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There are many places of interest to visit within the local area of Rowan House Bed and Breakfast. We have listed some of them below and are sure that you will discover many more.

The historic coaching town of STAMFORD features extensive Medieval and Georgian architecture, faced with local stone. Located on the River Welland in the far south of Lincolnshire, bordering Cambridgeshire & Rutland, it lies approximately 90 miles North of London, & presents a beautiful introduction to the area.

During the 13th century, Stamford was one of the ten largest towns in England, it held parliament and had its own university. Inviting immediate interest are the 15th century almshouses on Broad Street, now Brownes Hospital museum, and whilst strolling the numerous medieval patterned streets and byways there is much to explore. . The BBC’s Middlemarch was shot chiefly in Barn Hill, St. George’s Square and St. Mary’s Street.

The Meadows Stamford
Burghley House

AROUND STAMFORD The impressive estate of BURGHLEY HOUSE, the renowned Elizabethan mansion, was a location for the filming of “Pride & Prejudice”, and Henry James’s “The Golden Bowl”. Aside from the rich contents of the house, it features the delightful “Garden of Surprises” and the fascinating Sculpture Gardens. The splendour of Burghley also serves as a magnificent Wedding venue, and during the summer months Tolethorpe Open Air Theatre brings a host of visitors to the Stamford Shakespeare Festival. The NENE VALLEY RAILWAY, home to “Thomas” named after the famous Tank Engine, is also established as a regular location for TV & Film productions. It has 7.5 miles of track, with trips available on the large collection of engines and rolling stock. Rail enthusiasts will also enjoy the impressive sight of HARRINGWORTH VIADUCT, with its’ 82 brick arches spanning the WELLAND VALLEY.

Ancient and imposing CATHEDRALS & CHURCHES abound, the principle ones being PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL together with the numerous churches of Stamford and surrounding villages. For those happy to venture further afield, LINCOLN and ELY are about an hours drive.


GARDEN ENTHUSIASTS will delight in BARNSDALE GARDENS, founded by the late Geoff Hamilton and the original home of “Gardeners World”. The 12.5 acres of EASTON WALLED GARDENS are Lincolnshire’s own “Lost Gardens” and were described by US President Franklin D Roosevelt as ‘A dream of Nirvana… almost too good to be true.’

If your interest is in HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE, the surrounding area offers a rich diversity of attractions, with something of appeal to almost all tastes. Because of its’ convenient location 1 day’s coach ride from London, many wealthy landowners and politicians built homes in the area. Among them, DEENE PARK, ELTON HALL, and the castles of BELVOIR, GRIMSTHORPE and ROCKINGHAM are notable. If you fancy a Royal day out, then the Queen’s summer home at SANDRINGHAM is a pleasant 50 mile drive. Other important sites, such as FOTHERINGHAY, LYDDINGTON BEDE HOUSE, KIRBY HALL, and LYVEDEN NEW BIELD are well worth a visit. Barnack itself is close to the junction of 2 major ROMAN ROADS, Ermine Street and King Street.

NATURE LOVERS will enjoy Barnack’s HILLS AND HOLES, where the rare Pasque flower can be seen in the spring. Within the immediate area you can see Red Kites, Buzzards, Deer, Hare, and other fauna. Also within easy reach are the varied habitats of RUTLAND WATER, and the National Nature Reserves of CASTOR HANGLANDS and BEDFORD PURLIEUS.

For those wanting SPORT, Peterborough’s FERRY MEADOWS, TALLINGTON LAKES and RUTLAND WATER all offer water together with land based facilities. And if your idea of an active time includes SHOPPING, then Stamford and Peterborough should provide ample opportunities.

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