Whilst the civilised enjoyment of food and wine are the most popular sports at Hambleton by a wide margin, the perfect balance is achieved when some outdoor activity can be added to the mix.
Hambleton Hall is perched high atop the Hambleton peninsular and overlooks a magnificent body of water — Rutland Water. The largest man-made lake in Western Europe, Rutland Water has something for everyone. The attractive 3,100 acre reservoir has an international reputation for providing a balance of sport, leisure and wildlife conservation and offers the opportunity for all to try something new. You can try energetic sports such as windsurfing, rock-climbing or canoeing, hire a dinghy, bicycle or fishing boat or just relax by the water and watch the action around the 25 mile shoreline.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
This internationally famous nature reserve provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 20,000 waterfowl.
The Reserve occupies shoreline and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water Reservoir and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the 1970s with the construction of the Reservoir. There are currently 31 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres.
Local places to visit
Within twenty to thirty five minutes’ drive of Hambleton there are a number of country houses, castles, and churches of considerable interest. Burghley House, Belton House, Belvoir Castle, Grimsthorpe Castle and Rockingham Castle. Some local village churches include Normanton and Exton. Alternatively many of our visitors like to seek some inspiration in a fine garden; our favourite gardens are Coton Manor, Barnsdale Gardens and Easton Walled Gardens. We also have three charming market towns close at hand, Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford.