The William Cecil

Stamford, Lincolnshire

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


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 lobster mousse with avocado ice-cream, slow-cooked Burghley venison casserole, lemon curd pie with lime sorbet. You can walk it all off with a stroll 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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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


  • 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
Lunch from £6.50. Dinner from £12. Sunday lunch, 3 courses, £24.50.


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


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Nisa Tariq

  • 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
  • Nearby Grange Farm offers an extensive range of motorised, target sport and team building activities, including quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, and off-road driving.
  • 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.