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Bumble Bee

Barrowden, Rutland (Ref. 1016723)



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14 Customer Reviews

  • "There were several light fixtures not working, the bulbs needed replacing."

    There was a plethora of dust behind furniture and fittings. The settee has seen better days, as the back cushions kept sliding off after a short time of sitting, to expose the bed fixture below, and a lot of dust and fluff. The shower was impossible to use without drenching the surrounding area. I appreciate the difficulty with the property being of the age it is. This came to light as my elderly husband found it impossible to use the bath. The chest of draws were very unstable, they toppled over twice on opening one of the top two drawers. We did not use them after this.The owners are obviousley aware of this problem, as a plank of wood is placed stategically underneath, but fails to support sufficiently. The first time it happened a bracelet was slipped off and is now broken due to the drawers falling on top of it. The property details did HINT re parking, but the only way to load the car on a Monday morning was to make several trips to and fro, as the lorries from the quarry were passing every few minutes, and with the property being on a blind bend it made it impossible to load our car directly outside. I feel it should be pointed out in the property details, that this very cute cottage is not suitable for disabled people.My husband is disabled, and did find the bathing facilities difficult. Other than that, the cottage is very quaint and the area is very lovely.

    Reviewed by SherryNov 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in great central location"

    Reviewed by SallySep 2021

  • "The cottage is small and thatched, and cool in hot weather."

    The village is pleasantly small. There is little traffic noise, and the principal view is over open ground. There is plenty of scope for good walks in the woods (stunning butterflies in July) and over open fields (very few cows). The community shop in Barrowden is a real help - it's one mile away by footpaths (different routes out and back, if desired). There is no need to use a car once you've arrived, and you could come by taxi from Stamford station. The small garden has a well sited table and chairs. More than two tea towels might be helpful for traditional washers up. The rubbish bin hadn't been emptied for a while, but matters improved on its being emptied.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, low ceilings, poor internet, nice area, enjoyed our stay"

    Reviewed by TanyaJun 2021

  • "The cottage was quaint, we had to wash utensils and pans lack of brush& duster we had no Wi-Fi for a lot of the time."

    I think we left it cleaner than on arrival I left dust and cobwebs that were there already. We took our own sanitiser's etc. Very disappointed would not use that cottage again!

    Reviewed by FranziskaMay 2021

  • "Stunning cosy, chocolate box cottage, on the doorstep of Rutland water, perfect break from lifes stresses"

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet area with lots of nice walks from the cottage."

    The secure garden was a plus for us as we brought our dog with us. We would recommend for a quiet getaway in the countryside.

    Reviewed by AliceOct 2020

  • ""Bumble Bee" is a beautiful thatched cottage from the outside with a pleasant private garden."

    It was compact and very warm with lovely views over sheep in the neighbouring field. It is ideally situated for all the lovely villages and Rutland Water. It would have been nice to have some more history of the property. It is on a busy road where traffic travels fast; we suggest parking on the wider path to the west. Unfortunately it is in great need of TLC decoratively and has clear problems with damp / condensation as shown on the cob walls. It also needs much more attention given to cleaning, especially upstairs and particularly in the current situation. We were reluctant to touch certain areas, particularly around the bed and bath. With the many spiders and webs it is obvious that the pest repellents are not working. Furthermore as regular Sykes customers we find more and more properties where the owners are content to accept the cleaning of previous occupants withount checking this themselves.

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at Bumble Bee, the cottage is quaint and charming."

    It's location is ideal for the local towns and villages and to see my sister in Northampton. We visited Stamford and Market Harborough which were well worth it and Geoff Hamilton's garden (on my Mom's wish list) It has several peaceful walks on the door step which are by the river, great for our dogs. As is the enclosed garden which is a bit of a sun trap. The surrounding area and village of Barrowden are very picturesque.

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2020

  • "It was not possible for me to take this holiday."

    I have spend months trying to communicate with you to cancel the holiday, which you cancelled in March and forced me to lose the money or rebook. I have had no replies to emails, other than a standard we are busy and will get back to you asap. Which you never did. I managed to speak to a very pleasant lady about wanting to cancel the booking but she could not help me as she was reservations and I needed to talk to customer service, this is what she told me. I tried in vain continuously to get through to customer service but this was also unsuccessful. You took final payment from my visa without letting me know you wanted to and you did not, to this day, issue me with a receipt for the payment you took. So I have spoken to Visa and they are dealing with this. I feel your actions and inactions over this time have been inconsiderate and neglectful towards your clients. I would have no future interest in booking with you in the future.

