Hambleton Hall

César award in 1985

In fine gardens overlooking Rutland Water, this country house hotel has long been run by owners Tim and Stefa Hart. ‘We received a warm welcome,’ say returning visitors in 2015, who were accompanied to their second-floor room (‘with a stunning view over the lake’) by a receptionist and a porter. ‘It was elegantly arranged with armchairs and cream furniture on a lush carpet of the same hue; the built-in wardrobe with mirrored panelled doors was a clever touch; the bathroom was exemplary and well equipped. We indulged in excellent tea and biscuits in the main lounge.’ Pre-dinner drinks come with ‘interesting amuse-bouche’. The chef, Aaron Patterson, has a Michelin star for his modern cooking: ‘They were happy to serve me two dishes from the starter menu; crab meat in a biscuit tuile with a small scoop of brown crab ice cream; then queen scallops on a sweet and sour sauce. Each came decorated with mixed curly salads at the side. Service was prompt, carried in by courteous foreign students.’ (Francine and Ian Walsh). Hambleton Hall is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • We arrived in perfect time for sitting on the terrace and being wonderfully spoilt. It soon became clear that the staff are an enormous asset to this haven of luxury - so friendly and interested to know what we'd been up to. We loved the spacious and elegant public rooms with their inviting looking sofas, generous flower arrangements and an array of magazines. Our room (Bay,intermediate range) faced the lake thus giving us a truly wonderful panorama. The room was curiously old-fashioned (enormous free-standing wooden wardrobe, no fridge and no safe) but two comfy armchairs. The bathroom was the very model of modernity with good lighting, lots of mirrors, towel rails and proper space to put washbag etc. The bed was almost too big for the room but incredibly comfortable, but I found the lighting poor. The dining room and service were amazing - such professionalism. The food was stunning. My husband's shoes were badly in need of a clean and following a call to Reception were duly returned within minutes looking spectacular!! Of particular note is Tim Hart's booklet "Things to do around Hambleton Hall", which he rewrites annually pointing out all sorts of local interests.

    Caroline Fairclif, 08/09/2015

  • It is almost impossible to fault, with impeccable food and service.We are currently saving up to go again.

    Susan Wilmington, 25/08/2015

  • We recently stayed again at Hambleton Hall as we have made a habit of doing around Easter; it’s like coming home. The greeting on our arrival was warm and genuine, the room was spotless, the service in the restaurant efficient and faultless – and as ever, the food was wonderful. This is the hotel and restaurant against which we have come to judge the other establishments that we stay and eat in. For us, no hotel has surpassed Hambleton in 20 plus years

    Roderic Rennison, 16/04/2015

  • We received a warm welcome and were told we had been given an upgrade.We were taken to a second- floor room by a sweet young receptionist AND a porter, carrying our minute overnight case. The room (Lotus) under the eaves was smaller than last year's but elegantly decorated, and had stunning view over the lake. The bathroom was exemplary and well equipped. We indulged in excellent tea and biscuits in the main lounge. The pre-dinner aperitifs came with interesting amuse-bouches. The smiling, ravishingly pretty young woman who fronts the house before dinner is an incarnation of sweetness and charm. I was not hungry enough to eat the three courses included in our package; she was perfectly amenable to the suggestion that I picked two dishes from the starters, the second of which could perhaps be a little larger. The French wine waiter assured us that a wine did not need to be wildly expensive to be good. Service was prompt, carried in by courteous foreign students.

    Francine and Ian Walsh , 28/03/2015

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Local attractions

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

Hambleton Hall, Oakham HAMBLETON Rutland England LE15 8TH


01572 756991

Further Information


17. 2-bedroomed suite in pavilion.


all year.


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



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


not allowed in public rooms, nor unattended in bedrooms (£10 per night per dog).

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2015] per room B&B single £195--£220, double £265--£540. Set dinner £68--£80. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.