See why it is known as “The Cotswolds without the crowds” and visit during Rutland Water’s 40th anniversary year

The Cotswolds without the crowds

[Hambleton, Oakham. 26th Feb 2016] Its motto is ‘Much in little’ and Rutland – the smallest county in the country – certainly punches way above its weight when it comes to a short break away. Stunning scenery, picture-perfect villages, delectable dining and traditional British charm are in abundance here.

Just two hours North of the Capital, and served by one of the country’s most efficient rail links, getting to Rutland has never been easier. Often billed as an undiscovered scenic slice of middle England, Rutland offers Cotswold qualities without the crowds – once there you’ll feel a million miles away.

Rutland Water – at the heart of the county – is the largest man-made lake in the UK, officially opened in 1976 amid local controversy. Over the past 40 years it has made a significant improvement to tourism to the area – offering something for everyone. Nature lovers, walkers, cyclists and water sport fans alike are fully catered for here. Sailing, trout-fishing, kayaking and canoeing can all be enjoyed. Families will love the children’s adventure playgrounds, Rock Climbing and Treetop High Ropes, not to mention the informative Treasure Trails around the Reserve. For the more sedate the 3,100 acres of countryside, lends itself perfectly to a relaxing summers picnic spot, a leisurely stroll along the shore or a nap in a deck chair. Or why not hop on the Rutland Belle for a calming cruise around the reserve.

The footpaths around Rutland Water provide an excellent platform from which to view a plethora of wildlife and it is a mecca for birdwatchers keen to spot its large resident population of water birds, waders, glamorous migrants and visitors, including the Osprey.

Surrounding Rutland Water is a variety of other attractions, towns and villages – all rich in history and full of charm for the discerning traveller. Amble around the antique and art shops or enjoy an afternoon at one of the many fine country houses and gardens in the vicinity.

A visit to Rutland wouldn’t be complete without a stay at Hambleton Hall. This rural retreat excels in hospitality and elegance and its exquisite restaurant is not to be missed – being the proud owner of a Michelin star longer than any other establishment in the UK. Head Chef Aaron Patterson’s brilliantly assured food is a sublime treat.
There’s no better time to visit than early Spring. Between now and April enjoy a Gourmet Getaway at Hambleton where for £330 per couple you can enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast.*

Rutland is indeed fast carving itself out as a foodie’s haven with an array of delicious eateries. After a stay at Hambleton Hall, be sure to pop into the Hambleton Bakery which was set up by Hambleton Hall’s owner Tim Hart and Master Baker Julian Carter to reunite us all with ‘proper bread’. Foodies can also enjoy no less than four superb gastropubs within a 20 minute drive of Hambleton Hall, all owned by ex-Hambleton Hall chefs!

So, if it’s a relaxing rural retreat, a gourmet getaway or a scenic spot of sport you’re after, Rutland – and Hambleton Hall, have it all!


*Not available on Saturday nights, Sunday 14 February or Sunday 27 April

Address: Hambleton Hall, Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8TH
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