Cottesmore, Rutland


Cottesmore is a thriving community, with two schools, a large village shop and Post Office, a bustling village pub (The Sun Inn), Ford dealership and petrol station, a sports and social club showing live football, and a fish and chip shop and café.


The local honey coloured stone, evident throughout all of the county, is well represented in many distinctive houses in Cottesmore and the village has been designated as a Conservation Area.  Thatch is also used in a number of distinctive older, and modern, properties.

Cottesmore churchThe parish church of St Nicholas has stood in the centre of Cottesmore for over 800 years, and has been the focal point of life and worship in Cottesmore throughout that time, but there is evidence of a building of much greater age.


This magnificent building has a fine zigzag ornamented C12th doorway and a ring of six bells with the oldest dating from 1598.  The 17th-century carved oak pulpit has attractive oval strapwork panels, and  the font has a late 14th-century octagonal panelled bowl mounted on a base apparently of early 13th century date, which is said to have been long used as a mounting block at Cottesmore Hall before its restoration to the church.

Cottemore is ideally situated for walking, cycling, golf, and so many other activities, or simply soaking up the idyllic countryside of Rutland and taking your leisure on the shores of Rutland Water.


For more information about the history of our village follow this link to be re-directed to the history website:



Attractive towns and villages in Rutland and Lincolnshire

The local market towns – Oakham, Uppingham, Stamford and Melton Mowbray, are pleasant, individual, thriving towns.  

Oakham and Uppingham each has it’s own bypass, which has reduced traffic in the towns enormously.  This has returned them to being perfect examples of English market towns, where you can cross the street without fearing for your safety, and explore the side roads, lanes and alleys.  Oakham has a Castle, different from many others, but still the holder of an interesting and individual collection.  Come and see for yourself…..  There is a twice weekly street market in the market place, and a farmers market on the third Saturday of each month.

Uppingham has steadily built a reputation as a serious destination for antique shops, rare and collectors books, and an art gallery, Goldmark Gallery, which is renown for its wide range of 20th C and modern art.

The outstanding architecture in Stamford frequently leads to it being proclaimed 'the finest stone town in England.'  Close to the borders of Northamptonshire, Rutland and Cambridgeshire, the unspolit town features extensive Medieval and Georgian architecture, faced with local stone.  In the 13th century, Stamford was one of the 10 biggest towns in England, sporting a castle, 14 churches, 2 monastic institutions, and 4 friaries - even parliaments met there.  

The arrival of the railway in the 1830s signalled a death blow to the coaching trade that had established the town as such an important part of the transport network of old England.  The lack of industrialisation in the area, together with the traditional, almost feudal, relationship between town and house (the Cecils of Burghley were Stamford's landlords) preserved and pickled the town so that today the historic urban fabric survives almost unscathed.
Stamford is a unique treasure trove of provincial English architecture built in the finest stone that this country has to offer. Today Stamford prospers as a market town of around 18,000 inhabitants, and in  
1967 became the first conservation town in England.

While Melton Mowbray is not renown for it’s buildings, it is celebrated for its authentic Melton Mowbray pork pies and the world famous Stilton cheese – the King of English cheeses.  These local foods have been given protected status under EU law, and show that quality English regional foods are gaining the wider recognition they deserve.

All four towns still have their own weekly bustling street markets, where it is a pleasure to see that the local community, and traditional habits, are still enduring.

All the villages in Rutland combine the local attractive stone and thatch, and make delightful places to find a quieter rural neighborhood.  Some have broad streets with lots of stone properties, which testify to their prosperity in earlier centuries.  Some have the archetypal village pond, on the village green, with the pub opening onto this delightful vista.  Come and visit us, and we will help you find these treasures of hidden England for yourself.


Watch a you tube video all about Rutland by clciking on this link. It will take you to you tube website.

Eating out

Cottesmore and the villages and towns within a 10-mile radius of The Tithe Barn offer a wide selection of inns and restaurants with a good choice of food to suit most tastes and all budgets.  Savour speciality dishes and delicious local produce in these exceptional places that are fast establishing Rutland as a centre for fine, natural foods. See our list of  favourite places to eat in Rutland.


Places to visit in Rutland and beyond


The area has much to offer to make you stay memorable, whatever your preference for holiday leisure pursuits. See our selection places to visit in Rutland.


Public transport

Leave your car in our private car park and you can use the local bus service and trains to get to Oakham, Stamford, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Nottingham and Peterborough.

Film locations around Rutland

Local film locations which have been used nearby for period dramas and other action movies in recent years include:

Pride and Prejudice
Burghley House
Belton House
Mansfield Park
Kirby Hall

The Da Vinci Code

Life on Mars
Stocken Hall

Local Markets and Farmers Markets

Oakham Market weekly every Wednesday and Saturday in the Market Place
Farmers Market third Saturday of each month in Gaol Street

Uppingham Market every Friday in the Market Place
Farmers market every second Friday in Mercers Yard

Stamford Market every Friday in Broad Street
Farmers Market every 2nd Friday

Melton Mowbray Market every Saturday in the Market Place
Farmers Market every Tuesday and Saturday in the Cattle Market

Leicester Market daily in the market place

Farm Shops Northfield Farm (halfway between Oakham and Melton Mowbray)

© 2010 The Tithe Barn      |      CMS Website: Chadwick Design