The county of Rutland is located in the East Midlands region of England. This is the smallest rural county in the entire country and was only recently grabbed back from the clutches of Leicestershire. Although your holidays in Rutland will reveal that this is a small county, there are plenty of activities and places to visit on your stay. Rutland is reputed as being a very affluent area and therefore you can rest assured that your self catering accommodation will be of an exceptionally comfortable standard.
If you are able to prise yourself away from your comfortable and cosy rental house, you will want to get out and explore all that the county of Rutland has to offer. Rutland Water (the largest manmade lake in Western Europe) is located right in the heart of the county and this is where you can enjoy some breathtaking countryside, nature walks and water sports on the large lake. Oakham is the largest town in the county and is perfect for a day trip. Other activities in the county that are widely available include cycling trails, rambling, tennis, badminton, squash, swimming and river fishing.
As your holidays in Rutland will be spent in a part of England that is convenient to so many areas, there are more towns and cities to visit than you could possibly fit into one trip away. A short drive north of the county will bring you to the very well known town of Melton Mowbray. This will be an ideal opportunity to do a spot of shopping and your lunch must include tucking into a pork pie, which is what the town is most famous for. You may also wish to spend some time at Belvoir Castle, which has an origin back to Norman times; Melton Country Park is very close to the town centre and is ideal for relaxation and includes conservation areas and children’s play facilities.
For your holidays in Rutland, you will be pleased to learn that this part of England is definitely much drier than other western regions. In fact, there is an average of 22 inches per year. The area experiences a typical temperate climate. Summers see temperatures averaging around 21 degrees Celsius and winters are much cooler: seeing temperatures around 6 degrees during January and February.
There is a choice of airports for your holidays in Rutland. Probably the closest is East Midlands Airport (EMA), which is closest to the city of Derby. There are numerous airlines offering flight to this busy airport and these include BMI and BMI Baby, Ryanair, Flybe and Eastern Airways. London Luton (LTN) is not too far away and opens up additional airlines such as easyJet to you. Rutland is well connected to all parts of the UK and the A1 actually runs through the county.