Spring Update

Hello from Rutland Water! There is something about the clocks changing that focusses the mind to the Spring and Summer ahead, even if the weather hasn’t received the memo!

It’s been a busy month by the big ‘Puddle’. The fishing season has started and Rutland Water Fishing Lodge has been hive of activity. There have been more and more sailing boats on Rutland Water too, all who are braver than me in this chilly weather! The Optimist Spring Championship certainly bought a lot of boats and activity  –  a real joy to watch and we were delighted to host sailors who were taking part.


The 2023 Optimist Spring Championships at Rutland Water

2023 Optimist Spring Championships

And we can’t forget the excitement by the water as the first Osprey have arrived and the first Osprey egg is expected any time soon. There has been a large film crew at Burghley House too, filming for The Crown! I wonder if you will recognise any of the shots when the program is released! Burghley House is only 8 miles from the cottages in Stamford. Did you know that you can park for free and enjoy the parkland and wonderful views of the house free of charge? Tickets are available for entry to the house and gardens only.

In recent weeks, we were thrilled to hear of several wonderful local eateries receive prestigious awards. Hitchen’s Barn  in Oakham retained its Michelin Bib Gourmand in the 2023 edition of the guide. Hambleton Hall also held its Michelin star for the 41st consecutive year! Well done to both amazing restaurants on their much deserved accolades.

Continuing on a ‘foodie’ note, we were lucky enough to enough a day at the wonderful Rutland Cookery School near Oakham last week to enjoy a day learning to cook Indian Curries. We have attended many of the courses now, including Pasta, a Game Masterclass, Spanish Café and a BBQ Masterclass. All courses have been wonderful and informative, and we would highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys cooking and leaning a new skill.


If really feels like the holiday season has started for us now and we have loved welcoming walkers, sailors and bird watchers over the past few weeks.

So what’s going on in the area in April? There are so many Easter activities taking place. There is an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt at Burghley House, an Easter Trail to Eggslore at Belvoir Castle, and plenty of Easter Fun at Rockingham Castle.

If you are feeling energetic, the Rutland Spring Half Marathon takes place around Rutland Water this month, as well as the famous Rutland – Melton International CICLE Classic Bike race on 23rd April.

If we see any events or activities who our guests may find interesting, we do try and share these on our Facebook and Instagram stories so please keep your eyes open there if you are planning to stay!

Of course, although there are so many organised activities, there are so many things to do in the area without spending money! You can enjoy the walking and cycle paths around Rutland Water free of charge, as well as enjoying the birds and wildlife on the reservoir easily accessible from the cottages. The fields around Rutland are full of gorgeous Spring lambs and many local walks will take in this  view. It won’t be long now until the beautiful Bluebells are ready to enjoy. Our favourite places to see them? Barnsdale Woods or Hambleton Peninsular. The view and smell is incredible.

We do have some limited availability at both Puddle and Snowdrop Cottage in April and May and we keep the availability up to date here

If you would like to book a stay at Puddle or Snowdrop Cottage, please contact Anna 07734175291 or e/mail enquiries@puddle-cottage.co.uk. We would be delighted to welcome you.

Puddle Cottage and Snowdrop Cottage are  4 star,  self catering cottages  located in the village of Edith Weston on the South shore of Rutland Water. Rutland Sailing Club, Rutland Water Fishing Lodge and Normanton Church are all within walking distance of the cottage . The cottages both have 1 bedroom, both of which can be presented as either one super king sized bed to two full sized single beds. Well behaved dogs are very welcome at Puddle Cottage.