OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Charming Luxury Thatched Holiday Cottage near Oakham, Rutland Water & Stamford



Updated: 23-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

Beautifully renovated cottage: Ideal for couples & perfect for romantic escapes

** Sister property to local thatched cottages:

Little Thatch, Seaton, Near Uppingham, Rutland - Property No. 1171332


Autumn Cottage, Preston, Near Oakham/Uppingham, Rutland - Property No. 1676481

NB: All our cottages operate a strictly "Non-smoking" & "No pets" policy. Children aged 10 years & over only.


Ideal for couples & perfect for romantic holidays, this charming thatched cottage has been lovingly restored & furnished to a very high standard to provide a warm & welcoming holiday or short break retreat. Sticky End is located in the busy & bustling conservation village of Cottesmore in England's smallest county, Rutland, a truly unspoiled rural gem in the heart of Middle England. Rutland Water, along with the surrounding countryside & villages, provide a beautiful back drop for sailing, water sports, fishing, cycling, bird watching, British Bird Fair, golf & walking.

Sticky End is an ideal base for exploring the region including the nearby busy market public school towns of Oakham and Uppingham, and is only 10 miles from historic Stamford.

Traditional country pubs, stately homes such as Belvoir Castle, magnificent Burghley House (home of the Burghley Horse Trials) & National Trust properties including Belton House are within a short drive, whilst local shopping is refreshingly 'unique & antique. Complimentary Wi-Fi installed in cottage.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Martin & Julia Copeman
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

About Martin & Julia Copeman

In November 2013, we were proud to announce that Sticky End had a perfect sister property, Little Thatch. Little Thatch is a 3 bedroom thatched cottage with a charming cottage garden and is located in the tranquil village of Seaton (Uppingham, 3 miles) just to the south of Rutland Water. Property No. 1171332

And now we are delighted to advise that we have a third Rutland luxury thatched holiday cottage. Autumn Cottage, Preston, Near Oakham/Uppingham, Rutland - Property No. 1676481 is an equally charming 2 bedroom property located in the quiet old village of Preston between Oakham & Uppingham.


Martin & Julia Copeman purchased this cottage in 2006

6 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


perfectly charming country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in this charming cottage, with its tiny library under the stairs, and its beautifully equipped kitchen, and glorious gardens ( front and back ). Martin and Julia allowed us to bring the children here when our Campervan crashed and died before a planned trip to France. We loved it, and probably enjoyed it more than France. It was so well placed for all the local attractions and had everything we needed in the village, including a very good fish and chip shop! would highly recommend for a relaxing, cosy stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we were able to assist in saving your holiday. Thank you for looking after the cottage and also for posting such a good review. You have created a good "Staycation" advertisement! Hope to welcome you back again to the Rutland & Stamford area sometime. Martin & Julia
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Well equipped, warm and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sticky End for Christmas 2014. We enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage is warm, well equipped and very comfortable. The open fire and surroundings were a delight. Martin and Julia have thought of everything including a decorated Christmas Tree and decorations and of course Mince Pies! We even had snow on Boxing Day when the cottage and the village looked quite magical.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Charming and quaint in lovely village

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Sticky End and it was just as we remembered , cosy and charming with everything needed to make our stay perfect. Martin and Julia were vey helpful and we would definitely recommend Sticky End to others. We visited the local pub and there are such a wide variety of restaurants around that all tastes are catered for and the proximity to Rutland Water is an absolute plus. We will definitely stat at Sticky End again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. You have been perfect guests on both occasions that you have stayed and we very much look forward to welcoming you back to Sticky End, or our new cottage, Little Thatch near Uppingham, in the future.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A beautifully quaint mini-moon destination.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this beautiful country cottage. Great place for a romantic getaway, my husband and I really enjoyed our trip. Martin and Julia were very helpful and accommodating and even left us a welcome gift of home-made cake and champagne. We would like to add that the pictures do not do the place justice, Sticky End is a lot bigger than the pictures make it look and the place is full of charm - even had a little library! We particularly enjoyed the amazing fireplace.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind & positive feedback. We were delighted to be able to help make your Honeymoon. Hope to be able to welcome you back to Sticky End , or indeed to our new addition "Little Thatch (in Seaton, near Uppingham) in the future.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1
Fort Worth, TX

The most PERFECT cottage ever!

