Rutland Accommodation Guide

Rutland Water Resevoir
Rutland Water Resevoir

Rutland is the smallest historic county in England, with only the Isle of Wight and the metropolitan counties of the City of London and the City of Bristol being smaller. At its longest point, Rutland is only 29 Km (18 miles) long and 27 Km (17 miles) wide!

Despite its diminutive size, Rutland packs a big punch when it comes to visitor attractions however. In this guide, we will try to exhibit some of the county’s best accommodation options and explore some of the region’s most famous attractions. Rutland has some truly unique attractions, not least England’s largest reservoir by area (Rutland Water).

Rutland Water is one of the East Midland’s biggest attractions and it draws people from all over the country. Rutland Aqua Park has the biggest and tallest water slides in the country and is extremely popular with both youngsters and adults alike. The water can get quite cold however so wetsuits are advised!

There is also a beautiful nature reserve on the lake covering over 1,000 acres of wetland. The reserve is home to one of the UK’s largest populations of Ospreys and wildfowl (in the winter months). There are 35 bird hides to explore and from which to observe Rutland’s spectacular birdlife in the most natural of settings.

Being a rural upland area, Rutland is a sparsely populated county with only 100 residents per square kilometre. Despite this, Rutland has some beautiful villages and two principal towns; Oakham and Uppingham, both of which are famous for their public (private) schools. Uppingham School is notable in that it is still using its original building that was built in 1584!

Both Uppingham and Oakham have a wealth of historic buildings. For example, Oakham has an incredible 12th century castle (Oakham Castle) and a beautiful church from the 14th century (All Saints’ Church). Visitors to Rutland can also explore the Rutland County Museum and Visitor Centre in Oakham which details the proud history of this small county through several interesting displays and exhibitions.

Here at Stay In Britain, we have a large number of accommodation options in Rutland. Our accommodation search engine will help you find the perfect holiday home or holiday rental. We cater for all types of accommodation from historic farmhouses and thatched cottages to log cabins and barn conversions.

As a landlocked county, Rutland shares a land border with several other counties in the East Midlands region including Northamptonshire to the southeast, Leicestershire to the west and Lincolnshire to the north east.

Rutland / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Oakham
  • Land Area: 382 km2 (147 square miles)
  • Population: 39,697 (2019)
  • Population Density: 104/km2 (270/sq mi)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 20°C)
  • Days Of Rain: 175 days of rain / 190 dry days per year

Best Attractions In Rutland

Rutland Water: Rutland Water is the largest man-made lake in Europe! Constructed in 1976, this huge reservoir is set within an impressive 3,100 acres of stunning landscapes. Although some of this mighty reservoir’s shoreline falls within Leicestershire, most of the shoreline falls within Rutland itself. Rutland Water hosts a wide variety of water sports including fishing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and paddle-boarding.

St Matthew’s Church (Normanton): St Matthew’s Church used to be part of the Normanton Hall estate, once one of the largest and most impressive country estates in the East Midlands. Sadly, the main house was demolished in the 1920s due to lack of funding but the church and the stable block (now the Normanton Park Hotel survived). The church was nearly lost when the Rutland Water reservoir was created as it’s base fell below the proposed water level. Due to a public protest, the church was saved by building a large ‘concrete cap’ around the level of its windows and it is still accessible thanks to a large embankment that was built around the church,

Best Accommodation In Rutland

Amberleigh, Greetham, RutlandAmberleigh (Cottesmore near Greetham): Situated in the small village of Cottesmore is this lovely modern holiday home that comfortably sleeps 9 people across 5 bedrooms. Perfect for larger groups or families wishing to explore Rutland Water, the house is located close to Barnsdale Gardens, Aqua Park Rutland and Rutland Zoo.

Pine Lodge, Greetham, RutlandPine Lodge (Greetham): As its name suggests, Pine Lodge is a luxury wooden log cabin near Rutland, arguably England’s smallest yet prettiest county. This superb holiday lodge offers accommodation for 4 people across 2 bedrooms. The lodge has its own hot tub (outside) and a lovely private garden.

Bumble Bee Cottage, Barrowden, RutlandBumble Bee (Barrowden): Located close to Rutland Water, Bumble Bee is a beautiful thatched holiday cottage that sleeps 4 people in comfort. With old stone walls and exposed beams, this lovely holiday house is packed full of character. The old market towns of Uppingham, Stamford and Oakham are very close to hand.

The Hideout, Oakham, RutlandThe Hideaway (Oakham): This new addition to the Stay In Britain site has already received some excellent reviews. Sleeping 4 people across 2 bedroom, this quaint holiday apartment sits on top of two small boutiques in the centre of Oakham, one of Rutland’s prettiest towns. This little holiday home is superbly located for exploring the wider East Midlands region.

Ashwell Lodge, Exton, RutlandAshwell (Exton): Ashwell Lodge is a wooden lodge / cabin situated in Ashwell (Rutland). The lodge is one of 14 contemporary lodges in the grounds of the 18th-century Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. Sleeping 6 people across 3 bedrooms, this is an excellent base from which to explore the East Midlands and it is only a short walk from the Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

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