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.
  • 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

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.