May Update

Hello from Rutland Water! It’s been a busy month at the cottage with the holiday season in full swing now with some glorious sunshine.

As a result of recently refurbishing and opening Snowdrop Cottage to guests, we have some Spring and Summer availability. If you are considering a stay, please have a look at our availability here

Our guests this month have enjoyed walking and seeing the beautiful Bluebells at Barnsdale Woods, cycling around Rutland Water, sailing at the Eric Twinlake Championships, exploring the local market towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford, fishing and even SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) on the River Nene. The sunsets have been incredible and its lovely hearing that our guests are enjoying peaceful evening strolls to admire the views at the end of the lane.

Did you see on our social media that we had a very special guest to stay at Puddle Cottage, before his big Coronation weekend??!

We love to hear what our guests have enjoyed during their visit, and also see them share tips for future guests. Here are some recent tips from our recent guests:

Don’t forget to book the local pub (The Wheatsheaf) especially at weekends and Bank Holidays. Their phone number is (01780) 720083. There are 3 Wheatsheaf Pubs in Rutland so make sure you reserve a table at the right one!

Our guests have also enjoyed Wednesday Grill Night again at the local pub, The Wheatsheaf. For £13.95 you can enjoy a meal from the grill with either an 8oz rump, gammon or cajun chicken breast. Again, don’t forget to book in advance!

Guests have loved hiring bikes and cycling around Rutland Water. Did you know that Rutland Cycling have a large range of electric bikes for rent too, and you can rent near to the cottages at the Normanton car park? Top Tip – reserve bikes in advance or arrive early!

It’s such an exciting time at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, we always love to see the Ospreys return. A day permit if £7 per adult which includes parking and also entry to Lyndon Nature Reserve, but if you are visiting more than once during your stay, there are some great deals available on multi day passes. We are expecting the first Osprey egg to hatch any day now so its a great time to visit the Reserve! In the meantime, you can view the Rutland Osprey webcam here.

Visiting Oakham? Did you know you can have 2 hours free parking at the Tesco in Oakham, and its only a short stroll to the High Street from there (past Hambleton Bakery on Goal Street!!).

So what’s new in Rutland?

A brand new adventure play area has opened at Burghley House which has received wonderful reviews. Find out more here.

Rutland Live Action Gaming has also opened on the North Shore of Rutland Water.

Rutland Water Swimming sessions have start again this week at Rutland Water but you will need to book and pay for the session in advance here. The sessions take part early on Sunday mornings at Whitwell on the North Shore of Rutland Water. There are 250m and 500m courses, with full water safety (kayaks and powerboats).

Personally, we recently enjoyed a lovely drink at one of our favorite pubs, the Exeter Arms in Barrowden. The pub has recently been taken over, and although we didn’t eat, the food is meant to be fabulous. There is a fantastic beer garden to enjoy when the weather allows!

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. We leave OS maps and laminated copies of local walks in the cottages for your perusal. Fancy dinner with an amazing view but without the price tag? Did you know you can BBQ on the shores of Rutland Water? Please use disposal BBQ’s on the BBQ stands provided though. Other BBQ are permitted, excluding the nature reserve areas at Egleton and Lyndon, as long as they don’t scorch the grass. The rule is, as long as there is no trace of the BBQ after you have left, and you have cold water available for safety, then it’s fine.

We do have some availability at both Puddle and Snowdrop Cottage in May and June and we keep the availability up to date here. We have recently had a cancellation for the Bank Holiday weekend at Snowdrop Cottage and can offer 10% off our standard rates for that weekend, so a three night stay over the Bank Holiday is now £300.

If you would like to book a stay at Puddle or Snowdrop Cottage, please contact Anna 07734175291 or e/mail We would be delighted to welcome you.

Puddle Cottage and Snowdrop Cottage are 4 star,  ROSE awarded 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.