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Review: Barnsdale Gardens

Attraction - Park & Garden

The Avenue, Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

Barnsdale Hall hotel

  • By SilverTraveller snoweydog

    31 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • December 2016
  • Husband

43 people found this review helpful

The hotel looks magnificent standing in an elevated position above Rutland water. It was cold but at least the sun still shone through the mist and when we arrived after three the sun was beginning to set, casting a yellow sheen on the water. Booking in was easy, the staff pleasant and finding our room was easy. It was a super deluxe, I paid £20 extra for an upgrade. The bed was bigger than king size and comfy. Two tub chairs and a desk were also in the room and a TV. The enSuite was modern with a bath and shower overhead. Usual towels and toiletries provided. Heating was electric and we needed it to be on to heat the extra large room with French doors onto the patio area overlooking, (just,) the waters. We had a walk with our cameras and managed to get a deep orange sunset in the freezing cold. The trees were attractive and the grounds are enormous. The evening meal in the hotels Brasserie restaurant was cooked to perfection. I can recommend it. We didn’t use the spa swimming pool etc. but it looked lovely. Maybe when it’s warmer I will. The breakfast was sufficient, buffet style but tasty. Lots of folk from abroad were visiting and serving food. I m not surprised it’s popular.A short drive around the perimeter of Rutland water takes you to Normanton church. It’s a beautiful walk around this church which juts out into Rutland water. A lot of interesting birds to see too. Ours was a cheap wowcher break. But it was very good value for money. I think a smaller room may have been warmer in winter though as all the Windows and French doors kept the room cool.

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  • ESW
    almost 4 years ago
    Thank you, that explains why I was confused. It sounds a lovely place to stay. barnsdale Gardens has been on the todo list for a long time.... maybe in the summer months...
  • snoweydog
    almost 4 years ago
    There was cereals and danish pastries too. Plus the usual coffee and tea which was brought by the waitresses. Its a shame cheap deals like mine aren t on in the summer!
  • snoweydog
    almost 4 years ago
    I made a mistake but couldn't seem to rectify it! We did visit Barnsdale gardens before going to the hotel. It was beautiful if rather frozen. The birds were pretty and plentiful. We watched them from the cafe whilst enjoying a panini. Sadly nothing was in flower only a few roses. It was tranquil and enjoyable there. The dinner at the hotel was really nice roast belly pork with mustard mash and veg and pistachio icecream. Not cheap you can get cheaper bar meals there. Breakfast was a buffet I couldn't manage much some stewed plums and yoghurt but hubby had full English!
  • ESW
    almost 4 years ago
    Your review had me confused as I was expecting a review about Barnsdale Gardens, and rather wnderingw what there would be to see at this time of the year...

    Does Barnsdale Hall Hotel have any connection to the gardens?

    Do tell me what you had to eat for dinner and what the meal was like. What was on the breakfast buffet?