There are nine bedrooms at Mears Ashby Hall sleeping a total of eighteen people. They are all fitted with rich cotton sheets, comfy duvets, and dreamy, soft pillows. And the bathrooms are opulent as well as being practical. There are three en suite bathrooms and two family bathrooms.

Where food is a pleasure, not a chore

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If you enjoy cooking, fine! This is the place for you with the well-appointed kitchen with its five oven Aga and six ring hob. But if cooking’s not your thing, no problem! We can arrange a drop-off meal service, a fantastic chef, either for your whole stay or for a special meal, or you can go outside and barbecue or cook on the fantastic outdoor paella making that turns cooking into fun! And dining out on the terrace on a lovely summer’s evening is the perfect end to any day. And, of course, there are plenty of great places to eat nearby (there is an excellent pub just a couple of minute’s walk away).

You need never have a moment of tedium

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There is so much to do, both round the house and nearby. Enjoy the 11 acres of garden and parkland, perfect for an evening stroll. Relax in the hot tub (for which there is an extra charge) or take a boat out on the lake. Play tennis, pick sides for football or basketball – there are nets in the ground. Or what about a game of croquet on the lawn? And in the games barn there is table tennis, table football, air hockey and a dartboard! And if that all sounds a bit too energetic, Mears Ashby Hall has a widescreen TV, Playstation and Wifi as well as more time-honoured pursuits such as chess, and board games.

Explore wonderful Northamptonshire…

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There are plenty of walks available nearby Mears Ashby Hall as well as horse riding, skating and drag car racing. Or why not visit one of the many visitor attractions such as Beckworth Emporium, Castle Ashby, Woburn Abbey or Althorp Hall.

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Prices and availability

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Mears Ashby Hall is available for private hire on an exclusive basis.

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Available

Booked

 

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

Prices below include VAT and are based on a residential stay; wedding rates are available by calling us on 01242 352 747.

January to April (inclusive)

  • 2 night weekend stay from £5,250
  • 3 night weekend stay from £6,250

May

  • 2 night weekend stay from £5,580
  • 3 night weekend stay from £6,850

June to August (inclusive)

  • 2 night weekend stay from £6,300
  • 3 night weekend stay from £7,300

September to December (inclusive)

  • 2 night weekend stay from £5,850
  • 3 night weekend stay from £6,850
  • Christmas: £16,500

Minimum stay: 2 nights (Mid-weeks and full weeks available on request). Other durations are available, please contact us for details.

Prices based on up to 20 guests staying at Mears Ashby Hall.  Thee is an additional charge for additional pre-arranged day-guests.

  • Deposit: One third
  • Balance due: three months prior to arrival
  • Security deposit: £2,000 for a 2 or 3 night stay. Longer stays to be agreed. Mid-week says available on request.

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

 

Bedrooms and Bathrooms
• Sleeps up to 18, with room for a couple more on guest beds
• Nine bedrooms, three of which have ensuite bath or shower rooms
• Two family bathrooms
• Downstairs WC

Cooking and Dining
• Dining table seats comfortably 20
• Dining to seat a further 12 is available in the adjoining room on request
• Fantastic chef available for a special meal or throughout the weekend
• Drop-off meals available
• Five oven Aga and six ring gas hob
• BBQ
• Outdoor paella maker
• Table and chairs on terrace
• Great dining nearby
• Online deliveries

Where We Are
• The postcode is NN6 0DY
• Based in the village of Mears Ashby
• The nearest train station is Wellingborough, an 11 minute drive
• 47 minutes from London
• The nearest airports are Luton and Birmingham
• Plenty of parking available

Things To Do

Things to Do Inside
• TV with Sky
• Playstation 4
• Library
• Selection of board games
• Chess set
• iPod Dock
• Wi-fi

Things to Do Outside
• 11 acres of gardens and parkland
• Hot tub (extra charge)
• Paddock with stream
• Small lake with boat which guests can use with prior permission
• Tennis court
• Football nets
• Games barn with table tennis table, table football, air hockey and darts board

