2 (all year)
Hill View is everything you, your family and your friends want in a group self-catering property, including accommodation for up to 19 people in five bedrooms. The gorgeous house is on the Rutland Border, only six miles from historic Stamford and just an hour from North London. Before you know it, the office will be a distant memory, and you'll be starting your special celebration, hen weekend or family reunion with a cold drink in the outdoor hot tub, surrounded by two acres of private grounds with views of the rolling countryside. There are three pubs within easy reach, including the welcoming Willoughby Arms that is one mile and a 20-minute walk away.
Rutland's central location and plentiful attractions make it perfect for a fun and relaxing holiday with some of your favourite people. It's incredibly pretty, with beautiful countryside walks and sights like Rutland Water, which is only 10 minutes from Hill View and one of the biggest man-made lakes in Europe. It's an excellent spot for a walk or a bike ride - especially if you have kids and want to avoid traffic, and is also good for fishing and sailing. Boat and bike hire are available from the visitor information centre, and there is also a fantastic aqua park and a sandy beach.
Stamford is a favourite choice for a day out. Its historic town centre has the honour of being the first Conservation Area in England, boasting 600 listed buildings from medieval to Georgian. Burghley House and Park are nearby as is Tolethorpe Hall. The latter is owned by the Stamford Shakespeare Company and holds open-air performances in the summer. Stamford also has a wide array of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.
You don't have to leave the grounds of Hill View to have a wonderfully memorable stay. There is plenty of space outside to arrange activities and, with no near neighbours, the party doesn't need to stop until you want it to. The owner's website has a useful list of local attractions and businesses they recommend to help you plan the perfect weekend, including a private chef for celebratory meals at home, and a hair and makeup artist for looking your best at a wedding, party or another special occasion.
Janette Mcmorrow & Christian Coyne joined Independent Cottages in June 2019
Hill View is huge, with spacious living areas and comfortable bedrooms. Accommodation is over two levels. All rooms are furnished to a high-standard using carefully chosen furnishings that create an atmosphere that feels like you're staying in a friend's luxurious country house or a small boutique hotel.
Outside: The space outside is as impressive as that within. There is a patio with garden furniture that seats up to 20 people and a gas barbecue, as well as sun loungers and picnic tables. The hot tub overlooks the acre-sized paddock and the rolling countryside, and there is also a table tennis table. The house has off-street parking for up to 15 cars.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi and bed linen are included. Guests to supply bath towels and towels for use near the hot tub. A welcome basket of fuel for the log burner is provided. A travel cot (no bedding) and a high chair are available - please request these when booking. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome through prior arrangement and a small surcharge. Smoking is not permitted.
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