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Pocket Guide: Rutland

Rutland is England’s smallest county, and despite the fact that it’s landlocked there are a great many things to enjoy here. The county is criss-crossed by numerous walking and cycling routes, and there are also many art galleries, theatres and shopping venues to visit. Attractions such as Oakland Castle and Rutland Water draw visitors from across the United Kingdom, and there are many different kinds of accommodation to choose from, including everything from small B&B establishments to plush, five star hotels.

Where Exactly is Rutland?

Rutland is situated in the East Midlands and is almost circular in shape. It has borders with Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and in addition to its nature reserves and other natural attractions the county has many sites of historic interest which you can visit when staying at one of the nearby accommodation options. You’re always close to history and nature in Rutland, and the picturesque market towns such as Uppingham and Oakham are steeped in rural traditions. Wherever you go in this delightfully compact county you’ll find a hotel or guesthouse to your liking, as all tastes and budgets are catered for.

Days Out in Rural Rutland

As there are so many things to see and do out in the glorious Rutland countryside, you can take your pick of the B&B, guesthouse and hotel options and use one as your base for exploring this fascinating county. Rutland is liberally strewn with market towns selling seasonal produce, and whether you choose to stay in a converted flat above an historic pub or in a modern, purpose-built hotel you’ll always have attractions practically on the doorstep. From the Rutland Water Nature Reserve to the quaint antique shops of Oakham and Uppingham, there’s a world of things to see and do here for all the family.

Natural Beauty in Rutland

With its historic towns and villages and its great swathes of farmland, Rutland is a county of idyllic landscapes, steeped in history and natural beauty. The ruins of old fortresses such as Oakham Castle dot the landscape, and in the bigger towns you can enjoy fine seasonal cuisine and stay at top hotels during your visit. If you enjoy the great outdoors and nature in general, you’ll be delighted with the diverse rambling tracks and cycling routes. Arrange a packed lunch from your guesthouse or hotel base and get out and about for the day, stopping off at small villages for refreshments and some shopping. Tradition has it that when Rutland was created its borders were set by ‘what a good horse could measure in a day’, so nothing here is ever very far away!

Business as Usual in Rutland

If you’re in Rutland on business, Oakham and Uppingham have good hotels with fast broadband and the extra facilities like photocopying services that you need to do business on the go. There are also some spa hotels in the area, and many accommodation options are geared towards the company rep who needs express check-in and check-out, along with flexible mealtimes and space to work.