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The Old Rectory

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Thornhaugh, Peterborough
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.

Large living room with mullioned windows. Dining hall. Thirteen steps down to lower ground floor: Kitchen with electric range (for cooking), breakfast area and walk-in pantry. Double bedroom. One large step to shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with mullion windows; one with additional single bed (for +1), and one with canopied bed. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and mullioned windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full oil central heating included (November-March £50 per week, £35 per short break)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced stream and drop from wall in garden

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

Customer Comments

  • 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.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/02/2016
    This cottage is brilliant value for money. Huge rooms and lots of space throughout with an extremely well equipped kitchen and really comfortable beds. The lady who rents it is very accommodating and helpful. Stamford is very close and easy to get to, just a 15 minute journey in the car, with lots of easily accessible amenities. We had a lovely weekend break here and would definitely return again.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/02/2016
    We were a tad thrown by the various animal carcasses on the wall... But this is a very spacious, comfortable cottage which was amazing value for money.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/12/2015
    This was a great place for our group (10 people) over Christmas. The house was very comfortable and had enough glassware, dishes and cooking trays needed to accommodate us. The house is very warm and the beds comfortable. We liked the taxidermy and thought it was a quirky touch. Perfect weekend getaway for our group.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 22/11/2015
    We had a great stay in this huge place. Most places we have stayed at provide a pint of milk and sometimes a loaf of bread, this would have nice so we could have a cup of tea, maybe it was just an oversight this time. I think we just would have liked some extra info about the place as I don't recall the information stating that there are lots of stairs. we went for my mum's 80th birthday as well as my girl's 1st birthday and her cousin's 3rd birthday. All 3 of them struggled with the stairs, especially as they were wooden. Some areas of the house were a bit tired looking and there was a draft in the bathroom. The kitchen was well equipped. After reading the instructions book I felt it was rather odd that we were asked to strip our beds. We have stayed in over 30 cottages in the last 5 years and have never been asked to do this, it is a holiday let and so I feel this service is provided in the cost. Apart from these things we had a good time.

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8.8 out of 10 – based on 16 reviews collected by Reevoo
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