- EnglandThe East Wing is a lovely, spacious and comfortable accommodation for couples looking to enjoy the area. Situated in the pretty village of Sutton Bassett on the border of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, with the county of Rutland close by. The open plan living, and dining room has spectacular views of the meadow where you can often see the cows grazing. The well-equipped kitchen has all you need if you rather have a quiet night in with some home cooked supper and the private garden and patio is the ideal place to enjoy a drink in the evening sun. The large en-suite boasts both a shower cubicle and corner bath leading from the kingsize double bedroom.
The historic and pleasant town of Market Harborough is 2 miles away where you can enjoy an array of high street and independent shops and eateries and has a trainline direct to St Pancras in under an hour. Rutland Water is under 20 miles and has much to offer including cycling and walking routes, water sports, fishing and bird watching centres including hides for observing nesting ospreys in season. The local towns within easy reach include Oakham, Uppingham, Kettering, Northampton, Melton Mowbray, and Stamford. Eyebrook Reservoir is another lovely place to visit for beautiful walks and trout fishing. Foxton locks are 6 miles away which consists of a magnificent flight of ten immaculate working lock gates with a museum and lovely pub. Walks along the tow path are recommended. Other places of interest include Althorp House, Diana’s final resting place, Barnsdale Gardens, Rockingham Castle, Burghley House; where the annual horse trials are held, Kirby Hall and many attractions and shopping that the city of Leicester has to offer including the National Space Centre. There are also historic battle sites nearby including Bosworth and Naseby.£111From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandThese three beautiful, comfortable, single-storey cottages, Graham Cottage (UK35385), Len Cottage (UK35386) and Alice Cottage (UK35387) are located in a stunning rural area of Northamptonshire on the owner’s working farm. Originally traditional farm buildings, these properties were converted in 2006 into accommodation of a very good standard and are well equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Located ½ mile from a quiet B road and surrounded by fields, wildlife and panoramic views, this is the perfect place in which to relax, unwind and enjoy these pleasant surroundings. Len Cottage and Graham Cottage both sleep four guests in two bedrooms, and Alice Cottage sleeps two guests. Alice Cottage can be interconnected with Len Cottage to make a three bedroom property. Alice Cottage has also been adapted for accessible use and is M1 and M2 compliant. Each property has use of a garden, where you can enjoy the sunsets on a warmer evening.
There are over five miles of footpaths and bridleways on the farm that you can discover from the doorstep, and with gentle rolling countryside, this location is perfect for cycling fans. Situated between Peterborough, Northampton and Cambridge, there is much to to and see in this area. The market towns of Oundle and Thrapston are both under 5 miles away where you can enjoy shopping at their open air markets, high streets and dine at an array of pubs, cafés and restaurants.
Northamptonshire and the surrounding area boasts many historic and stately homes including Althorp House (Princess Diana’s ancestral home), Castle Ashby, Sulgrave Manor, Rockingham Castle, Wimpole Hall, Burghley House and Lyvedon, near Oundle. Fun for all the family can be found at Wickstead Park, 14 miles away, which is a charming family theme park dating back to the 1920s. The historic university city of Cambridge, where you can enjoy punting on the River Cam, is just over 30 miles.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Alice Cottage (ref UK35387) and Len Cottage (ref UK35386) can also be interconnected.£56From price per night based on 7 night stay
- EnglandSet in the heart of the Nene Valley countryside, this beautiful stone cottage is perfect for a family holiday or a quiet retreat. Lily Pad Cottages are set around a courtyard, have all been thoughtfully designed and are wheelchair accessible. Lily Pad 2 offers three bedrooms, one on the ground floor, and all can be made as super kingsize doubles or twins. There is also the option to request a Z-bed if flexible sleeping arrangements are preferred, by prior arrangement directly with the owner at an additional cost. There is an open plan living area and kitchen, and a ground floor bathroom with wet room-style shower area. Outside there is a patio and garden to sit and enjoy the sun. There is a beautiful relaxing indoor pool area which can be booked for exclusive use (free of charge) and it boasts comfortable seating, changing rooms, showers and a table tennis area.
Visitors to Lily Pad Cottages are spoilt for choices when it comes to entertainment, there is something for everyone in the family. Within walking distance of the cottages is a world of footpaths and greenways, winding alongside the stunning River Nene and out across the countryside. Many of these trails end at some very accommodating pubs that offer delicious food and drink, as well as a range of local beers. There are great street markets in Oundle (on Thursdays) and Stamford (On Fridays) which are both well worth a visit, while the beautiful Rushden Lakes development is just a 30-minute drive away, offering retail, entertainment and eating options all set around the Nene Wetlands conservation area. Burghley House and Park is only a short drive away, and Stamford is worth a visit.
Indeed, if wildlife and nature are of interest, Rutland Water is only a 20-minute drive and offers great leisure activities from a waterside stroll, learn to sail, windsurf or hire a bike and cycle around the reservoir, stopping for a picnic. Sacrewell Farm Park is home to the giant Shire Horses. Hamerton Zoo Park is 15 miles away but is so popular with visitors as it has some great exhibits, and children love the monkeys. For a day at the beach, Snettisham is a hive of activity for nature lovers and walkers, backing onto a coastal park with reed beds, scrub and marshland behind the shingle beach. It’s also adjacent to the RSPB Snettisham Reserve which hosts an incredible display of knot and pink-footed geese when the tides are right. Sandy beach at Hunstanton is great for children to search for sea life in the rock pools.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 42 guests.£187From price per night based on 7 night stay