Guests love it here and Jane Austen fans are especially happy. This elegant 1740s village house was used as Mr Collins’s ‘humble abode’ by the BBC: you breakfast in the beautiful dining room that was ‘Mr Collins’s hall’, and you can sleep in ‘Miss Bennett’s bedroom’.
Victoria is wonderful – feisty, fun and gregarious – and loves having people to stay. She looks after you beautifully with White Company linen in chintzy old-fashioned bedrooms and a log fire in the drawing room. Breakfast, cooked on the Aga, includes artisan bread, bacon and sausages from a local butcher, home-grown tomatoes, garden fruit and homemade jams and marmalade.
Children can let off steam on the slide, swing and trampoline, it’s good walking/riding country and lively Oakham, with its Wednesday and Saturday markets, is well worth a browse.