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A home from home canvas-wrapped three bedroom colonial style tent. Within 500 hectares of parkland.

Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Glamp in style in a double, twin and a bedroom with bunk beds.

The Exton Estate is a large rural estate located in the heart of picturesque Rutland, the smallest historic county in England. The Estate is within easy reach of Oakham, Stamford, Leicester, Peterborough and Nottingham.

Lantern & Larks has established a campsite within the 500 hectares of Exton Park. This beautiful 18th-Century park, which is Grade II listed, contains a sheltered five-acre walled garden which gradually slopes down to an ornamental lake at the southern end, where ospreys have been known to catch their dinner!

Exton Park, 20 minutes by car from Peterborough and less than 10 from the A1, is home to the Gainsborough family. The house and grounds are occasionally used for weddings, and regularly as a location for film and photo shoots. The parkland has existed since the 12th Century, and the gardens witnessed performances by Handel in the 18th Century. The old potting shed now forms the honesty shop where essential items and local produce can be purchased.

Exton Park has a wonderful Gothic Folly, Fort Henry, in the grounds on the edge of a private lake, that can be rented from the estate for weddings and other events, and it is certainly well worth a detour to take in the view. Exton Park has extensive public access throughout the estate along 14 miles of footpaths and bridleways with wonderful scenic views.

A policy of responsible forestry, across many generations, is responsible for the rich habitat and diversity of flora and fauna that can be found throughout. Environmental considerations have been foremost in the planning and stewardship of the estate, creating and maintaining a diverse habitat and haven for all manner of wildlife.

Despite being landlocked, one of Rutland's most distinguishing features is the large body of water right at its centre. Rutland Water is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. It is the Anglian Water's drinking water reservoir and an internationally famous nature reserve that provides a home for over 25,000 waterfowl.

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Property Manager
Rural Retreats Holidays Ltd
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Calendar last updated:
16 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Rutland in England

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower room with separate wc washroom
  • Shower and wc
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Double bedroom
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Twin bed with two singles
    Bunk bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds
  • Double bedroom Twin bedroom Bunk bed room
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
Butane hob Wood burning stove hob


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Other Activities:

Exton Estate is just a few miles from the incredible wetland habitat of Rutland Water and benefits from all that the nature reserve has to offer.

There are a couple of visitor centres available which are a good place to start a visit. The Anglian Water bird Watching Centre in Egleton has great facilities and a good selection of information on the wildlife and history, or there is the Lyndon Visitor Centre located on the south shore. Birdwatching hides are positioned around the banks of the reserve, so you're always bound to see something good, while footpaths and cycle routes skirt the shores enabling you to really explore.

The reservoir is divided into different sections, the west is where the reserve is located, while different leisure activities take place in the remaining areas. Sailing and windsurfing are popular toward the east of the reservoir while fishing happens more centrally. There tends to be a fantastic range of wildlife, both on land and in the water, across the reservoir throughout the year.

The Rutland Watersports


Rutland watersports centre is located on the shore at Whitwell and offers sailing, canoeing, kayaking, powerboating and windsurfing for different ages and abilities as well as children's activity days. The centre has a shop stocked with clothing, accessories and equipment and also offers equipment hire and tuition for those who want it.



The Reservoir has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a globally important wetland RAMSAR site. In the welcome centre a 'Weather and Wildlife' exhibition is accompanied by the live camera feed (in season) of the osprey nests that are part of the Rutland Osprey Project. The Osprey Project was a translocation programme started almost two decades ago and resulted in Rutland becoming home to the first pair of breading ospreys in 150 years! Now Rutland is visited by many ospreys that return every year on their migratory journey. The place to spot them and learn about the project is The Lyndon Visitor Centre. Here you'll find a great deal of information about these mighty birds and at the right time of year live feeds from the nest cameras record the progress of the chicks. If you're lucky, you may see some of these fantastic birds when they visit the lake at Exton.

