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The Old Rectory

Thornhaugh, Peterborough Grade 4 Star rating View Map
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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
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-12-27
    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, 2015-11-22
    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.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-07
    The Rectory suited our family's needs perfectly in terms of location and room layout. Everyone was wowed by the scale of the rooms and the big game trophies in the hallway! Owner helpful with restaurant recommendations.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-03-09
    Lovely historic house with grounds in a beautiful part of UK. Previous reviews have mentioned cobwebs etc. These were still evident however the property is large and some areas are difficult to reach due to high ceilings. Some window frames had dust and mould. Rooms were comfortable and spacious. Bedding very clean and everyone slept well. Kitchen was well kitted out. Not a good idea to use many appliances at the sale time - this would overload the electric trip switch. We would stay again

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-02-02
    Lovely property that we will hopefully be using again in the future. Friendly and spacious

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8.4 out of 10 – based on 10 reviews collected by Reevoo

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