Hambleton Hall

‘Tim and Stefa Hart’s country house hotel is consistently outstanding, with service I have yet to see bettered: courteous, attentive, unintrusive. More

Contact details

Hambleton Hall
Oakham
Hambleton
Rutland
LE15 8TH
England
01572 756991

Hotel information

Bedrooms

17. 2-bedroomed suite in cottage.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, hall, drawing room/bar, restaurant, 2 private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (tennis, swimming pool (heated May–Sept), croquet, vegetable garden).

Background music

none.

Children

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

Dogs

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

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £280, D,B&B from £400. Set dinner £69. 1-night bookings normally refused weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Tim and Stefa Hart’s country house hotel is consistently outstanding, with service I have yet to see bettered: courteous, attentive, unobtrusive. And Aaron Patterson’s Michelin-starred cooking never fails.’ Standing amid formal gardens, this ‘classy, delightful hotel’ inspires devotion among its guests. ‘It does not disappoint,’ a regular Guide reader sums up in 2017. Modern luxury mixes with period features in the 19th-century hunting lodge. Well-equipped bedrooms have thoughtful touches (fresh flowers, pre-stamped postcards, biscuits by the bedside) that add to the general feeling of being ‘wonderfully spoilt’. ‘Our room overlooked lovely Rutland Water under lowering skies on a winter Sunday.’ Stroll round the ‘beautiful gardens’ or, if the weather turns, find a spot on one of the ‘inviting sofas’ in the ‘ever-comfortable lounges’ (‘the lighting’s a little low for reading, though’). Dinner is ‘superb’; breakfast, with ‘good, strong coffee and fresh hot cross buns’, is ‘exemplary’. ‘Long may the current owners and chef remain.’ Sister establishment Hart’s Hotel is in Nottingham (see entry). (Robert Gower, Anthony Bradbury, Robert Sandham). Hambleton Hall is also a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Special offers

Autumn and Winter Breaks in Rutland

Sunday to Friday, October 2017 to April 2018, from £420.00 per couple, the offer includes: one night’s accommodation in one of our Standard double bedrooms; 3 courses and coffee from our Menu of the Day; full Hambleton breakfast & morning newspaper; inclusive of VAT and based on 2 people sharing, limited availability, excludes Christmas, New Year & Easter. This menu is inclusive of a discretionary service charge of 12.5%. Add a second night to your stay at the same rate and enjoy our Gourmet 6 Course Tasting Menu on one evening. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

Map

Hambleton Hall
Oakham
Hambleton
Rutland
LE15 8TH

Guest comments

'I have just returned from my first stay at Hamilton Hall and have booked to go back in October. It is the best hotel I have ever stayed at in England. It is how a hotel should be run. It is faultless. Unlike some hotels in your guide and the Michelin, who are living on their reputations, some of which and one in particular, are way past their sell by date. Hamilton is not taking anything for granted. ' - Lee Menzies - August, 2017
'This remains a delightful hotel with helpful staff and a superb dining experience.The one criticism of the lounge is that the lighting (as has been the case whenever we visit) is not too good for book reading. ' - Anthony Bradbury - February, 2017
'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. Our room faced the lake, thus giving us a truly wonderful panorama. It was curiously old-fashioned (enormous free-standing wooden wardrobe, no fridge and no safe) but two comfy armchairs. The bed was almost too big for the room but very comfortable, but I found the lighting poor. The bathroom was the very model of modernity. The dining room and service were amazing - such professionalism. The food was stunning. ' - Caroline Fairclif - August, 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

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Tourist 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”.