It's threating snow but none here yet here in Rutland!......

Our very best wishes for the festive season, and a very happy new year to all our guests and friends, from Two Hoots B&B

Things to do in Rutland this Autumn


What's on!

Birdfair: The British Birdwatching Fair

Friday 17th - Sunday 19th August 2018 Described as the birdwatchers' Glastonbury, Birdfair encompasses the wholespectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you're into birds and wildlife. There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You'll find everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, eGuides to eco-holidays! Every day on offer is a packed programme of events. Three separate timetables boast a fantastic variety of lectures. The Events Marquee hosts quiz shows, question and answer sessions, exclusive book launches and family-based entertainment. The Birdfair Auction offers you the chance to bid for a whole host of lots, donated by exhibitors, ranging from holidays, to artwork, to unique one-off experiences, with all the monies raised going directly to this year's Birdfair project.

17 Aug 2018to19 Aug 2018Open 09:00 - 17:30


Tolethorpe Hall Open Air Theatre




Throughout June, July & August
Home of Stamford Shakespeare Company

12 June 2018to1 Sept 2018

Spring News!

With the exception of Lincoln and Peterborough Cathedrals (Which are open throughout the year), the rest of the Hidden England sites have announced their open times for the 2018 season. Read on for details and if you would like to know more, visit for direct links to each.

From the 17th March to 28th October 2018 the House and Gardens are open daily (House closed on Fridays, but open on Good Friday) from 11am to 5pm.

Gardens only: 11 Feb–25 Mar & Oct, SUNDAYS ONLY, 11am-4.30pm
Hall & Gardens: 1 Apr–30 Sep, Sun, Wed, Fri & BH Mon. 12-4.30pm (Gardens from 11am)

ROCKINGHAM CASTLE - open again on Easter Sunday, 1st April (See website for times)

BELVOIR CASTLE - re-opening to the public in March (see website for more details)

GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE - 29th March - 30th September. Park & Gardens open 10.30am to 6.00pm.
April & May : Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
June – September: Sunday to Thursday inclusive.

EASTON WALLED GARDENS - Wednesday 7th March - Sunday 28th October. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am - 4pm.

Rutland Food News



Mr B&B and I have always enjoyed eating at most of these restaurants! we hope some of our guests do too early in 2018.  Rutland Lunch for Less is a food lovers paradise!


'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year'







It's Socktober so Autumn Special Time!


A 15% discount  from 1st -30th November on ANY two night booking Quote NOV17 this special will be applied on payment of final balance on arrival.



Bookings are coming in but we have good availability check the Book Now button we hope to see you soon!

Autumn Knitting Pattern

We've enjoyed a lovely, busy, summer here at Two Hoots B&B and we're looking forward to autumn.  It’s my favourite time of the year for walking the beautiful country lanes, woods and villages of Rutland.  Enjoying Englands smallest county's countryside, spending the day with Katie our working cocker spaniel tramping through the leaves.We're busy harvesting the apples, and blackberries, soon the pears will be ready. Plums already made into chutney, jam and halved ready for crumbles.  At the end of the day walking, enjoying the countryside and cooking, settling down with a good book or a spot of fairly easy knitting is my idea of heaven.  I thought I’d share my autumn knitting project pattern & picture for you to enjoy.  I'll post a pic of  the finished article in about a months time!!

If you want to enjoy a few days relaxing in Rutland's countryside this autumn, book a break at Two Hoots B&B and check back regularly  we are planning some October specials on two night (or more) stays!

Download free pattern



Two Hoots B&B + 14 other gardens


Empingham Village Open Gardens - July 1st & 2nd 11am-5pm


Plant Perfection! American Pillar Rambling Rose scrambling through the Apple Tree!




Tried this recipe today - delicious, thankyou to Rutland Cookery School.....

