Stamford - This lovely historic market town remains the "finest stone town in England", with a handful of boutique shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants making a great day out. Stamford is idyllic enough to have formed the backdrop for television costume dramas such as Middlemarch and the film Pride & Prejudice. It is regularly a finalist in The Sunday Times the best place to live in Britain survey.
On the outskirts of the town, you can visit the Burghley House, regarded by many as the finest Elizabethan house in England. Burghley has scenic parkland to walk through, sculpture gardens and hosts the world renowned Burghley Horse Trials each year. Just on the fringe of Stamford you can find Burghley Park Golf Club, as well as a host of other golf courses only a short drive from the Stamford. Leisure facilities including a swimming pool and gym can be found at the Stamford Leisure Complex as well as a host of sports clubs in the town. A short drive from Stamford brings you to Barnsdale Hall Hotel on the shores of Rutland Water where just about every sport and leisure facility is available.