Hambleton Hall

César award in 1985

'The perfect country house. It is practically impossible to fault it.' Praise this year from trusted correspondents visiting this luxury hotel on a slope overlooking Rutland Water. It has been owned and run by Tim and Stefa Hart for 35 years (see also Hart's Hotel, Nottingham). Another comment: 'There is a strong sense among the staff of a shared ethos of the pursuit of excellence.' 'Classy, tasteful' public rooms have antiques, 'spectacular' flower arrangements, 'comfortable' sofas. Bedrooms vary in size and aspect; the best have views of the water. 'Our standard room over the front door was warm and very comfortable, with a fantastic bathroom.' In the candlelit dining room, Aaron Patterson has a Michelin star for his 'magnificent' modern cooking: 'dainty' dishes, perhaps consommé of wild mushrooms, parsley root panna cotta; hare Wellington, quince purée, cutlets. Breakfast, with 'divine' bread from Tim Hart's Hambleton Bakery, is served at table. On a summer's day, sitting on the terrace overlooking the lake is 'as near to paradise as one can get'. (Francine and Ian Walsh, Anthony Bradbury, Robert Gower, Julia de Waal). Hambleton Hall is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • This is the perfect country house, practically impossible to fault. It is classy, tasteful, comfortable and well appointed. As our car drew up, the door was opened, luggage was carried up to our room, the car taken away and parked, tea offered. A lovely fire burnt in the drawing room and the foyer. There were spectacular flower arrangements in the public rooms. Dinner was dainty, and offered really tasty courses. We had an interesting discussion with the maître about wine. Breakfast, including fruit and cereal was entirely served at the table by a delightful Chinese waitress.

    Ian & Francine Walsh, 13/01/2014

  • This remains our favourite all-time hotel. We have been going for one or two nights a year for 20 years and the location, condition of the hotel, food, rooms and service are all excellent. The result is a faultless experience and one that we look forward to repeating at regular intervals.

    Roderic Rennison, 25/04/2013

  • Everthing about this quintessential country hotel is a class act. The location, the decor, the service, and the food and wine combine to give a memorable stay. Over the last 23 years we have never been disappointed.

    Michael Raeside Auld, 03/03/2012

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Local attractions

Oakham
Small market town.
Belvoir Castle
A 19th-century castle, with a sculpture garden.
Exton Church
According to Pevsner, “There are few churches in England in which English sculpture from the 16th century to the 18th century can be enjoyed so much”.

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Contact Details

Hambleton Hall

Oakham HAMBLETON Rutland England LE15 8TH

Telephone

01572 756991

Further Information

Bedrooms

17, 2-bedroomed suite in pavilion.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, ramps, hall, drawing room, bar, restaurant, 2 private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (swimming pool, heated May-Sept, tennis).

Background music

none.

Children

only children 'of a grown-up age' in restaurant in evening.

Dogs

not allowed in public rooms, nor unattended in bedrooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2014] per room B&B £265-£440. Set dinner £65-£75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.