Things to Do / The Area

Georgian Stamford has recently been nominated the best place to live by the Sunday Times and is only five miles away, as is Oakham, the capital of Rutland, and Uppingham. All three market towns offer delightful independent shops and restaurants. Rutland is about one hundred miles north of Marble Arch, London. There is a very good train service to Peterborough which at the fastest takes 45 minutes. There is then another train to Stamford, which takes about 20 minutes. There is also a through train from Stamford to Stansted Airport.

Rutland is the smallest county in England and lives up to it's motto - Multum in Parvo - Much in Little. Edith Weston is a quiet, pretty village with many stone houses and cottages. There is a Village Store and a Pub where food is served.

Hambleton Bakery which won the best bakery competiton last year, is across the water but they also have shops in Oakham and Stamford. Grasmere sausages are sold in their shop in Stamford and I serve them on Sundays - they are offered in all the smart restaurants around here.

Rockingham, Grimsthorpe and Belvoir Castles are about half an hour away and Burghley House, Belton House and Deene Park are nearby. Sulgrave Manor - home of George Washington is over the border in Northamptonshire and Woolsthorpe Manor, home of Sir Isaac Newton is less than half an hours drive away.

Rutland Sailing Club is in the village where boats can be hired and sailing courses taken. Rutland Water Golf Course is also about half a mile away and bikes can be hired within walking distance.

The late Geoff Hamilton's Bamsdale garden is across the water and Easton Walled Garden is about twenty minutes north.

We are all excited by the discovery of Richard III's body in Leicester.

There are cathedrals in Leicester (where Richard III lies) Peterborough (where Catherine, the first wife of Henry VIII lies) and Lincoln (where the Lincoln Imp can be found in the rafters).

Visitors may go through my gate to the bridleway and enjoy a fantastic walk round the 23 mile perimeter of the water. Weary walkers and cyclists can stop at various pubs on the way.

Normanton Church, which can be seen from the twin bedroom, is now a wedding venue.

Rutland Nature Reserve which is about three miles away, hosts the International Bird Fair during August of every year. There is great excitement when the Ospreys return every Spring. The International Horse Trails take place at Burghley every September and at Belton in April.

Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle Public Schools are nearby.

It is possible to enjoy sailing, windsurfing and trout fishing (from boats or from land) on Rutland Water. The Rutland Belle operates during the summer when early morning cruises can be taken in the hope of seeing many birds including the Osprey.

Nene Valley Railway offers rides on an old steam train and has been used for filming period films.

Rockingham Speedway holds car races and offers track driving courses - it is far enough away not to be heard, but close enough to visit! (about 25 minutes away) Nevill Holt hosts an Opera Company in the summer and Tolethorpe features two or three outdoor Shakespearean plays in the summer months.

So one can sail, windsurf, enjoy a trip on a boat, walk, cycle, horse ride, marry, play golf, pick strawberries, watch birds, visit gardens, shop, buy antiques, eat, visit churches and cathedrals, listen to opera, watch Shakespearean plays, visit stately homes, fish for trout, ride on steam trains or just sit in my garden.

So I think you can see that there is a great deal to do in the smallest county!