Activities
• Country pursuits available nearby, including clay pigeon shooting and game shooting depending on season
• Horse Riding
• Cycling and nature walks at Pitsford reservoir
• Pampering and beauty treatments at the house

Top Things to Do Nearby

  • Beckworth Emporium
  • Castle Ashby
  • Althorp Hall
  • Ice Rink in the village from the last week in November until the first week in January
  • Drag car racing at Santa Pod

Top Things to Do for Children

  • Silverstone
  • Bugtopia
  • Jungle Parc

Payment Process

  • We take a one third deposit at the time of booking
  • The balance is due three months before the date booked

Cautionary Deposit

2,500 refundable deposit for a 2/3 night weekend. Any rentals for a longer period deposit to be agreed.

House Restrictions

  • We regret, no pets please
  • Hen and stag parties welcome

Arrival and Departure

  • Check in 4pm
  • Check out 4pm on a Sunday
  • Check out 10am on other days
  • Early check in or late check out charged at £150 per hour (by prior arrangment)

What’s included

  • Linen and towels
  • Branded toiletries
  • Essentials
  • Utilities

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.
Reviews left for owners Pamela and Clive by past guests:

Thank you Clive, we had a wonderful time.

David and Sandra, 30 August 2016 (50th birthday celebration)

Dear Clive, Thank you very much for allowing us to stay in your lovely house for our 50th birthday celebrations. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We used Daphne Turpin for our celebration meal on the 3rd. I just thought I would let you know that she and her team were excellent. We would highly recommend her!

Caroline Day (3 January 2017)

This is an extremely belated thank you for letting us stay in your truly delightful home in October. Sarah(cook) was a great referral and absolutely wonderful! She really made the weekend and I am so glad that we had her. Aside from being gorgeous the food was also superb and I must make a special mention for the lovely Mr Fricker with the clay pigeon. The weather was great and the house superb for our group. We couldn’t have gone anywhere better. Thanks again Pam – it was a very special family reunion for us and a special weekend.

Sush Ingrams, November 2015 (mothers surprise 85th birthday).

Dear Pamela and Clive, Thank you for allowing us to spend the weekend in your fabulous home. We had a great time and our little sister had a hen party that reflects how much we love her and it will remembered by all. We tried our very best to ensure that we left your home exactly how we found it, however we couldn’t remember where everything lived so I hope it’s not too disrupted.

Johanna & Orla Ledwidge, 9 May 2016

Dear Clive, Many thanks to you and Pam for allowing us use of your stunning home this weekend. It was the most wonderful way to celebrate a host of milestone birthdays and anniversaries and everybody – from the 4 year old to the 93 year old – had a superb time. The Hall is architecturally stunning as well as a very warm and inviting space. Your art and your design choices add to a very special and very stylish retreat. We’d love to come back again! I hope you had a great weekend in Brancaster and that we left the Hall as you would hope to find it. Thanks for a brilliant weekend and lots of very happy memories for our entire family. Best wishes, Nick 5 February 2017 (family celebration)

Nick (5 February 2017)

Dear Pam and Clive, Thank you so much for lending us your beautiful home for our marriage. It was a great privilege to share it with our children and grandchildren and everything was perfect. We thought it was lovely when we first came, but with all the flowers out and garden at its best in June, it was stunning. Charlotte and Millie were outstanding and we really would recommend them to other of your guests. Quite apart from their great cooking and organising, they worked so hard and with such a calm presence all weekend. We have no doubt that all of this made our families very happy – the children were never short of things to do – from a few weeks old to 15! What a very special weekend it was.

Ann and Michael, 27 June 2016 (Family wedding celebration)

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Mears Ashby is a beautifully kept property.

Jake and Rachel Howard, 12 August 2016 (old friends’ reunion from around the world)

Hi Clive, A fantastic weekend!! Zara’s food was amazing particular chef but quality and taste was amazing. Murder mystery was great! Thank you for letting us use your home as such a perfect venue. Kind regards Liza. 29 January 2017 (30th birthday celebration).

Liza (29 January 2017)

Dear Clive & Pam, Wow, what an absolutely fabulous home you have! Thank you for the most memorable 40th of all time.

