The Green, Holiday Cottage Rutland & the local area

The Green, Holiday Cottage Rutland, situated in the village of Market Overton stands on high ground and the village has wide views overlooking the surrounding Rutland countryside from many footpaths. Red Kites soar in the valley over the grazing sheep. In this village many of the houses are of local stone. There are still stocks and a whipping post on the village green.

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.

Oakham is the county town of Rutland and is a classic market town. It still has its Butter Cross and Stocks. It has a railway station with connections to Leicester, Peterborough and beyond. There are lots of independent retailers, selling clothes, antiques and gifts. It is a food haven with two good butchers, an artisan bakery,, Hambleton Farm Fine Foods, and Otters smokehouse and deli to name a few. There are many places to eat, inns, restaurants and cafes tucked in the corners of the town. Market day is Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Uppingham is a market town with honey coloured buildings. It has wonderful antique shops and amazing Galleries selling fine art and limited edition prints. There are plenty of good places to eat inns, restaurants and tea rooms.

Rutland Water

Rutland water is 10 minutes’ drive away offering 3,100 acres of countryside to enjoy walking, fishing, sailing, bird watching and rock climbing. It has a 25 mile shoreline track suitable for walking or cycling, with cafes and kiosks along the way, cycle hire is available at Rutland Cycling. The reservoir has many bird species. It is home to the first breeding Ospreys for over 100 years in England. If you fancy something less energetic the Rutland Belle cruises around the water.

The Welland Valley

The Welland Valley is a broad sweep of countryside with numerous fine pubs. It holds a Beer Festival each year and in 2012 14 pubs participated. The highlight of the area is the Harringworth Viaduct which strides across the valley 1,275 yards long it was built in 1879 to carry the Oakham to Kettering railway.

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Normanton Church, Rutland Water

Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale gardens were designed by Geoff Hamilton for B.B.C,’s Gardeners World. There are 39 gardens all different, set in 8 acres. Also a small nursery and gift shop.

Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue

The Clipsham Tree Avenue has a unique collection of 150 clipped yew trees some over 200years old. The trees are cut into many strange shapes. This amazing feat began in 1870.

Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre

The centre is set in 42 acres of woodland where you can see falcons, buzzards, hawks, owls and many other birds of prey.

Barnsdale Gardens - credit Discover Rutland
Barnsdale Gardens © Discover Rutland

Rocks by Rail

This is a new experience, an open air heritage museum within a quarry showing aspects of ironstone workings. There are locomotive rides and loads of locomotives to see.


A short drive away is the Georgian town of Stamford the setting of many film and television period dramas. Burghley House home of the Burghley Horse Trails is here. The house one of the grandest of the Elizabethan age has many fine treasures and the sculpture garden is beautiful.

Tolethorpe Hall

Tolthorpe Hall near Stamford, stages Shakespeare and other classics in a wonderful open air setting in the summer months.

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Fort Henry © Discover Rutland

Special Events held yearly are:

Rutland walking festival

Rutland county show

The British Birdwatching Fair- Birdfair

The Land Rover Burghley horse trails

The Vitruvian

Rutland Tourist Information

More information about Rutland:

Harringworth Viaduct Train credit Discover Rutland
Harringworth Viaduct - © Discover Rutland