Family Fun



RockBlok is a great one for youngsters or those who have a head for heights. Close to Whitwell towards the northern shore of Rutland Water is this rock climbing centre that is suitable for all ages from seven years upwards. As well as rock climbing you can try abseiling, a high ropes adventure course and trampolining. Beginners' instruction and taster sessions are available for if you are new to it all.

The Rutland Belle


The Rutland Belle, a lake cruise boat, departs from the northern shore on the hour. This is a fantastic way to see the sights of the reserve while relaxing at the same time.

Barnsdale Gardens


Barnsdale Gardens are great for all the family. There are 39 individual gardens throughout this eight-acre site, all with different themes and styles. Wander each of the zones and be met with an array of colours and aromas. Stop off at the nursery to buy some of your favourites and then round off the day with a trip to the tea room to enjoy the fresh, seasonal produce and a pick-me-up cuppa.

Stately Homes and Interesting Buildings

Normanton Church


See Rutland Water's most famous landmark, St. Matthew's Church in Normanton is located on the eastern shore of Rutland Water. It is an interesting Grade II listed building that was built in a classical style and dates back to the 19th century. It is now used as a venue for weddings and small concerts.

Grimsthorpe Castle


Enjoy a guided tour around this fortified building which has been largely unchanged since the 16th century. Inside there is a great collection of period furniture and ornaments, as well as paintings and tapestries. The parkland provides an extensive place to walk and the gardens are very pretty.

Burghley House


Mostly built in the 16th century this grand property has a great range of rooms for visitors to explore. There are tours available too and the grounds and gardens are spectacular, with different areas to wander through and a lovely deer park.

Peterborough Cathedral


With mainly Norman architecture following a 12th century rebuild, this cathedral was first founded in the Anglo Saxon period and features an imposing Gothic façade.

Food and Drink

The White Horse


The White Horse in Epingham is another Good Pub Guide recommended establishment. This one has something for everyone from traditional pub classics to sophisticated fine dining.

Hambleton Bakery


The Hambleton Bakery, which won Britain's Best bakery award in 2012, lies 800 yards to the north of the Exton Estate - well worth the trip for breakfast, or any other repast. A short walk in the other direction brings you to the Fox & Hounds in nearby Exton village - a beautiful 16th-Century coaching inn serving delicious food. There are many eateries and public houses in the area. The ones closest to you at Exton are:

The Sun Inn


The Sun Inn is a pretty little 17th century pub that serves freshly prepared traditional dishes and a good range of ales and wines.

Local Markets

Try out the local markets and buy yourself something to cook up back at the tent.


Weekly market every Wednesday and Saturday. Farmers' Market 3rd Saturday of every month.


Weekly market every Friday. Farmers' Market 1st Saturday of every month.


Weekly market every Friday and Saturday. Farmers' Market every other Friday.


Weekly market every Tuesday and Friday.


Rutland Water Golf Course


Located on the southern shore and with stunning views out across the reservoir, here you have the choice of an 18-hole championship course, or a smaller 9-hole par three course. Warm up on the driving range before the game and then unwind afterwards in a choice of the restaurant, cafe or bar.

North Luffenham Golf Club


Good for experienced players and beginners alike, this course is made up of 9 fairways, 12 greens and 18 tees, so you can chose what level of challenge you are up for. This course is over 30 years old and bordered by many established native trees.

Rutland County Golf Course


A friendly golf club with an 18-hole course that has some challengingly narrow fairways to manoeuvre through. There is a driving range to make use of as well as a restaurant and bar to enjoy in the clubhouse.

Luffenham Heath Golf Club


A charming course that can be played as a 9-hole or 18-hole depending on choice. It is set in gently rolling countryside and surrounded by woodlands, with sloping greens and carpets of gorse providing quite a challenge. In 2004 it was renovated and modernised and the friendly clubhouse serves a great choice of food and drink.


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