Prestigious gold listing for the ever-shining Hambleton Hall

Hambleton Hall has added yet another sought after accolade to its collection of merits. The luxury country house hotel in Rutland, Leicestershire, has been awarded a highly coveted place on the Gold Standard List 2013 by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, and is the only UK hotel in the Country Hotels category.

This enormous compliment comes hot on the heels of a dazzling array of recent awards, such as 4 AA stars and 4 AA Rosettes for 2013, listings in the Sunday Times Food List in association with Harden’s 2013 for being one of the best place to stay and to dine, and acknowledged as one of the Top 10 Country House Hotels in the Good Hotel Guide 2013. Oh, and the small matter of having held a Michelin star since 1982....

Conde Nast’s annual Gold Standards awards select the all time favourites of the year and are carefully selected against impeccably strict criteria by editors, writers and experts within the hotel industry. Explaining how Hambleton Hall was chosen, the Conde Nast Traveller’s Magazine celebrates the luxury hotel’s ‘fresh and magical’ feel and describes the hotel as a ‘healing sanctuary from the stresses of life’.

The assessment of Hambleton Hall Hotel by Conde Nast could not be more accurate. The review sums up the design of the hotel perfectly as ‘deeply comfortable classic English interiors’. Hambleton Hall’s style reflects the history of the building, which dates back to 1881 when it was established as a hunting box, and very popular as a convivial social hub.

Each room is decorated with elegant finesse, with tasteful furnishings and patterns in keeping with the period of the building’s heyday. Significant attention has been paid to detail, with hand stencilled walls, exquisite canopies over beds, and antique furniture.

Food and wine at Hambleton Hall is also highly praised by Conde Nast. The restaurant’s Michelin star Head Chef, Aaron Patterson, uses fine local ingredients to conjure up some truly original and highly appetising dishes. Delicacies such as seared scallops with salsify and a sorrel veloute, and prune and armagnac souffle with plum sorbet are presented with magical artistic flair, and are every bit as delicious as they look!

Not to be outdone, sommelier Dominique Baduel presents a wine list that deliberately challenges and delights all wine fans, from novices to connoisseurs. Proprietor Tim Hart enthusiastically assists Dominique in his quest for wines which have been lovingly produced by small wineries, and are, in the Wine Team’s own words ‘ready to drink.’. They take great pride in their collection of Burgundy and Rhone wines but are more than eager to guide clients through the various choices available to find the perfect accompaniment to the fine dining.

Perhaps the secret to Hambleton Hall Hotel’s success is the refreshingly candid attitude towards running such a prestigious establishment. Far from resting on their laurels, Mr and Mrs Hart refuse to be complacent, in spite of the countless awards and accolades the hotel has been graced with. Genuine homage is paid to the team of staff members who all play vital roles in the smooth running of the venue, and future success is never assumed. Each day is regarded as a new in which they must “recreate the magic” - it has been a winning formula thus far!

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