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Hinwick House - a spectacular setting

Just north of the hamlet of Hinwick Near Podington in north Bedfordshire is the ornate Grade I listed Queen Anne-style Hinwick House. Grand and opulent, and modelled on the original Buckingham Palace, it lies in 38 acres of parkland and has recently undergone an extensive restoration project.

Get your motor running at Santa Pod Raceway

In contrast to the peace and serenity of Hinwick House is the Nearby Santa Pod Raceway at Podington, the home of European FIA Drag Racing, which is described as the fastest and loudest motorsport on the planet. Check out its website for details of upcoming meets.

Get back to nature during a trip to Irchester Country Park

At Nearby Irchester Country Park, close to Wellingborough, access is free. Cycling and walking are popular here, while children can be kept entertained by a range of activities led by an experienced education ranger. The park is also home to Irchester Railway Museum, which is open on Sundays and bank holidays. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hinwick House? Check out Travelodge Wellingborough Rushden Hotel, Travelodge Northampton Round Spinney Hotel and Travelodge Bedford Hotel, all of which are within a half hour's drive away.