Join us on this visit to the smallest county in England. Rutland has beautiful market towns, glorious gardens and one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe. We also follow in the footsteps of royalty at Rockingham Castle, Burghley House and an extremely famous carpark in Leicester.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we make our way north to Rockingham, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach our hotel with plenty of time to relax before dinner.
Day 2 We set off into Rutland and the historic market town of Oakham, which boasts a Norman Castle and the Rutland County Museum. We move on to Barnsdale Gardens, familiar to many TV viewers as home to the late Geoff Hamilton and Gardeners World. The gardens comprise 37 individual gardens within eight acres. We finish our day with a 45-minute cruise on Rutland Water.
Day 3 This morning we drive to Stamford, where we find over 600 listed buildings, delightful shops, and an abundance of cafés and pubs in which to find some lunch. Our afternoon is spent at Burghley House, one of the largest and grandest houses of the Elizabethan age.
Day 4 We visit Leicester and have free time to look around the town before entering the Richard III Visitor Centre to discover the story of the last English king to die in battle. A short distance away we find the impressive cathedral and have a short tour including the tomb in which the King is now interred. Our last visit is to Rockingham Castle, built by William the Conqueror and a private home since the 16th Century.
Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel homewards, reaching the local area and our taxis late afternoon.
Our modern three-star hotel is pleasantly located between the pretty Northamptonshire villages of Rockingham and Corby, and its rural setting gives easy access to the countryside and all the attractions on this tour. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift and bedrooms are on the ground or first floor.