While many of us like to explore the local area, it's sometimes hard to know where to begin…
20 minutes by car.
Rutland is England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county, but certainly lives up to its motto, Multum in Parvo (much in little); This rural escape is the perfect place to spend time enjoying the great outdoors. Rutland Water offers a multitude of leisure pursuits including watersports, cycling, fishing and bird watching, while Rutland’s many attractive villages, set in the wonderful English countryside.
The quaint towns of Oakham and Uppingham offer a range of individual boutiques; Uppingham is famed for it's antiques and galleries, whilst the county town of Oakham offers a great mix of quality highstreet and independant shops - not to mention a castle!
8 minutes by car.
Stamford is widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. The pretty facades of the town are favourites with film and television producers - Stamford was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film and has also appeared in Middlemarch, The Da Vinci Code and the Golden Bowl. It’s no wonder that visitors come from far and wide to experience Stamford’s charm, character and outstanding shopping and restaurants.
Stamford has a bustling market day every Friday when the pavements are packed with eager shoppers stocking up on local vegetables, meats, pies, bread and fresh fish.
12 minutes by car.
Set in recent films - Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code, the house boasts eighteen magnificent State Rooms and a huge collection of works and art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings, the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics in the west and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and his followers. There are also four magnificent state beds, fine examples of English and continental furniture and important tapestries and textiles.
The Brewhouse Interpretation Centre features an excellent audio visual introduction to the house and its history, as well as an annually changing exhibition.