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2020

  • "Hard to do but a freezer would be a good idea, even a fridge with icebox section."

    Only thing I can mention really. Lovely little cottage, ideal for two and dogs. Great village and pub short walkthrough sheep fields, close to all the historic towns. Recommend.

    Reviewed by LorraineJul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, perfect for a couple."

    Reviewed by CraigFeb 2020

  • "Cottage was perfect- really lovely and had everything we could need."

    Really enjoyed break and cottage - only reason didn't rate top comfort was because I found bed to be a little soft for us - but that's a personal choice. Found information left for us at cottage really useful- and we visited recommended places and were really pleased with out days out.

    Reviewed by CarolanneFeb 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely and would've been perfect if not for a few hiccups."

    The heating wasn't working on arrival , which once we raised the issue with the owner of was fixed for a time and only played up once or twice following. The electricity cut out as we were cooking and we soon learned that the main oven trips the mains when on with other appliances. Hate to be that person as well but the wi-fi was incredibly slow!! And as much as we tried both the bed and sofa were just incredibly uncomortable. We flipped the mattress on night 3 which helped a bit but we both left quite achey. Really hate to complain but it was such a shame as it was a beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by CaitlinJan 2020

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The property

Barrowden 0.7 miles.

Approached via rural country roads, you will come to a delightful thatched cottage nestled in the linear village of Wakerley, in the East Midlands.

The property has a quirky style décor, with old stone walls and exposed beams showcasing the level of character this property has.

Stepping inside, you will come to a spacious sitting room where you can look forward to unwinding into the evening with a warming electric woodburner to provide that extra bit of warmth during the evening.

Walk through to the kitchen which houses a range of contemporary appliances so you can easily rustle up a delicious meal, to be enjoyed at the dining table over a well-deserved glass of bubbly.

Retire to double bedroom where you can get some much needed rest for the day's ahead, with a delightful en-suite bathroom to support.

Take a refreshing drink out to the spacious enclosed garden where you can have a spot of alfresco dining whilst your pet stretches its legs.

This property is in a fantastic location, surrounded by other very similar 'chocolate-box' style villages in the smallest UK county of Rutland.

Within very easy access of Rutland Water, perfect for sailing, walking, running and cycling enthusiasts.

Surrounded by a range of pathways for those keen walkers, cyclists and even just nature lovers among you to explore this lovely rural area, with various wildlife attractions.

With easy access to a number old market towns such as Uppingham, Stamford, Oakham, even Lincoln and Peterborough with their cathedrals.

You are also within very close proximity to Burghley House, famous for its annual Horse Trials.

Return to Bumble Bee cottage for a relaxing evening in front of the warming fire with your loved ones.


  • One bedroom: 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with 1 x double sofa bed and electric woodburner
  • Gas central heating with electric woodburner
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed lawned garden and patio area with furniture
  • On road parking
  • Two well-behaved pets are welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles and pub 1 mile
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £50.00

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


Uppingham, 6.2 miles; Peterborough 21.5 miles; Leicester 24.7 miles.

Barrowden is a conservation village situated on the River Welland in Rutland. The village has a convenience store with coffee shop and also a pub within a short walk. You are close to the Rutland Water reservoir, ideal for those keen on birdwatching, watersports, fishing, walking and cycling. A bike path runs around the reservoir and bike hire is available. For golfers, there are several local courses, including the Rutland Water golf club, which offers beautiful views over the reservoir. In the immediate area are numerous pretty villages offering top quality pub food in their local hostelries. Barrowden is close to the unspoilt market towns of Uppinhgam, Oakham, Stamford and Oundle. Slightly further afield are the thriving cities of Peterborough and Leicester, which offer a range of attractions and shopping and dining options. For garden enthiusiasts, the famous Barnsdale Gardens, set up by Geoff Hamilton of Gardeners World fame, are nearby. The famous Burghley House is within 15 minutes drive and other country houses nearby include Deene Park, Rockingham Castle, Elton Hall, Belvoir Castle and Kirby Hall.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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