Mary-Anne, 17 April 2016 (40th birthday)

The family all enjoyed our all too short a stay. Very many thanks.

Ken Walker, 6 June 2016

Thank you.  It was a privilege to have been able to enjoy what must have taken you many years to achieve – a great house and grounds.

D. Parker, 12 February 2016 (50th birthday celebration)

Dear Pamela, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for letting us use your beautiful home to celebrate my 50th birthday. Everyone had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. We used Terry Fricker for Clay pigeon shooting and Sara Hollowell for catering on the Sunday. Both were excellent and I can thoroughly recommend them for future guests.
Thank you once again.

Rachel Tickner, 5 May 2016

Hi Clive, Thank you for allowing us to stay in your lovely home. Everyone had a wonderful weekend and we are very appreciative of your hospitality.

James, 13 June 2016 (Stag celebration)

Hi Pam & Clive, Thank you for a great weekend in your beautiful house, we all had a great time and everything went very well. All our friends felt very privileged to spend a weekend in such amazing surroundings. Again many thanks.

Alex, 10 October 2016

I just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to stay in and use your beautiful home.  We had an amazing time and the team building was brilliant.

Corinna de Botte, 10 December 2015 (corporate team building and annual party and presentations)

Dear Clive & Pam, Thank you so much for letting us stay in your wonderful home. We all had such fun.

Sarah Laver (14 November 2016)

Hi Clive, The house was incredible! We had an absolutely fantastic time. And all the options we chose went down a storm. The food was fantastic from Zara and the pub on Friday was really accommodating. Terry Fricker was excellent this morning as well. Thank you for suggesting them……
Thanks again Clive it’s a superb home!

Will Lawson, 16 October 2016

Hi Clive, We had a great time at the weekend which was in part due to your amazing house. The sun came out on Sunday and it was glorious. I’m not aware of any issues (other than having to leave). I’m looking for another occasion as excuse to book again!

Murray, 23 May 2016

Hi Clive and Pamela, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay in your wonderful house. We had a magnificent time!
Everyone in my party adored Wilby Sywell House, the décor, the grounds and the fabulous kitchen.
I look forward to, hopefully, staying at the Hall again for a party in the future.

Sarah Riddick (7 November 2016)

Hi Pam and Clive, We arrived at 1pm as planned! I met Brian who very kindly helped me to unload my car! Then John arrived to show me around the house at about 3. They were both very nice to meet. All is just perfect! It really is a WOW house! As you predicted Pam I was completely overwhelmed on arrival and after a few hours I think I know my way around now! The kids love it and are having lots of fun already. They have taken over the top floor! We have decided on rooms for everyone and the master suite is just wonderful for my father – in-law – he may need a springboard to get into bed as he is quite little!! But honestly the house is just beautiful – the character and history is quite amazing. Sarah has already popped in with some delicious food. Even though it’s huge, the house is extremely homely in so many ways… we really do love it. The lounges are so impressive, as is the kitchen! We’ve spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen. The decor and all of your ornaments are just stunning. We can’t wait for everyone else to join us tomorrow. We hope you are enjoying your Christmas holidays!

Charlotte and family (23 December 2016)

Dear Pam and Clive, You have the most amazing house which exceeded all expectations (which were high to say the least). The attention to detail has made your home the ultimate special venue and our joint birthday celebration absolutely perfect. Thank you

Joy & Carlos 4 October 2016 (joint 50th birthday celebration)

Hi Clive, We had a great weekend. Thanks so much for being so understanding and helpful. Everyone absolutely loved the Hall. Thanks again.

Imran Aziz, 22 July 2016 (Stag party)

I should like to say that we all had a marvellous time at Wilby Sywell House for my 80th birthday celebrations; it was the perfect place for such an occasion. Everything came up to our expectations and would like to thank you for having everything there for us to use. Daphne our caterer produced a very nice meal enjoyed by all.

Shirley Walker, 26 May 2016

Dear Clive, We had the MOST wonderful weekend! Oscar was utterly surprised and the house was incredible, we couldn’t fault it!

Amber 12 December 2016 (30th surprise birthday)

 

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