We are really lucky to be surrounded by some amazing landscape here at Huntsmill. But not only this, on our doorstep we have some great places to visit so you can really get involved with the local countryside and what it has to offer. Down the road we have country manor houses, national trust gardens, picturesque villages and beautiful walks. So we have put together some of our favourite places to visit whilst you are staying with us:
Just 5 mins down the road is the beautiful village of Stowe. Here you will find a National Trust Georgian landscape garden and park with perfect views, winding paths and lakeside walks. These gardens are full of hidden meanings and were created as an earthly paradise. When you arrive at the park you will be greeted with a fusion of modern and restored eighteenth-century buildings where visitors of the past were welcomed to Stowe. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors or enjoy walking.
Whilst here in Stowe you can also visit ‘Stowe House’. With over 300 years of history there is something for everyone. You can book full story tours, browse David Wynne magnificent collection of maquettes on display, or just explore a small taste with a history tour.
Brackley is little historic market town just on the borders of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Here there are lots of food and drink establishments to choose from such as, pubs, cafes and farm shops serving a variety of homemade goodies. The town also offers a few independent boutique shops to browse at your leisure. But if you’re looking for somewhere to walk we would recommend heading too Evenley Wood Gardens where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and discover 60 acres of Northampshire woodlands. You can follow a network of paths through the beautiful woods where you will find colourful oak and maple trees.
Evenley village is somewhere we like to send our couples for a delicious pub dinner at the local Red Lion pub. The parish of Evenley is one of the prettiest in the county and one the locals are all very proud of. Evenley still retains an old world charm while moving into the twenty first century.
Waddesdon was purchased in 1974. Since this time members of the Rothchild family have taken it in turns to enhance and nurture the aesthetics and conservational value of the estate. The family have made their mark on the landscape, from Baron Ferdinand and Miss Alice’s extensive planting and landscaping, to James de Rothschild’s golf course and stud, which still thrives today. More recently, Lord Rothschild and his daughter Beth have recreated major features, such as the Millennium Avenue of trees linking the Manor and Upper Winchendon. They host a number of different experiences at the estate from, food markets, Christmas fairs, walks and talks, open air cinema, school events, behind the scenes tours and arts and treasury exhibitions. If you don’t fancy booking on to any of the offerings you can also just enjoy a beautiful dog walk around the grounds.
Sulgrave Manor and Gardens
Sulgrave Manor is home to an accredited museum collection and is open to the public during their open season from April to September. Within the manor they share stories about Sulgrave Manor and its owners. They offer experiences such as, Mayflower 400 tour, Haunted experience and Murder mystery. If you’re looking for some real spooky history then this place is definitely worth a visit.
If you feel like you want to treat yourself with some new designer clothes, Bicester village is a brilliant open air shopping experience where you can find outlet designer clothes at brilliant prices. You can download their app which allows you to plan your boutique list in advance if you are looking for something specific and do not want to just browse the shops.
We love advising our couples when they come and stay for a weekend wedding on different experiences in and around the area so we hope these tips help!
Please be aware that due to Covid 19 some of these places are currently closed.
If you would like to see more of Huntsmill Farm you can watch our Virtual Viewing with our lovely wedding coordinator Emily.