Upper Rectory Farm Cottages
“Superbly converted barns in rolling cornfields with pretty courtyards and gorgeous views” - VisitEngland Assessor
Appleby Magna, Leicestershire
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Set amid the rolling cornfields of Leicestershire’s idyllic countryside, Upper Rectory Farm Cottages are a collection of delightful self-catering cottages in the heart of the cornfields at Appleby Magna. Our cottages sit around 3 adjoining courtyards and sleep 2, 4, 6 or 8 and some even interconnect to sleep 22. They each have a kitchen/sitting room, every bedroom has its own ensuite bath or shower room, and they all have fabulous views out across the fields. You might see hares, buzzards, rabbits, little owls, skylarks and even the odd fox if you're lucky! There are 2 miles of private farm roads to stroll along and enjoy the wonderful sunsets – or blow the cobwebs away on a windy day! Don't worry about parking - you can leave your car right outside the door in the courtyard. They are on the edge of The National Forest and are within 30 minutes of Drayton Manor, Twycross Zoo, Bosworth Battlefield, Calke Abbey, and also Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham with their wonderful shopping experiences.
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About the area
Leicestershire is divided between the large country estates of its eastern side and the industrial towns of the East Midlands to its west. Coal mining was an important part of the county’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is reflected in its heritage, including a reclaimed mine near Coalville, now divided between a nature reserve and Snibston Discovery Park, where families can learn about the mining industry. Meanwhile, agricultural areas are concentrated around the pleasant market towns of Market Harborough and Market Bosworth.
The county’s administrative centre is the city of Leicester, and other major towns are Loughborough, which includes bell-founding among its many industries, and Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton cheese and a particularly English item, the pork pie. One shop in Leicester has been specialising in this meaty delicacy since 1851. Northeast of Melton Mowbray is the lovely Vale of Belvoir, beneath which are large deposits of coal.
Charnwood Forest, with fewer trees than one would expect, provides a wild and rugged landscape conveniently situated for escape from the city. It lies to the northwest of Leicester extending to Loughborough and Coalville, with some interruptions.
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