Set on the fringes of four of the most beautiful counties in the East of England, Sacrewell is 15 miles or less from some of the biggest attractions in the area, including the historic city of Peterborough, the picturesque market towns of Stamford, Oakham, Oundle and Uppingham and the Elizabethan mansion of Burghley.
The village of Wansford is about three-quarters of a mile from the farm across the A47. It has a well-stocked shop and Post Office. If you’d like to eat out in the evening, The Paper Mills pub and The Haycock Hotel both serve good food – our staff recommend them highly.
Often overlooked as a heritage city, Peterborough’s history stretches back to the Stone Age. It was later occupied by the Celts and the Romans, some of whom lived on land here at Sacrewell and were probably the first to establish a watermill on our site.
Peterborough’s rich heritage is highlighted by the stunning cathedral with its gothic west front, which looms over the city centre and is the burial place of Catherine of Aragon. Peterborough Museum highlights the history of the city while Longthorpe Tower and Flag Fen enable you to delve deep into its past – as far back as prehistoric times. All this is just seven miles away.
Stamford, Oundle, Uppingham and Oakham have everything you’d expect in picture postcard market towns. Explore the cobbled streets of Stamford and Oundle, visit Uppingham which is the only town in the country that still holds an annual fatstock show in the market place, or discover Oakham on the shores of Rutland Water to view a unique collection of royal horseshoes hanging in the castle.
Just five miles from Sacrewell is Burghley House, one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in the country. It was built by Sir William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. It is still a family home, with the house, gardens and grounds open for events and to the public throughout the year.
Slight further afield is the beautiful Grimsthorpe Castle and gardens which reflects 800 years of architectural styles. Our annual members get one free entry into Grimsthorpe a year, so if you're nearby it's well worth looking into investing in a pass.
Wakerley Great Wood is home to rare red kites, shelters Iron Age archaeological remains and is ancient woodland at its finest. There are two walking trails and a mountain bike trail that take you around the woodland, with many paths to explore along the way.
Hire a bicycle and spend a day cycling either 18 or 24 miles around Rutland Water, visit the Ospreys at the Lyndon Centre or look for otters from the Nature Reserve. If you enjoy adventure sports, you can hire a kayak or a windsurfer and explore the water too.