250g strong white flour
4g dried yeast
3g sea salt
1g caster sugar
5g olive oil
160g water
Rosemary, garlic, sea salt flakes, olive oil to finish
Mix all the dry ingredients together
Make a well in the middle and the water and oil
Bring together using a plastic scraper and then knead for 5 minutes
Place in an oiled (olive) bowl, rub the top of the dough lightly with olive oil, cover with cling film and leave at room temperature until doubled in size. Gently push flat and fold the dough into three. Leave to double in size again. Shape into a rectangle on a baking sheet, cover and leave to double in size, dimple the surface with oiled fingertips , scatter sliced garlic, rosemary sprigs, sea salt flakes and a very generous splash of extra virgin olive oil  Bake 180°C (fan assisted oven) for 20 minutes.






Pancakes for breakfast - fruity and healthy!


For the pancake mixture

  • 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
  • 50g/2oz butter


  • To serve
  • Lemon Wedges and caster sugar
  • Blueberries and Maple syrup
  • or go for it…….


Full English pancakes
Have a full English with a side of pancakes, who says the you can't have breakfast for dinner? our delicious Aga cooked full english breakfast, served with American-style pancakes that take only ten minutes to prepare.



It’s nearly time for a spring break here in Rutland. The garden has (bar for Doris on Thursday) been alive with birds busying themselves.  Jeff our resident Blackbird is impatiently waiting for the toast and scraps at the back door well before 8 in the morning (who burns toast that early!).  Jenny, our beautiful wren is hopping on and off the stone walling and Mrs Thrush is about her business of searching for food quietly as usual.  The fields are awash with all manner of wildlife, saw a mouse going down a hole yesterday, rabbits and muntjac are appearing.






Getting crafty, just wanted to share some quick

easy Christmas decorations, these are so easy

to make......




Autumn Specials


As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, it can only mean one thing; Autumn is officially here. People often think that Autumn/Winter is a time to hibernate but I think it’s the opposite, it is about getting out there and enjoying everything Rutland and Stamford has to offer. 1. Walks galore in Rutland

2.  Shopping at it's best a true get away from the high street - come and see! Try our special...


Autumn special 15% discount  from 1st -30th November on any two night weekend booking (Fri-Sun) Quote NOV16 (will be applied on payment of final balance)


After a busy August and September we’re now into October. We’ve been enjoying some glorious weather, with beautiful morning mists and golden sunsets,  and are loving seeing the colours gradually changing in the garden here and in the Rutland Lanes.  We have good availability. Click on the Book Now button for more details.


We hope to see you soon!


Easy Knit for beginners:


Something pretty for autumn as a decoration, cute mini pumpkins! doubles as a stress ball!  just give it a good squeeze when your feeling that stress!!

This easy knitting pattern is perfect for beginners and only takes about an hour to make. They will make great decorations for your Halloween table, or to give as gifts!Here is what you need to get started:



Orange DK wool

Brown DK wool

4mm double pointed needles

4mm needles

Toy stuffing  - to fill the pumpkin

Darning needle


Cast on 36 stitches, leaving a tail length of about 15"

Divide the stitches onto your two needles (use the 4mm circular needles) and join being careful not to twist.

*K5,P1* repeat until the knitting is about 3" long.

Break off the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, pull together tight and secure with a knot.

Turn inside out.

Then stuff the mini pumpkin with the toy stuffing until it is nice and round.

On the open end, thread your yarn through and pull together to close the opening.

Make a knot to hold in place.

Push the tail from the end through so you have to lengths of yarn coming from one end.

Tie the two tails together and wrap around and around to form that pumpkin shape.

Then knot to keep the shape.

Weave the ends in.

For the stalk - use the 4mm needles and brown dk wool.

Cast on 8 stitches

Start with a  knit row and work st st (stocking stitch) until piece measures 1.5 inches (longer if you want!)

Cast off.

Stitch the stalk into place on the top of the pumpkin. Voila! this is how to make a mini pumpkin!