Reviews and testimonials

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Reviews from guests and group bookings

What a lovely hidden gem, nestled away in the Leicestershire countryside.
The views and tranquillity surrounding the cottages are such a joy! Who knew Leicester was so close to such gorgeous countryside with National Forest walks on your doorstep. The cottage is extremely clean, cozy, and homely with all of the amenities required for a self-catering stay. This is my first trip post lockdown and I can wholeheartedly say that I felt very safe and secure!
I have no concerns about returning or recommending to others.

We had the pleasure of meeting the owner Jean in the evening as she was making her way back to her home. What a lovely lady! Her enthusiasm and caring attitude towards the guests came across. This is a wonderful place to escape the city life! Relax on the patio with a glass of wine watching the swallows and sunset- you might even see the buzzard! Thank you for a wonderful stay. 

I will most definitely be returning.

Katie, August 2020

We had a really lovely stay.  The layout of the cottages worked well, and having an ensuite for each bedroom was ideal.  I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to explore that area. – Wendy. March 2022


Twenty one of us, six families, 9 children 4 – 20 years in The Hayloft, Granary, Barn and Refectory. The layout is ideal, all gathering in the Hayloft sitting room then dispersing to our separate cottages for peace and quiet. – Joanna . April 2022


Lovely cottages in a great location. Jean, our host, made sure everything was perfect for us. Scrupulously clean, warm welcome and fresh flapjack ! Everything we needed for a perfect holiday. Thank you !  – Helen. July 22.


Upper Rectory is great for visits to both Birmingham and places like Market Bosworth. Very quiet and peaceful location, it does a good job. – Mike and Ann. August 2022


Everyone was very impressed that I found this place!  I really wish we had more time to stay longer !   It was a lovely weekend,  amazing service from you and the cottages are so beautiful, thank you again from all of us. –  Bableen . August 2022


 All of the facilities were excellent, just right for a group of our size, especially the large kitchen and refectory. – Mike . August 2022


We all agreed Upper Rectory Farm Cottages is a fantastic place for large house parties. We enjoyed a few lovely walks through the maize fields! The beds are really comfortable and the cottages very well equipped.  I think you’ve done a great job – oh, and your flapjacks are delicious! – Jane. September 2022


An absolute must for anybody looking for a peaceful rural retreat. Lovely set up and very professionally run. If you don’t pick this for my review, then just go to taste her homemade flapjacks! – Amin & Emma. December 2021


Jean’s cottage is a delightful place to stay. The setting is extremely peaceful and the views across the farm are very pretty. As a host, Jean is just superb. Very quick to respond with any query or assistance needed.   – Joanna. December 2021.


Amazing venue, amazing price and the loveliest host! – Nazia

December 2021



We had a friends hen party weekend here, amazing fully equipped accommodation and Jean was a very helpful host who also makes lovely flapjacks!  – Emma. January 2022


This is such a lovely self catering accommodation. The host was warm and welcoming. We were given lists of things to do/see in the area which was very useful. If we get the chance we’d definitely stay here again. – Jessica. February 2022


A great weekend – it’s a great place to stay! – Alison. March 2022


This is our 9th year at “Jean’s Farm”! Amazing time yet again! – The Johnsons, July 2022

Our quizzillionth visit and always hugely anticipated and enjoyed! Fab, Fab! – The Edmonds family, May 2019


We headed to Jean’s for a wedding and have had the most amazing weekend away. The cottage is absolutely beautiful, even better than the pictures. Would completely recommend Jean and her venue to anyone looking for a relaxing and beautiful staycation – Lucy. June 2021 

We had a lovely stay in the Carthovel and the peace and quiet was sublime! The dawn chorus was wonderful.-   Michael n Louise . July 2021


Great place for family and friends to stay. Clean, bright, cheerful and so much space for Children ! Loved our stay at this amazing place! – Corriene. July 2021


Our little cottage was very impressive ,Everything was so clean and welcoming. Home from home. – Basil and Audrey. August 2021


Lovely stay. Great accommodation and welcoming host. Would highly recommend! – Robyn. August 2021


We came for a clan-gathering/birthday celebration. Fantastic that 40 people could play and eat together! Facilities top rate and setting so peaceful. – Sally and Patrick, Montreal, Canada, 2019

Many thanks from 43 people including children and babies. We travelled from all over England and Wales for our Golden Wedding Anniversary. – The Maddisons, September 2019

Wonderful stay for the wedding at Norton Fields! – Mr & Mrs Dodd, May 2019

Great location and accommodation for a large family party. We had a fantastic weekend and can thoroughly recommend Upper Rectory Farm! – Thomson’s, September 2019

The cottage is a very cosy and lovely place to stay. – Lisa, August 2019

Wow! What a place! There were 27 of us here! Amazing cottages, so well equipped. The place is gorgeous and we had a fabulous time. – Carmel, July 2019

The cottage is lovely – everything we needed. – The Rundletts, August 2019

Visitor emails

We love to stay in touch with previous guests. Here are some of the emails we have received.

