The Area

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Melton Mowbray is situated in the heart of Leicestershire, noted for its rolling countryside and engish charm. Just a short journey away from the town is a spendid Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Belvoir is one of the finest examples of English castles in the country and has featured in many films.

Throughout the year the castle adopts a mediaeval theme by presenting jousting tournaments which are very popular. The castle is open throughout the year as too, the beautiful gardens and walks.

 

Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in England, is another local attraction, being only 10 miles from the hotel. It’s an ideal location to get away from it all. Ideal for sailing, fishing and other water sports. The 24-mile perimeter walk/bike ride (which can be hired) is a challange to anyone with bags of energy. The flooded church at Normanton has now been turned into a museum which describes the making of the lake in words, pictures and film.

Burrough Hill situated close to the village of Burrough-on-the-hill, was an iron age fort standing almost 700ft above sea level overlooking the Wreake Valley. One can see for miles on a clear day, and many footpaths pass by the hill fort.

St Mary’s Church Bottesford, has the highest spire (210ft) in Leicestershire. It contains the tomb of the 6th Earl of Belvoir with an inscription alleging that two of his sons died as a result of witchcraft. This led in 1619 to a “Trial of the Witches of Belvoir” after which two so called witches were put to death.

The six sailed windmill at Wymondham, which is situated just a few miles from Melton, is one of only four remaining in the U.K. well worth a visit with tearoom and a variety of gifts and watercolours by local artists.

There are numerous days out within the area. For more details the Tourist Information Centre is housed within the Carnegie Museum in Thorpe End and the trained staff will provide a comprehensive local and holiday information service.