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Quiet, peaceful Rutland is England's smallest historic county, a place for ramblers who like their unspoilt rural vistas dotted with historic houses and castles, and the occasional pretty village with an interesting museum, and a tea shop, or a pub. Most of the best places to stay in Rutland are picture-postcard perfect, with a backdrop of either green and pleasant vistas, a pretty market town, charming rural village, or a lovely landed pile. Our pick of the properties includes a country house hotel with michelin starred dining and a charming pub with rooms.
Rutland’s two old market towns, Oakham and Uppingham, are only six miles apart, but they still both have regular farmers markets. They also both boast charming high streets lined with little independent shops, cafes, and several very good pubs — Uppingham has a couple of galleries too. Its villages offer more of the same, differentiated by their local produce and pubs. All these local producers and markets have turned Rutland into something of a foodie county, and if you’re interested in tasting the region's delicacies, C Clipsham has a Michelin-recommeded pub, Exton has a modern British restaurant popular with foodies, and Hambleton Hall has a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Rutland is also home to Europe's largest man made lake, Rutland Water, Anglian Water's drinking water reservoir. As well as its practical uses, Rutland Water has become home to a vast array of wildlife, from fish, to waterfowl, to migrating birds: Rutland's Egleton Nature Reserve, on Rutland Water, is host to the annual British Birdwatching Fair. The lake is also a fantastic place for watersports of all ilks.
This pretty little county is a popular year round destination. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Rutland (plus a table in the restaurant!), you'll need to get organised and book well ahead.
The Best Places to Stay in Rutland
- Hambleton Hall is a late Victorian mansion turned luxurious country house hotel, perfectly positioned by Rutland Water, in the middle of the nature reserve. The Hall is set in 17 acres of picturesque land, including a south-facing terraced garden, tennis course and a pool. The rooms are pretty and refreshingly un-gimmicky — there’s no mini-bar, pillow menu or spa treatments — but there is lots of light and lovely views and personally run, quintessential luxury. But for many the highlight is the fabulous food to be discovered in the Michelin starred restaurant.
- The Olive Branch is a Michelin recommended pub/restaurant-with-rooms, converted from a pretty Georgian house and a rustic country pub, in a neat stone village. The food is unpretentious, but delicious: the menu is packed with classics, and they grow a lot of what they serve onsite, or nearby. There are six rooms in the converted cottage, all individually decorated with a rustic country feel; our favourites offer roll-top baths and garden views.
- The Fox and Hounds Hotel started life as a coaching inn in the 17th century, and is now a charming pub with three rooms. The location is picturesque, right on the green of pretty Exton. The pub downstairs is warm and welcoming, and there’s a very good modern British restaurant. Upstairs the rooms are warmly and elegantly decorated with a collection of antiques and unique pieces of furniture.
- The Barnsdale Lodge Hotel is a pleasingly affordable, 46 room country house hotel, in pretty gardens. Each room is individually designed and decorated, offering an excellent choice of size and style. Family rooms offer a double with separate bunk room for the little ones. The restaurant is excellent, and very popular locally.
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- From London, the quickest route is probably a train from Kings Cross, travelling via Peterborough. A quick connection will get you to Oakham in just under an hour and a half. If you’re looking for the closest airport, it’s East Midlands Airport, which is about 50 minutes away by car or taxi, or around two hours away by rail.
- If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
- Because so many people visit Rutland for Rutland Waters, the most popular time to visit is during the summer. Rutland hosts markets throughout the year, with additional foodie events in the summer, autumn and around Christmas. Rutland’s castles and manor houses are a year-round reason to visit — ideal attractions for a short break somewhere beautiful and peaceful.
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Best Hotels in Rutland
The Olive Branch Rutland 6 rooms from £115Cooking classes - Kitchen masterclasses where you can work alongside the kitchen team and learn butchery and finish preparation skillsRestaurant - Michelin recommended and County Dining Pub of the Year. Closed Sunday night to WednesdayRestaurant with roomsRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Barnsdale Lodge Hotel Rutland 46 rooms from £125Country Escape - A pretty country house set in mature gardens and offering a fantastic restaurant and warm welcome.Great walks - Explore miles of walking trails that run through the picturesque countryside.Fishing - Fish for trout on Rutland Water, known to be some of the best in Europe.Sailing - Rutland Sailing School offers lessons on the scenic Rutland Water.
Fox and Hounds Hotel EXTON, Rutland 4 rooms from £126Country Escape - A traditional country inn surrounded by glorious countryside.Great walks - Explore the miles of scenic walking trails starting straight from the property.Full of characterRestaurant - Recommended.
A small country hotel, a former 17th Century coaching inn, boasting a picturesque spot on the large green in the pretty village of Exton. Elegant rooms are warm and atmospheric with rich hues, antique pieces and open fireplaces. There's an excellent modern British restaurant too. See More
Hambleton Hall Rutland 17 rooms from £195Garden - 17 acre groundsRestaurant - Michelin starLakeside - On Rutland Water, the largest manmade lake in EuropeRestrictions on children - No young children allowed in the restaurantRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux