This quirky hideaway is nestled within the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Only an hour and a half from London, it is an easy drive down the M40, with the last 20 minutes on inner windy roads being very scenic and tranquil. Passing through quaint little villages, uphill driving provides fabulous views of the countryside, farms with sheep grazing and hay fields. A few speed cameras along the way, with varying speed limits between 30-50 miles, so do drive with caution and enjoy the scenery en-route to the hotel.
The hotel is set within 220 acres of stunning countryside and has eight lakes within its grounds. It is the lakeside view which makes this 4*hotel so spectacular. The lakes can be admired from the restaurant, spa and most of the rooms. The Staff are extremely friendly and courteous and will make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. This is the perfect place to come to for some tranquillity in your life, relax and unwind.
There are 110 bedrooms. Some have views of the lakes and the rolling hills whereas the newer, more modernised rooms have views of the fields. The rooms are comfortable with all usual amenities supplied. Wifi maybe free but the network-signal is very poor at the hotel, which is definitely ideal, as how else would a relaxing break be achieved!
Robes and slippers are provided in the room so that you can make use of the spa, comfortably at your leisure.
Expect a fabulous spread at Hellidon. Variety of juices, enormous selection of cereals, fresh fruits, various breads and pastries, all this in addition to what’s on offer in the hot buffet. If that does not suffice your taste-buds there are more options available to order at the table. My favourite had to be the ‘toffee muffins,’ which I did pack a few for refuelling on long countryside walks!
The view of the lakes is fabulous and makes you want to prolong breakfast.
Open at the weekends, the brasserie serves lunch and offers the best views of the lake. There is also a pool table and darts board. During the week lunch can be taken either in the lounge by the fireplace or on the terrace, depending on the season.
The spa lunch served in a bento box is quite quirky and very healthy. This is served by the fireplace in the lounge or on warmer days, outside on the terrace.
The indoor pool overlooks the lovely grounds and the loungers are well placed where you can soak in the views. There is a Jacuzzi and steam room too. The Espa treatments are highly recommended and very reasonably priced. The relaxing face and back ritual was perfect and a great way to unwind. Heated massage beds are an added bonus as is the option to have a duo treatment room (perfect for couples).
In addition to a tricky 18 hole championship course renowned for its water features and hazards, there is a valley 9 hole course giving a 27 hole experience. There is also a 9 hole putting green. This course is very popular as it proves to be a challenge for all levels of golfers. The scenery is also stunning for this locality.
Take a stroll from the hotel to the village and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Outside the hotel grounds you will come across ‘elephant grass’ which may possibly be over 8 foot tall. This is actually used as an alternative source for fuel at Hellidon; it is made into pellets for ease of use. If you really want to be in the middle of the fields, carry on towards Lower Gatesby, and don’t worry there is a proper road you can walk on, so no muddy shoes! Just watch out for the cattle grids along the way. Arbury Hill, which is the highest point in Northamptonshire, is also close by and commands a fabulous view over the counties.