Hambleton Hall

Arrive, as did Guide readers this year, ‘in perfect time for sitting on the terrace and being wonderfully spoilt’. More

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Hambleton Hall
LE15 8TH
01572 756991
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17. 2-bedroomed suite in cottage.


all year.


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).

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all ages welcomed, only children ‘of a grown-up age’ in restaurant in evening.


allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), hall, not in public rooms.

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all major cards.


[2016] 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). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Special offers

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.


Hambleton Hall
LE15 8TH

Guest comments

'It is almost impossible to fault, with impeccable food and service.We are currently saving up to go again. ' - Susan Wilmington - April, 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 - March, 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 - March, 2015
'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 - August, 2015

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Tourist attractions

  • Oakham

    Small market town.

  • Belvoir Castle

    A 19th-century castle, with a sculpture garden.

  • Exton Church

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