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Rats Retreat, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

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Cottage -
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 8
Towcester, Northamptonshire, England
The arched barn is an attractive stone and brick building which formed part of the early 19th Century farm building complex on the site. This farm complex is important because it is a good example of a planned “model” farm, probably from the turn of the 19th Century. The Duke of Grafton was prominent in the agricultural improvement movement and examples of Grafton estate farmsteads may be of national importance. The form of the Arch Barn is of particular interest because it is a rare surviving example of an arcaded cart house with granary over. This form is specifically mentioned in the relevant literature as being an innovative building type associated with the Grafton Estate.

Rats Retreat has been sympathetically converted to retain many of its historic features, while at the same time giving downstairs a modern open plan living, dinin...
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Listing #HL6719364
About the Owner
Victoria Taylor - S
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Interaction with guests
The cottages are self catering and you will be provided with access codes for the main gate and to the key safe to gain entry to your cottage. Although there is not a reception on site we provide you with contact details, should you require any support during your stay.
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Myself, husband, 4 children and Boris the dog, stayed for all of January. Some awful cold and windy weather during our stay but we were toasty and warm in Rats retreat. The cottage was spotlessly clean. It was ample size to fit us all in...More

Thank 100,861
Management response:Responded 2 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I am delighted that you and your family had such a good stay in Rats Retreat and that you enjoyed our wildlife! I look forward to welcoming you all back on your next visit. Best...More

Reviewed 3 December 2017

Looked for a place we could get our family together for a pre-Christmas get-together in Northamptonshire. We have a daughter in Northampton and brother in Towcester so Tove Valley and the Rats Retreat was an inspired find with accommodation for my wife and I our...More

Thank Marty212014
Management response:Responded 6 December 2017

Thank you for your review Martin. We're really pleased you enjoyed your stay and that we exceeded your expectations! I was more than happy to support your request for the BBQ and you were also very pleasant and welcome guests, we'd love the opportunity to...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Was a ideal property to stay in Towcester near the race course for our nieces wedding and easy access to the M1 moter way and wonderfull country side to explore and walkMore

Thank jeanwoods28a
Management response:Responded 23 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay in Rats Retreat and I am thrilled that you had a lovely stay for a very special occasion. As you say, the countryside in South Northamptonshire is lovely with many places to visit and...More

  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (8)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Playground
  • Private Fishing Lake/River
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Garden
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Swingset
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Trampoline
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
Check in after 3pm, Check out by 10am Please notify if bringing pets as small pet service fee of £20 per pet per stay is required and is payable prior to arrival. Maximum of two...
    1 Full bath
    1 Attached (ensuite)
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Per night
Default 3 nights
GBP 200
23 Aug 2018 -
28 Aug 2018
Aug Bank Hol
3 nights
GBP 250
20 Dec 2018 -
2 Jan 2019
3 nights
GBP 300
3 Jan 2019 -
18 Apr 2019
3 nights
GBP 220
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to Australian Dollars and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Damage Deposit: AU$88 / stay - Deposit
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About the neighbourhood
Located on a working farm, the cottages have access to wonderful walks through the picturesque Tove Valley and neighbouring countryside. Alongside the river Tove there is an abundance of flora and fauna for you to explore and we have a large pond situated close to the cottages for your enjoyment.

You will find many things to see and do nearby and with easy access to main routes on the A43, A5, M1 and M40 Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire are all within reasonable driving distance, to explore the many attractions they each have to offer.
Getting around
Ideally a car would be useful to get around however there are taxi, bus and train services nearby, the nearest train stations being Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Car advised
How to get there
Ideally a car would be useful to get around however there are taxi, bus and train services nearby, the nearest train stations being Northampton and Milton Keynes.

If driving:
From M1: Leave the M1 at junction 15a and take the A43 toward Towcester, after 6 miles you reach the roundabout on the A5, Turn left and head through Towcester town centre, toward Milton Keynes, on exiting Towcester you will see Towcester Racecourse on your left, you will need to take the next left hand turn toward Heathencote and Shutlanger, drive through Heathencote, then upon exiting you will pass the back entrance to Towcester Racecourse on the left, 100 meters after that on the right hand side you will see a tarmac drive leading up to the signposted self catering cottages.

From M40: Leave the M40 at junction 10...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby.
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