The essence of country house entertaining

Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall is visited by Roger St Pierre

Rutland Water is a beautiful lake and a renowned nature reserve. Set amongst the trees on its banks is the gracious Hambleton Hall, an estate of peace and tranquillity at the very heart of rural England’s delightful Shires. Yet it is within 20 minutes of the national motorway network and intercity train services and there are three busy airports in easy reach.

This privately owned venue – a long-time member of the upscale Pride of Britain marketing consortium – can send its chauffeured vehicle for pick-ups at Peterborough mainline station (30 minutes) or the convenient local station at Oakham (just 15 minutes away).

Essentially, this impressive, delightfully rambling Edwardian mansion offers a country house party experience that is a winner for smaller corporate groups and incentives.

Staffing levels of 55 and more for just 17 letting rooms reflects the importance that the proprietors – the personable husband and wife team of Tim and Stefa Hart – place on maintaining impeccably high service standards.This exclusive estate provides an environment in which privacy and confidentiality are always assured. In the main house, the private dining room, the study and the main restaurant can be configured to suit a range of needs.

The private dining room has a theatre-style capacity of 25 and can entertain up to 20 for dining; the main restaurant seats 40 and has a boardroom style capacity of 20; while the study seats up to 16 comfortably theatre-style.A range of meeting and conference packages is available, with attractive day delegate and 24-hour delegate rates. Room charges only apply when a meeting has less than five attendees.

Each of the bedrooms is exquisitely furnished in its own individual style and the ambiance throughout the property is of relaxed yet elegant informality.

The design is in the capable hands of Stefa Hart herself – who just happens to run her own decorating business.

The jewel in the glittering Hambleton crown is the delightful two-bedroom croquet pavilion, a stylish modern folly a few yards away from the main house, surrounded by screening shrubbery and colourful flower beds.

Top quality food is an important part of the offer, prepared under the guiding hands of long-term Head Chef Aaron Patterson, who uses seasonal locally produced ingredients to create outstanding contemporary British cuisine with classic French and Italian influences. Hambleton is especially renowned for its outstanding artisan breads. What started off as an in-house bakery for the hotel has now moved to self-contained premises a mile down the road, where the wood-fired ovens produce wonderful tastes not just for the venue’s own dining rooms but also for a steadily growing chain of retail bakers shops – co-owned by the Harts and their Master Baker, Julian Carter – and for the local hotel and restaurant market,– earning it a recent Britain’s Best Bakery’ accolade, awarded by ITV.

Hambleton Hall hosts a year-round programme of special events that can be tailored for corporate entertaining. They range from bird-watching and mushroom foraging to celebrity dinners and food and drink tastings. There are lectures on gardening and travel, whilst cruises can be arranged on Rutland Water.

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