Explore the beautiful Canons Ashby
Visitors to Canons Ashby House in rural Northamptonshire will discover the elegant residence of the Dryden family, who built it in the mid-16th century. Unlike many grand old homes, this one has remained pretty much unchanged since 1710 and poking around the wonderful interior, from the murals and plasterwork of the grand living areas to the detailed servants quarters, is a fascinating insight into life above and below stairs during the time of the house's Victorian resident Sir Henry Dryden. Goodness knows what Queen Mary thought when she came to stay in 1937 when there was neither heating nor plumbing. Take a stroll around the formal gardens after exploring the house and settle down for a picnic amongst the 16th century fruit trees and medieval priory church.