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About Stamford

Stamford is a traditional English rose of a town, elegantly built from honey coloured sandstone and arranged around the River Welland.  This was the first ever conservation area. with over 600 listed buildings in and around the town.  Stamford's 17th and 18th century stone buildings, older timber-framed ones, section of original town curtain walls, and numerous churches and traditional looking pubs have made this town a location scout's dream come true. 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 or relaxing one.

Stamford's appeal doesn't come from a single headline attraction, this town is beautiful because of the sum of its parts:  a really pretty place to stroll around, with several old and impressive churches, numerous charming cafes and eateries, independent boutiques and galleries - and of course the great old pubs and coaching inns, some of which are now on our Gurus' list of the best places to stay in Stamford.  If you’re looking to make-up a to-see list, add the 15th Century William Browne Hospital and medieval almshouse; St Mary’s church, which has a wonky spire; and Burghley House, built by Queen Elizabeth I's chief advisor on 810 acres, and still home to the same family!  These days it’s a rather fancy stately home, with pavilions, cupolas, belvederes and grounds designed by Capability Brown.  

The best places to stay in Stafford, or in the pretty villages surrounding it, will be convenient bases for walkers and cyclists exploring the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, the Barnack Hills, and the Holes National Nature Reserve.  

The best time to visit Stamford is during its annual fair, which it’s been hosting in mid-Lent since the Middle Ages, and appears in Shakespeare’s Henry IV.  Stamford also hosts an annual Bull Run on the 13th of November, a tradition also dating back several hundred years.

The Best Places to Stay in Stamford

For a Country House Hotel

  • The William Cecil is a small country house hotel on the Burghley Estate, close to the A1.  There are 27 rooms and suites, decorated in a range of styles so far-reaching that it suggests the hotel may have raided the estate’s collection of antiques - in a quirky way.  What the rooms are are is comfortable, though, with well laid-out bathrooms, some of which have walk-in showers and Roll-top baths.  The restaurant gets promising reviews too. 

Ancient Coaching Inns

  • The Bull & Swan  is a fairly ancient coaching inn on the Burghley Estate.  It’s now run as a pub with rooms - just the seven of them, by the Hillbrooke Hotel group, but remains popular with the locals.  They may like the bistro food, which is very good, or the pretty courtyard garden, which must be lovely in the summer.  Our Gurus liked the decor too, which involved lots of white, against dark-wood antiques. 
  • The George, Stamford is a quintessentially British stay: an old coaching inn in one of Lincolnshire’s prettiest historic towns.  From the sandstone exterior, to the wood-panelled dining room, and garden wall clad in wisteria, this is a charming place to stay.  Child and pet friendly, the hotel’s 47 rooms and suites offer plenty of variety, but all along the lines of ‘traditional luxury’, and there’s hearty fare and afternoon tea on offer.  

Best Pubs-with-Rooms

  • The Crown, Stamford is another old coaching inn, with a cosy country pub atmosphere and 18 simply designed rooms.  The decor is traditional, without feeling overly fussy, and makes the most of the exposed stone and beamed ceilings.  Our Gurus enjoyed the lively restaurant.  Bring your pets too.  
  • The White Hart is a rusty-feeling, 17th century-built inn in Ufford, a pretty village just outside Stamford.  The White Hart has 12 rooms, some decorated in contemporary style, and some more traditional, but all of them quite cosy - even though with four-poster beds.  The pub has a lovely garden, and a courtyard, and serves classic British pub food.  An affordable and charming escape.

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Travel Information

  • Stamford has good rail connections to Birmingham, Leicester, Cambridge and Stansted Airport, and you can get to Stamford from London Kings Cross in just over an hour, travelling via Peterborough.  The trains from Stansted Airport run direct, and take around two hours.  East Midlands Airport is another good option if you need to fly in, it’s about an hour away by taxi or car, or about two hours by public transport.  
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Stamford is a year-round destination, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities that will withstand all weathers.  If you’re hoping for fair days, the best seasons to visit will be late spring, summer and early autumn.  But there’s something to be said for a cosy pub fire on a winter’s day after a stalk around the grounds of a stately home.  

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Best Hotels in Stamford

  • The White Hart, Stamford Stamford (Cambridgeshire) 12 rooms from £85

    Sights nearby  -  There are many tourist attractions nearby including Burghley House and Peterborough Cathedral
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A charming 17th century inn with twelve uniquely designed rooms, some with a contemporary vibe, some more traditional, all with smart modern bathrooms. Classic British cuisine created with local produce, and a picturesque garden terrace for warmer days. Quaint and rustic; ideal for a country escape. See More

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  • The Bull & Swan Stamford 7 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Burghley House within a cross country walk
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Ancient coaching inn of just seven rooms on the Burghley Estate in a charming market town. Good food and elegant bedrooms. See More

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  • The Crown, Stamford Stamford 18 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  Set in what is acclaimed to be one of Britain's most beautiful towns.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the nearby Burghley House and Sculpture Park.
    Great walks  -  Take picturesque walks in the surrounding countryside.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    An old Coaching Inn located in the beautiful town of Stamford. Simply designed rooms have a traditional feel without being fussy - the best have free standing baths. A lively restaurant uses local produce to great effect. A warm, relaxed hotel ideal for a weekend exploring the region. See More

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  • The William Cecil Stamford 27 rooms from £130

    Sights nearby  -  Burghley House close by
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A 2011 refurbishment of a small country house hotel on the Burghley House Estate, close to the A1. Shabby chic grafted onto good food and new, young staff. Cosy and quirky. See More

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  • The George, Stamford Stamford 47 rooms from £215

    Local exploring  -  A historic building located in one of Britain's finest towns.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the pretty town taking in the charming Browne's Hospital almshouses founded in 1475.
    Great walks  -  Embark on a picturesque walk from the hotel to Burghley House.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    An old Coaching Inn sitting in the heart of an historic English town. Individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed with patterned wallpaper, chintz fabrics and antique furniture. An atmospheric restaurant serves up hearty fare in the oak-panelled hall. A quintessentially British stay. See More

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