There can be few better reasons to spend a few days in Northamptonshire than to visit stunning Althorp – the 3,000 acre estate that has been the home of the Spencer family for the past 500 years. So why not make that the centrepiece of a few days away – and make your base a serviced apartment in Northampton.
Althorp is just 15 minutes’ drive from the town centre, where Cotels, the serviced apartment specialists have a number of one and two bedroomed apartments that make a perfect pied-a-terre. Virtually a home-from-home, these smart, modern apartments have fully fitted kitchens, a spacious lounge and dining area, and all the modern conveniences you would expect including TV, and broadband.
After preparing your picnic in the fully equipped kitchen, pick up your car from the secure free parking, and head out to Althorp. During the day you can stroll through the parklands and gardens, enjoy your picnic in the grounds and take in the peace and tranquillity of the Round Oval – the lake and temple that form a centrepiece to the memorial of Diana, Princess of Wales.
This is the last year that the award-winning exhibition, Diana: A Celebration, will be open to the public, so if you have not seen it, now is probably your last chance. It is housed in the spectacular Italianesque stables which once held 100 horses and 40 grooms.
While at Althorp you can visit 19 of the rooms in the house, including some of the private apartments and see one of Europe’s finest collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics, the result of one family’s occupation since the 16th century.
You should try to make your visit coincide with the famous Battle Proms, which are being held in the grounds of Althorp for the sixth time on Saturday, August 10th.
The gates open at 4.30pm, when it’s picnic time – and time to crack open the champagne. You’ve got a couple of hours then to enjoy your alfresco feast before a Napoleonic cavalry charge followed by an evening gun salute by the Gunners of the English field Artillery Company. Then, to the rumble of a Spitfire as it roars overhead, the Battle commences with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire. But that’s just a warm-up for the piece of music that gives the Battle Proms its name, Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’, performed with a staggering 193 cannons, musket fire and fireworks.
So get that special picnic ready and the champagne chilled to set you up for what promises to be a truly spectacular and memorable evening, ending with a spine-tingling sing-along of the Proms favourites, Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
If booking into a serviced apartment in Northampton does sound like a good idea, then why not give us a call and we can match an apartment to your needs.