Of all the luxury British country-house hotels that have opened in the last half-century, just one, Hambleton Hall, has remained impervious to fortune and is as fresh, magical and enveloping as the day its owners, Tim and Stefa Hart, first welcomed guests nearly 38 years ago. Contented but never complacent, it offers no more than sophisticated yet deeply comfortable classic English interiors, the brilliant, locally sourced cooking of chef Aaron Patterson (the hotel has held a Michelin star for a record 34 unbroken years) and a joyous wine list curated by revered sommelier Dominique Baduel. There’s a swimming pool, tennis court, kitchen garden and views across Hambleton’s south-facing terrace and formal gardens that take your breath away. After an afternoon in the fresh air, Hambleton’s many aficionados return to their haven, where key staff – general manager, restaurant manager, chef, sommelier, housekeeper, receptionist, laundress – have notched up 200 years of continual service between them.
Doubles from £290
+44 (0)1572 756991; hambletonhall.com
Rutland Water bird reserve, Hambleton Hall’s Garden and Kitchen Garden, Fine town of Stamford.
Renowned Artisan Breads from Hambleton Bakery
Modern Art at Goldmark Gallery, Exotic cars at Top 555
CLAIM TO FAME
Noel Coward studied the manners of the upper classes here in the 1920s.
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