This was our second stay in the station. As before everything was spotlessly clean on our arrival and Alex had left a bottle of wine in way of welcome. This is a fabulous place to stay, with spacious accommodation and bags of character, especially the sweeping stairway up to the bedrooms, or rather the platform if you can visualise the original layout. My steam train enthusiast husband was in seventh heaven decanting the port in the ticket office for some local friends of ours, and our dog just Loved all the many varied walks we took ranging from Wakerley woods to the Harringworth viaduct. We loved it so much that we've booked stay number 3 in May!
I stayed here over new year with my partner and 2 other couples (25-30 years). We also brought 3 dogs, when we arrived Alexandra was extremly welcoming and also gave a bottle of prosecco,which was drank at the new year and extreamly appriciated! We had a lovely relaxing stay. The photos of the house do not do it justice! All in all there was nothing to complain about and we were all happy this is the place we chose to celebrate new year. it would be a lovely place to visit in the summer with the patio and private garden, which the dogs loved. Would love to visit again!
This is a very characterful property with high ceilings, a fabulous staircase that used to lead to the high level railway platform, and a feeling of spaciousness throughout. Although there were just two of us staying for the whole 2 weeks, we did have extended family visiting us on weekends and we comfortably managed to feed 9 and sleep 7.
Although the location is ideal for visiting Stamford, Oakham, Rutland Water and the many other pretty locations in the area, we enjoyed quiet times strolling the many footpaths from the house, including along the adjacent River Welland. It is an easy stroll into Barrowden village, where the Exeter Arms does good food and local beers, and the community shop keeps a reasonable range of groceries etc.
The patio area has a pleasant outlook over fields, and had lots of use during our stay, including bbq's. The small garden is also useful and fully enclosed, and there is ample parking for 4 or 5 cars, again useful when we had visitors.
Owners Alex and Mark were very helpful - we did have a couple of minor maintenance issues crop up and these were dealt with as soon as possible. - and we passed on some comments we hope they found useful. The lack of a freezer (or freezer compartment in the fridge) was the biggest issue given that we did a fair bit of entertaining, and the wi-fi signal was very inconsistent. We also thought that there is huge potential to reflect the heritage of the building with old photos of the station and relevant railway paraphernalia - apparently this is already in hand.
Overall a lovely place to stay.
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Visited with my two boys, mother in law and hubby. Beautiful converted station with fabulous high ceilings and a grand staircase. Located in a small village with a shop and swing park church and pub. Only two bedrooms but sleeps 8 with two sofa beds in the lounge. Kitchen fully equipped. Woke to the sound of sheep baaing in a nearby field which was better than being woken by police sirens and traffic as you do in a city! All in all a good find and glad we chose to stay in a private rental property with character rather than in a chain hotel to attend a wedding at nearby Bourne and Stamford. Would recommend!
I would recommend staying here to anyone. It is a beautiful house, full of character and well equipped. It provides a great base for sight seeing in the area, but is also great if you want to just stay in and relax.excellent value for money.