Althorp House

A late-eighteenth century house with a serpentine park (c1786) and a Victorian garden.

The first Earl Spencer's widow, Georgiana, wrote that 'Mr Brown has been giving some very excellent advice about this place'. Brown died before the work was implemented but his assistant, Samuel Lapidge, and son-in-law, Henry Holland, 'serpentined' the park.

The balustraded 'formal' gardens near the house were designed by W M Teulon in the 1860s. More recently, one of England's most prominent garden designers, Dan Pearson, has taken on the redevelopment of the gardens with the aim of lifting the visitors' eyes to the wider landscape with its magnificent and rare collection of trees. The Round Oval, as the lake is known, was cleaned out and re-filled in 1868.

The Summerhouse at the lakeside was bought in 1901 by John Poyntz, Fifth Earl Spencer for Charlotte Spencer who wished to have it erected in the pleasure grounds. The Summerhouse was moved to the south of the Round Oval in 1926 where it stands today, dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was buried on the island in the Round Oval in 1997 - it is a peculiarly appropriate spot and attracts large numbers of visitors.

Trip Distance

Distance to Althorp House from Church Farm Lodge - 19 Miles.

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  • Extremely comfortable

    This is the second time we have stayed here, we enjoyed it so much we had to come back again! Breakfast is very nice, a good choice of food. The pub next door is very good for drinks and meals. Our room was so lovely and extremely comfortable.

  • Amazing value for money

    So pleased we booked into Church Farm lodge, as we were attending a concert nearby. The room was lovely. Converted barn, high ceilings and exposed beams, lovely decor. Very comfortable bed, we slept soundly. Breakfast was really good. Buffet style, so many choices, excellent quality too. I will definitely book here again when we're next in the area.

  • Never hesitate to stay

    We stayed a few years ago and were delighted. Just had another four night stay and nothing has changed - it's still perfect. Friendly helpful staff, spotlessly clean premises, all features exactly as advertised. I would never hesitate to stay there when in the area.

  • A gem of a place

    We’ve been using Church Farm Lodge as a base for fly fishing throughout Warwickshire, Northampton and Rutland over the last 5 years. We have been warmly welcomed and thoroughly looked after. Rooms are immaculately clean and extremely comfortable. Breakfast varies from fresh fruit, Continental to Full English. All really tasty. Already booked up for next year.

  • Exceeds all expectations

    The rooms are fantastic, staff are wonderful. Modern but classic country style. Owners are friendly, polite, discreet and welcoming. Breakfast is epic. Well done Church Farm Lodge.

  • Ideal for Kelmarsh Hall

    My daughter recently got married at Kelmarsh Hall and we booked most of the rooms at Church Farm for the wedding party. What a fabulous B&B! I would highly recommend a stay here, the rooms are all tastefully decorated and the breakfast was delicious! Many thanks to you all at Church Farm for looking after us so well!

  • Really friendly and helpful

    We booked The Appledon Suite and it was lovely, spacious room great bathroom and really clean. Staff were so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was lovely and we will definitely be back. Highly recommend the pub next door The Tollemache Arms for a meal as was superb.

  • Really lovely place to stay

    The room was spacious and spotlessly clean. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

  • What a friendly reception!

    We had a friendly reception, were shown to our room, which was very spacious and advised of time for breakfast. We were booked on a gin tour at the Warner Edwards Distillery which is a 5-minute walk so Church Farm was ideal as we could enjoy the evening.

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