Nestled on the banks of the River Welland, in the county of Lincolnshire, the market town of Stamford is famous for its many beautiful 17th and 18th-century buildings. Recently voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times newspaper, it is also an excellent holiday destination. Stamford was the first-ever conservation area, with more than 600 listed buildings in the town and surrounding area. Take a wander into the historic centre from your Stamford holiday cottage and you will discover fine examples of timber-framed buildings, and five spectacular medieval churches. As you explore Stamford’s maze of narrow, cobbled streets, you will stumble upon a variety of independent shops.

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Rectory Cottage is an exquisite romantic cottage set in ‘The best place to live in Britain’. The luxurious, pet-friendly former stable near Stamford, Lincolnshire, dates back to the 18th century and offers a neutral palette with limed oak floor, exposed stone walls and beams, and gorgeous gardens.

The Dairy sits on the Burghley Estate in the heart of Capability Brown parkland, landscaped during the 1760s. After careful restoration, the historic building has been transformed into luxury holiday accommodation with all the comforts of modern life provided within a timeless and Arcadian setting.

The Dairy at Burghley is a gorgeous country cottage sitting on a grand estate near Stamford In Cambridgeshire. The pet-friendly property rewards guests with rural elegance and modern luxury as well as open fires, outdoor entertaining areas and access to Burghley House and its many events.

Stamford Cheese Cellar is highly recommended, and St Mary’s Books is stacked with collectables. There are 30 pubs where a thriving real ale scene can be enjoyed. If you are not sure where to start, try the Bull and Swan, a unique, 16th-century pub with a reputation for serving delicious food. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Stamford, an excellent street market is held on Fridays, with stalls selling fresh produce from the Lincolnshire countryside. Stamford’s most famous landmark, Burghley House, is well worth a visit. Built in the 16th century, this opulent country home has appeared in several films, including Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code.

For an evening out, see what’s on at the Stamford Corn Exchange, where films and theatre have been enjoyed since 1900. There are many beautiful walks on the doorstep of Stamford holiday cottages. They include the Jurassic Way, which runs from the town centre to Banbury, and the Hereward Way, which runs from Peddars Way to Rutland, along the River Nene. Stamford is easily reached on public transport with regular 90-minute trains to London and Birmingham.