A happy accident of geography, geology and politics has allowed Stamford to remain the ‘finest stone town in England’ since its rise to prominence, thanks to the wool trade, centuries ago. At the meeting point of four counties, it remains a little-known delight. An hour’s walk takes you to Burghley House, and it is the magnificent Burghley estate to which The William Cecil belongs. The building dates back to the 17th century, and has been sympathetically refurbished inside and out. Now, as befits a Hillbrooke Hotel, which excels in quirky, affordable luxury, it sports 27 Classic, Chic and Luxury bedrooms: richly decorated and oozing comfort and imaginative style, including the two-bedroom Lodge, ideal for families or friends. Downstairs, a relaxed bar and restaurant are the setting for simple, tasty, seasonal food. Friendliness is at the heart of The William Cecil – which could also be said for Stamford itself.
Doubles from £105
+44 (0)1780 750070; hillbrookehotels.co.uk
The hotel is perfectly located to visit Rutland Water, one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe, set in 4,200 acres of rural countryside.
Try the tuna carpaccio or the bubble & speak scotch egg at the simple and lovely restaurant.
Book in for the hotel’s delicious afternoon tea.
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We’re famous for our Afternoon Teas. Beyond the traditional, our afternoon teas change throughout the year; from Summer Gin-inspired afternoon tea, to a Festive afternoon tea throughout December – join our #TeaTribe at The William Cecil at Stamford.
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