Farmhouse | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 17
Piper House is a large characterful and rambling property with 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It has been created out of an ancient building, parts of which are over 900 years old, and offers nearly 1700 square feet of space internally. Piper House is fully furnished and stylish with an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture. The upstairs features a fabulous 50 foot reception room. The downstairs area includes two large reception rooms, one has a more traditional and cosy cottage feel, and features a woodburning stove, the other is an open plan kitchen living area with a sofa and large dining table seating 16-18.
The property has been designed to make maximum use of the space, and the focus is on light and open plan living (although Aunby Cottage, which forms one wing, has a more traditional feel).
Piper House can be broken down into wings, Aunby Granary, Aunby Cottage and Piper Lodge. These can be rented separately and are fully functional and independent. Please contact us if you would prefer to take just a wing. If taken as a whole house, Piper House offers 7 large double bedrooms, 6 of which have king sized beds (which can be divided to offer twins) the 7th has a standard double, which can be divided to give twins probably more suited to children or smaller adults. There are 3 reception rooms. One is 50 foot and contains a TV and separate play area, a second is a large open kitchen diner, with a table that seats 16-18 comfortably, the third acts as a cosy snug, with a wood burning stove. The fact that the property has so much space, and its layout, mean that it is ideal for larger groups where perhaps different age groups do not want to be on top of each other all the time.
Outside, the property has plenty of space, (unfenced), including a designer 'desert garden' terrace with lake and meadow views, and ample parking space.
Wifi is available throughout the property (although please note that the thickness of the walls makes WIFI patchy)
Barbeque and garden furniture available, also cots, high chairs and booster seats. We are extremely family friendly, and guests enjoy wandering through the mown paths in the wildflower meadow, taking time to sit on the benches and enjoy the wildlife. Younger guests may enjoy coming face to face with the chickens we keep.
Aunby lies in gently rolling lincolnshire countryside and makes an ideal base for one of the many walks in the area, proximity to Rutland Water and all the facilities on offer there is a great benefit, as is of course the wonderful old stone town of Stamford. Tolethorpe open air theatre is a couple of miles away, as is Burghley House. We can arrange tours of Burghley, Grimsthorpe, Rockingham Castle and Belvoir Castle, for those interested in the local great houses.
We can arrange for a daily maid service if preferred, and also a cook for lunch/dinner if required. Babysitters can be arranged.
The property lies 5 miles (8 km) north of Stamford in a rural location with wonderful lake and wildflower meadow views.
There is ample parking for up to 10 cars,
|Size||Sleeps up to 17, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands 60 km, Nearest railway: Stamford 8 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (16), Double beds (7), Cots (2), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 17|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Ancient exterior with light bright and spacious interior
50 foot reception area with large TV at one end
Large open plan eat in kitchen
Cosy sitting room with log burning stove (wood supplied)
Pets may be welcome but please contact us in advance to discuss
Catering available if required
|Further details outdoors|
Small designer 'desert' terrace garden accessed directly from Master bedroom or via steps from the outside of the property
Barbeque and garden furniture available when weather appropriate
Access to wild flower meadow
We live very close to the property and are always available to help
The property will be warm and welcoming for your arrival and is kept extremely clean.
The downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms may be welcomed by elderly guests
The Heart of England/Peak District
Stamford is one of Britain’s finest stone built market towns, which retains much of its medieval street pattern. Stamford has featured in many historical films including George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and more recently in Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. The town was on the old coaching route from London to Edinburgh and so boasts many fine coaching inns. The town has 11 churches, 30 pubs and 20 restaurants.
Stamford is also home to Burghley House, regarded by many as the finest Elizabethan House in England. Burghley House was built in the 16th century by William Cecil. There are lots of special events throughout the year including the internationally famous horse trials. Recently it was used extensively by the film makers of the Da Vinci Code.
Aunby is a charming village, rurally located, in rolling Lincolnshire countryside. Abundance of walking, cycling, water sports on either Rutland Water or Tallington Lakes. The Bird Fair, and of course Burghley Horse Trials within easy reach, as is Tolethorpe
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9 Jul 2014
"Peaceful and beautiful setting"
My parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary surprise party weekend was more than we could have hoped for. Everything worked out better than planned! We had a really brilliant time and thoroughly recommend Piper House to all for a family holiday or reunion! It is in such a peaceful and beautiful setting and the house is comfortable and inviting. It is very well equipped with kitchen equipment and appliances. I cooked dinner for 14 people at a time with relative ease. Unlike other rentals towels are included as was liquid soap in the bathrooms and kitchens, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, toilet rolls and bin bags. Everything was very easy and the beds are really comfortable. There's masses of room and comfortable spaces to chill out and relax even with a house full. Great place.
1 Jul 2014
"A fabulous and spacious house in beautiful grounds"
This is the best place I've ever stayed - a beautiful house with 2 huge living rooms, gorgeous bedrooms (and nearly enough bathrooms for everyone!), set in the picturesque countryside.We were wor… More
Thanks for the feedback on the TV Bella - I will take a look at that - and so sorry about the dishwasher tabs ! We do usually leave a bowl of them by the sink but clearly this slipped and I am sorry about that. Katie
26 May 2014
"Gorgeous house, beautiful location, perfect for large groups"
A group of 17 of us rented this property for a hen weekend. The house was perfect for the group with plenty of space for us all to eat and relax together but also lots of places to hide away for those wanting an early night! The upstairs living space is huge and ideal for gathering big groups together. Having 5 bathrooms was also a huge bonus with a group of 17 girls! The house is beautifully decorated and feels very homely with lovely views across the countryside.
