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Rutland, in central England, is the smallest historic county in the country, at just 18 miles long and 17 miles wide. It is bordered by Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and Peterborough, which are also great places to explore by car rental in Rutland if you get cabin-fever in the county.
Cheap car hire in Rutland can take you to the only two towns in the county, Oakham and Uppingham. Here you will find the majority of shops and attractions, as well as cafs and restaurants serving up traditional English grub.
The town of Oakham is also home to the Great Hall, which boasts an unusual collection of horseshoes. Some are particularly elaborate, having been donated by royalty. The horseshoe features on the county coat of arms. Flitteriss Park is also a place worth visiting with car hire in Rutland. The farm lies just east of Overton Park and is the highest point in the county. Great views an be enjoyed here.
Rutland Water lies at the center of the county and is best reached by car rental in Rutland. It is about the same size as Lake Windermere in the Lake District and serves as a nature reserve. Bird watchers will appreciate it here as there are large numbers of wildfowl and ospreys.
The buildings in Rutland and typically quaint, with many boasting thatched roofs above limestone or ironstone bricks. Driving around the county is pleasant and relaxed and is a good way to soak up the atmosphere or rural England.