Now in its 32nd year of trading since it was converted from a centuries-old farmhouse in 1990, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel has 46 individually decorated bedrooms with views of the countryside and private courtyard, as well as a plethora of original features including flagstone hallways, sash windows and cast iron stoves. Today, the hotel – on the Exton Estate in the picturesque county of Rutland – is run with great passion by the managing director, Ed Burrows. The quality of the rooms, food and location represents superb value for money and locally sourced produce forms the basis of the restaurant’s sumptuous dishes, lovingly created by the passionately talented kitchen brigade. As well as two dining rooms, and private dining spaces, the garden room is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Nearby, the picturesque towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford offer boutique shopping for the most discerning of visitors. Looking for even more privacy? Rutland Retreats are the hotel’s two and three-bed self-catering cottages just a stone’s throw away.
Doubles from £99
+44 (0)1572 724678; barnsdalelodge.co.uk