Amongst the many coaching inns that survive throughout England, The Haycock Hotel at Wansford can lay ample claim to being one of the finest. Dating from 1620 it overlooks the River Nene and the fine single lane stone bridge that until the 1920's somehow miraculously managed to carry the road traffic between London and Edinburgh.
A sense of timeless history embraces The Haycock and despite the changes wrought by modern living it is not hard to imagine Mary Queen of Scots as the hotel's guest on her way to a cruel end at Fotheringhay Castle. As the worth of this notable hotel has become more widely appreciated its facilities have expanded, but still with the old inn at the hub.
Steeped in history and beautifully restored, The Haycock Hotel has created a successful blend between old and new, luxury and tradition, but its 21st century cornerstone is very much in its relaxed, warm and friendly environment. The design brief was to reflect a welcoming but chic country style and this has been enhanced by the careful use of rich fabrics, hand painted murals, antiques and comfortable furnishings.
Their forty eight individually styled bedrooms comprise of singles, twins, doubles, garden rooms, kings and junior suites. All have en-suite bathrooms, TV with satellite, teletext and broadband internet connections.
For an enjoyable, but informal meal, there is Orchards Brasserie, maintaining The Haycock's high standards; while the cellar is legendary for its range and quality. Whilst there are plenty of reasonably priced and commendable wines amongst the selection, a modest number of high flyers exist for the spontaneous moment that demands nothing but the best.
The Haycock is a major destination when it comes to private parties, family celebrations, weddings, conferences or presentations, and former barns and outbuildings have been skilfully converted and added to in a way that faultlessly extends the overall feeling of calm and antiquity. There is a great deal to The Haycock. For much more information do click on their Website