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The Old Rectory


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Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
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This property is part of our English Country Cottages collection

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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. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the ground floor.

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, towels and Wi-Fi (available on request) 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. This property has a security deposit of £150.

Show amenities 


  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2018
    We had a lovely weekend at the Old Rectory - we were lucky to have gorgeous weather. The house is well placed for Stamford which is a great little town with lovely eateries and good shopping. The house itself is impressive with huge rooms, high ceilings and memorable decor. The African animal heads on the walls and curtains with swags and bows won't be to everyone's taste but it was clean and well cared for. Beds were really comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked. The owner was very helpful and friendly via text and phone. The house is very close to the A1 and you can hear road noise from the garden but we got used to it. Just watch the turning off the A1 which was a bit hairy (very sharp and no time to slow down) on a Friday afternoon/evening but ok when the traffic was lighter at the weekend. One of the bedrooms was in the basement (with the kitchen and the second bathroom) which felt a long way from the other three on the first floor but might be perfect depending on who is in your party! Wifi didn't work.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2018
    Stunning house! We all enjoyed staying here. Very spacious. It was perfect for my group of friends for a nice weekend away. Didn’t realise it was a shared house when booking, however when we arrived it didn’t even seem shared! Lovley area and owner was very easy to talk to, very reasonable!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2018
    The term 'Cottage' is an understatement. The Old Rectory is a fabulous, grand residence; perfect for an extended family get-together and to make your loved ones feel special. Our mother simply loved this 80th birthday surprise. Some great walking over hills to nearby villages for lunch too.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2018
    It was a bit like staying in a stately home, very gracious. However it is an old building and consequently some issues. Not a real problem, but it is good to be aware. The washing machine tripped the electric circuits and whilst there is WiFi in theory, we could not access it. The kitchen is well equipped with a welcome tray and a store cupboard with some herbs, sauces etc. A good, large range, but it was a bit under_powered when trying to cook for 8. The location, and that part of England are glorious, with National Trust properties, private attractions, country walks and lovely towns and villages. I dropped the score because of the noise of the nearby busy road.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/01/2018
    We had our eye on the Old Refectory for years but the dates had never worked out. We managed to book for my dad's 70th with 6 adults and 4 children. The Old Rectory was perfect with a lovely kitchen diner for every day eating and a beautiful dining room for our special night in. The lounge is huge and fabulous and the decor is extremely impressive. It felt very grand but also very comfortable. The kitchen was really well equipped. Communication with the owner was prompt and helpful. We loved our stay and will definitely be back!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    A wonderful venue for a 4 day break with friends. Lovely property with plenty of space and great for entertaining. Perfect setting for a murder mystery night on New Year's Eve. Very cosy.

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8.8 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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