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HAMBLETON HALL, Oakham, Rutland

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4*, Relais & Chateaux
17 bdrms inc 2-bdrm suite
bar, Michelin-star restaurant, private dining
lounge
garden, heated outdoor pool, tennis court, croquet
weddings/events/meetings
B&B from £280 per double
*SPECIAL OFFERS BELOW*
Check in/out: 2pm/12 noon


HAMBLETON HALL, Oakham, Rutland

THE PAST:

Hambleton Hall was built in 1881, as a hunting lodge for Walter Marshall, who made his fortune from a brewery business, and came here to enjoy the fox-hunting. A scrap-book compiled by Marshall reveals that he also had a taste for scurrilous gossip, spicy tales, scandalous divorces and women of easy virtue. He remained a bachelor, and was known for keeping convivial, if racy, company, and his excellent table and cellar.
Marshall left his house to his younger sister, Eva Astley Paston Cooper. Also a devotee of the chase, Mrs. Astley-Cooper later presided over a salon of ‘bright young things’ – among them, the playwright, composer, actor and singer Noel Coward, the conductor Malcolm Sargent and the Scottish writer and translator Charles Scott Moncrieff. The house passed through three owners after her death. In 1976, with the creation of Rutland Water - a reservoir to supply water to Peterborough and Northampton – the surroundings changed dramatically.
Hambleton Hall was bought in 1979 by former investment banker Tim Hart who, with his wife Stefa, transformed it, equally dramatically, into an award-winning, luxury hotel which retains its quintessential country-house charm and style. Requests from guests, impressed by the hotel’s décor, led to Stefa establishing her own interior decorating and design practice in 1989.

THE PRESENT:

Hambleton Hall is now one of Britain’s finest country house hotels, and an award-winning, Michelin-starred, Relais & Chateaux member. It is noted for its gourmet cuisine, an excellent wine cellar, outstanding service, glorious gardens and spectacular lakeside setting.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Yes, if you enjoy good food and wine, and want the comfort and character of a fine country house with the convenience, service and facilities of a top-class hotel. Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in western Europe with its 25-mile shoreline - offers rural walks, and energetic sports, including windsurfing, rock-climbing and canoeing, as well as dinghy or fishing-boat hire. The small market town of Oakham is about 3km from the hotel, and Burghley House, Belton House, Belvoir Castle, Grimsthorpe Castle and Rockingham Castle are with 20-35 minutes’ drive. The hotel is also well-placed for a number of major events, including the CLLA Game Fair at Belvoir Castle and Burghley Horse Trials. Hambleton Hall is licensed for civil weddings.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
The elegant lounge is light, airy and spacious, with an open fire in winter.

EATING & DRINKING
The recently refurbished bar has a cosy and inviting atmosphere, and an open fire.
Hambleton Hall’s award-winning restaurant and Michelin star Chef, Aaron Patterson, assure guests a sophisticated dining experience, whilst sommelier Dominique Baduel recommends the perfect choice of wine, from a comprehensive and imaginative list, to compliment your meal. Menus – whether a la carte, set lunch or dinner, Sunday lunch, vegetarian or the popular Lunch for Less – all take into account ingredients which are seasonal and locally produced.
Private dining for parties of between six and 60 guests can be catered for in one of three rooms, with a menu created for the occasion.

SLEEPING
There are 17 bedrooms at Hambleton Hall, 15 in the main building and two in the Croquet Pavilion, a separate cottage. Each room has been individually and tastefully styled and decorated by Stefa Hart.

There are five double/twin Standard rooms.
Cedar measuring 17’ x 12’6”, with a half-tester, 5’6” bed, is over the porch, and looks out onto the cedar trees planted by Walter Marshall in 1881. Decorated in Toile de Jouy in cream and coral, the room has a small writing table, a small two-seater sofa and a free-standing wardrobe. Its very pretty bathroom, with marble tiles and vanity top, has a large bath and stand-up shower, and a little window overlooking cedar trees.
Chota measures 15’ x 12’ and is sunnily decorated in Nina Campbell yellow chintz. It has a high-based king-size bed with half tester canopy, a comfortable chair and a writing desk. The bathroom features a dressing table, and a hand-held shower over the bathtub. Views of the garden are restricted. Taken together with Qazvin (see above) this room makes an ideal family combination, as both share a private corridor.
House Martin, which measures 16’6” x 11’ and features a king-size bed, has a southerly view over the garden and Rutland Water, was decorated in 2010. It has two armchairs and a breakfast table, and is air-conditioned.
Swallow measures 16’6” x 11’ and features a king-size bed. It has a southerly view over the garden and Rutland Water, and is decorated with Colefax & Fowler Fuchsia wallpaper and chintz. It has two armchairs and a breakfast table, and is air-conditioned.
Treetops on the second floor, has lower ceilings, and a view of the cedar trees on the entrance side of the house. It measures 15’6” x 11’ and features a king-size bed, a breakfast table and two chairs. It is decorated in cream and coral Toile de Jouy. The large marble bathroom has a bath, a separate walk-in shower and a double window over the washbasin.
B&B rates per room, per night: single occupancy £220 OR double occupancy £295 in High Season (1 May-30 Sept); single occupancy £200 OR double occupancy £280 in Low Season (1 Oct-30 Apr, excluding Bank Holiday weekends, Easter, Christmas and New Year). SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL OFFERS.

