Situated in the heart of England, a lovely way to enjoy all the comforts of home while on holiday is at to stay in a Rutland holiday cottage. The smallest English county, but one that has a great rural and pastoral heart, with fishing, golfing and water-sports providing attractions not to be resisted. The towns of Oakham and Uppingham are found in Rutland, both filled with traces of past inhabitants, such as the towering Norman Castle in Oakham. Take a day trip to Oakham while passing by its many landmarks, and later find yourself a cosy pub and let the hours roll lazily by. For a traditional weekly market, be sure to visit Uppingham on a Friday, also taking the time to wind through its lovely streets and nosy through its selection of speciality, antique and independent shops. Sip tea in a tearoom with your partner, and later pick an art gallery to enjoy local work. Bird watchers are catered for in the two nature reserves on Rutland Water, and horticulturalists will be delighted with the many gardens to be visited, especially Barnsdale Gardens. And when you are hungry and ready to eat, numerous pubs will offer you meals using locally sourced produce - there are even two Michelin-starred restaurants to be found.
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