Start the evening with a local, seasonal, hedgerow cocktail – try a crab-apple bellini. Move onto dinner: the menu changes each day. All the produce is lovingly sourced – eggs from the hens, veg from the garden, local meat and fish – then cooked with passion by Head Chef Luke Holland and his team.
Set off for Stamford (ten miles), a town rich in history, notable for its medieval Sheep Market, All Saints Church (climb the bell-tower), and numerous side streets to get lost down. The town’s prosperity is linked still to Burghley House, the finest Elizabethan house in England. Take a pub picnic to its lawns.
As for the pub, it’s 400 years old and an absolute gem. It stands at the end of a tree-lined avenue, next to a beautiful stone barn (the pub’s dining room). Bedrooms lie in Beech House across the lane, three with private terraces. Everyone’s welcome, from children to dogs.