They aim to get you out and about in Rutland, exercise your body, mind and soul while having a good old natter.
Suzy Palmer heads to Rutland, England’s smallest county, for a charming autumnal escape Why go: A weekend away on a reservoir in the East Midlands might not sound a scintillating prospect, but Rutland Water is a hidden gem – a stunning water park surrounded by nature reserves and glorious English countryside.Set on a peninsula in a quaint village with spectacular views over the water lies Hambleton Hall, a small, charming country house hotel with roaring fires, four-poster beds and a Michelin-starred restaurant.Having said that, we spot a few of those and you wouldn’t want to turn up for dinner in jeans and trainers.Save that – and your walking boots – for outdoor pursuits.From the warm and welcoming staff, to the sweet posy and tin of heart-shaped shortbread waiting for us in our room, the attention to detail is excellent.
The terraced garden, outdoor pool, croquet lawn and tennis court would add bonus points for a summer visit.
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Book in for a few nights and you’ll enjoy a real slice of luxury – it’s the ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Best for: English romantics, foodies, loved-up couples and fans of the great outdoors.
© Visit England/Discover Rutland While you’re there: If you really want to venture further afield than the reservoir or sleepy Hambleton village, there are the characterful nearby market towns of Oakham, Stamford and Uppingham, with shops, churches and antiques stores to explore.