Added on October, 2011
Almost all of our regular clients appreciate fine food and many see no good reason to do anything whilst they are with us. For many a visit to Hambleton offers respite from an over active lifestyle.
Others do like to prepare for the next meal with a modicum of physical activity. In summer swimming and tennis are available on site and all year activities include cycling, fishing, sailing and walking around the lake. At the bird-reserve a long or short walk can be broken up with moments of relaxed bird watching from numerous hides around the water’s edge. Tim Appleton emailed me in mid September to report that they had just counted 78 Little Egrets on the roost.
When I conducted a straw-poll of clients recently, I confess that many sheepishly admitted that shopping was a favourite diversion when on holiday. You might ask why a native of London, San Francisco or Leeds might want to shop in Rutland? Apart from the fact that our local towns perhaps provide a more relaxing environment than the world’s great cities, some of our shopping possibilities are unique.
Top 555 (www.top555.co.uk) came up with the idea of assembling in Oakham around 30 of the worlds most desirable cars in one show room. If you want the Range Rover Evoque or a Ferrari 458 Italia right now, they have one of each and plenty of Aston Martins, Bentleys, Porsches all of the most desirable specification.
A visit to Mike Goldmark’s gallery in Uppingham also provides an unusual experience (www.goldmarkart.com). The stock includes some 25,000 oil paintings, etchings, prints, ceramics etc with particular strength in 20th Century work by such artists as David Hockney, Francis Bacon, John Piper and Graham Sutherland. Mike Goldmark himself is almost always on hand to chat about art, coffee or the shortcomings of the banking system. They are strong on ceramics too with works by top contemporary British and Japanese potters. I have illustrated a work by Jim Malone which took my fancy and forms part of an exhibition which should be running until November.