Acwellsyke is the old English name for where we live; it means oak well valley. It has become both our home and business and is set in 26 acres in the heart of the Northamptonshire landscape, half a mile from the nearest road and a mile an a half away from Brigstock.
Over the past 18 years we have created a lovely natural garden with ponds, a stream and orchard. Running a bed and breakfast is a recent development for us but having had so many friends suggest we do, we are very excited to offer our rooms here! Feel free to roam our two and a half acre garden, sit & relax by the stream or over the pond on the deck.
When Edward I built a hunting lodge for Queen Eleanor in Rockingham Forest, he chose to site it at Acwellsyke as the spring there had been enjoyed since Roman times. In the late 14th Century King Edward III replaced the original lodge with a much larger range of stone buildings for Queen Phillippa, mother of the Black Prince.
The hunting park and its lodge became the Queen's Dower and passed on to subsequent Queens. Eventually Queen Elizabeth gave the park and its lodge to Robert Cecil, Lord Burghley, in 1602 for the devoted political service he gave to her. Under Lord Burghley's ownership the now dilapidated hunting lodge was partially demolished and rebuilt as a house in the early 17th Century. By 1984 this had in turn become dilapidated and was refurbished and extended from 1995 to the present day.