Added on September, 2009
It’s for the Birds
Recently some giant earth moving machines have been constructing a giant swimming pool for ducks at Egleton end of Rutland Water. The explanation for this bizarre extravagance is that Anglian Water want to extract more water from the reservoir and the new lagoons have been built to ensure that our water birds are not inconvenienced.
You don’t have to be a twitcher to enjoy walks around the bird reserve but a pair of binoculars and a peep into one or more of the 22 hides dotted around the western end of the lake can be most rewarding. Apart from the Ospreys (which are now heading for West Africa) I greatly enjoyed a close-up Kingfisher and a vast range of exotic ducks and waders on my last visit.
As for the lagoons, they really need to grow their reed beds and plant life before they will appeal to me but the ducks and waders love them. The main part of Rutland Water is some 33 year old now and it has become a truly wonderful wild place parts of which evoke the Norfolk broads or the Camargue.
22 hides at Egleton – 7 at Lyndon
Lets go a Gilpin
In the mid ‘80s when we were establishing ourselves at Hambleton many of our clients were on their way to and from other Relais Chateaux or similar hotels. Nowadays only a minority are involved in a multi-hotel jaunt and we know the obvious next-stop candidates less well than we should.
Our late August trip to Gilpin Lodge was long overdue and a total success. So strong is the “Lake District” brand that they are obliged to be part of it but the big hills, large expanses of water and coach loads of trippers are 10 minutes down the road whilst Gilpin is fortunately situated in a ravishing and unspoilt area of rough pasture, green enclosures and rolling hills.
The house was a comfy 5 bed roomed 1890s villa and now has some striking but sympathetic contemporary additions housing very spacious suites with huge and luxurious bathrooms and small terraces with their own hot tubs.
The food is excellent without unnecessary flamboyance. The real point of Gilpin is the team, overseen by two generations of the Cunliffe family and backed by a marvellous group of key staff whose long service gives the hotel a sense of calm and luxury.
Tel: 015394 88818