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England Castle 2749 is no dusty museum frozen in time. Without any loss to its original style and dignity, it has been transformed to provide all the requirements of the modern visitor, in surroundings which fully retain the charm of the English country house.
The original State rooms, magnificently hung with paintings by Van Dyck, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Landseer and Del Piombo, have been fully restored and are at the disposal of guests. Each of the 26 bedrooms features an en suite marble bathroom.The grounds expert tuition is available for a full program of English country pursuits: clay pigeon shooting, archery, horse riding, croquet, coarse fishing and carriage driving. There is a golf course nearby.With superb accommodation, England Castle 2749 provides a unique location for a residential conference, board meetings, product launch, promotion or special celebration. The original Great Hall was described and greatly admired by Horace Walpole when he visited the house in 1763. It had a fine Gothic timbered roof and a beautiful Ionic oak screen. This would have been the hub and center of the original Elizabethan household, where great banquets were held for visitors of rank. Today, it is still the perfect setting for a dinner or ball. The vast galleried hall rises two stories. It is dominated by a magnificent Elizabethan fireplace with oak carving, which was originally in Canonbury House, Islington, also owned by the Compton family.The Long Gallery is on the first floor of the South Front of the house. Work was started in 1630 by Inigo Jones, but was interrupted by the Civil War. Being south facing, the Long Gallery offers superb views of the main drive which stretches for four miles to the Deer Park. The Adam fireplace was originally in the Great Hall but was moved to the Long Gallery in 1880, when the room was redesigned and decorated by Sir T.G. Jackson.Of all the rooms at Castle Ashby, these provide perhaps the greatest feeling of being ‘at home.’ They create the ideal atmosphere in which hosts can receive their most distinguished guests in graceful surroundings. The China Drawing Room contains the famous picture of the Battle of Martinique. Admiral Rodney, Commander of the British Fleet, was married to the sister of the 7th Earl of Northampton. The private drawing rooms are devoted to the Compton family’s extensive collection of books, some 17,000 titles and have the quiet atmosphere of a library. Oswald Birley’s portrait of the present Marquess’ mother hangs over the fireplace.