Northamptonshire is located in the very heart of England, it has a wealth of history and its countryside is both beautiful and charming with vistas that will warm the heart of any city dweller, it has some great places to stay, from the contemporary to buildings hundreds of years old and has good transport links to the rest of the UK, both by train and road.
There are many ways to relax in the County from playing golf on one of its many courses to walking, cycling, or even visiting the many leisure centres where you can swim, play badminton etc. If Museums are your thing then you will be well catered for, and there is no shortage of historic houses and some beautiful gardens to stroll around.
The Brampton Valley Way which was once a working railway line but is now a facility for walkers and cyclists runs through the county and if you want to experience peace and quiet and get the scent from the hedgerows then there is no better place to do it. If you have preconceived ideas about the food in the UK being poor then you will be pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the food available in all sorts of outlets from specialist restaurants and the famous English Pub.
If you visit Northamptonshire make a point of visiting Holdenby House, a very historic building set in beautiful countryside, Holdenby House was the largest private house in Elizabethan England, during the English Civil War it was briefly a prison for King Charles I. Charles I was held prisoner at Holdenby House for 5 months in early 1647, but Charles attempted to escape and Oliver Cromwell sent soldiers to move him. George Joyce, an officer in the New Model Army, feared a Presbyterian plot to remove the King to London. Colonel Graves, a Presbyterian sympathiser, had been in charge at Holdenby House and Joyce was worried he would return with armed forces to rescue the King so Charles I was moved to a new prison in Newmarket where the New Model Army had its headquarters. In 1649 Charles was eventually put on trial in London. He was accused of being a 'tyrant, traitor and murderer; and a public and implacable enemy to the Commonwealth of England.' King Charles I was the first British Monarch to be charged with treason. He was found guilty and executed.
Northamptonshire has more historic houses than any other English County including Sulgrave Manor home of George Washingtons English ancestors, and other links to the USA include Ecton Village, birthplace of Benjamins Franklins father and home to his family for over 300 years