Rutland and The Shires Regional Information

Rutland and the Shires explained:

Stacks – Rutland covers an area far greater than the name suggests.  Rutland itself is only 17 miles by 18 miles and while residents are extremely proud of their county it would be unwise for us to limit our expertise and search field to Rutland alone.  Stacks – Rutland therefore covers an area stretching from Leicester in the West, Grantham in the North, Huntingdon in the south, and Cambridge in the East. In essence this incorporates parts of five counties:  Rutland, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Cambridgeshire.

One of England’s smallest counties, Rutland lies between Leicester and Stamford. Rutland has a wealth of charming limestone villages and Rutland Water at its heart. The smallest of counties, Rutland is a popular choice for many looking for a tranquil setting to call home.

Multum in Parvo – the county moto – means much in little.  This was adopted in 1950 to indicate the wealth of opportunity and variety to be found in Rutland.

There are two main towns in Rutland.  Oakham is the county town and is a traditional attractive market town packed with heritage.  It is charming town with a population of around 10,000.  Uppingham, 6 miles to the south of Oakham, is a delightful market town in Rutland.  With an extraordinary number of antique shops and a beautiful market square at the heart, Uppingham is packed with history, antiques, and a fabulous market.

Rutland Water is an artificial reservoir which was completed in 1975.  This vast reservoir offers a variety of activities whether you are looking for history, bird watching, cycling, water sports, sailing, golf, walking, hotels, restaurants – the list goes on.  Some of the highlights include the historic Normanton Church.  With a perimeter track of 23 miles this provides a day out for cyclists and walkers. Or you can stay at the prestigious Hambleton Hall and dine in its michelin-starred restaurant or buy fresh bread from the Hambleton bakery.  Rutland Water lies at the heart of the county and is a huge draw for many visiting and living in the area.

Stacks – Rutland covers the southern part of Lincolnshire predominantly the South Kesteven district covering Grantham, Stamford, Bourne, and Market Deeping.

Stamford, Lincolnshire is very well connected.  Just to the north of Peterborough with its excellent rail links to central London, Stamford was voted best place to live in the UK (2013) and little has changed.  Developments in Stamford have been very much in keeping with architecture and design and this delightful town offers more than just access to road and rail.  Steeped in history and beauty it also offers excellent schools and services.

The George Hotel is possibly the best-known coaching Inn sitting on the old Great North Road.  This hotel and restaurant is steeped in over 1000 years of history and if history is not your thing then the dining experience should be.

Burghley House, to the east of Stamford, is a magnificent 16th century country house.  Both house and parkland are open to the public.  It is home to the annual Burghley Horse Trials and is featured in numerous films.

Grantham lies 22 miles to the north of Stamford on the river Witham.  Not to be outdone by its southerly neighbour, Grantham lays claim to England’s oldest Inn, The Angel & Royal.  Grantham has excellent mainline rail links to London. Trains take just over an hour to cover the 100 miles to London’s Kings Cross.

Bourne and Market Deeping lie to the East on the edge of the limestone uplands and the edge of the Lincolnshire fens.  This is prime agricultural land and the rich dark soil of the fens is a hugely productive area of farmland.

We cover East Northamptonshire which includes the towns of Oundle, Kettering, and Corby.

Oundle was included in the Sunday Times list of best places to live in 2017.  Oundle is home to the Talbot Hotel. This popular hotel claims to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots who was executed in the nearby village of Fotheringhay.

Kettering developed in the 19th century with the growth of the boot and shoe industry.  With direct links to London St Pancras in under an hour, Kettering also has a direct link by rail to Luton airport.

Corby was known as ‘Little Scotland’.  Thousands of steelworking families from Glasgow settled in Corby in the 1930s for employment at the steelworks.  Corby continues to expand rapidly with smart executive homes springing up on previous brownfield land that was home to the steelworks.

‘North Londonshire’ – a decade ago a campaign was launched which was designed to attract businesses, investors, and home-buyers to the area.  This was less popular with the locals who remain proud of their county.  Regardless of the politics the campaign highlighted the ease of access to the capital.  While residents hope it remains a secret, north Northamptonshire is highly desirable.

Stacks – Rutland covers the eastern side of Leicestershire with some wonderfully named towns and villages such as Burton Lazars, Waltham on the Wolds, Melton Mowbray, Tur Langton.  The list of Saxon villages steeped in history goes on.

The rolling countryside to the west of the market town of Grantham leads us into the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. Belvoir Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, and open to the public, is set magnificently on a hilltop.  The surrounding ironstone villages are very distinctive.

Melton Mowbray, the rural capital of food is home to the Pork Pie and Stilton cheese.  It is also home to the training centre for Household Cavalry horses.  Melton also boasts the largest town livestock market in the country.  Melton Mowbray is only 20 miles from Leicester and Nottingham.

Market Harborough marks the western boundary for Stacks – Rutland.  Market Harborough is 15 miles south of Leicester with excellent road and rail links.  Journey time to London St Pancras is under one hour making the town and surrounding villages a highly desirable location for commuters.

Cambridgeshire is perhaps less of a secret. Stunning cathedrals in Cambridge and Ely have been used in several film settings. The university of Cambridge boasts some notable alumni. Equestrian facilities abound with proximity to both Huntingdon and Newmarket. Transport links are excellent and schooling is second to none.

Wherever and whatever you are looking for we are confident that Rutland and the Shires is able to offer you the perfect solution.

What will a Stacks buying agent in Rutland and The Shires do for you?

Living in Rutland and Running a Business

Rutland has a strong sense of community, and this translates into a very supportive network for local businesses. When you add this to the fact that the county also enjoys good transport links and 95% coverage for superfast broadband, you realise it’s a great place to start up.

Rutland for Downsizing and Resizing

If you’re looking for some peace and tranquillity, but still need easy travel connections to other parts of the country, Rutland should be high on your list for consideration. It has a phenomenal amount to offer downsizers and resizers.

Schools in and around Rutland

The level of education in the Rutland area is very high, and families have a lovely mix of schools to choose from for both primary and secondary stages. If you move to the county, you will have access to great selection of outstanding state funded grammar schools, as well as superb independent schools.

Travel in Rutland; to, from, and around

Rutland may be the smallest county, and it may be in the middle of the country too, but don’t be fooled; it’s small but perfectly formed, and well connected travel-wise with good communication links to popular destinations.

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