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Stamford is a traditional English rose of a town, built, elegantly, from honey coloured limestone and arranged around the River Welland. Stamford's many churches and traditional looking pubs have made this town a location scout's dream come true, and it's been used in everything from BBC period dramas to The Da Vinci Code. The best places to stay in Stamford will appeal to foodies, families and anyone looking for a rural escape, be it an adventurous one, or a relaxing one.
Stamford's appeal doesn't really come from any one headline attraction, this town is beautiful because of the sum of its parts, and it's just a really pretty place to stroll around.
Visitors who come to do this sort of strolling won't be disappointed, there are plenty of charming little cafes and eateries, and boutiques, pubs and churches to browse on your meanderings.
There are a few especially visit-worthy spots in Stamford though, there's the 15th Century William Browne Hospital and medieval almshouse, St. Mary's Church, with its wonky spire and Burghley House, built by Queen Elizabeth I's chief advisor on 810 acres, and still home to the same family. This is a rather fancy stately home, with pavilions and cupolas and belvederes, and the grounds were designed by Capability Brown.
The town is an ever popular destination and the best places to stay in Stamford will get booked up well ahead. We suggest you get organised and book early or else come midweek or during the quieter spring and autumn months.
- The Bull & Swan is an ancient coaching inn with just seven rooms. The food is good and the rooms are more modern than you'd expect from the beautiful old facade. And you're on the grounds of the Burghley Estate, so it's just a short stroll to Burghley House.
- Also on the Burghley Estate, The William Cecil is a refurbished county house with decor that blends quirkiness and splendour. The 27 rooms are all different, but the food is consistently good.