Summer Update!

Hello from Rutland Water and what finally seems to be Summer! The gardens are in full bloom now and the evenings are warm and long – perfect!

Thankfully the cottages were built in the 1840’s and the thick stone walls do keep the cottages cool in the Summer months.

It was lovely to see Edith Weston mentioned in the May edition of Rutland Living Magazine in their article on local history. Have you ever wondered how Edith Weston got its name? According to Rutland Living, May 2023 Edition:

Edith Weston, Rutland

This Rutland village takes its name from Queen Edith, wife of Edward (later known as the Confessor). Through her aristocratic Danish and Saxon descent, the marriage made important political alliances and Edith was granted a great deal of property including lands in Rutland.

The magazine also shows a picture of Edith being depicted on the Bayeaux Tapestry at her husband’s death in 1066. Her brother Harold was elected King but later that year he was defeated at the Battle of Hastings. Edith paid homage to King William and was able to retain her estates. Edith Weston remained a royal manor until Henry I have it to his Chamberlain, who then passed it to a Norman abbey.

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 recommendations from our recent guests:

Our guests over this past month have enjoyed exploring the Nature Reserves at Rutland Water – both at Egleton and Lyndon Nature Reserve. Fineshade Woods has also been popular, with sightings of beautiful butterflies. For our guests not familiar with Fineshade Woods, it is managed by the Forestry Commission and it about 15 minutes drive from the cottages. It’s a wonderful area to wander through the trees (and keep cool in warmer weather). It’s popular for dog walkers and there are also some lovely cycle paths too, and not forgetting a good café to enjoy at the end!

Hiring electric bikes has also been popular. Did you know you can hire bikes with Rutland Cycling near to the cottages at Normanton car park? We would suggest booking in advance especially at weekends. If you are cycling around the water, there are several places you can stop and enjoy lunch. There is a pub on the cycle path, The Horse and Jockey at Manton If, like our recent guests, you are cycling (or walking) the peninsular too there is a good pub there The Finches Arms at Hambleton.

So what’s new in Rutland?

Rutland Nursery, which is less than 2 miles away from the cottages has recently undergone a huge refurbishment including the opening of a new restaurant, The View, with views over Rutland Water.  I’m sure it will become a firm favourite with our guests. It’s just a short drive from the cottages, and you can even walk or cycle from the cottages along the path by Rutland Water to reach it (just head from the cottages past the Sailing Club towards Lyndon, up the hill at Lyndon Nature Reserve and head towards Manton).

Tolethorpe, the wonderful open open air theatre near Stamford has recently started its season – this year they are showing As You Like It, Measure for Measure, A Lady In The Van and Blue Stockings. It really is a beautiful setting. The season runs until 26th August.

The Aquapark on the North Shore of Rutland Water has now also opened for the season with a brand new feature – the Sea Dragon. Not doubt it will be busy in this warm weather.

If we see any events or activities who our guests may find interesting, we do try and share these on our Facebook and Instagram pages and 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 June and July 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 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.