I would definitely recommend bringing a car although the owner gave us a list of local taxi companies who all knew the property which allowed us to go out on the Saturday night to Stamford for dinner and drinks.
The owners could not have been more helpful and welcoming and never failed to answer my lists of questions quickly! Thank you so much Katie for making my best friend's hen weekend so special.
7 May 2014
"An amazingly, beautiful, peaceful and well-appointed house."
We rented all three properties at Piper House, as we had a large family birthday celebration. Everyone loved the location, the house, the amenities and the quality of the furnishings etc. Very beautiful and Katie (the owner) extremely helpful and welcoming. Location was great, close to Stamford which is a lovely old town with big supermarkets near for our food shopping. A couple of us did an amazing bike ride to Rutland Water and back which is stunning, it is a part of the UK none of us knew too well; but would return as it was so nice. Golf was played on two days by a large number of our party and again, they had a super time. We had a truly happy, memorable family get together which everyone is keen to repeat!!
2 May 2014
"Luxury accommodation in a lovely setting"
We hired the whole of piper house for a large family get together. The accommodation was very spacious and well maintained. There is a large dining table which could easily accomodate us all (there were around 14 of us). We have small children and they loved the meadow just outside the property. The owners were also very welcoming and helpful.
25 Mar 2014
We stayed at Piper House for a weekend - We loved it. I think the stand out thing for us was the space, and having the big table to sit around. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked - it is quite a small kithen area that is part of the dining area, but it really works and is efficient use of the space. We cooked a lot because it was so lovely being able to sit in the kitchen/diner and chat. Very easy place to live.
Piper House is incredibly big - I don't think you get a sense of quite how big it is from the photos. The kids loved the bead table and all the books - thought had been given to who would sleep where, and the owner was really helpful in making sure families were put in rooms close together (because it is so big so you wouldn't want to have a small child in a bedroom too far away - but the owner was really careful about this and asked us several times to let her know who needed to be near who - which we appreciated when we got there!). It was really warm and welcoming when we got there - lights left on for us (nice touch) and the shop delivery we had ordered had been taken in and put away - which was great after the long drive
we were anxious about the weather with all the flooding etc - but the owners were fantastic about keeping us informed and responding to endless panicking emails. Thank you for your patience Kate!
We were really impressed with how much the owners wanted us to have a good weekend - and how much trouble they went to to make sure everything went well. Thank you
22 Mar 2014
"Great space for a large group"
There were 12 adults and 2 babies in our party and the space/layout worked perfectly for us. All the rooms can be either doubles or twins and some can also take a 3rd single bed or cot. So we could really make ourselves at home and worked the bedrooms exactly how we wanted them. The space of the communal areas was superb and the main upstairs living space is huge! We were able to have one group watching TV/films at one end and the rest of us sat at the other end chatting - we were together but still able to our separate things.
There are 3 separate kitchens as the property can be split into separate rental units and this was a little more challenging. None of them are big enough to cook a meal for the 12 people in our party so we had to do a little co-ordinating and have all the ovens going with people spread over the kitchens. However this is only a small inconvenience and the main dining area is big enough to fit a very large table with space for everyone to sit around together.
We were a little worried we wouldn't find the property as it seemed to be in the middle of no-where however the directions received from the owner were excellent and no-one in our party got lost, The only piece of advice we would have is to watch the speed bumps as you approach the property as we arrived in the dark, didn't spot them and had no prior warning about them, and you could easily damage your car on them.
Overall we had an excellent stay, we would definitely come here again and there was even talk of us wanting to book up again next year.
23 Feb 2014
Having just returned and read all the other reviews, I do have to differ slightly from them.An area of total serenity and Piper was excellently furnished - you do not have to bring a thing - it was we… More
10 Feb 2014
"Perfect family get together."
Piper House was absolutely perfect for our large family get together. The owner was incredibly helpful beforehand to make our stay as easy as possible and then really friendly and welcoming when we arrived. The house was spotlessly clean and very cosy and warm. The children loved the space inside and out and although the weather was dreadful on one day, there was tons of room to relax for all of us after a great outing into lovely Stamford. I also really liked the fact that all of the furniture, fittings, kitchen equipment etc was all really lovely. Everything had been chosen with care and such great attention to detail. Personal touches throughout and gorgeously comfy beds meant it felt very homely. I think the best thing is the space. There is so much of it, none of us got cabin fever, the teenagers had their own space and the younger children could let off steam without even going outside. We'd all like to go back in the summer now to see the wildflower meadow!
Would highly recommend this lovely welcoming property.
7 Jan 2014
"Truly a home from home at Christmas"
We had the whole of Piper House for the Christmas week and this excellent property more than adequately accommodated our family. It was a super place to stay with plenty of places for young and old to have their own space when needed, and was the ideal place to invite other family and friends for meals and parties. We had a birthday, Christmas and a wedding to attend during our stay so plenty of opportunity for stress, but the moment we walked into Piper House we felt relaxed and comfortable.
I have found in previous holiday lets that only basic equipment is available in the kitchen, but at Piper House we had nothing but the best in all three kitchens with a splendid array of equipment, crockery, glassware and beautiful, large serving plates – ideal for big family meals and buffets.
Comfort and homeliness is paramount here – even to the toys, games and books dotted around the place.
Piper House is situated close to Stamford and makes an ideal holiday base for exploring Lincolnshire and further afield.
Visiting friends and family where all impressed with this superb property and I have already recommended it to other friends and work colleagues.
I am so pleased to hear you were so happy here and that everything went well - I know it was a potentially stressful time with weddings AND Christmas to deal with - and I am glad Piper helped make things work!
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