Do you remember when Christmas was the most magical time of year? Rosy cheeks, the warm glow from a crackling fire and the smell of spruce and cranberry filling a room full of laughter? Then come home to Hambleton for a traditional Christmas. Hypnotising log fires, sensational Christmas decorations, carols sung by candlelight and luxurious bedrooms to rest your weary head and relax with those you hold dear.
Start a new tradition this yule
We all have our own festive family traditions from choosing our Christmas tree to switching on the lights and playing our favourite songs while the presents are wrapped, lights are untangled and the gingerbread perfumes the air. At Hambleton we’d like to combine your traditions with ours:
A delicious delicacy
It’s not just Rutland that enjoys this little treat, there’s many counties across the East Midlands who proudly claim this as their own…and it’s one we’d love you to try. Pork Pie for breakfast on Christmas morning. D H Lawrence was rather partial to a slice of this festive fayre, although the origins of this delicacy are rather ambiguous. Whether it began as a treat for farm labourers or provided sustenance for the gentry’s hunt it’s a tradition that’s stood the test and taste of time. However, if ancient rural appetisers don’t appeal to your palate, why not swap a savoury staple for a homebaked Christmas Tart from Hambleton’s award-winning artisan bakery? Filled with sausage, bacon, sage stuffing and cranberries this will fuel your morning and start your celebrations as you mean to go on, with traceable, festive food.
Boxing Day Picnic
Imagine an unforgettable winter picnic wrapped up inside the magical Fort Henry, a gothic lakeside folly in the heart of Exton Park. With the kind permission of Lord Gainsborough, we celebrate Boxing Day in this unique setting, which has become a favourite tradition at Hambleton. We walk from Exton to Fort Henry (1.5 miles) and savour the spectacular views. Fine hot meat pies, cheeses and desserts await the merry party beside a blazing log fire on arrival. Places on this year’s Boxing Day Picnic are now filled, however contact our reception team and they will happily reserve a spot for you for 2019.
As the Christmas countdown approaches the excitement builds here at Hambleton. We’ve decked the Hall ready to celebrate the season with our Nordic spruce awaiting your arrival. If you fancy a gourmet treat before Christmas…who says you have to wait until 25th to indulge? For an intimate pre-Christmas gathering our festive menus promise an exquisite experience for your party. Join us in our restaurant or choose one of our private dining rooms for 6-16 guests for a four-course Michelin-star meal your senses will never forget.
New Year’s Eve
Anticipation grows at the Hall on December 31st, as it marks the only night of the year when our dance floor is down ready for your feet to dance. Join us for an exquisite black-tie evening to welcome the new year. With champagne on arrival, a six-course dinner with coffee and chocolates, wine throughout your meal and champagne to toast the new year, celebrate in style with us. Wave the year goodbye and welcome the new as you start to go on – with great company, surroundings and the feeling of home at Hambleton. Do hurry – we have only one bedroom remaining, so we advise calling the hotel urgently if you wish to book.
Make memories together
Struggling to find the perfect gift this Christmas? Why not treat someone special to a taste of Hambleton Hall to use at their leisure and give the gift of time on the Rutland peninsula? Our gift vouchers can be used throughout the hotel, including our Michelin Star Restaurant, and are valid for 12 months for your guests to choose the occasion they’d like to celebrate with us most.
We look forward to welcoming you, your family, friends and colleagues to Hambleton Hall and wish you a very merry Christmas from your home from home.