Rutland is the smallest county in England and is certainly an idyllic destination if you’re looking to get away from the stress of modern life- the rolling rural landscape has a big part in that. Situated in the heart of the East Midlands, it’s easily reached from across the UK and therefore well-suited to short breaks.

Despite being small, Rutlands has plenty to offer its visitors. It’s tucked away amidst the quiet, picturesque English countryside and boasts a rich history, as well as the pride of gaining independence from Leicestershire county in 1997. The choice of top-quality restaurants in this small area is surprisingly broad.

Rutland Water is perhaps the biggest draw to the area and is widely known as the playground of the East Midlands. Comprised of an array of unspoilt traditional villages and attractive market towns, Rutland Water is the biggest man-made lake in Europe and it has something for everyone. While away the day with water sports or exploring the cycle paths, before tucking into a top-notch picnic of local foodie treatsRutland Water Nature Reserve appeals to visitors of all ages, particularly with activities like the badger watches.   

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