St John´s Holiday Cottage - Four Star Self Catering Accommodation, Rutland, Ryhall, Nr. Stamford

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Out & About

Try the superb afternoon teas at Stuart Porter Vintage Tea Rooms & Antique Centre in Stamford

Bespoke packages available on request

Burghley House (2 Miles)

Burghley House is the largest and grandest of the first Elizabethan age. Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer of England, between 1565 and 1587, the house is a family home for his descendants to this day.


Nene Valley Railway (7 Miles)

The Nene Valley Railway is a preservation railway running along a 7.5 mile standard gauge line through the valley of the River Nene between Wansford and Peterborough.


Grimsthorpe Castle (7 Miles)

Grimsthorpe has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516, when it was granted by Henry VIII to the 10th Baron Willoughby de Eresby on the occasion of his marriage to Maria de Salinas, kinswoman and lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon.

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Barnsdale Gardens (8 Miles)

The Barnsdale Gardens familiar to millions of BBC2 viewers as the home of Geoff Hamilton and Gardeners World is open every day. The gardens comprise 37 individual gardens and features that all blend together by linking borders into one 8 acre garden.


Oakham Castle (10 Miles)

The splendid Great Hall of Oakham Castle is one of the finest examples of late 12th century domestic architecture in England.

StamfordbridgeStamford Town (2 Miles)

Stamford "the finest scene between London and Edinburgh" (Sir Walter Scott). The town still retains its medieval street pattern making an attractive mix of narrow passageways and cobbled streets opening into more spacious squares.


The Meadows, Near Stamford Town Centre, South of Bath Row (2 Miles)

Originally called the Water Meadows, the Meadows is a pleasant place to picnic, sit and relax and watch or feed the birds. It provides level walking along the River Welland, where you'll find the Boudicea plaque recording her pursuit of the Romans, and is the starting point for the Jurassic Way. There are footpaths to the villages of Easton-on-the-Hill and Tinwell.


Rutland Water Fly Fishing (8 Miles)

RWFF can provide everything for your fly fshing adventure. Total beginner, improver, gift day, treat, company event, fun day, ladies days, company away day, team building, stag event.

tolethorpe_hallTolethorpe Hall (1 Mile)

Tolethorpe Hall has origins going back 800 years to the early 11th century when the first manor house was built on the site by a Norman family who came over from France after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The setting of the hall overlooking classic English parkland in attractive Rutland countryside has changed little over centuries.

The gentle River Gwash flows gently by providing water for the historic mill built in the early 18th century on the site of a previous mill recorded in the Domesday book. The mill, just 200 yards from the hall, was part of the Tolethorpe estate until 1967.

Early nineteenth century country poet, John Clare, is said to have walked with his girlfriend from Great Casterton to Ryhall along the banks of the river on summer evenings after a day working at the lime kilns in Pickworth.

The grounds of Tolethorpe Hall were landscaped in their present form in 1867 and remain much the same except that they where completely overgrown when the property was acquired by the Stamford Shakespeare Company in 1977.

A picnic on the lawns, a stroll around the lawn, pond and flowerbeds and shrubberies all add to the magic of a visit to Rutland Open Air Theatre.

rutlandwaterRutland Water

A 3,100 acre reservoir with 4 landscaped parks around its shores where you can enjoy walking and picnicking. More information available at

If you are feeling energetic you can cycle around the water - in total 27 miles or 16 miles for the shorter route. Cycle hire available at Whitwell and Normanton. More information available at

There are two children's play areas - one at Barnsdale and the other at Sykes Lane, Empingham, where the Tourist Information Centre and Butterfly Farm and Aquatic Centre are also situated. More information available at

There are two sailing schools - one at Whitwell and the other at Edith Weston, where sailing, canoeing and windsurfing can be enjoyed. More information available at

Fly fishing is popular on the water and more information can be found on

Fly fishing can also be found at Eyebrook Reservoir. More information available at

There are 2 bird watching reserves at Lyndon and Egleton, where you can find out about the successful Osprey breeding programme. More information available at &

It is possible to take a leisurely boat trip across the Water on the Rutland Belle. More information available at

Rock climbing and trampolining can be found at the Whitwell site. More information available at

To view all the attractions that Rutland has to offer please look at and


Pubs & Inns near Ryhall

The Green Dragon Ryhall Open all year

Old Plough Braunston
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Olive Branch Clipsham
Food, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Coach House Inn Oakham
Food, Children Welcome, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Kings Arms Inn & Restaurant Oakham
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Noel Arms Oakham
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Old Plough Oakham
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Whipper-In Hotel Oakham
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Falcon Hotel Uppingham
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

Old Pheasant Uppingham
Food, Historic, Open all year, Parking, Credit Cards

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