What to see in the area


We are thrilled to announce that, if there are sufficient numbers, we have arranged for Convention delegates to have a private guided tour of Althorp House, home to the Spencer Family since 1508, and access to the estate gardens and Round Oval Lake, where Princess Diana is buried.

The house and gardens are stunning and not to be missed!

The estate would open privately, just for Convention delegates, with guided tours of the house at 11.00 am on the morning of 16th August

The cost per person is £20 + vat (£24) including the private tour of the house

Althorp is only 7.5 miles from Highgate House, less than a 15-minute drive. Taxis are easily arranged by Highgate House.

Take the opportunity while you are so close to Althorp to visit - you won’t be disappointed!

You will find sprawling acres of green, picturesque views and splendid architecture. However, what people want to visit most is the burial site of Princess Diana. Her final resting place is on an island in the centre of the lake called ‘Round Oval’.

The House itself hosts stunning interiors in its 90 rooms and one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics. The private guided tour will be fascinating.

The estate will open the Stables Block you can enjoy refreshments in the Stables Café, browse the Gift Shop and explore the seasonal exhibitions.

Full details can be found at: www.spencerofalthorp.com

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Please tick the box on the booking form to say that you are interested in visiting Althorp on 16th August.

We will let you know if numbers are enough for the private visit by 8th July. If not, then you can of course still visit independently when the estate opens at 12.00.

Castle Ashby

Castle Ashby

Castle Ashby is only 16 miles from Highgate House, less than a 30-minute drive

Castle Ashby is the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. The picturesque village around it offers a unique combination of easy rural shopping and a chance to see the fabulous gardens of Castle Ashby. Explore the tranquil gardens and relax over a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Do visit the interesting variety of shops in the old converted farm buildings where you will find special gifts and crafts for any occasion.

Visit the Walled Garden Tea Room and gift shop and plant centre in the gardens, which are open every day of the year. Set in the heart of the 10,000-acre estate, 35 acres of gardens are a combination of styles including the romantic Italian Gardens, the unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum.

See more information on www.ruralshoppingyard.co.uk and www.castleashbygardens.co.uk

Other places to visit in the area include:

Warner Edwards Gin Distillery.

The Warner Edwards Distillery is located in the depths of the Northamptonshire countryside in the village of Harrington less than 7 miles from Highgate House, at Falls Farm. 34 High Street, Harrington NN6 9NU.  Enjoy the shop and try the product! Details available on the website: www.warneredwards.com


Coton Manor Gardens

Visit the lovely Coton Manor Gardens at Coton Road, Northampton NN6 8RQ, just 2.2 miles from Highgate House.

This peaceful ten-acre garden occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house. Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the garden, there is a magical five-acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow at its best in the summer.

As well as enjoying the garden, there is an extensive nursery and shop and light lunches or teas from are available in the Stableyard Café.


Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens

Cottesbrooke Hall is a wonderful Queen Anne house dating from 1702, set in delightful award winning gardens in rural Northamptonshire. It boasts tranquil gardens to visit, just 1.6 miles from Highgate House. The house itself has attractive rooms full of paintings, ceramics and objects d’art. The house is set in rolling parkland with beautiful gardens and restaurant. The remarkable 18th century landscaping of the Park, its vistas and lakes have been restored. The celebrated gardens are of great variety with many specimen trees.