There are five double/twin Intermediate rooms.
Bay measures 17’ x 10’6” and has a large bay window overlooking the gardens and Rutland Water and a 6’ bed. The walls are fabric-lined in caramel-coloured linen with matching curtains, and there are two comfortable chairs and a breakfast/writing table. The marble bathroom has good lighting, mostly mirrored walls, a fixed shower over the bath and also a hand shower. NB There is one step up into the bathroom.
Blue, which can be taken in conjunction with Middlehurst (see above) with which it has inter-connecting doors, measures 17’ x 10’6 and has views over the gardens and Rutland Water. This room is decorated in blue, and has a king-size bed, a free-standing wardrobe and a writing table. The marble-floored bathroom has a deep tub and a vanity unit in the window. NB There is one step up into the bathroom.
Cherry, which measures 15′6″ x 11′4″ and has a king-size bed, was refurbished in 2010. Rutland Water is visible from the window, but the direct view is west towards the Croquet Pavilion and lawn. There is a canopy above the large bed, as well as two easy chairs with breakfast table and writing table. The large bathroom has twin washbasins, a bath and stand-up shower.
Qazvin, measuring 15’6” x 13’, is an exotic room with a Persian flavour - including 17th-Century hand-painted Persian panels and a Persian ‘Tree of Life’ motif stencilled on the walls. There is a 5′ four- poster bed (made up with a duvet - please advise when booking if you would prefer traditional sheets and blankets) as well as a sofa, dressing table and a free-standing wardrobe. The large bay window overlooks the cedar trees on the north side of the house. The marble bathroom has a bath and stand-up shower. Taken together with Chota (see below) this room makes an ideal family combination, as both share a private corridor.
Noel Coward - named after a frequent visitor to Hambleton Hall in the 20s and 30s – measures 15’6” x 13’, has a king-size bed, and overlooks a fine group of cedars planted by Walter Marshall in 1881. The room is decorated in blue and yellow Nina Campbell fabric, which covers the walls and is used for the curtains. There is a square breakfast table in the window, two Bergère chairs with upholstered seats and backs, and a large free-standing wardrobe. The bathroom has twin washbasins, a large bath and stand-up shower, and a window overlooking the cedar trees.
B&B rates per room, per night: £345 in High Season (1 May-30 Sept); £300 in Low Season (1 Oct-30 Apr, excluding Bank Holiday weekends, Easter, Christmas and New Year). SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL OFFERS.

There are three double/twin Superior rooms.
Lotus measures 16’ x 14′6″, has a 6’ x 6’6” king-size bed and views of Rutland Water and the gardens. This spacious room is decorated in Nina Campbell chintz with pale creamy wallpaper. It has a breakfast table with two occasional chairs, as well as two armchairs with a coffee table.
Lake, on the second floor and approached through a private corridor, is probably the quietest room in the house. It measures a spacious 14′ x 11′6″, has a king-size bed, and a view of Rutland Water. Decorated in pale blue, with hand-embroidered curtains and headboard, this room has two wing armchairs, a breakfast/writing table and a dressing table.
Acorn, measuring 19′ x 12′, has a king-size bed and views over the gardens and Rutland Water. The ceilings follow the line of the gables of the house, the walls are covered with raspberry-coloured linen, and the curtains and headboard are made from an 18th-Century, French-design fabric in cream, blue and pink. There are two comfortable armchairs, and a writing/dressing table. The marble bathroom has both a hand and a fixed shower and a deep bath. Bathroom and bedroom both benefit from lots of natural light.
B&B rates per room, per night: £385 in High Season (1 May-30 Sept); £330 in Low Season (1 Oct-30 Apr, excluding Bank Holiday weekends, Easter, Christmas and New Year). SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL OFFERS.

