Barnsdale Lodge – Oakham, Rutland
Now in its 31st year of trading since it was converted by its owner, the Honourable Thomas Noel, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel has 46 individually decorated bedrooms with views of the countryside and private courtyard, as well as a plethora of original features including flagstone hallways, sash windows and cast iron stoves. Today, the hotel – actually a centuries’ old farmhouse and hunting lodge on the Exton Estate in the picturesque county of Rutland – is run with great passion by managing director Ed Burrows and, for the quality of the rooms, food and location, represents superb value for money. Fresh, locally sourced produce forms the basis of the restaurant’s sumptuous dishes, lovingly created by executive chef, David Bukowicki. As well as two dining rooms, the garden room is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a coffee. Nearby, the picturesque towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford offer boutique shopping for the most discerning visitors. Looking for even more privacy? Rutland Retreats are the hotel’s two and three-bed self-catering cottages just a stone’s throw away.
Doubles from £99
+44 (0)1572 724678; barnsdalelodge.co.uk