A listed former coaching inn set in the small village of Chapel Brampton, halfway between Northampton and Market Harborough. The Spencer Arms is steeped in history and serves delicious pub meals and Sunday roasts with fine wines and cask ales.
The Spencer Arms is a charming old pub in Chapel Brampton, halfway between the towns of Northampton and Market Harborough. Its classic brick building and Georgian-style windows blend seamlessly into the rural village surroundings. Inside, beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and roaring open fires, all century-old original features from the pub’s days as a coaching inn, give the place a warm, welcoming vibe.
It is thought that the Spencer Arms was once in the hands of the local aristocratic family of the same name, whose spectacular stately home, Althorp Estate, is just three miles away and is open to the public during the summer months. Currently owned by Charles Spencer, the Grade I-listed estate was the home of his sister, Lady Diana Spencer, later the Princess of Wales, before she married Prince Charles. It became her final resting place following her death in 1997.Read more...
Over the centuries, members of the Spencer family have been made knights, peers and baronets and have included such prominent figures as Sir Winston Churchill. Althorp has been in the Spencer family for 500 years and covers around 13,000 acres of woodland, farmland and small hamlets. Originally a medieval village with just a few dozen residents, the estate was uninhabited by 1508 when John Spencer, head of a local sheep rearing business, bought the land. The elegant 18th-century mansion built there became one of the most prominent stately homes in the country, housing a 35-metre-long Tudor-era picture gallery and, during the 19th century, Europe’s biggest private library, which housed 100,000 books. There are a total of 28 listed buildings within the grounds, including the mansion itself, plus structures such as stables and a former falconry. Other notable features include a lakeside temple dedicated to Princess Diana, just across from her resting place on a small island in the middle of the lake. The doors of Althorp are opened to the public for the Althorp Literary Festival in the autumn and again in the months of July and August, when guests can take guided tours of the enormous mansion, wander the grounds and reflect by the lake.
Less than two miles from the pub, you will find the yellow sandstone homes of Boughton, an idyllic rural village with wide-open views of the Northamptonshire countryside. Walkers will love exploring leafy Boughton Park and its collection of follies from the 18th and 19th centuries. Built by William Wentworth, the Second Earl of Stratford and an 18th-century member of the House of Lords, the decorative public structures resemble towers and arches, a fortified castle and an obelisk.
Nestled in the thick of the countryside, just under three miles from the Spencer Arms, you’ll find Brixworth Country Park. With the expansive Pitsford Reservoir, the third largest in the UK, at its centre, the park is a picturesque spot for walking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and even sailing. There is a seven-mile waterside circuit around the reservoir perfect for wandering or for a bike ride. You’ll also find the hard-surfaced trails of Brixworth Country Park here, which wind through woodland and meadows, all with views out over the water. Rare plants and bird hides are among the sights you can spot within the wetlands of the Pitsford Water Park nature reserve, a designated site of special scientific interest at the northern end of the reservoir, where there are marked walking trails specially designed for glimpsing the resident wildlife. There is also a sculpture trail and a sensory garden for exploring. Plus, fishing enthusiasts will find miles and miles of reservoir bays ideal for trout and course fishing. Boats, permits and tackle are all available from the on-site fishing lodge.Show less...