The William Cecil

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Happy hotel with a relaxed feel, eclectic interiors and tasty seasonal food - Burghley House and estate wait bang next door...


27 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

This attractive townhouse hotel stands yards from the gates of the Burghley estate. Inside, interiors offer a pleasing mix of English quirkiness and splendour. Downstairs, informality reigns. There are armchairs in front of the fire in the bar, smart wicker tables in the conservatory, doors onto a lovely terrace in summer, then hanging lamps and half-panelling in the colourful restaurant. The food is fresh and local with seasonal delights that include game from the estate. You might find pan fried stonebass with pak choi and curried thai green broth, king prawn & sundried tomato linguine, salted caramel tart with peanut butter powder and candied peanuts. You can walk it all off through historic Stamford or spin over to Burghley for one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the realm. Come back to country-house bedrooms that mix eclectic Rajasthan furniture with a little English decorum. You’ll find beautiful art, a wall of paper, perhaps a day bed or a ceiling rose. Some have views onto the estate, all have good bathrooms, the best with roll top tubs and vast walk-in showers. Dogs don’t fare badly either with Union Jack beds.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out

Dog beds and bowls and a dog room service menu which includes sausage, chicken and steak.

Dogs £20 per stay. Max. 2 per room.

Direct access to Burghley Park for walks, where dogs have to be on leads. Short walk to Stamford Meadows where there are long walks alongside the river.

Lunch 2 courses from £15.95. Dinner 3 courses from £27.50. Sunday Lunch 3 courses from £28.50.


Nightly price
from £100
20 Doubles
From £100
7 Twin/doubles
From £100



We stayed for 1 night for a friends birthday gathering. The staff very good, friendly but professional at the same time. We had an excellent meal in the restaurant, the house wine was good. Our room was large , as was the bathroom and both were very well equipped. The bed was extremely comfortable with good bed linen. Breakfast was pleasant. We also had a complimentary room upgrade. On the whole a very nice albeit short stay.

Sue, Chesterfield

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John Crompton

  • Burghley House, generally regarded as the finest Elizabethan house in England and a treasure trove of art and antiques, is just next door.
  • The beautiful old merchant town of Stamford - recently voted top of Britain's best places to live by the Sunday Times - is full of wonderful shops, antique centres and historic buildings.
  • Famous Rutland Water, just half an hour's drive up the A1, is the playground of the East Midlands, with Water Sports, Nature Reserves, Outdoor Adventure Centre, Cycling & Walking
  • Originally opened in 1845, closed in 1966, and then restored and re-opened in 1977, the local Nene Valley Railway once formed part of an important cross-country route from East Anglia to the Midlands.