17. 2-bedroomed suite in cottage.
lift, hall, drawing room, bar, restaurant, 2 private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (tennis, swimming pool (heated May–Sept), croquet, vegetable garden).
all ages welcomed, only children ‘of a grown-up age’ in restaurant in evening.
allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), hall, not in public rooms.
all major cards.
 per room B&B from £270, D,B&B from £406. Set dinner £68, à la carte £68. 1-night bookings normally refused weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Arrive, as did Guide readers this year, ‘in perfect time for sitting on the terrace and being wonderfully spoilt’. ‘Almost impossible to fault’, Tim and Stefa Hart’s ‘classy’ country house hotel overlooking Rutland Water is a long-time favourite: the staff are ‘warm and genuine’, the food is ‘a joy’. ‘It is the standard by which we’ve come to judge the other establishments we stay at and eat in.’ The 19th-century hunting lodge is ‘a haven of luxury’: step into ‘elegant’ public rooms with ‘inviting sofas, generous flower arrangements, an array of magazines’; in good weather, explore the ‘beautiful’ gardens. ‘Impeccable’ bedrooms, some ‘old fashioned’, are a picture of cultivated country charm (sprinklings of toile de Jouy, spreads of chintz); some have a ‘truly spectacular’ view over the garden. ‘The turn-down service is meticulous.’ Michelin-starred chef Aaron Patterson continues to win acclaim for his ‘wonderful’ modern dishes. Hart’s Hotel, Nottingham (see entry) is under the same ownership. (Caroline Faircliff, Susan Willmington, Roderic Rennison, Francine and Ian Walsh)
Hambleton Hall, Rutland, Autumn & Winter Breaks in Rutland
Sunday to Friday, October 2016 to April 2017. £400.00 per couple, includes one nights’ accommodation in a standard double bedroom, three courses from the menu of the day and breakfast. Add a second night to your stay at the same rate and enjoy our gourmet six-course tasting menu. Inclusive of vat and service, based on two people sharing. Excludes Christmas, New Year & Easter.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.