The Old Stables Retreat

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The Old Stables Retreat - Minimum 2 nights stay

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The Space

Quiet, romantic retreat on small family-run working farm w. rare & native breed cattle & sheep. Fascinating place to learn about food & the countryside. Great place to stay & explore one of England’s most lovely countryside areas. Farm shop, open for 20 + yrs, sells a wide range of home grown & home butchered meats & local flour, beers, ready meals & pies. Nr. Rutland Water, & Melton Mowbray, of pie fame, Stamford & Leicester. Great pubs abound, as do walks & entertainment of every kind.

Perfect for a romantic getaway or a small family holiday with a difference, this is a delightful, totally self-contained, self-catering space, with a large fully equipped kitchen.

The kitchen has a large Lacanche Cluny dual Fuel Cooker. This is pretty much the classic farmhouse kitchen, again with high, beamed ceiling, big double Belfast sink, terracotta tiled floor and huge Welsh Dresser.

The master bedroom has what is possibly the most comfortable superking bed on the planet. While I appreciate that this might be a slight exaggeration, it really is a key feature of staying here. The bedlinen and towels etc. are from White Company and so our guests get that special touch of luxury in a quiet, stunning rural location. There is a big powerful shower with a large shower rose, & two loos, hence the 1/2 bathrooms under the listing details.

In between the big bedroom and an even larger sitting room is an open plan ‘snug’ with a charming, extremely comfortable antique ‘sleigh’ bed which measures 6 ft x 3ft 6 inches. Perfect for anyone of ‘normal’ height. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SNUG DOES NOT HAVE ITS OWN BATHROOM FACILITIES WHICH ARE SHARED WITH THE MASTER BEDROOM. From here, you come into the large sitting room with its original beams and timber tongue & groove ceiling. A wood burner as well as central heating. There is a huge television and wireless internet connection, two shabby chic Knowle sofas and an armchair. A Persian rug on top of sisal flooring.

This room, in turn, opens onto the kitchen described above. There are two sets of French doors which lead from these rooms out to a large area of grass surrounded by Olive trees, vines, roses and other plants.

Guest access
All the internal space described above is exclusively for the use of our guests. Depending on the season the outside space may be used by a few other visitors during the day, but will normally be exclusively yours in the evenings. This is a working family farm, but we don’t normally make much noise. You have your own parking space close by.

Other things to note
We provide you with the ingredients for a cooked breakfast on your first morning, namely milk, bread, butter, sausage, bacon & eggs with our compliments. Tea bags & instant coffee are also provided. Just bear in mind that this is a working farm. Although not especially noisy, there may be tractors driving past, especially at harvest time. We have dogs and cats around, though they do not come into guests accommodation.

Visit our Airbnb page for more information and availability. 

Recreation and attractions

Local Walks

There are lots of countryside walks near the farm. Please follow the yellow bridleway or footpath signs as you explore. Rutland abounds with beautiful walks and stunning landscape. Our local tourism website has a wealth of information and suggested walks at

Rutland Water

Rutland Water is our greatest local attraction – a beautiful man-made reservoir, with nature reserves, ospreys and migrating birds, trout fishing, windsurfing and sailing – and fantastic walking and cycle routes. All the family can enjoy a bike ride, with the obligatory ice-cream stop or cosy pub lunch en-route!

Oakham Castle

A small, medieval moated “castle”, with a fine selection of horseshoes … visit to find out why.

Twin Lakes Theme Park

Twinlakes is a theme park located 0.5 miles (0.75 kilometres) north-east of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England.

Attractions at present include: small zoo, falconry centre, roller coaster, log flume, assault course, toboggan slide, go karts and a boating lake.

nearby towns


Direction: Left out of the farm gate, at the main road turn right and follow the road signs for Oakham. Market days Wednesday and Saturday. Approximately 5 miles. Oakham is a pretty stone built town, with mostly independent boutiques and shops, with a good selection of coffee shops and gastropubs. Rutland, of which Oakham is the capital.

Melton Mowbray

Directions: Left out of the farm gate, at the main road turn left. Follow the main road for approximately 5.5 miles following the road signs for Melton. Full livestock and street market Tuesday.  Melton Mowbray, where Pork Pies & Stilton Cheese were born.  You can even visit the very first pork pie shop in the town center.  The phrase painting the town red originated in Melton; Out celebrating a successful hunt in 1837, the 3rd Marquess of Waterford and his hunting party found several tins of red paint which they daubed liberally on to the buildings of the High Street, some traces of which can still be seen on doors of older buildings in the town.


Directions: Head for Oakham. Turn Left at the first roundabout onto the Oakham bypass and follow the signs for Stamford, turning left at the 5th roundabout. Approximately 9 miles from Oakham. Street Market Friday. Stamford is a beautiful part medieval, part Georgian town, bursting with good shops and places to eat. It has been the star of many television series and films. Burghley House, about a mile out of Stamford, is a glorious stately home with fantastic parkland for walks and picnics.

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