“Another year of hard work for our team at the BBC Good Food Show. What a joy it is to come back to Upper Rectory Farm and relax in comfort!”

Felicia, Wine Sorted Ltd


5 Star Cottages, 4 Star Prices and the lovely things our guests say

VisitEngland assesses holiday accommodation on five criteria (bedrooms, bathrooms, breakfast, cleanliness and hospitality) and awards EnjoyEngland star ratings to help you easily compare and choose accommodation.

VisitEngland’s unique Gold award recognises exceptional quality within a star rating or for outperforming a star rating. And our cottages are reviewed every year to ensure we’re maintaining our standards.

All of our cottages have achieved at least 4 Stars with a Gold Award. And, because we allocate cottages based on your group, we don’t charge extra for our 5 Star cottages. In fact, between you and Jean, the only thing that concerned our inspector was our pricing - he thinks it’s too low. Shhh don’t tell David.

Now read the lovely things other people have said about us

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Zoe Chamberlain of Birmingham’s Sunday Mercury found everything she wanted from a family holiday right on her doorstep at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages.

“Why drive for miles when we have perfectly tranquil holiday cottages right on our doorstep? Set in 200 acres of working arable farm, these cottages have been beautifully restored and decorated to preserve the character of the properties, even down to the names. We pigged out in the Piggery! Jean left is a fabulous batch of home made flapjacks for our arrival, together with milk, tea and coffee to make us feel right at home.
What makes Upper Rectory unique is that Jean can adapt each cottage to suit the number of people staying. We had four bedrooms because I went there to stay with my husband and our two young sons, my mum and her partner, my sister, her husband and their baby. There was plenty of space for all the family and it was all on one level - great for kids.
Jean and David are happy to take young families up to their farm and show them all the tractors ... more then I’ve ever seen in my life. The boys were in their element, climbing on board and having their pictures taken next to the enormous wheels. They had the chance to play in the wheat barn and learn from David where breakfast cereal and biscuits come from. They got to stroke horses and see how recycling is done. The boys have talked about it for weeks. Jean can book massage therapists to visit, too, if you’re looking for more of a spa break. It seems nothing is too much trouble.
There is a surprising amount to do in this area, and in places you might not normally think to go to because they’re right on your doorstep. There’s Conkers, a hands on discovery centre; the thrills of Drayton Manor theme park; a stroll along the 22 mile Ashby Canal; borrow bikes and cycle to the Shackerstone steam railway. The lovely Twycross Zoo was literally a five minute drive away, packed with things for all the family to share and do, including a fairground included in the entrance fee.
But, for us, the highlight of our weekend away was just being able to spend time as a family. We could sit out on the patio of our cottage, overlooking endless fields while the children happily played football and looked for rabbits, nesting swallows and even incoming microlights. Jean had a laundry room full of videos and board games for rainy days. When the sun shone, she wheeled round the barbecue and we enjoyed burgers and beers as we drank in the panoramic views and the ambience.
A wonderful dining room was large enough for us all to gather round. The lounge was cosy with plenty of comfy sofas and a large flatscreen tv and dvd player for vegging out. Each bedroom had an en-suite which saved having to queue for the bathroom or worry about waking the children after they’d finally gone to sleep after a long day of fresh air and fun.”

“Simply idyllic”



The Times’ “Best For” feature sees competition from around the country so we were delighted to be named Best For Groups in a review of the nation’s self catering cottages.

“These cottages have cunning doors which add or take away rooms to suit the size of your party. With views over the countryside, they are decorated in country-cottage style, with lots of oak tables and cupboards as well as exposed beams - and all mod-cons including wifi.”

“Best For Groups”



When Daily Mail feature writer Tom Rawstorne brought his extended family of two sets of grandparents, two couples with two children each (aged three to eight), plus three other couples, to Upper Rectory Farm Cottages, he discovered something for everyone.

“With everyone tightening their belts these days, the extended family break is very much back in vogue. Upper Rectory Farm Cottages offered ample opportunity for escape. Built around an L-shaped courtyard, the converted farm buildings are made up of a series of inter- connected cottages. It’s a fair distance from one end to another meaning that children having an early breakfast (and tantrum) didn’t disturb the lie-ins of an older generation. And when everyone was finally up and about, the children had the run of the place while the adults made use of a gigantic central dining room that could seat everyone at once.
Playing happy families is about more than mass catering. It’s important to find activities that amuse young and old alike. During our break there was an outing to a nearby riding stables while the grandparents (aka ‘The Grey Pound’) visited nearby Bosworth Field. The area is steeped in history and while the nearby Ashby de la Zouche will forever be associated with Adrian Mole, its castle holds more secrets than the most angst-ridden teenager’s diary could. The family showed a united front with a visit to Conkers at the heart of the National Forest. The tree-top walk was a hit with the adult males, who attempted to establish a pecking order on the assault course. Then it was back to the house for supper and Scrabble.”

“Ideal for family reunions”



When a journalist from Quality Pays, Visit Britain’s official publication for tourism businesses, reported that Upper Rectory Farm Cottages was the only self catering accommodation with staff to score 100% every year in the Visit England, she asked Jean to share her secrets:

“I advertise for ‘chamber maids’ rather than ‘cleaners’ and I advertise locally so they don’t have to spend time and money travelling. When I have a shortlist, I call on them at home unexpectedly so I can see their own personal standards. We have four chamber maids - their standards are 100% and they have pride in keeping it that way. The girls hold every glass up the light to check for fingerprints or cracks, and cutlery in drawers is packed in neat piles. When we are busy, I clean too. I think it motivates them and I can check everything is being done properly.”

"100% Cleanliness"



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We offer highly bespoke bookings for our guests. We can cater for up to 22 (18 beds in 11 separate bedrooms + three sitting rooms) across our corporate suite of three interconnected cottages.

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