Rutland’s motto is ‘Multum in Parvo’ – much in little – which is very apt. Despite being the smallest county in the England, there is so much on offer here if you are looking for a new
The rolling fields and woodlands of Rutland are bounded by Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
There are two towns, the county town of Oakham, and Uppingham, both with famous public schools. The rest of the county is peppered with 52 villages ranging in size from small hamlets with a few houses and no facilities to larger villages with facilities such as a school, a convenience store, a post office, general medical practice, employment opportunities, community and leisure facilities. The six largest villages each have a population of more than 1,000 and account for about 25 per cent of Rutland’s population of just over 40,000 people. Many of the villages are very picturesque with houses built from local limestone and slate.
At the centre of the county is Rutland Water, England’s largest artificial body of water by surface area. Built as a reservoir to deliver fresh water to towns in the East Midlands, including nearby Peterborough, it provides important habitat for wildlife including wildfowl and ospreys and is a centre for water sports, trout fishing and cycling.
The density of population in Rutland is low with less than one person per hectare. Rutland has been classed as the most rural county in England and Wales with a high proportion of land in agricultural use.
It is an ideal place to buy a family home. There are low levels of unemployment, low levels of crime and above average levels of educational attainment with the highest level of pupils obtaining 5 or more GCSEs at grades A-C in the East Midlands.
House prices in Rutland*
A new house in Rutland is within reach of many budgets. The average value of property in Rutland is less than £340,000. The average value of a detached house in Rutland is around £448,000 while a semi-detached property is valued at about £252,000. An average terraced house in Rutland is worth just over £217,000.
Prices vary a little across the county. In Oakham, house prices reflect the county-wide average. In Uppingham, prices are lower with an average house price of just over £365,000 while a semi-detached house will cost on average £237,000.
House building is taking place in several locations across Rutland, notably on the outskirts of Oakham where there is a substantial development of the town under way.
*Housing marketing statistics taken from Zoopla in April 2018.
Things to do and see in Rutland
The central attraction in Rutland is Rutland Water. Close to the county town of Oakham the reservoir offers a range of activities including sailing and kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, fly fishing and birdwatching. As well as a bird watching centre and visitors’ centres there is an aqua park while the Rutland Belle lets you take in the scenery from the water.
Rutland has a wealth of country pubs, many of which offer excellent dining opportunities, while the restaurant at Hambleton Hall has held a Michelin star since 1982.
Other attractions include stately homes like Belton House and Burghley House, Oakham Castle, Lyddington Bede House, Gates Garden Centre, Wing Maze and Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue. There is plenty to do for all the family in Rutland.
Transport in Rutland
Rutland has the A1 trunk road on its Eastern border and the A47 East/West trunk road on its Southern edge. Both provide access to Leicester, Peterborough and Stamford as well as major towns and cities further afield. A network of smaller roads connects Oakham and Uppingham with the other villages in Rutland.
A cross-country rail service links Oakham with Stamford and Peterborough where commuters can connect with mainline services to London.
Education in Rutland
Rutland has well-known independent public schools in Oakham and Uppingham. There is also a range of primary and secondary state education options available in those towns.
Secondary education is available at Catmose College, Casterton College and Uppingham Community College. Further education options are available at Rutland County College in Oakham and at colleges in nearby Peterborough and Stamford.
Health services and amenities in Rutland
Rutland is served by hospitals in Grantham, Leicester, Stamford and Peterborough. Buying a new home in Rutland means opting to live in one of the healthiest areas in the country.
Health services include doctors’ surgeries and dental practices in Oakham and Uppingham, while some of the larger villages have NHS surgeries.
According to Public Health England the health of people in Rutland is generally better than the England average. The care on offer is also of a high standard. According to the Care Quality Commission, 100 percent of GP practices in Rutland were rated as providing a good standard of care and service.
A brief history of Rutland
Rutland was a sparsely settled and wild region during Roman occupation and didn’t form a part of any of the Saxon kingdoms but there were important Saxon settlements in Cottesmore and North Luffenham dating from the 5th and 6th centuries.
The brief battle of Loosecoat Field was fought near Tickencote during the Wars of the Roses and there were some standoffs around the county during the English Civil War.
Rutland was first referred to as a separate county in 1159. The wool trade became important in the area from the 14th century. Rutland has remained a predominantly agricultural county ever since.
Rutland Water was created in the mid -970s by damming the river Gwash and flooding its valley.