Quiet, unassuming Rutland is England's smallest historic county, a place for walkers and ramblers who like their unspoilt rural vistas dotted with historic houses and castles, and an occasional pretty village with an interesting museum. And a tea shop. Or pub. Most of the best places to stay in Rutland look like they come straight off a postcard - either of a charming rural village, lovely landed pile or a country market town.
Rutland's two main towns are Oakham and Uppingham, two old market towns known for their history and heritage. These centres are only six miles apart, and both have regular farmer's markets, cute little independent shops, some quite nice architecture to appreciate and several good pubs. Uppingham also has a number of art galleries.
Rutland's villages are smaller versions of the towns. And the quality of the local produce and popularity of these local markets is starting to make Rutland a bit of a foodie county.
Most of Rutland's rolling rural views are natural, but Rutland is also home to Europe's largest man made lake, Rutland Water, Anglian Water's drinking water reservoir. As well as its practical uses, Rutland Water has become home to a vast array of wildlife, from fish to waterfowl to migrating birds. Rutland's Egleton Nature Reserve, on Rutland Water, is host to the annual British Birdwatching Fair.
The best places to stay in Rutland get very busy during the summer months. So if you're planning to visit the area during the peak periods, get organised and book ahead!
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