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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Clematis cottages 1 and 2 have been established for over 10 years and we are continuously improving all aspects of the venue. Many of our guests have returned to us over 12 times during this period.
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Lodge farm house, built in 1635, overlooking the medieval hamlet of Aunby and is located on a hill top with views of rolling countryside, fields and forests to all four aspects The peace and tranquility that surround the cottages helps you to unwind away from the pressures and stresses of day to day living. Even the wi-fi reaches out into the garden so you can book your day return to see a London show whilst enjoying the views. It is the ideal location for a "get away from it all' holiday or short break.
Richard and Kaye who live in the seventeenth century farmhouse on site, bought Lodge farm in the year 2000 and since then have worked tirelessly to create a sanctuary for wildlife and wild birds. Jokingly, their friends refer to them as Tom and Barbara (for those who can remember the "Good life!" )
They have created a vegetable and herb garden to die for, with herbs also planted in the flower borders for guests to help themselves. In the springtime lambs are often brought on in the paddock behind the farmhouse, and beside the apiary the ducks and chickens go about their business ensuring that fresh eggs, vegetables, and honey are almost always available.
2007 saw the addition of the wildlife lake and ponds to the flower meadow. Attracting a variety of regular visitors ranging from ducks, red kites, woodpeckers and damsel and dragon flies, to deer, hares and badgers. (Keen bird and bat enthusiasts are regular guests.)
Strategically sited benches and summerhouses are inset into the copse of native trees and around the lake and meadow enabling guests to enjoy the simple pleasures of watching nature at it's finest; whilst sipping a glass of wine whilst the sunsets on the western horizon. Many guests enjoy an evening stroll along the bridle path, and some even bring their fishing rods and visit the local Mary Wood fishing lakes which are only a short walk away.
Clematis cottages 1 and 2 can be booked as a whole or individually. Both properties are fully self contained, and centrally heated making them fully available all year round.
Visit Britain rated five star Cottage 1 features 3 double bedrooms, beautifully furnished family lounge, shaker style kitchen and dining area to seat 8, with a family bathroom upstairs, and shower room downstairs, and not forgetting the very useful laundry/drying room.
Visit Britain rated four star Gold award Cottage 2 (1 bedroom, beautifully fitted kitchen/ living area, luxury shower room) have been converted from stone outbuildings which are believed to date back to the eighteenth century have been sympathetically restored and tastefully converted retaining many original features and oak beams to provide luxury accommodation, and is furnished to a very high standard. (When the cottages are booked to accommodate 10 there is a quality double sofa bed in the living area.)
Recently completed, and pending Visit Britain inspection, (The "Eco barn") -cottage 3 is an English heritage green oak framed building, which has been built to encompass everything we strive to achieve in being green. The cottage benefits from a biomass boiler based heating system, low energy lighting, innovative "green" building materials, rain water harvesting -feeding the lake and ponds and much much more.
Cottage 3 is a beautifully presented oak building. It features two large downstairs bedrooms which can be set up as a superking and double, or double and twin, complete with a downstairs luxury shower room and laundry room. The solid oak kitchen (fan oven, hob, extractor, fridge and freezer, microwave and dishwasher) also benefits from an oak dining table which extends to seat 6. Upstairs there is a beautiful spacious family lounge and adjacent office area.
Cottage 3 is positioned between the farmhouse and the newly completed stone barn. (Richard's office, developing innovative and ground breaking renewable energy projects for the rural community.)
All cottages benefit from dedicated parking areas, and the all important high speed internet (wi-fi) connectivity, (so rare in the countryside,) and mobile phone connectivity is not an issue ensuring that if you need to be in contact with the outside world, you are!
To see more please visit www.clematiscottages.co.uk website for loads of photos and the all important Trip Advisor customer reviews.
When taken together all three cottages can accommodate 12 in comfort, or 14 with the use of the sofa bed in cottage 2. (Please call Kaye directly to chat about details on holidays/breaks for larger groups.) We always try to ensure that when parties are sharing the facilities available that their wishes are respected. For our younger guests there are 2 cots and high chair available. Clematis cottages make the ideal venue for those very special family /friends reunions, and there is always a quiet sanctuary for Grandma and Grandpa to retreat to!
The award winning town of Stamford, Rutland water, Burghley house and the Elizabethan Tolethorpe hall (venue for the open air Shakespeare productions) are all only a few minutes drive away. Fine dining is on our doorstep with the "Olive Branch" pub of the year 2013 in nearby Clipsham, and the "Jackson Stops"country Inn at Stretton.
Nearby Ryhall, is home to the local post office and general store, -good for the Sunday paper together with the relatively new "Wicked Witch" restaurant and the locals Green Dragon pub serving fresh pizzas.
