Garden Cottage

Things To Do

Stathern is situated in a beautiful rural location with a wealth of opportunities for leisure and relaxation on the doorstep. Here are a few ideas for you and your family whilst staying with us.

Walking: From Stoneare there are miles and miles of beautiful walks throughout the Vale of Belvoir. Maps are provided in the cottage and B&B.

Cycling & Mountain Biking: Gentle and more challenging routes from the doorstep along the Belvoir trail. Rutland water for cycle hire and 26 mile family circuit and Clumber Park has a long trail for all abilities including competition tracks.

Eating and Drinking: A very large number of outstanding local pubs keen to support local producers and seasonal recipes. Award winning Red Lion in the village for good ale and delicious food. Local farm shops with tea rooms and delis on foot, pedal or by car. Here are some other suggestions:


  • Plough Inn, Stathern.
  • The Wheel, Branston. (Game specialists)
  • The Peacock, Redmile.
  • The Windmill, Redmile.
  • The Chequers, Woolsthorpe. (Top 7 main courses £7 before 7pm. A favourite)
  • Manners Arms, Knipton.
  • The Martins Arms, Colston Bassett.
  • The Welby Arms, Denton.
  • The Gregory Inn, Harlaxton. (Top 6 main courses £6 before 6.30pm)
  • Coffee Shops and Delis
  • Dickie's Artisan Butchery and Cow Shed Cafe
  • The Waltham deli, Waltham on the Wolds (Delicious pic nics made to order)
  • The Cakehole, Barrowby (Lovely café with artisan bread and pastries)
  • The Picture Cafe in both Bungham and Grantham.

Equestrian: Belton and Burghley Horse Trials, Arena UK. Southwell and Nottingham race courses.

Foodie Heaven: The heart of cheese producing country visit Colston Bassett and Cropwell Bishop creameries or straight to Melton Mowbray to the famous pork pie and sausage shop!

Water sports: Rutland water and the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

Fishing & shooting: Local day tickets for course and game fishing at Belvoir Castle lake or Rutland water,  

Antiques: Annual International antiques fairs at Newark and Swinderby with a wealth of antiques shops and centres in Stamford, Oakham and Uppingham.

Shopping: Plenty of boutique shopping for home and clothes in Oakham and Stamford or visit Nottingham or Leicester for department store heaven. The Birmingham Bullring is just an hour by train from Melton Mowbray.

Stately Homes: Belvoir Castle, Belton House, Grimsthorpe Castle and Burghley House are on the doorstep.

Golf: Wide range of pay and play 18 hole courses as well as local driving ranges at Belton Woods and just down the road in Melton Mowbray.

Spa and Beauty: Day spa visits to Belton Woods Hotel, Stapleford Park, Eden Hall Spa or the world famous Ragdale Hall is 20 minutes away.

Museums and Visitors Centres: Leicester Space Centre, Sherwoon Forest visitors centre and Robin Hood museum are all day attractions in Nottingham.

Theme Parks and Fun for Children: Ferry farm and Whitepost Farm are local farm parks for younger children but for a more diverse range of animals and rides go to Twinlakes just 10 minutes away! This is a full day out and represents excellent value for money. A favourite for our friends and family.


…….or simply enjoy good food and wine and a cosy retreat!