The market towns of Towcester, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Daventry cradle a ring of tranquility around Northampton. This is the best of the English countryside - fields, woods, streams and charming villages, mellow with ironstone and thatch.
The landscape is criss-crossed with gentle footpaths, some in cool woodlands, some grazed by sheep and some with sweeping views across the broad valleys of the Welland and Nene.
Also known as "The County of Squires and Spires", Northamptonshire is home to hundreds of historic houses, great and small, and magnificent churches dating back to Saxon times.
Stay in a smart hotel, a country inn or a comfortable holiday let. Ramble beside the hedgerows to picnic by an ancient watermill.
If the weather isn't right, the towns boast museums and galleries for a rainy day, and theatres and restaurants for a great evening out.
All this is just a turn off the motorway or an hour by train from London or Birmingham. It's easily reached for a quiet retreat or a base from which Oxford and Cambridge, the Fens, the Cotswolds and Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon are little more than an hour's drive.
This website seeks to promote rural Northamptonshire to those in need of a peaceful escape. You'll find all the details you need for breaks among the best that Britain can offer.