The river Gwash which runs through Ryhall marks the start of many stunning walks, in fact 19th Century poet John Clare is said to have walked his girlfriend from Great Casterton to Ryhall along the banks of the river on summer evening after a day working at the Lime Kilns in nearby Pickworth.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands (Nottingham) 100 km, Nearest railway: Stamford 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Lincolnshire region
The medieval hamlet of Aunby, was originally a small village with Church and Monastery unfortunately falling victim to the black death in the mid 1300's. Stamford is located in the south western tip of Lincolnshire bordering onto Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Stamford and the surrounding areas are steeped in history, with Burghley House hosting the annual Burghley Horse trials at the beginning of September attracting well over 300,000 visitors over a four day period.
Stamford as a town is also a well known tourist attraction. The first staging post on the great North road from London to Scotland to change the horses at the famous George Hotel, steeped in history and quoted as being "the finest stone town in England."
A favourite with the film buffs as Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The Three Musketeers,and the Da Vinci code were all filmed locally.
Fotheringhay, (Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded here) and the cathedral cities of Peterborough and Lincoln a short drive away.The Knights Templar set forth from the surrounding villages on crusades to Jerusalem and Aunby is actually referenced in the doomsday book.
The area benefits from a host of County houses, golf clubs and wonderful gardens (Geoff Hamilton's Barnsdale gardens for example.)
The local area is famous for fine eating (Melton Mobray being the home of Pork pies, and locally produced blue vein Stilton Cheese,) with Stamford being voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.
Although located in rural England London is very easily reached by train (Peterborough station to Kings Cross in less than 50 minutes, making a shopping trip and London show easily available.
Rutland water is a favorite haunt for walkers, birdwatchers, fly fishermen, cyclists etc
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13 Jan 2015
If you like peace and quite and views of the English countryside this place is perfect. We stayed in Number 1 cottage and had 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a laundry. Richard the owner met and greet… More
Hi, Great to hear you both arrived home safely. It was lovely for us to meet all your family and we were so pleased that you enjoyed the setting.
Thank you for such a positive review
18 Dec 2014
"Idyllic cottages that make for the perfect weekend getaway"
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking for the ideal getaway in the beautiful Rutland countryside to strongly consider staying in Clematis Cottages. Not only are the Cottages spacious and… More
Thank you for such a lovely review it makes all the hard work worthwhile
17 Dec 2014
"Here's to a delightful weekend in the country"
This was honestly one of the best weekends I have had in a good ole while.Travelling from London, a group of us stayed in Richard and Kaye's cottages for the weekend for a dear dear friend's… More
What lovely comments! Thank you so much.....it really was our pleasure
3 Dec 2014
"Feeling truly at home in the countryside"
Clarity of environment breeds clarity of mind. When a small group of young Londoners turned up in rural Rutland, we could almost instantaneously feel the stresses being expunged by the crisp air and b… More
It was a pleasure to welcome you all to Clematis Cottages your party of 14 all appeared to have lots of fun and relaxation, and it was a pleasure to help you out with local information we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
29 Nov 2014
"The perfect weekend escape"
From the warmest of welcomes to the comfiest of beds, Kaye and Richard ensured a nothing less than perfect stay for our group of 22-24yr olds as we celebrated a friend's birthday with a much-need… More
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we also enjoyed having you to stay. I hope that it wasn't too difficult to go back to the city after such a relaxing weekend!
24 Nov 2014
"A weekend of bliss in the British countryside"
I have just grudging returned to the big smoke after a weekend at Lodge Farm after staying in one of Richard and Kay Griffin's Clematis cottages. Arriving on Friday night in the drizzle, our host… More
Thank you for your kind words I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we will hopefully see you all again in the Springtime when the grounds really do look a picture.
6 Aug 2014
"Delightful accommodation in a wonderful location."
We were looking for a pleasant and quiet location near Stamford for our family holiday. We are a family of six - Dad, Mum and four children ages 8,7, 5 and 2. We hadn't been on holiday for 3 yea… More
Thank you for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review, we also enjoyed having you to stay it was lovely to see the children enjoying the gardens and playing outside like a family from our era! The pond is always a concern of Richards as it is 8ft deep in places with sloping sides to prevent the heron from emptying it! but it can also attract inquisitive children, so he tends to point out the danger in a way that little boys will understand! Although for guests safety there is a safety ring on the bank.
Thank you once more for your comments I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
17 Jul 2014
"Perfect holiday accomadation"
We are an all adult family who take around 4 long weekends away a year.
Clematis cottage No 1 was the cleanest and best equipped we have ever stayed.
The grounds were beautiful with a large variety of places to just sit (or eat) both rain or shine.
My husband was in heaven viewing the bird life around the cottage grounds and at Rutland Water. We all had the privilege of feeding baby ducklings morning and evening.
The owners Kaye and Richard were friendly and helpful but discreet. We felt as if we were the only people there to enjoy the views.
It was lovely having you all to stay, it is so nice to see our guests enjoying the gardens and wildlife as much as we do, and of course enjoying the comfort of the cottage.
18 Feb 2014
"A Cosy Retreat"
We stayed in cottage two during December for a week and had such a brilliant time. The service we experience the whole week was great, Kaye & Richard (the owners) were very attentive and did their utm… More
Hi there, so pleased you enjoyed your stay, thanks for a great review and look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards Kaye
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