A rare and special setting; the grounds of the house meet the edge of Rutland Water, with far-reaching lake and church views. There’s a terrace with table and chairs, a stunning garden and a croquet lawn. Inside: high ceilings, stone archways, antiques, a log fire to sit by. Comfortable and traditional bedrooms have smart, handsome bathrooms; the twin has glorious views from both windows. Wake for an Aga-cooked spread of home-laid eggs, sausages and homemade marmalade. Rutland is a mini-Cotswolds of stone villages and gentle hills; Georgian Stamford, Burghley House and Belvoir Castle are all near. Cecilie is a well-travelled, interesting host.