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With two bustling market towns and many picturesque villages, Rutland truly is an idyllic rural getaway. Whilst our hotel enjoys a peaceful countryside location, we do enjoy good transport links being seven miles west of the A1, a 15-minute taxi ride from Stamford train station and just one hour from East Midlands Airport.

Miles of cycleways and footpaths will take you through breathtaking countryside and provide stunning vistas, and its rich past has left us with a treasure trove of historic buildings with interesting features and fascinating stories to tell.

Around Rutland

Oakham & Uppingham

Bustling with activity, Oakham & Uppingham are pretty, traditional English market towns in the heart of Rutland. Oakham is the proud current holder of the much-coveted 'Britain in Bloom' award - we recommend enjoying a leisurely stroll through the market stalls on a Wednesday or Saturday) selling delicious local produce. Uppingham is well-known for its antiques and its school with some famous names having attended.

Rutland Water

With its water sports facilities, nature reserves and miles of cycleways and footpaths, Rutland Water is the perfect place to relax and do as much - or as little - as you like in beautiful surroundings.

Stamford

With 600 listed limestone buildings including five medieval churches, Stamford is a Georgian market town that truly deserves its description as "the finest stone town in England" by Sir Walter Scott. Make sure you take a visit to the 12th century St Leonard's Priory, and explore the 'Town Trail', which will take you on a historic tour through the old passageways, lanes and market squares. Pride and Prejudice was also filmed here.

Barnsdale Gardens

Originally created by Geoff Hamilton for the for the Gardeners World TV show, Barnsdale is home to 38 pocket-sized, themed garden “rooms”. Go for great ideas for your own outside spaces or simply have fun exploring – there are magical hidden corners, ponds full of tadpoles and newts, and an allotment with chickens and giant organically grown veg. © Steve Hamilton 2021.

https://barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Rutland Farm Park

Rutland Farm Park, in Oakham, is a place for families, adults to come and enjoy a fun day out. Children of all ages will be able to meet and learn all about a range of farm animals. They can meet lambs, goats, and sheep, play with fluffy rabbits and guinea pigs in Amy’s Farm Corner. You will be able to walk through our poultry free range bird pen, feed the birds and get to collect eggs.

You will be able to groom a pony, feed the cows in the winter, play on the ride on tractors and play in the brand-new play area.

https://www.rutlandfarmpark.co.uk

Bird Fair

The British Birdwatching Fair or Birdfair is an annual event for birdwatchers, held every August at Rutland Water in England, run by staff and volunteers from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. It has been described as "the birder's Glastonbury".

The first fair was held in 1989. All the organisers' profits are donated to a charity, Birdlife International.

https://birdfair.org.uk

Burghley House

Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, the main part of the house had 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors. There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. Visitor facilities include the Orangery Restaurant, Gift Shop, Gardens of Surprise and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

Please check the Burghley website for opening details. The house and gardens are usually open daily from Easter to October (House closed on Fridays) from 11am to 5pm, last entry at 4:30pm. The house is usually open on Good Friday.

The park is open all year. Admission is free except on event days. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leads.

https://www.burghley.co.uk/

Oakham Castle

Britain's finest example of Norman architecture recently conserved and restored. It was built between 1180-90 and is one of the oldest surviving aisled stone halls in the country.

Inside the Castle you can see you can see 240 presentation horseshoes hanging on the walls, given to the Lord of the Manor by royalty and peers of the realm on their first visit to Oakham.

https://www.oakhamcastle.org

Rutland Showground

The Rutland Pavilion and Showground host a calendar of appealing events all year round.

Set in the beautiful Rutland countryside located on the bypass a mile from Oakham town centre and an 8-minute drive from Barnsdale Lodge Hotel.

Please see the link below for upcoming events.

https://www.rutlandshowground.com

Rutland Water Birdwatching Centre

Nestled just next to the picturesque village of Egleton, the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre provides the ideal start point for your first visit to Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Here you will find a well-stocked gift shop, light refreshments, and friendly staff and volunteers on hand should you need assistance.

Open daily 9am - 5pm (closing 4pm Nov-Feb)

https://www.lrwt.org.uk/rutland-water

Barnsdale Lodge is ideally located in Rutland, just...

3.2

miles from Oakham

8

miles from Stamford

8

miles from Uppingham

800

metres from Rutland Water