Dine in style and dance till dawn

Live like a Lord in baronial, four-postered beauty. Mears Ashby Hall sits like a dreamscape from another century, all endless lawns, ancient oaks, drawing-room dignity and only 48 minutes from London. Get together and party in the nightclub room, sashay down the stairs, fire up the iPod dock, dine in style and dance till dawn.

No ordinary escape

Deep in lovely Northamptonshire, possibly the best-kept secret of this sceptered isle, sits Mears Ashby Hall. Live like a Lord in drawing-roomed, four-postered, baronial beauty. When you tire of the house, explore the endless lawns, walk the parklands, or ripple the lake water with the rowing-boat oars.

From your car wheels crunching on the gravel, to the enormous frontage, to the ancient oaks and the five-oven Aga, this is the place to evade the everyday. With dining for 34, bedrooms for 20, and space for 20 extra day and evening guests, it’s primed for a party that’s no small celebration.

Run off the excesses on the tennis court, fire goals in to the footie nets or shoot hoops in the basketball net. Clear the cobwebs on the trampoline. Hit the games garage for table tennis, air hockey or darts.

Sashay down the grand staircase past fluted balustrades, dance till dawn in the nightclub room, laze around in the library with flatscreen Sky TV and DVD, board games, squishy sofas, and chess boards. Light the logs in the lounge. Spark up the soundtrack to your stay on the Bose iPod dock. This is no ordinary escape.

Gardens and grounds

It’s easy to live inside-out at Mears Ashby Hall when the parklands stretch away as far as the eye can see in a vista of pure Englishness. The lawns cry out for a marquee, the woodlands beg to be walked, the lake is asking to be rowed, and the boat is waiting.

Pack up a picnic and take a lemonade on the lawns. Wander the endless acres and make discovery after discovery. Loll about in the hot tub, available at an additional charge. Fire a Wembley winner into the football nets, shoot a hoop or two or take to the tennis court. For youngsters, hours will disappear on the trampoline.

You don’t even need to leave the garden to eat. Fire up the barbie for an outdoor feast, pile the prawns, clams and chorizo into the paella maker, and warm your hands and hearts around the firepit.

Competitive dads will love the games garage complete with table tennis, table football, darts and air hockey. For a more leisurely time, your boat sits ready on the shores of the lake, awaiting the splash of the oars that breaks the rural hush.

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Living spaces

Live to the manor born in the vast echo of Mears Ashby’s living spaces. Eat like kings and queens in the dining room, then dance till dawn. Looking to chill? Curl up with a book in the drawing room on squishy sofas in front of a roaring fire.

Get the party started in the nightclub room. Once you’ve wined and dined, it’s time to bop until you drop. Complete with bar, blackout blinds, dance floor and sonos sound system, you’re free to let loose and party the night away. The cushioned banquette is ready and waiting after you’ve kicked off your dancing shoes.

Alternatively, get cosy with hundreds of books in the library. Fire up the flatscreen Sky TV for a movie night, break out the board games or Playstation 4, set up a chess championship or just warm body and soul with a window-seat coffee and a gaze out over the grounds. The serenity will stay with you.

Mears Ashby is a place where inside becomes out and out becomes in, in the blink of an eye and the passing of a raincloud. The halfway house is the conservatory, a serene mix of stone flags, candles, rattan chairs and tasteful greenery. Relax, grab a snack, rustle up a good read. No one’s hurrying you here.

Cooking and Dining

Eating with family and friends, buttering fresh bread and sipping good wine while sharing warm conversation, is becoming a lost pleasure. But you can revive it at Mears Ashby Hall around the huge dining table for 20 in the main hall.

If you’re a bit of a Heston on the side, you can make the kitchen/diner your own giant lab, with space enough to work in teams. Spoil yourself and create mouthwatering masterpieces around the six-ring gas hob and five-oven AGA. When belts have been loosened, sip coffee from the Gaggia over sounds from the Bose ipod dock.

Enjoy the pleasure of some extra luxuries to make your holiday or weekend even more memorable. We’ve top class chefs available to create and serve a special three course dinner, drop off ready meals when you arrive, or serve a classic brunch on Sunday morning. Or book a chef for the week and relax.

Prefer to cook al fresco? Fire up the gas barbecue for sizzling steaks or burgers on brioche, or add a little olé with the outdoor paella maker. Keep toasty around the firepit.

