Market Overton itself has a pub, The Black Bull serving good food and a well-stocked community shop selling locally sourced produce, fine wines and cheeses, and newspapers, both less than 5 minutes’ walk from the The Green holiday cottage. There is also a country café within a few minutes’ walk.
Rutland is a hidden gem whose motto is multo in parvo (much in little), England’s smallest county with the largest expanse of man-made reservoir. It is said to be the Cotswolds without the crowds. There are many charming villages to investigate with their stone buildings and numerous fine churches. Many of these villages have wonderful walks, Exton, Braunston. Empingham and Ryhall have walking leaflets you can download. Lyddington has a Bede house and Brooke Church has unusual wall paintings. There are two market towns, Oakham and Uppingham both with excellent public schools.