It’s hard to imagine that the old villages of Nether Hambleton and Middle Hambleton lie somewhere at the bottom of the stunning Rutland Water. But, we’re thankful for their sacrifice, for it means we can escape to the beautiful, eco-build timber Rutland Retreats for a wonderful, peaceful holiday. Not to worry if you haven’t put your name to one yet, they are available for holiday lets, too. Available as two or three beds, all have tri-light windows opening onto private patios and smart finishes throughout, as well as WiFi, log burners and moss sedum roofs. On the doorstep there’s shooting, biking, boating and fishing trips, as well as riding, walking and stately homes to visit. Just down the road is Burghley House, a spectacular Elizabethan pile which is open to the public for the summer months. Keep an eye out too for red kite, deer, partridge and osprey which are regularly spotted in the area. Or ask concierge at the adjacent hotel, Barnsdale Lodge, to arrange picnics, barbecues, dinner parties, you name it – or pick up food hampers or breakfast trays (if you’re in need of a long lie-in, they will deliver all of this straight to your door).
See: Be chauffeur driven to and from Barnsdale Lodge for dinner by the ever-willing porter.
Eat: Pre-order the concierge service meals for easy and delicious food.
Buy: Go for a cycle, boat trip or sailing lesson in Rutland. It has some impressive countryside and scenery.
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