If you’re looking to splash the cash or have reason to celebrate, look no futher than The George Hotel. Generally, I’m not a big fan of hotel food or decor, but the George is a very special place to vist and it’s steeped in history. It’s on the pricey side; a G&T will set you back £9 but the few extra quid guarantees an enjoyable experience.
I’ve not met anyone who hasn’t been impressed with Burghley House. It’s one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in the country and its magnificient gardens were designed by Capability Brown in 18th century. Parking is free and so too is the use of tarmac footpaths which meander through the grounds. Highly photogenic.
You’re on holiday, indulge yourselves! Stamford is one of the country’s prettiest market towns and boasts more stone property per square mile than anywhere else. One of the great pleasures of visiting Stamford is just wandering around, enjoying the sights and stopping in one of the towns classy independent coffee shops.
The Toby Norris is my favourite Stamford pub. The building is 700 years old and spread over three floors. There are seven different areas where you can eat, drink and cosy up. Knarled old beams, ancient flagstone flooring and antique furniture, give The Tobie Norris a Hogwarts-like atmosphere.
They don’t take table reservations; turn up, and take your chance. Excellent drinks and good food.
There are two walks I recommend guests; one long and one short.
Fred’s Favorite Walk is named after our border terrier who is now laid to rest under the oak tree in the orchard.
The second walk is for the more ambitious and is a six-mile country trail to Stamford, with the option of a £12 taxi home.
The Hereward Way to Stamford is a Roman path through beautiful countryside.