Nestled in nature within a gated estate are Rutland Retreats’ stunning, eco-built timber and cedar-clad two and three-bedroom self-catering cottages. With log burners, sedum roofs and smart finishes, the Retreats are ideal staycation accommodation for families. Each one has open plan living and dining spaces, master bedrooms with French doors that open onto the garden and a patio – perfect for sunlit morning coffee. Dine out at the adjacent Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, where fresh, locally sourced produce goes into the restaurant’s sumptuous dishes, lovingly created by a passionate kitchen brigade. The Retreats are run with great passion by managing director Ed Burrows and, for their quality and location, represent superb value for money. Nearby, the picturesque towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford offer boutique shopping for the most discerning visitors. Thanks to its location so close to Rutland Water, you are likely to see red kite, deer and partridge. This delightful country refuge offers peace, comfort and an exceptional base for sailing, fishing, riding, walking and exploring Rutland, England’s smallest county.
Doubles from £375 for a three-night stay
+44 (0)1572 724678; barnsdalelodge.co.uk