The Village and the Vale

The Neighbourhood

Colston Bassett (pop. 225) is an exceptional village, beautifully kept and little developed. It lies in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whose rolling landscape dotted with ancient villages under wide open skies begs to be explored on foot or by bike.

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“The village of Colston Bassett is rural England at its best: neither a chocolate box, nor forsaken by civilisation. Good walks nearby, not too many hills”.  

Harry (comment on stay) Feb 2016

It is also at the heart of British history, at the forefront of political and religious upheavals during the English Civil War in which the first occupants of Manor Farm House were deeply involved.

In keeping with the gourmet traditions of this part of England, the village is a treat for lovers of good food.

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The famous Martins Arms gourmet pub is 3 minutes walk away. A Grade 2 listed building, it is situated at the corner of a quiet leafy cul-de-sac by the old cross in the centre of the village and comes recommended by Michelin, Sawdays, Camra & the AA guides.

It’s been at the hub of village life for centuries. In the 1640s it was a known for its gossip and intrigue, with “papist plots” being discussed in the Alehouse according to Mrs Huchinson’s Memoirs. Now its known for its culinary excellence and hospitality.

 

 

Stilton-Close-High-ResColston Bassett Dairy, now more than 100 years old, produces the world famous Colston Bassett Stilton cheese, winner of numerous awards including a gold medal at the World Cheese Awards 2015, and Best Stilton UK at the International Cheese Awards 2015.

It’s just next door to us and has a small shop ideal for cheese-lovers.

 

 

Lanlangar hallgar Hall, winner of Sawday’s Hotel of the Year UK in 2014, is a 15
minute walk across the fields – well worth visiting for lunch, tea, dinner.

“Unpretentious food and a wonderfully homely feel.” Fiona Duncan, Daily Telegraph

 

 

 

If you’d like to explore the village and surroundings we can provide you with guides for circular walks of various lengths starting from Manor Farm House, including the Two Churches walk which takes in the ruined but still hauntingly beautiful church, St Mary’s dating from Anglo Saxon times, situated above the picturesque village cricket ground.

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“There is one functioning church for religious purposes, and one ruined church on a lonely hillside for poetic ones”. Harry, (comment on stay) Feb 2016

Further afield

We’re a 25-minute drive to Nottingham centre and well located for Holme Pierrepoint National Water Sports Centre, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Langar Airfield for skydiving and parachuting, Trent University, Nottingham and Southwell racecourses.
Nearby Grantham, Newark, Melton Mowbray and Stamford are fascinating historic market towns. Nottingham with its castle and Lincoln with its cathedral are well worth visiting.

For a deeper insight into the momentous seventeenth century history of the area visit the National Civil War Centre in Newark where the story of Col Francis Hacker, Manor Farm House’s first resident, is subject of a film and a display

Other historical attractions include Belvoir Castle, Nottingham Castle, Belton House, Doddington Hall, Burleigh House and Newark Castle – highlights amongst a host of smaller places (many belonging to the National Trust).