“Hi Jean,Just a quick message to say thank you for what was a fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable stay at Upper Rectory. The setting and the cottages are truly amazing and we all loved every minute of our stay - so much so my daughter wanted to stay on and live there!! The standard of the decor and all the equipment you provide are first class we did not want for anything. The thing we ALL commented on was how SPOTLESS the cottages were -please do thank Tina she did a great job. We cannot wait to return so thank you once again!”

Richard and family.

"Last weekend stay at your farm accommodation for my wife's 60th birthday was magical. The complex we booked was better than we had expected allowing our friends comfortable self-contained areas but allowing freedom to use all rooms downstairs and facilities. The Refectory was the icing on the cake to allow all 17 of us to have breakfast, lunch and to have a party on Saturday to celebrate Julie’s 60th and retirement. With the weather so nice we used the outside seating and grassy area to its fullest. The bonus was all the wildlife , especially the swallows which fascinated all of us watching them fly in and out of their nest nr the Refectory. Julie and me will remember this weekend for years to come .Thank you.”

Andrew and Julie.

“I just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with our accommodation at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages. A definite 10 out of 10 from all our family, we had a lovely time and the weather was superb too. It’s the perfect place for a family get together for us, travelling from London , Manchester and Wolverhampton and meeting in the middle so conveniently. Looking forward to further stays at your cottages.”

Joe Johnson

“We had a really fabulous time during our stay with you. We had things to do to fill our days, but we were always happy to arrive “home” to Upper Rectory. Our house was so comfortable and really attractive, my idea of a country home. We hardly saw the neighbours, and even when they were around we didn’t feel they were on top of us. We have been singing your praises to everyone. I can honestly say I have never felt so relaxed after a week away, whether in the UK or abroad. Thank you so much. Hope to see you next year.”


“Can’t stop coming back! Enjoyed our first week in The Cowshed and this last week in The Barn.”

Kevin & Sam, Australia.

“Many, many thanks for the use of Upper Rectory Farm Cottages. I cannot praise the venue too highly. Everyone agreed. So much so that we would like to come again in September 2021.”


“Thankyou Jean, Our stay at the Piggery was outstanding. From your warm welcome and flapjacks on arrival to the outstanding peaceful views over the fields, we couldn't have wished for a better holiday. The cottage was magnificent, everything you could need and more. Especially enjoyed our walks around the area and can highly recommend the local butcher, lovely person and great service.”

Jane. NSW, Australia

Comments from our Corporate clients

“Excellent stay at the Upper Rectory Farm Cottages. The accommodation was to a very high standard and the meeting room facilities fitted our needs perfectly. Also a great location centrally placed in the country, easy to get to for a widely dispersed team. I would highly recommend these cottages for a corporate team stay.”
Christina Hardiman
National Account Manager, Mars Food UK
“Just wanted to drop you a note to say how well the venue worked for our team event.  The quality of the accommodation was excellent and the kitchen so well equipped.  Thank you again, it is a fantastic environment for a team building event & will highly recommend to others.”
Birds Eye Limited, Birds Eye Ltd
“The team were delighted with their meeting at your lovely venue. They are already talking about having another meeting there. They found it perfect for the relaxed ambiance they were seeking.”
Carole Williams
Market Access & EB Administrator, UCB Pharma Ltd
“We have used Upper Rectory Farm Cottages for our off-site business meetings for some years now. The flexible, well appointed accommodation makes for the perfect environment to get people out of the office - we’ve made many of our best decisions there. I’d recommend them to anyone, nothing is too much trouble for the hosts and it’s a great location for people travelling from all over the country.”
Ben Stables
Operations Manager, BUPA
“The venue was ideal for our needs, we had a large meeting room where we could all work together, and as we had separate accommodation it felt like a home-from-home in the evenings. A great place to stay for our corporate retreat – I’m sure we’ll return soon!”
Karl Parry
Operations Manager, Bright Carbon

Covid-19 Update

Good To Go England

We hope all our guests are staying safe and well during this difficult time.

We’ve recently re-opened our cottages and very much look forward to you returning.

We have completed our risk assessments and are following government guidelines to enable us to open safely. We are taking bookings with full refunds should your visit not be able to take place due to coronavirus.

For more information on our precautions implemented, booking your stay, or what to expect when you arrive, please read our Covid-19 advice or contact Jean on 01827 880448 or

Stay safe all and we look forward to seeing you soon, 

Jean and David