A former hunting lodge for the Earls of Gainsborough, the latest in the upmarket Signet Collection was a work in progress when our inspector called, with ‘a spa, hairdresser’s, café and farm shop still to open’.
A former hunting lodge for the Earls of Gainsborough, the latest in the upmarket Signet Collection was still a work in progress when our inspector called, with ‘a spa, hairdresser’s, café and farm shop still to open’. It is ‘not yet in the same league as sister property The Retreat at Elcot Park but still a stylish place to stay at a very good price’. A glass of wine at check-in was ‘a nice touch’, as was the dog bed by a wood-burner in reception. ‘Light, bright, appealing’ first-floor bedrooms with statement fabric headboards, some with views of Rutland Water, surround a courtyard, ‘a lovely place to sit in summer’. If you’re a light sleeper, ask for a first-floor room; a ground-floor room ‘right by the door to the courtyard’ was ‘quite dark, with small windows, and very noisy’ from above. ‘There were no robes, biscuits or a safe but there was complimentary ginger citrus liqueur.’ At dinner, ‘lobster and squid with orange and fennel was an unusual, tasty and beautifully chargrilled starter; gnocchi with wild field mushroom and spinach perfectly executed. Just what we needed after cycling the 23 miles round Rutland Water.’ Only continental breakfast is included in the price.
The Avenue Exton Oakham Rutland LE15 8AH England
45. Some in adjoining buildings around courtyard. 2 adapted for wheelchair. 17 self-catering lodges in 30-acre grounds.
COMFORT AND JOY AT THE HEART OF RUTLAND. December will be magic again at The Barnsdale, as this festive minibreak returns for 2023. There’s no better place for a magical, home-from-home Christmas than The Barnsdale – beautifully reimagined, cosy and welcoming, full of rustic charm and perfectly located. The hotel will be embracing all the festive traditions, from carols to stockings, the drinks will flow, the food will be sensational and a magical time will be had by all. Go for a magical 2 day festive escape, and a perfectly traditional Christmas. From £708 for single occupancy, £818 for double occupancy (2 nights). 2 night package includes: Christmas Eve: Enjoy mulled wine and fine cheeses over carols around the tree, before a sumptuous Christmas Eve dinner. Relax with a tipple in the bar, or attend Midnight Mass at one of the beautiful local churches. Christmas Day: Start your day with Breakfast & Bubbles, maybe go for a ramble around Rutland Water or stay at this cosy home-from-home hotel to open your presents, before a traditional Christmas lunch, with Christmas cake and tea in the afternoon. In the evening the hotel will lay on a fantastic buffet dinner for you. Boxing Day: Enjoy a delicious breakfast. Check out at 11am but you’re welcome to relax in the public areas and enjoy what scenic Rutland has to offer. See here to for more details, and to book.
3 nights for the price of 2. Take an extra day to discover the hidden gem that is Rutland, with our beautiful rustic bolthole as your base. The Barnsdale has to offer; breathtaking Rutland countryside, the fabulous 1760 Brasserie, the cosy Burley Bar, beautiful individually-styled rooms and much more. Arrive from Sunday to Tuesday, for a unique midweek minibreak in England’s smallest county. See here to book: https://thebarnsdale.onejourney.travel/rates/GHG342