Hambleton Hall

‘Perfection to the very last detail,’ writes a reader this year, of Tim and Stefa Hart’s hotel with landscaped gardens stretching down to Rutland Water. More

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LE15 8TH
01572 756991

Hotel information


17. 2-bedroomed suite in cottage.


all year.


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



all ages welcomed.


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

Credit cards

all major cards.


per room B&B single £200, double £290–£600. Excluding service, set dinner £73, tasting menu £92. 1-night bookings normally refused weekends (but call to check).

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Perfection to the very last detail,’ writes a reader this year, of Tim and Stefa Hart’s hotel (Relais & Château) with landscaped gardens stretching down to Rutland Water. ‘Welcoming staff and outstanding food and service.’ ‘A lovely, civilised place,’ adds a Guide regular in 2018. ‘Faultless,’ another endorses. The house was built as a hunting lodge in 1881 for a wealthy brewer, whose society-hostess sister Eva Astley Cooper entertained the likes of Noël Coward and Malcolm Sargent in the drawing room. The bedrooms, individually designed by Stefa Hart, have fresh flowers, stamped postcards, biscuits from the hotel’s celebrated bakery. The restaurant has held its Michelin star since 1982, with Aaron Patterson running the kitchen since 1992. His modern European cooking uses locally produced and foraged ingredients, including fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. For example, breast of Merrifield Farm duck, mandarin, black beans. The grounds are a colourful patchwork of topiary, ornamental ponds, statuary and a parterre. A sister hotel is Hart’s, Nottingham (see entry). (Lee Menzies, Sara HollowellRG, AB, RS)

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Special offers

Summer Breaks in Rutland

Summer Breaks in Rutland from £475 per couple, Sunday to Thursday, May to October 2019. The offer includes: One night’s accommodation in a Standard double bedroom. 3 courses and coffee from the Menu of the Day. Full Hambleton breakfast. Inclusive of VAT and based on 2 people sharing. Limited availability, excludes Bank Holidays. This menu is inclusive of a discretionary service charge of 12.5%. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Hambleton Hall
LE15 8TH

Guest comments

'It would be hard to find any hotel in Britain as consistently good, year after year, as Hambleton Hall. On a one night stay just before Easter I can find nothing to be critical about. ' - Anthony Bradbury - April, 2019
'We stayed at this hotel earlier this week and find it difficult to make any original comments. All the superlative adjectives have been used by other guests; all that we can say is that we have never stayed in such a comfortable hotel with such helpful staff and such imaginative food. Long may it last (I suspect it will) ' - David Bartley - November, 2018
'What a lovely, civilised place to stay, and the food was wonderful, a real treat. They were very welcoming, and happily accommodated a party of six relatives and friends dropping in to join us for tea. They were all similarly impressed. ' - Sara Hollowell - April, 2018
'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

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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”.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide