Hambleton Hall

César award in 1985

'It remains an all-time favourite. The location, rooms and service are faultless.' Praise in 2013 for Tim and Stefa Hart's luxury hotel on a peninsula jutting into Rutland Water. Another comment: 'The food and accommodation are of the highest standard.' In the candlelit dining room, which has gold damask on the walls, the chef, Aaron Patterson, has a Michelin star. 'The dishes are so attractive in their presentation and intense in their flavour.' 'Delicious hors d'oeuvres (pumpkin, smoked salmon); crab, cèpes, beef and pheasant heralded the way for a never-to-be-forgotten tarte Tatin; a hedonistic experience.' Stefa Hart oversees the decor: the drawing room has fine fabrics, antiques, open fires, plumped cushions on deep sofas. The spacious bedrooms are individually decorated. The best overlook Rutland Water. Tim Hart's popular Hambleton bakery supplies 'divine' bread for dinner and the 'leisurely' breakfast, which includes home-made granola, fruit compotes, yogurt and freshly squeezed juices. He also owns Hart's Hotel in Nottingham (see entry). Hambleton Hall is a member of Pride of Britain Hotels. (Robert Gower, Roderic Rennison)
  • 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

[2013] per room B&B £255-£430. Set dinner £65. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.