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Beautiful house and gardens

This is a lovely place to visit and spend the day exploring. There house is extensive and there are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Henchelson
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Litchborough, United Kingdom
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Canons Ashby

This small NT property is situated in uncrowded countryside between Banbury and Northampton. I was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CarltonA10
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Stoke Poges, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit today to do the pumpkin trail, lovely looking house, gardens well kept.

The pumpkin trail was in the park land spaced out in the trees. Was a bit short but on a cold day was a bit of a blessing. Nice standard NT shop and cafe!

Thank O1838BSmikec
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit and spend the day exploring. There house is extensive and there are lots of rooms to discover. The large gardens are a joy. Don’t forget to visit the church.

Thank Henchelson
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small NT property is situated in uncrowded countryside between Banbury and Northampton. I was ushered into a slightly cramped car park and was then informed about the estate in the reception hut. The house is fairly small but interesting. The nearby church is the remainder of a former Priory. There is a good tea room and shop as well as the usually good toilets provided by the National Trust. Overall, a pleasant Northamptonshire attraction which is worth calling in to see.

Thank CarltonA10
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Canons Ashby deserves to be better know. The house and grounds have a great atmosphere, full of history, but on a scale that is more domestic than many grander stately homes. The gardens are mainly formal, from the 18th century, most of which were brushed away with a taste for landscape gardens. The formal 18th C gardens are on several levels with flowerbeds and hedges cut into topiary. The day we visited they were being planted with winter bedding and the bulbs to come up for the spring. There was also some autumn colour on the trees including the mulberry on the lawn. On the lower level is a Victorian style kitchen garden with fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers for the house. This still has plenty of colour with the dahlias.

It is well worth looking at the church. All that remains of the abbey after which the house is named. It is oddly proportioned - almost a cube as the nave used to go back much further when it was part of the abbey. The interior mainly dates from after damage in the civil war, with lots of hatchments - lozenge shaped memorial plaques. Other interesting features include a brass in the floor, the font, and a small display under the tower about the times of the abbey.

We did one of the walks around the estate - Lake View which is recommended. The walking is very easy after the dry weather and it would be perfectly easy to do with older children. At the start of the walk you go through the field where the village was abandoned after the plague. All that remains of the 40 homes are hummocks in the ground. Towards the end of the walk you go past a string of lakes, with good views back to the house. The countryside has lots of hedges and small areas of woodland, we got some excellent views of the buzzards.

On the practical side there is an excellent cafe/ tearoom which has a good selection of teas, cakes, cold drinks. For lunch there are four of five choices, including an excellent soup the day we visited. The staff in the cafe were all working really hard and were very friendly. Cafe is just what you want in this setting - a simple range of meals done well.

Thank AlinaRC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a lovely four hours at this attraction. We have been to NT Sites all over the country but have found few that have had such an interesting and intriguing history. Our visit was made so enjoyable by the happy and helpful staff who made us so welcome.

Thank David S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took our two year old grandson on a lovely sunny day. The pumpkin trail in the parkland is a good idea & the profusion of conkers went down well. The gardens are well laid out & maintained. Cafe here famous for the Ember Day tart, with its dried fruit & nuts-get the recipe-my wife has! Not a huge property but we'll worth a visit.

Thank grumpfromhinckley
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been several times as NT members and always enjoyed coming and I have reviewed this before. However, twice in recent months we have arrived to discover either that the whole property is closed because of the windy weather or part of the grounds closed. We took our granddaughter and friend for the pumpkin trail to discover that, because of the breezy weather, it was closed on health an safety grounds. A bit frustrating after a 45 minute journey and hard to explain to the children, so I suggest phoning or checking the website before travelling.

Thank Alistair M
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Arrived early on a weekend and the property was very quiet. I passed on visiting the house as it opened later on.

The grounds and garden were very relaxing to walk around. Don't miss the "Piper Statue". Loved the way the flowers were arranged and the information provided. Also took a short walk out the grounds to the medieval village.

A great second hand bookshop and reasonably priced and good cafe.

Would visit again to see the house if in the area.

Thank emuslushy
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

A very interesting National Trust house. We thoroughly annoyed our visit to the house, church and gardens.

Thank Keith F
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Lovely visit to Cannons Ashby, small but very interesting, especially the Priory and how it had been reduced in size due to religion. All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, even the car park staff at the end of our visit, as we were looking for a cross country way home to avoid M40! Cafe is lovely, especially the cinnamon cake, which was large and one piece enough for two! Service a little slow as only one girl serving, not her fault.

Thank GAYNORENGLAND
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