There are two double/twin Master bedrooms.
Fern which measures 22′ x 14′, is the largest. It has a 6′6″ x 7′ king-size canopy bed. The colour scheme for this light and airy room is green and white and it features a fern-pattern chintz. The huge, south-facing bay window looks out across the gardens and Rutland Water. A breakfast table and two chairs in the bay invite you to enjoy the first meal of the day here. There are also two comfortable chairs and a dressing table. The large marble bathroom also has a lake view, and features a walk-in shower, and a large bath with a TV.
Middlehurst is the second-biggest room in the main house, measuring 20’ x 14’6” and has a king-size bed. A very sunny room, it has southerly views across the gardens and Rutland Water. The walls are papered in an Chinese, 18th-century design in blues and cream. The 6′ wide bed has a French 19th-Century corona with pale blue curtains. There is a pretty dressing table with large mirror, and two comfortable armchairs, either side of a breakfast table in the window. The large marble bathroom features twin washbasins, a mirrored wall, shower and large bath. This room can be taken in conjunction with Blue (see below) with which it has inter-connecting doors, making it perfect for families.
B&B rates per room, per night: £460 in High Season (1 May-30 Sept); £400 in Low Season (1 Oct-30 Apr, excluding Bank Holiday weekends, Easter, Christmas and New Year). SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL OFFERS.

The Croquet Pavilion consists of a king-size double bedroom with en-suite marble bathroom, and a smaller, double or twin-bedded room with a bathroom on the half-landing. On the ground floor there is a comfortable sitting room and also a breakfast room are provided. The Pavilion is located 40 metres from the maon house, and has fine views of Rutland Water from its own private terrace. It is ideal for a family, or two couples travelling together - however, it is possible to take just one of the two bedrooms.
B&B rates per room, per night: £590 with 1 double room OR £700 with 2 double rooms in High Season (1 May-30 Sept); £490 with 1 double room OR £600 with 2 double rooms in Low Season (1 Oct-30 Apr, excluding Bank Holiday weekends, Easter, Christmas and New Year). SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL OFFERS.

All rates (except single occupancy rates shown above, available for Standard rooms only) are based on two sharing and include full Hambleton breakfast, a morning newspaper, Wi-Fi and VAT. An extra bed suitable for children is available upon request, at £35 per night, or a cot at £25. All food, drink & other restaurant items are subject to a discretionary service charge of 12.5%. Hambleton Hall reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival. A minimum 2-nt stay policy applies at weekends, but please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button to ask about possible alternative options. Conditions may alter for larger bookings and private parties. Well-behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement; a charge of £10 per night is made, and special conditions apply.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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SPECIAL OFFER: CELEBRATE THE OCCASION - from £580 for 2
Birthdays, anniversaries and memorable dates are all worth celebrating in style - and Hambleton Hall is just the place for that special occasion. Offer includes, to welcome you: a half-bottle of NV René Beaudouin Blanc de Blancs Champagne, seasonal fruit and rich chocolate brownies from Hambleton’s “British Best Bakery”; plus a bouquet of flowers to take home. As well, enjoy our six-course Gourmet Tasting Menu with coffee and petits fours (a discretionary service charge of 12.5% is included) with personalised dinner-menus to keep as a memento. Your overnight stay in a Superior or Master bedroom or The Croquet Pavilion, overlooking Rutland Water, includes full Hambleton breakfast and a morning newspaper the following day.
Offer price, per room, per night, including VAT and based on two people sharing, is:
£580 (until 30 Apr, excluding Easter); £640 (1 May-30 Sept 2017) in a Superior bedroom;
£650 (until 30 Apr, excluding Easter); £720 (1 May-30 Sept 2017) in a Master bedroom;
£740 (until 30 Apr, excluding Easter); £830 (1 May-30 Sept 2017) in The Croquet Pavilion (1 room).
Reservations are subject to a minimum two-night stay at weekends, but may be combined with a tariff rate for the second evening.



SPECIAL OFFER: WINTER BREAKS IN RUTLAND 2017 - £400 for 2
Offer includes 1 night's accommodation in a Standard double bedroom; three-course dinner & coffee from our Menu of the Day, inclusive of 12.5% discretionary service; full Hambleton breakfast.
Offer price, based on two people sharing, and inclusive of VAT, is £400 per couple. Add a second night to your stay at the same rate and enjoy our Gourmet Six-Course Tasting Menu on one evening.
Offer available Sunday to Friday, until 30 April 2017, excluding Easter, and with limited availability.


SPECIAL OFFER: SUMMER BREAKS IN RUTLAND 2017 - £430 for 2
Offer includes 1 night's accommodation in a Standard double bedroom; three-course dinner & coffee from our Menu of the Day, inclusive of 12.5% discretionary service; full Hambleton breakfast and newspaper the following morning.
Offer price, based on two people sharing, and inclusive of VAT, is £430 per couple. Offer available Sundays to Thursdays, 1 May to 30 September 2017. Limited availability; excludes bank holidays.


