Clover at Stretton Lakes offers Five Star Gold self-catering. Just for two this lovely log cabin is perfectly set overlooking fishing lakes surrounded by woodland with its own private hot tub and indoor sauna providing the ultimate in relaxation for couples wanting a romantic retreat! Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold
Waterlily offers 5 Star Gold self-catering for two, perfectly set overlooking Stretton Lakes, surrounded by woodland with its own private hot tub and indoor sauna. The ultimate in relaxation for couples wanting some peace and tranquility and a romantic break! Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold
A Five Star Gold log cabin for two sitting in a tranquil position in the small county of Rutland. Overlooking the fishing lakes and surrounded by woodland, Poppy offers a high standard of holiday accommodation with its own private hot tub as well as an indoor sauna providing the ultimate in relaxation for couples wanting a romantic retreat! Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold
Stretton Lakes provides a tranquil haven to escape the pressures of every day life with a choice of six luxury log cabins for a self-catering holiday. Sitting in the county of Rutland, the cabins overlook the fishing lakes and are encapsulated by woods and each has its own private hot tub providing the ultimate in relaxation! Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
A 4 Star Gold log cabin which is perfectly set overlooking the fishing lakes surrounded by woodland. This welcoming self-catering holiday rental has its own private hot tub offering the ultimate in relaxation! Sitting in England's smallest county, what Rutland lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty with one of Europe's largest man-made reservoirs, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and water lovers. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
The Greenway is a place where families and friends can gather and relax in beautiful surroundings. The single-storey holiday home sleeps eight people in the quiet hamlet of Knaptoft, enjoying gardens to the front and rear, lots of living space and four bedrooms - three of which are ensuite. It is within easy reach of some of the area's favourite wedding and event venues. It is also close to attractions that include the National Space Centre, King Richard III Visitor Centre, and Foxton Locks. The accommodation is ideal if you're staying for a few nights to attend a wedding, enjoying a holiday full of relaxed rural walks, just want to get away to catch up with friends or need a home-away-from-home while you and your family relocate.
Bluebell is a luxurious log cabin nestling in a peaceful haven amongst woodland with its own hot tub in the county of Rutland. Beautifully presented to Four Star Gold standard, the self-catering lodge is surrounded by farmland abundant with wildlife with lovely views over the fishing lakes. All the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Sparkenhoe House is a Georgian farmhouse with fantastic rural views. It's popular with extended families and friends celebrating a milestone occasion and is also great for staying with your bridal party before your wedding. The self-catering holiday home is in Upton, close to Market Bosworth and Nuneaton, and about 45 minutes from Coventry and Leicester. It sleeps ten people in five bedrooms with four bathrooms, two reception rooms, a lovely kitchen, and a walled garden with a heated outdoor swimming pool. Local attractions include the Battle of Bosworth Visitor Centre, Drayton Manor Theme Park, and Twycross Zoo.
If you're bringing friends and family together from around the country then you will love The Hollies, which has been welcoming guests for more than 200 years. It is within easy reach of Coventry, Leicester, Rugby and Birmingham Airport and has space for 18 people to sleep in six bedrooms. This large holiday house is in the rural village of South Kilworth, next to The White Hart pub, and has lots of interior space as well as half an acre of mature gardens and ample off-street parking.
Finches Cottages is a luxurious escape in a fantastic location. The three-bedroom holiday cottage sleeps six people and is perfect for families or couples. It is in the picturesque Rutland village of Egleton, close to Oakham and within a short walk of beautiful Rutland Water and the village's shops, pubs, cafes, and a Michelin starred restaurant. The property is dog friendly and available for bookings all year round. The owners have created an indulgent and welcoming place where guests can relax and enjoy beautiful rural views, gorgeous walks, and easy access to Rutland's best sights and attractions.
Stable Cottage is an attractive converted barn with period features attached to a comfortable eighteenth century farmhouse on the edge of the beautiful Vale of Belvoir overlooking a lovely garden which guests are free to use. Situated midway between A1 and M1 and only a thirty minute drive from Grantham, Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester. There are many historic buildings within a short drive (Belvoir Castle and Belton House amongst others) as are the National Space Centre in Leicester and the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park this side of Nottingham. Also as close is the lovely town of Oakham and the magical Rutland Water reservoir with bird and butterfly sanctuaries. Geoff Hamilton's Barnsdale TV Gardens are nearby there too. When they get here guests find there is much more to do than they thought! Long Clawson is also home to the well known Stilton cheese maker Long Clawson Dairy a one hundred and ten year old dairy farmers co-operative
History plays a major role in modern day Leicestershire and it is well known as one of the main Roman settlements in the country. The Jewry Wall Museum is dedicated to the archaeological past of the county with numerous relics and discoveries from ages gone by. King Richard III died in Leicestershire at the infamous Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 and the heritage centre that is now on the site of his death, serves as a rich source of information on the battle and of the medieval period in general. The county's association with English history doesn't end there. It was Cardinal Wosley's place of death and Thomas Cook, the founder of the modern tourism industry, lived in the area for over 50 years.
Aside from history, Leicestershire is known for its great outdoors and beautiful locations. The National Forest features miles upon miles of nature trails and walking routes with a variety of wildlife and activities such as falconry, skiing, cycling and water sports. Located within the county are many country parks that offer tranquil walks and luscious green surroundings in between the granite hills of Charnwood Forest.
The diversity of the county also extends over into its shopping options. The old towns and villages throughout Leicestershire provide markets and small, locally sourced shops with charm and tradition, whereas you can also indulge in some city shopping in the major towns and cities. Leicester itself and the High Cross and Haymarket shopping centres are two of the best in the area.
The county has evolved with a multitude of faiths and cultures and this can be seen in its strong faith tourism emphasis. From the Leicester Cathedral which can trace its roots back to the 11th century and offers a memorial stone for King Richard III; to the various heritage sites such as Mount St Bernard Abbey and the Grace Dieu Priory, the county is steeped in religious significance, not just for its immediate area but also for the whole country and beyond.
Leicestershire holds many annual festivals ranging from the Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival (held in February) that is entering its 21st year and brings together comedians from all over the world; to the Melton Mowbray Food Festival (held in October) that gives visitors and locals the chance to experience unique produce from local and national sources.
Even though the county is locked right in the heart of middle England, Leicestershire has never lost any of its charm or appeal. It provides activities and attractions for everyone and whether it is history and heritage or shopping and the countryside, the county that gave birth to the pork pie, is one of the most intriguing places in the whole of England.