Eating out? Try salmon on slate or a deli platter at the renowned Beckworth Emporium. Alternatively, go gastro in The Swan at Lamport, or pop down to The White Horse at Old for a pie and a pint.

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Bedrooms

After your party palace has fed, watered and entertained, it needs to deliver on the accommodation front, too. With nine bedrooms sleeping 18, Mears Ashby Hall won’t let you down.

With the only sounds coming from the bats and the rustle of the wind in the leaves, you’ll sleep deeply, burrowing down between rich cotton sheets and warm duvets.

Tasteful period furnishings, homely rugs and vast opulent en-suites with clawfoot, freestanding baths are the order of the day here. Squabble over the four-posters, hop over the animal-skin rug and snooze like you mean it.

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Christmas and New Year at Mears Ashby

When the days shorten and the nights grow colder, who says those days and nights need be lacking in family fun and all the comforts in a home from home. Let the kids – and yourselves – loose to kick through the leaves and explore nature’s changes.

Everything at Mears Ashby Hall will take on a new guise in the crispness of the colder months. When the frosts settle in over the old stone and green lawns, venture out into the late hour and see this property and the surrounding area from new angles.

If the lake hasn’t frozen, wrap up and drift out to float beneath the stars before piling the fire high inside and watching the hours go by with family board games, a movie or just conversation. Make Mears Ashby your Winter Wonderland.

When that special time of the year comes around again, what better place than here to gather round with the family before the fire on a crisp morning and over the roast dinner that steams away with all the aromas of the holiday. Mears Ashby Hall promises to bring the family together in both new and familiar ways in a context of timeless luxury, leisure and comfort.

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Midweek Variety

Special Occasions – Just married? Need the perfect place to get together with the extended family? Or maybe you want a big birthday bash to remember? Mears Ashby Hall can host up to 18 as the ideal intimate midweek setting for any special occasion. Make it yours for a morning, afternoon, evening, full day or longer.

Corporate Stays – With 11 acres of gardens and parkland to play with, as well as a variety of outdoor games and facilities, Mears Ashby Hall is where to come for the best team building activities and business overnights. Hire the property in the midweek for as long as you need it.

Filming and Photography – Ideal for filming, Mears Ashby Hall is a natural on screen. Having already hosted the very popular Made in Chelsea, the property is becoming a sought-after location for film and television companies, as well as professional photographers looking for a truly unique backdrop.

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What people say

What people say

"Wow, what an absolutely fabulous home you have! Thank you for the most memorable 40th of all time" - Mary-Anne (40th Birthday)
"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." - Ann & Michael (Family Wedding Celebration)
"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 (joint 50th birthday celebration)
"We had the MOST wonderful weekend! Oscar was utterly surprised and the house was incredible, we couldn't fault it!" - Amber (30th Surprise Birthday)
"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. - Ann and Michael (Family Wedding Celebration)
"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! Honestly the house is just beautiful - the character and history is quite amazing. The decor and all of your ornaments are just stunning." - Charlotte & Family
"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!" - Nick (Family Celebration)
"Just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic weekend at your wonderful property. We had a brilliant get together and it was made all the more special by the setting and magic of that house. The way the house is prepared, the décor and the facilities available are all truly out of this world." - Andy (Family Celebration)
"Thank you so much for allowing us to share your home for the past weekend. It's such a beautiful building and grounds. We all had a wonderful time and celebrated my wife's 70th birthday in fine style. All in all it was a memorable occasion for the whole family - the setting "made it" for us." - Anon
"Many thanks again for the weekend.  You have an incredible house which our guests were blown away by and the weekend was just perfect." - Matt (40th birthday)
“We had a truly memorable weekend and our Stag was particularly thrilled with our choice of accommodation." - Justin (Stag Party)
"We just wanted to drop you a note to let you both know what a fabulous stay we recently had at Mears Ashby Hall. The pictures on your website are great but really don't do Mears Ashby justice. It is truly amazing!!!" - Paul & Rachel (New Year)

Superbikes and Spitfires

Take breakfast at Beckworth Emporium, shoot clay in the grounds or pheasants next door. See the Superbikes at Silverstone and Spitfires at Sywell. For kids, there’s creepy-crawly fun at Bugtopia, surfing and climbing at Bodyflight, and swinging and gliding at Jungle Parc.

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