On the north shore of Rutland Water, Barnsdale Lodge makes an exceptional base for exploring the area, whether by foot, boat or bike. Formerly a farmhouse, it stands on the Exton Park estate of the Earls of Gainsborough, and was converted by the Honourable Thomas Noel in 1989. Today it’s run with great passion by managing director Ed Burrows and, for the quality of the rooms, food and location, represents superb value for money. The 46 bedrooms are individually furnished, some with views of the countryside and others giving onto the pretty courtyard garden that enhances the hotel’s air of charm and spaciousness. The ground floor is engaging, warm and welcoming, with its long, cosy flagstone hallway and original cast iron stove. There’s a red, picture-filled sitting room, a relaxing garden room for coffee or drinks and two dining rooms: one in the conservatory and the other with a clubby feel, fit for the hotel’s aristocratic owner. A terrific address.
Doubles from £100
+44 (0)1572 724678; barnsdalelodge.co.uk/pages/home
Go for a walk to explore the old English market town of Oakham.
Enjoy a lovely lunch at the King’s Arms Inn.
Something delicious from the local Hambleton Farm Shop and deli.
CLAIM TO FAME
Rutland, in the East Midlands countryside, was named the best rural place to live in Britain.
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