New homes in Rutland
Rutland’s motto is ‘Multum in Parvo’ – much in little – which is very apt. Despite being the smallest county in England (it measures just 18 miles from north to south and 17 miles from east to west) there is so much on offer here if you are looking for a new home.
The county was listed as the best rural place to live in England in the 2018 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey. It is therefore a location that tempts many house buyers.
New houses in the county are therefore very much in demand, with home building taking place in a limited number of locations.
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 made up of 52 delightful villages ranging in size from small hamlets with a few houses to larger communities 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.
House prices in Rutland
House prices in Rutland are generally higher than the average for the East Midlands region in which it sits and for England as a whole. However, average figures never tell the complete story and there are bargains to be had in the local new housing market.
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, from the Olive Branch in Clipsham, Fox and Hounds in Exton and The Blue Ball in Braunston. the restaurant at Hambleton Hall has held a Michelin star since 1982. You’ll never be short of options when it comes to eating out!
Other attractions include stately homes like Belton House, Oakham Castle, Lyddington Bede House, 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 swift and easy 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 good quality 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 is available at Rutland County College in Oakham and at colleges in nearby Peterborough and Stamford.
Health services and amenities in Rutland
Buying a new home in Rutland means opting to live in what statistics show is one of the healthiest areas in the country. According to Public Health England the healthy life expectancy of people in Rutland is significantly better than the average in England.
Rutland is served by hospitals in Grantham, Leicester, Stamford and Peterborough. Local health services include doctors’ surgeries and dental practices in Oakham and Uppingham, while some of the larger villages also have NHS surgeries.
A brief history of Rutland
It seems that there has never been much housing in Rutland, so in that respect not much has changed! The county was a sparsely settled and wild region during the Roman occupation and didn’t form a part of any of the Saxon kingdoms. However, there were important Saxon settlements in Cottesmore and North Luffenham during 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.
Current new housing developments in Rutland:
Coming soon - The Croft, Oakham.