Did you know that the impressive Elizabethan stately home Burghley House, as featured in Netflix series ‘The Crown’, and home to Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, is only a 20 minute drive from The Retreat? Tickets are available for the house and/or the gardens, and you can use them as many times as you like for a year! No stranger to the big screen, Burghley House has featured in The Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice, when it was portrayed as the home of Lady Catherine De Bourgh. After maybe catching a glimpse of fallow deer in the grounds, and a walk round the gardens and parkland laid out by Capability Brown, visitors can treat themselves in the Orangery restaurant and gift shop.
The fine Georgian town of Stamford
Noted for its pretty warm stone facades, the historic town of Stamford is a star of entertainment, not only appearing in the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice , but also in Middlemarch and The Da Vinci Code. Take a wander along the River Welland then head into the town for fine shopping and delicious dining.
Stamford has a bustling market day every Friday, but it is full of character every day and boasts many independent shops and fine eateries to discover along its alleyways and in its secret courtyards, as well as a bustling high street.
Miles and miles of Rutland Water!
Did you know that Rutland Water has a perimeter of 23 miles? There’s a 17 mile shortcut if that’s too far!
Rutland Water is also the home to the UK’s biggest fossilised sea creature!
AND there’s also an Aqua Park!
Off Lead Exploration with your furry family members, less that 5 miles away!
Southay Wood is a huge wood with many paths to explore.
Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve is an amazing place - try to imagine the Romans quarrying for limestone - scooping out the earth and placing it in a mound, and that’s how you get the hills and holes! It’s like a forgotten teletubbies landscape and an absolute must to visit. Barnack is a beautiful village too…with pub!
If you’re desperate for the seaside, Hunstanton isn’t far away.