With cottages build of limestone or ironstone, Rutland is the smallest historic country in English history. It is 18 miles from North to South and 17 miles from East to West. Yet the fiery nature of the county is reflected in its Latin motto Multum in Parvo meaning ‘much in little’, making it an ideal holiday destination for your touring caravan or leisure home.
There are antique shops and art galleries in the local villages of Oakham and Stamford, and the half a dozen great houses along with there collections and gardens will keep you amused. Also on the door step is the Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Rutland also has its own traditions – there is Rush Bearing & Rush Strewing in which reeds are gathered in the church meadow on the eve of St Peter’s Day and placed on the church floor, and just incase any of your caravanners or campers visiting are related to the Royal family it is tradition that any royalty or peers passing through the village of Oakham must present a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor of Oakham - The horseshoe has been Rutland's emblem for hundreds of years.
And if those things don’t tempt you to take an outing in your caravan, then maybe the fact that in 2012, the well-being report by the Office for National Statistics found Rutland to be the happiest county’ in the mainland UK surely will.