Love is in the air as stately home helps with romance

Couples looking to get engaged this year are being offered a helping hand with a romantic venue by the people who run a stately home.

Canons Ashby House has announced the new initiative to accommodate marriage proposals following on from Valentine’s Day.

This year also mark the 150th wedding anniversary of Sir Henry and Lady Frances Dryden, the Victorian occupants of the historic manor house.

Operations manager of the house, Laura Malpas, said: “The story Sir Henry and Lady Frances fits the notions of Victorian romance perfectly. They were clearly so in love but waited years until their circumstances were better suited before marrying. Then after more than 30 years of marriage, they died in the same year – it’s heart wrenching.”

In the spirit of this occasion Canons Ashby has revealed that it will be helping couples to get engaged on-site in the most romantic ways possible and is looking for couples to get in touch with them.

Marketing and events officer at Canons Ashby House, Marie Smith, said: “We want people to send us their ideas, no matter how grand, and we will see how we can help make it happen.

“We’re really hoping for a flash-mob!”

If you’re hoping to get engaged this year send your suggestions to or call 01327 861900.

The full story of Sir Henry and Lady Frances Dryden, along with more information on how people can pop the question to their beloved at Northamptonshire’s most romantic location, can be found by visiting