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I booked Sticky Cottage based solely upon photos that we saw online. We weren't familiar with Cottesmore, although we had read that the Rutland area was lovely. Turned out to be one of the best travel decisions we've made (and Mom and I go to England together annually), as Sticky End did not disappoint! In fact, it far exceeded our expectations, and the website photos do not begin to do this wonderful little thatched cottage justice. From the moment we walked in and were shown around by Martin, we were smitten. Never have we stayed in accommodations where such a high attention to detail was lavished. The cottage has been refurbished to a very high standard, but still definitely retains tremendous old-world character. Everywhere you look, there are antiques and interesting, unique items to delight the eye. I'm not exaggerating when I say that we spent much of our time in the cottage just wandering around and gazing at all of the beautiful decorative touches. From the little library stocked with wonderful old books to the upstairs bedroom closet that has been filled to the brim with delightful children's toys, the collection of handmade teddy bears, the amazing old advertising signs in the laundry room, the porcelain and china ... oh my! Perfection! If you've seen the movie "The Holiday" with Kate Winslett and Cameron Diaz and fallen in love with the cottage in that film, you will absolutely love Sticky End. I think it's even better! The cottage is an ideal base for touring Rutland, with parking right outside the courtyard. It's warm, cozy, beautiful ... just an absolute delight, and if I could give this cottage 10 stars, it would still not be enough.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It is always lovely to receive such positive feedback - it makes it all worthwhile! You were perfect guests & we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Sticky End on your next visit. Martin & Julia
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charming, Quaint, Centrally Located

  • 5 of 5

Hesitant to write such a glowing review because we don't want to give away our special spot! We always book "our cottage" for Bird Fair in August, and it's a treat to come back every year. Martin & Julia are excellent hosts, they and the cottage are warm and welcoming. The cottage has every convenience. My only complaint is that we hardly have enough free time with working at the Fair to enjoy it all!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again next month!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Stansted / Luton / Birmingham / East Midlands at 68 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Sun Inn at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Felixstowe at 123 Miles Nearest Golf : Greetham Valley at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Oakham (connections to Peterborough & Leicester) at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 (B668 junction) at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sun Inn at 0.3 Miles Car: recommended

Charming market towns Oakham & Uppingham, are the only towns in England's smallest county. Oakham hosts its own summer festival. Melton Mowbray including its renowned Pork Pie shop lies just to the north.

Rutland Water, an important nature reserve, serves as an over-wintering site for wildfowl & an Osprey breeding site. Hire bicycles and cycle round this beauty spot!

Stamford, a beautiful historic town has marvellous shops & on its outskirts boasts the jewel of Burghley House home to the Burghley Horse Trials. Oft a film location including 2005 movie Pride & Prejudice and TV's Middlemarch. The Stamford Shakespeare Festival is held annually at Tolethorpe Hall in an atmospheric open air theatre (6th June-26th August 2017 - A Midsummer Night's Dream ; Much Ado About Nothing ; Hobson's Choice).

Rockingham Motor Speedway & Rockingham Castle lie just 25 minutes south. Stunning Belvoir Castle (a Da Vinci Code film location) stands splendidly in the Vale of Belvoir just 25 minutes drive to the north.

Historic Cambridge within a 1 hour drive to the south & Lincoln to the north.

Other Activities: Rock Wall, High Wire, Jogging, Walking, Cycling

Golf: There are 3 golf courses within a short drive, including the excellent Greetham Valley.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season: Summer 17
22 Apr 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Mid-Season 1: Autumn 17
9 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
High Season: Autumn 17
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Mid-Season 2: Autumn 17
28 Oct 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Low Season: Winter 2017
25 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year Weeks
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

3 night weekend breaks from £285 / 4 night mid-week breaks from £345 are available on a short lead-in request basis (ie within 14 days of arrival only).
7 night weeks (usually Saturday to Saturday) - High Season @ £595 / Mid-Season @ £545+ / Low Season @ £495
• Christmas & New Year Weeks (7 nights minimum) - charming traditional decorations included
• Champagne Breaks

Terms & Conditions + Booking Form on request.
50% Deposit on Booking
50% Balance Payment + Pre-paid Security Deposit (refundable - see T&C) required by 6 weeks prior to arrival date,

Payment Methods Accepted: Cheque, BACS, International Bank Transfers, PayPal (surcharge), Credit Card via PayPal only (surcharge).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Updated: 23-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Ground floor
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, 1st floor, main bedroom en-suite


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, En-suite (toilet & sink)
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Small 2nd double room
  • Luxury bed linen & towels included in price.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children


  • Downstairs: • Oak beamed sitting room with open inglenook log fire. • Quaint study / library with books/ DVD 's & CD's for your stay. • Traditional pine kitchen with cosy dining area. • Separate utility room / cloakroom with washing machine. • Bathroom also with shower. Upstairs: • Main double bedroom with washbasin & en-suite toilet. • Comfortable second double bedroom. Outside: • Front cobbled cottage garden. • Charming rear courtyard garden with garden furniture and barbecue facility. • Private garage for secure parking and storage of bicycles, fishing equipment, etc. Fully inclusive rentals consists of: • Welcome tray. • Electricity. • Gas central heating. • One Basket of logs. • Crisp bed linen and towels. • Washing machine. • Iron & ironing board. • Fridge with freezer compartment. • Gas cooker & electric oven. • Microwave. • Dishwasher. • Colour Television & DVD. • Stereo CD & Radio.

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot