We made a last minute weekend booking and initially found there wasn't anything available in the Rutland area, so we were very pleased to find a 2 bed wing Hall cottage was free ( @ £98 per night). I knew that the cottage was going to be away from the main camp site. c 1/2 mile, but this wasn't a problem for us. However, the cottage did have a very musty smell. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny weekend so we were able to keep the windows open a lot of the time to air the cottage and were also able to sit outside in the large front courtyard (shared with cars, but still room for the children to play badminton).
It was a very basic cottage, though served us fine as a base. It was convenient to walk from here to the fabulous village pub where we enjoyed delicious meals both nights.
Our biggest frustration was the difficulty in getting the £50 deposit back. when we checked out the man said he would put the deposit straight back on my credit card but when the next bill came it wasn't there. I rang again and was assured it would be put back on. Again it was not. So after 3 phone calls and 1 email it was finally put on c 2 months after our visit with the reason given that it was a late booking. So, I would just advise everyone to double check they do get their deposit returned.
We loved Rutland and wing is an ideal spot for cycling round the lake. It was c 2 miles on quiet roads to the edge of the lake and then a 22 mile round route with 6 mile extension into the peninsular. Virtually all the route is along shoreline cycle tracks or minor roads so perfect for families. There are also plenty of places to stop for views and refreshments including a nature reserve and the beautiful Normantum church, We made a day of it and had a fabulous time. My children aged 11 and 9 enjoyed it too.
Another lovely place to visit from Rutland is Isaac Newton's home at Woolsthorpe manor. This was really interesting and included an interactive science exhibition which the children found very interesting.
- Also Known As:
- Wing Hall Estate Rutland