Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The cottage is in the centre of the village with parking immediately outside. A pub serving hot, home-cooked food is one minutes walk away as are a shop open 7 days a week, a doctors surgery and a hairdressers. Built in 1860 as a meeting hall for The Primrose League, the building lapsed into dis-repair until 2007 when the current owners completely renovated it, converting it into the wonderful holiday cottage it is today. Original features remain including an Ancaster Arms Crest imbedded in the stone fireplace, a highly unusual oak block floor in the open plan living area and exposed beams are displayed in every room.
Empingham lies half way inbetween the historic market towns of Stamford and Oakham. The quaint alleyways and hidden corners in each of the towns are home to some exquisite independant retailers. Stamford, with its Georgian townhouses is widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England and is home to Burghley House, one of the most magnificent stately homes in the country.
Rutland Water is home to The British Birdwatching Fair and perfect to enjoy an active or relaxing holiday. Go sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, fly-fishing, birdwatching, rock climbing, take a cruise or just enjoy the wonderful views with a gentle stroll around its footpaths.
Three miles from Empingham is Barnsdale Gardens, a theme park for garden enthusiasts. Built by Geoff Hamilton for the BBCs Gardeners World, it contains over 30 individually themed gardens and provides courses and events throughout the year.
Rutland may be the smallest county in England, but has two Michelin starred restaurants and many with one or more AA rosettes. Good quality food is a passion, and the cottage contains a folder with sample menus from many of the local eateries, as well as infomation on the numerous things to do in the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands Airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Stamford or Oakham 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors||
Attention to detail is an absolute priority to the owners of this property who go to great lengths to ensure your holiday is as fuss free as possible. So the kitchen is well stocked with condiments, cooking oils, herbs, tea coffee fresh milk and sugar, as well as foil, cling-fim etc. The living room has fresh flowers, DVDs and games for all ages and a folder detailing sample menus from local eateries and plenty of infomation about things to do in the area. There are numerous small details like torches beside the beds so you do not wake your partner by switching on the light while staying in an unfamiliar room, cotton wool balls on the dressing tables etc and the owners Catherine and Simon are at hand to answer any queries you may have, whether it be when planning your trip, or while to are staying.
|Further details outdoors||
Patio with seating for 4 with table and sun shade.
The Heart of England/Peak District
Rutland is the smallest county in England whose motto is Multum In Parvo (much in little), is just 16 miles across at its widest point east to west and is bordered by 5 counties. So should you wish to visit (for example) Althrop House Northamptonshire (home to Diana, Princess of Wales), The National Space Centre, Leicester, the University town of Cambridge, or Bletchley Park, home of the code-breakers in Milton Keynes, they are all within one hours drive of Rutland. Even going further afield does not have to be time consuming due to the excellent train link with London, so a trip to Paris and back on Eurostar can easily be done in a day.
Rutland has a rich heritage with many Castles and Stately Homes to visit. The magnificent Burghley House, built beween 1555 and 1587 lies on the outskirts of Stamford, and Grimsthorpe Castle, Rockingham Castle, Belton House, Belvoir Castle, Broughton House, Deene Park and Kirby Hall are all close by.
The Watersports Centre, Fishing Lodge, Cycle Hire Shop, pay and play Golf Course, Rok Blok, Sailing Club and Bird Watching centre are all within 5 miles of Primrose Hall. The picturesque village of Exton is 3 miles away with its excellent pub and bakery, a Falconry and Owl Centre and is home to the famous Barnsdale Gardens.
For those who want to just "chill", Barnsdale Hall Hotel, 3 miles away provides wonderful spa treatments whether you want floatation therapy, a make up lesson or an Indian head massage!