Rutland is the smallest county in England. It serenely nestled in the heart of the English countryside and the ideal destination for an idyllic rural vacation for those who want to escape the noise of the city even for a while. Although it is a relatively secluded treasure, it is conveniently located at the very centre of the East Midland and is, therefore, easy to reach from all directions. The county town of Rutland is Oakham, around 102 miles from London.
Rutland Water is the nucleus of Rutland County. This man-made lake or reservoir provides breathtaking scenery and is a venue for water sports, cycling, and walking. But Rutland is predominantly a flat land characterised by valleys and ridges of low rolling hills.
Food and shopping
Rutland has a strong agricultural and farming background. This is the reason why the county makes available an exceptional selection of quality local produce used by eating establishments in the county as well as purchased in local markets for home cooking. Rutland is the only county without a Burger
King, McDonald or KFC, and proud of it. Locals and visitors can enjoy the bountiful harvest of locally produced food and drink at all times. In Rutland, there are a big number of award-winning restaurants,hotels and pubs to choose from.
Shopping in Rutland is mostly concentrated in its two market towns where a large number and assortment of family run stores, boutiques and farm shops can be found.
Places to stay
There is no shortage of places to stay in Rutland. There is always something to satisfy every taste or budget and whatever other requirements a visitor has. There are adults only accommodation, family-friendly cottages, luxury hotels, and eco shelters available for short breaks or extended holiday.
A warm welcome awaits guests at a Rutland grand hotel, bed & breakfast, traditional country inn or cosy guest house. Many of the luxury hotels in Rutland have beauty and health facilities or even a dedicated spa. For those whose idea of an enjoyable vacation involves sleeping under the stars in a lush English countryside, there are excellent caravanning and camping sites to discover.
Things to do and places to see
Rutland County has something to offer everyone. For those who love the great outdoors, there are rural hideaways that they will surely enjoy, with facilities and amenities for golf, fishing and all kinds of watersports, Cycling and walking routes are also plentiful. Rutland is a perfect place to pursue hobbies that involve nature and wildlife such as photography, gardening and landscape painting.The ideal place for these pursuits would be the Barnsdale Gardens and the two nature reserves in the general area of the Rutland Water.
Rutland maybe small but it is rich in history and heritage. Interesting places to visit would be a 12th-century Castle in Oakham, lovely villages with their stone built houses and churches and Anglo-Saxon and Roman settlements. For those who are interested in Rutland’s history, they can visit the Visitor Centre in Oakham or the Rutland County Museum and view their exhibits and display.
For those who want to explore and enjoy the attraction, of East Midlands such as outdoor cinemas, museums, sports facilities, concerts and children-friendly attractions, Rutland would be a perfect base. Many of these places for interesting things to see and do in the surrounding area are quite accessible from Rutland, especially with a self-drive rental van.