Think of your typical stately country home and your mind may conjure Hambleton Hall in Oakham, Rutland, which is a grand building set in equally outstanding grounds.
From your drive up to the entrance to resting your head on the pillow in one of the boutique hotel’s 17 luxurious rooms, you’ll find yourself wishing to never leave.
Each of the bedrooms, including two suites, have been designed to offer guests simplicity and beauty all in one, providing a relaxing stay.
In addition to the rooms in the main house, sitting opposite is a delightful cottage named the Croquet suite, offering guests a more private stay with their own terrace.
The fine country house hotel dates to 1881 and its restaurant maintains one Michelin star, which it’s held since 1982.
You’ll be in safe hands with head chef Aaron Patterson who worked at Hambleton in 1984 before heading out to work under the likes of Raymond Blanc and Anton Mosiman. He returned in 1992 and has remained in the kitchen to this day.
Of course, every country pile has grounds to explore and here Hambleton Hall prevails with grounds and gardens covering 17 acres and surrounded by Rutland Water.
The house also sits nearby two Oakham towns – Rutland and Uppingham – and should you wish to venture outside the warm embrace of Hambleton Hall, you’ll find them both pleasant to visit.
Beyond the hall’s own acreage, you’ll be able to experience the region’s unique local geology known as the Rutland Formation.
Created over many centuries, the Rutland Formation is the result of sands and muds washing down the river to form bands of different colours where fossils and shells can be found within.
You’ll have a well-rounded and most pleasant visit at Hambleton Hall, which has lots of offer for guests seeking a weekend break or perhaps something a little longer.