March 17, 2014

The Local Area

Cresswell Crags

The Vale of Belvoir (pronounced “beaver”) literally means ‘beautiful view’ and offers a wide variety of activities, trails, market towns, and venues offering fine food and drink.

We are a short stroll from Langar Hall which is a popular venue for weddings and special occasions. A table reservation well in advance is strongly recommended to ensure availability at this award-winning restaurant and hotel. Our village pub, The Unicorn’s Head, only a couple of minutes walk across the road, also serves great pub meals – including fantastic wood-fired pizzas) and a range of local ales and tipples such as the local Belvoir pressés. Their food menu is also available for take away.

For the cyclists and runners there are many routes and trails to explore in the area, both on and off road. We are passionate about the outdoors and can help you make the most of your stay; loaning Ordnance Survey Explorer maps and providing suggestions for routes. If time permits we can sometimes offer an accompanied run/bike if you prefer a guide. There is a public footpath literally yards away from the property.

Hardwick Hall

Within a half-hour drive the market town of Melton Mowbray offers the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, Stilton cheeses and locally brewed ales. The nearby magnificent Belvoir Castle is worth a visit, as is the National Trust house and gardens of Belton House just outside Grantham, and Woolsthorpe Manor (home of Isaac Newton); both less than half an hour’s drive from the cottage.

There are 3 spas within short driving distance: Eden Hall is 15 minutes by car, Ragdale Hall 20 minutes by car, and newly opened The Little Retreat in Owthorpe is only 5 minutes down the road! The nearby Belvoir Brewery and visitor centre is open for tours 7 days a week.  A visit to nearby Twin Lakes Theme Park is a must for visitors with young children!

Go Karting, Hot Air Balloon rides, parachuting at Langar Airfield, clay pigeon shooting, and in season game shoots (all booked in advance) are just some of the other outdoor pursuit options available in the area