Freeland Rees Roberts has helped transform and re-imagine the grade II 16th century Coaching Inn at Castle Ashby into an upmarket Country Retreat with 22 en-suite bedrooms that are spread over the main hotel building and the adjacent Farmers’ Cottages.
New dining facilities include the ‘Eyas’ Restaurant, a new Bar and Lounge in the extended East Wing, and the refurbished Cellar Bar. Two terraces overlook a newly landscaped triple-tier lawn with space for a marquee for up to 130 wedding guests. The converted Stables offer an additional event space for meetings and private dinners, and the ‘Little Juice Bar’ caters for walkers and cyclists. A glazed oak-framed link connects the restaurant to the new catering kitchen, which is housed in the old village Reading Rooms.
The existing hotel buildings have been carefully repaired and conserved, and new structures blend in with the use of matching materials, in combination with a contemporary twist on traditional detailing.
The work at the Falcon is part of Freeland Rees Roberts’ wider involvement with the Compton Estates, which includes re-construction of the fire-damaged Estate Office, work to garden structures at Castle Ashby Gardens and historic building consultancy for Castle Ashby House.