You will start to relax and unwind the moment you arrive at Bridge Cottage bed and breakfast. A warm welcome awaits at our newly refurbished home on the edge of the village of Woodnewton, incorporating the Willowbrook river at the bottom of the garden, along with a cup of tea and an opportunity to view the stunning countryside from the welcoming kitchen dining room (conservatory being built as we speak!)
After an early evening sit down or shower, you can try one of our lovely village pubs and restaurants that are in every surrounding village to Woodnewton – The Kings Head at Apethorpe is 2 miles to the west, the Falcon at Fotheringhay is 2 miles towards Oundle and The Shuckborough is in the village of Southwick, also only 2 miles away – something for everyone! Even a fantastic coffee house in Oundle known as “BEANS” – well known to all the local fraternity, situated in the centre of Oundle for somewhere to put your feet up after a long walk.
In the morning you will be woken to the smell of a traditional Northamptonshire breakfast – anything of your choice really – usually a Full English Breakfast – made with the finest local ingredients. Eggs from the Farm Shop in Bulwick, bacon and sausages from our local butcher – Moulds of Nassington, and local preserves from the Oundle Farmers Market
If you are here to relax, then it is time to explore what East Northamptonshire and South West Lincolnshire has to offer. This is wonderful walking and cycling country – either from our own front door or by car to very well known “off the beaten track” walks and cycling paths – not to mention being only a 25 minute drive to Rutland Water – well known for its amazing wild life, Bird Fair, sailing, cycling, walking and just admiring the view. Guide Books and maps are available to borrow at any time.
If you are here to work – Peterborough City is only a 10 minute drive and the main train station connects to the whole of the country easily – only 48 minutes to King’s Cross, London. The beautiful historic town of Stamford in Lincolnshire is only 8 miles up the A1 – somewhere to spend a whole day wondering around – take in the beauty of the Burghley House and all its surrounding gardens (home to the famous Horse Trials in September), Oundle is only 4 miles to the south – home to the well known private Oundle School and of course Oakham and Uppingham are both within easy driving distance.
East Northamptonshire has a wealth of villages in mellowed golden limestone. Wadenhoe is situated between Oundle and Thrapston. The village probably dates back to the Saxon times and is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in the county. The loops of the River Nene probably gave Aldwincle its name. See the village with the help of a walking leaflet and discover a haven for may kinds of wildlife including snipe, Heron, Red Kites and even Otters.
Woodnewton has retained much of its historical character. The many houses of limestone, thatch and Collyweston slate have led to its designation as a Conservation area. (Local pub – The White Swan).
Ashton is full of thatched cottages and well tended gardens, hosting the annual World Conker Championships in October. The pub at Ashton is named The Chequered Skipper. Barnwell is a delightful village on the outskirts of Oundle. The manor house in Barnwell used to be the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Barnwell hosts a very popular pub called The Montague Arms.
There has been a village settlement in Nassington since ancient times including an old Anglo Saxon cemetery. The Prebendal Manor Medieval House is the oldest inhabited house in the county.
Fotheringhay village is also a very beautiful village, with the stunning Church standing statuesquely in the centre of the village. Fotheringhay Castle is thought to have been originally constructed of timber in 1100, by Simon de St Liz, Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton. It is best known as the site where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed on 8th February 1587 at the age of 44. All that remains of the castle in Fotheringhay is the Castle Mound and keep surrounded by railings. To this day, large Scottish thistles grow on the evocative castle mound – a poignant reminder of her tragic death. Hosts a very smart pub and restaurant by the name of The Falcon.
Stamford – hosts to the famous Burghley Horse Trials. A superb local town, absolutely full of historic houses and churches. Stamford has a market every Friday, has a multitude of shops and visitor centres, a cinema and of course Burghley House itself, which is open most of the year for visitors including The Orangery for lunches throughout the year. Stamford is also well known for The George Hotel which still provides superb food throughout the year – try its Garden Room for a pleasant evening meal after a days shopping.
Burghley House – is the largest and grandest of the first Elizabethan Ages, it was built between 1555 and 1587 by William Cecil, Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth 1. Cecil intended Burghley as his family seat, as he also owned a London House. The house is a family home for his descendents to this day, and Mr Simon and Lady Victoria Leatham still occupy it at present.
The house has 18 State Rooms and a huge array of great works of Art. The Lake in the Grounds was created by Capability Brown in 1775 – 80. The Lion Bridge was designed by him, costing 1,000 guineas in 1778. He also designed The Orangery, which is now a licensed coffee shop, and restaurant. Burghley Horse Trials usually take part during the first week of September.
Oundle – famous for its boarding school – both nationally and internationally, plus numerous facilities – lovely old buildings, a Farmers Market and Barnwell Country Park for picnics and walking.
Peterborough – a large city with a Beautiful Cathedral. Full Shopping facilities, inside shopping area known as Queensgate including John Lewis, Marks and Spencer with a local Waitrose supermarket. Ideal for Christmas Shopping locally.
Bridge Cottage Bed & Breakfast - Peterborough - Northamptonshire