We have lived in Aunby for 16 years, brought up our children here, and we love it.
The house is a rambling place, but this is part of its charm. Children enjoy the quirkiness and the house loves children. The meadow is a fantastic summer time space - every year the plants are different, and we have various ground nesting birds (we cut paths through the flowers and encourage guests to use these). We keep bees and their honey (if available and we have not been struck by another Beast from the East!) is left in the house for guests to try. The tennis court is playable in all weathers (tennis only please!) - and we can supply racquets if needed. St Medard's studio (yoga,pilates, t'ai ch'i) is right next to Piper House and can be rented alongside the main house if you would like to incorporate yoga into your weekend. Let us know you need us to arrange instructors.
If you are looking for a large house for a weekend away, look no further!
Aunby was once a large and thriving village, with a monastery in one of the fields close to the house. This was abandoned, as so many villages and properties were, after the Black Death and the monastery fell into disrepair and ruin, and eventually the masonry itself was removed by people rebuilding. Piper House has columns along the front, which were taken from the monastery - and when we renovated the House, the stone mason we used - who came from Chatsworth to work on Piper - showed us the medieval axe marks of the stone mason who had been there before him. It is a remarkable thing to know that these pillars have been in the village over 900 years.
Stamford is a beautiful town, full of shops and restaurants and some great pubs. Rutland Water, Europe's largest man made lake, is only 10 mins drive and offers plenty of outdoor activities, cycling, walking, sailing, fishing, rock climbing, to name but a few. We hope we can tempt you to our much loved corner of England.