Rutland, England’s smallest county situated in the East Midlands, is rural, unspoiled and charming.
The area is renowned for its beautiful Georgian stone-built market towns and villages. In fact, nearby Stamford was proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as “The finest stone town in England”.
The cottage itself occupies a charming central position by the magnificent ancient church of St John’s and offers a base to relax and unwind in its lovely secluded garden, complete with climbing roses, apple trees and a working well (fully enclosed and secure).
Ryhall marks the start of many stunning country walks, with visitors having easy access to a variety of outdoor activities and events including Rutland Water with aqua park and beach (Western Europe’s largest man-made lake) horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, golf and bird watching. Rutland water, see activities
St Johns Cottage can be used for Wine Tasting and Fine Dinning.
Looking out from St John’s Cottage and towards the village square, the river Gwash runs through and provides a delightful walk by the river. Here you can see the ducks and swans as well as other animal such as sheep and horses and even donkeys.
Within walking distance of St John’s Cottage is Tolethorpe, the unique open-air theatre with its annual 13-week summer season of Shakespeare plays. Burghley House, a glorious Elizabethan mansion, plays host to the famous Burghley Horse trials held in September.
Ryhall is also well placed for the lovely old town of Stamford (just 2 miles away) renowned for its historical, religious architectural heritage and boutique shops.
There are other delightful market towns to visit such as Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle, as well as many fascinating unspoiled villages.
For Celebration, Michelin Pub of the Year (2008), The Olive Branch, is in nearby Clipsham (advanced booking recommended) and excellent for a posh lunch en famille or a special evening out.
Stamford has a good night light scene with an abundance of restaurants and bars George of Stamford. The George of Stamford was – and still is – one of England’s greatest coaching inns. The George has distinctive style and ambiance that make it truly unique.