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Ichthyosaur: Huge fossilised ‘sea dragon’ found at Rutland Water

The fossil of an enormous 10 meter long sea dragon has been unearthed on the banks of Rutland Water. It has been described as one of the greatest finds in the history of British palaeontology. The ichthyosaur is about 180 million years old and measures about 10 metres in length and weighs about a tonne. […]

Christmas Markets in Rutland 2021

With the evenings drawing in and the temperatures dropping, Christmas will be here before we know it! Christmas is a lovely time of the year in Rutland and the independent, boutique shops in Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford make the area a great place to pick up a more unusual and thoughtful gift. Here are details […]

‘The joys of England’s smallest county’

Our little county of Rutland has received lots of fabulous press coverage over recent weeks. The latest is from the Daily Mail called ‘The joys of England’s smallest county: It doesn’t have any cities (or motorways) and most can’t even point to it on a map. But we’re bowled over by the simple pleasures of […]

Rutland is home to the UK pub of the year

We were delighted to hear that Rutland’s very own ‘Olive Branch’ in Clipsham has been awarded the fabulous accolade of The Good Pub Guide’s Pub of the Year 2021! Needless to say, booking well in advance is highly recommended! If you are planning a visit to Rutland, why not stay at Puddle Cottage? Puddle Cottage […]

Puddle Cottage Opens (again!)

We are delighted to announce that our little rural County of Rutland has been placed in Tier 2 so we will be opening the cottage doors again next week from Wednesday 2nd December. We are able to welcome guests from Tier 1 and 2 from the same household. Short breaks are available, so if you […]

COVID-19 Update

Thanks to our lovely guests who have shared this wonderful photo which has even more meaning today than normal with a ray of hope in the background. It turns out that today will be the last day we will be open for a little while. If you are due to stay this month, don’t worry […]

Visit England Assessment Report

Following our recent inspection by Visit England, we are delighted to share the summary from this year’s report. The owners continue to be proactive at maintaining standards, investment is made where necessary to ensure the cottage remains in very good order and ensures guests have a comfortable stay. The cottage is in a peaceful spot, […]

Rutland Water Cycle Hire is in top 10% of worldwide attractions!

Rutland Water Cycle Hire has received the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award from Tripadvisor which puts them in the top 10% of attractions worldwide. That’s not bad for an independent bike store located in Britain’s smallest county! Many of our guests enjoy exploring Rutland Water on bike. With 16 miles of offroad cycling around the reservoir, […]

4 Stars from Visit England!

A few photos taken today! We are delighted to announce that following today’s inspection by Visit England we are thrilled to have retained our 4 star status for the eighth year running! This year’s inspection was particularly important to us as it took into account all the COVID-19 measures we have in place to keep […]

August Availability

  We currently have some availability in August.  Our availability is updated daily here http://www.puddle.fcstest.co.uk/tariff-and-availability If you are looking for a break, we are a character one bedroomed cottage in a beautiful Rutland village and just a short stroll to the South shore of Rutland Water. We warmly welcome dogs and have self enclosed gardens. There […]