SPECIAL OFFER: CYCLE STAY IN RUTLAND - from £480 for 2
Offer includes cycle hire for the day, Hambleton biking picnic, 1 night's accommodation in a Standard or Intermediate double bedroom; three-course dinner & coffee from our Menu of the Day, inclusive of 12.5% discretionary service; full Hambleton breakfast and newspaper the following morning.
Offer price, based on two people sharing, and inclusive of VAT, is £480 per night (until 30 April, excluding Easter) or £500 per night (1 May-30 Sept) in a Standard bedroom; and £505 per night (until 30 April, excluding Easter) or £550 (1 May-30 Sept) in an Intermediate bedroom.
Bikes to be collected from one of Europe's leading bike centres at Whitwell on Rutland Water, five minutes' drive from Hambleton Hall. www.rutalndcycling.com. We require a minimum of 48 hours' notice to hire bikes.
Offer available Sunday through to Friday; Saturday requires a minimum two-night stay. Limited availability, excludes bank holidays.


CANCELLATION POLICY: If insufficient notice is given, cancellations may be charged for.

OUTDOORS
The garden at Hambleton Hall is stunning, and features a heated pool with sun-loungers, tennis court and croquet lawn. There are extensive grounds to explore, and bicycles to borrow. Rutland Water, with its 25-mile shoreline, offers rural walks, and energetic sports, including windsurfing, rock-climbing and canoeing, as well as dinghy or fishing-boat hire.

WEDDINGS
Ceremonies and receptions can be held in the Private Dining Room, the Study, the Hambleton Restaurant and the Croquet Pavilion, and all can host a large number of guests. Hambleton Hall’s flexible approach to events allows a range of options, from simple facilities-rental to exclusive use of the entire hotel and restaurant. Its sister restaurant, Hart’s in Nottingham, can also be incorporated as a component of your event. The hotel can offer as much or as little help as you choose with planning your special day - from flowers, to photographers, and catering to honeymoon suites.
Please use the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below to find out more about wedding planning services provided by Hambleton Hall.

BUSINESS
Hambleton Hall is a popular choice with companies who value atmosphere, food, comfort, and surroundings for business and board meetings, conferences and sales incentives. The estate provides an exclusive environment in which privacy and confidentiality are assured, and the hotel’s qualified staff will deliver the two key elements for success: good planning and the allocation of a sufficient number of experienced people to make it happen on the day.
Meeting and conference facilities are located on the ground floor of main house. The 6.1m x 3.9m Private Dining Room has a boardroom capacity of 16, theatre capacity of 25, or 10 with screen. The 9.4m x 5.7m Main Restaurant has a boardroom capacity of 20, theatre capacity of 40, or 14 with screen. The 5m x 3.9m Study has a boardroom capacity of 10, theatre capacity of 16, or 6-8 with screen. Meetings services include secretarial and translation services, audio/visual equipment, overhead and slide projectors, whiteboards, e-mail, direct-dial digital telephone and dedicated fax.
Day Delegate Rate, inclusive of VAT, for meetings of five or more, is £75pp, including meeting-room facilities, basic visual aids, tea and coffee during the day, and luncheon. A room hire charge is only applied if a meeting has fewer than five delegates.
24 Hour Delegate Rate, inclusive of VAT, is £300pp in Low Season (1 Oct-30 April), £330pp in High Season (1 May-30 Sept, Bank Holidays and Easter) based on single occupancy in a Standard or Intermediate bedroom (10 in total, with seven additional rooms available at accommodation supplement), and including meeting-room facilities, basic visual aids, tea and coffee during the day, luncheon, three-course dinner and full Hambleton breakfast. (All food, drink & other restaurant items are subject to a discretionary service charge of 12.5%.)

GETTING THERE
Hambleton Hall is 2-3 hours’ drive from central London, via the A1 and A606.
From London Heathrow, the M4 and M25 lead to the A1. East Midlands Airport is 1 hour away by car; London Stansted and London Luton are 1.5 hours away.
By rail, from London, the journey takes about 1.5 hours. There are fast services from London King's Cross to Peterborough, and from London St Pancras to Kettering - either journey takes around 50 minutes, and either station is around 30 minutes from the hotel by taxi. There is also a local train service, approximately twice hourly, from Peterborough to Oakham, which is a short taxi ride from Hambleton Hall. The hotel can arrange a car to collect you from Peterborough, Kettering or Oakham stations.

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