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Few English counties boast such a high proportion of postcard-pretty villages of golden stone cottages clustering around a church, a ‘big house’ and a pub. When I first came to Rutland I was reminded of the Cotswolds, and no wonder, for Rutland sits on the same swathe of jurassic limestone.

Every Rutland village has its own charm: here are my current favourites:

Barrowden – highlighted by the Telegraph’s property pages in 2015 as one of the prettiest villages in England, with its duckpond, village green and pub.

Lyddington – a broad main street, a hidden gem in English Heritage’s Bede House, two excellent pub-restaurants and a parish church that is not only beautiful but a centre for music and the arts.

Belton-in-Rutland – a lovely mix of large Georgian houses, stone cottages and brick terraces, all jumbled together on the side of a hill just west of Uppingham.

Wymondham – a broad main street, a working windmill and a great antique shop.

Wing – a typical Rutland village with a Top, a Middle and a Bottom Street, plus a village hall that serves afternoon tea on summer Sundays, plus a mysterious turf maze and a good pub-restaurant.

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