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The Old Rectory

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Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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An impressive house perfect for a large family or get-together of friends set in beautifully landscaped grounds and retaining original features.

This delightful former rectory dates back to the 1720s and adjoins the owner’s home within beautiful landscaped grounds in the pretty hamlet of Thornhaugh. Used during the 1940s by the ladies of the Land Army, The Old Rectory retains many original features including mullion windows and attractive architraves, whilst the imposing landing is adorned with ‘big game’ trophies. The Old Rectory provides a perfect holiday base for exploring all this beautiful area has to offer.

At its heart lies Rutland Water, which attracts visitors worldwide for bird watching, fishing and water sports. There is an abundance of excellent walks found locally with the Jurassic, Viking and Macmillan Ways to explore. A pleasant way to spend an afternoon is to browse around Barnsdale Gardens, designed by the late Geoff Hamilton.

The area is full of historic towns such as Stamford, 5 miles, which has been given conservation status. Once an important wool town, it has retained much of its old world charm and prosperity. Several of the buildings are of old Lincolnshire limestone, giving the town a fine appearance. There is much of interest in Stamford, including the Meadows (a pleasant place to picnic), All Saints’ Church and the picturesque Barn Hill behind it, as well as All Saints’ Brewery and Stamford Arts Centre, which has one of England’s earliest provincial theatres. Other towns of interest are Melton Mowbray, Oakham and Uppingham. Peterborough is 11 miles offers many amenities, including its magnificent cathedral. There are also many shops, restaurants and bars as well as theatres, cinema and greyhound stadium.

Pretty villages with country inns serving real ale and excellent food can be found within a pleasant drive and make the perfect place in which to unwind after a day’s sightseeing. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player and mullioned windows.
Dining hall.
13 steps down to...
Lower Ground Floor:
Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and walk-in pantry.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
1 large step to...
Shower room: With shower cubicle (no toilet).
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With double bed, single bed and mullion windows.
Bedroom 3: With canopied double bed and mullion windows.
Bedroom 4: With three single beds and mullioned windows.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Oil central heating (£50 per week, £35 per short break November-March), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Large lawned garden with garden furniture. Landscaped grounds (shared). Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced stream and drop from wall in the garden.

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  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • No Pets AllowedNo Pets Allowed
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/01/2017
    It was gorgeous. A beautiful house with plenty of space and room for 10 of us! We all loved it and had a great time! Would love to come back as it is midway between different family members! Very comfortable!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/12/2016
    Such a great time, spacious, cosy, peaceful, stunning. We could go on! Thank you.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/11/2016
    A very good venue, convenient for everyone to get to, either by car or train.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2016
    A really comfortable place - the rooms were outstanding and the main lounge was a joy to be in.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 03/04/2016
    Was great weekend break for party of 10, will like to return again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/03/2016
    This house was a great find. I would definately go back there again. The location fitted our needs as it was only a 20min drive into Peterborough and we found a good value taxi firm to transport us. The house worked well for our girls weekend compared to booking a hotel and worked out cheaper for everyone. The only issue we had was the restricted wifi due to the country location, didn't affect us too much but it might be a problem for some people. I would also like to mention the decoration, make sure you don't mind animals as there are a few animal heads on the walls, that were pretty good a taking a 'selfie'. The owner of the house was as helpful and friendly as we could of asked for during the lead up to our stay. Would definately stay here again.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2016
    A place with a lot of stairs but still a wonderful place to stay. It took a little while for the house to heat up but by the second day everywhere was warm except the downstairs bedroom which although it had a small electric heater took longer to become tolerably warm. The kitchen was well equipped, the sittingroom large but very comfortable and especially lovely in the morning. The cream carpets certainly suited the house but perhaps not so convenient when one is on holiday. We never used the dining table in the hall for eating as it would have meant carrying the food up the stairs from the kitchen so we always ate in the kitchen where the table easily sits eight and ten at a pinch; but the table in the hall was good for doing jigsaws on. The bedrooms and beds were comfortable but it was a bit of a bind to strip all the beds at the end of the stay. All in all we had a really enjoyable holiday in this special building.

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