Hi dog pals,
On Sunday 24th Sept we set off to Hambleton Hall @Hambleton_Hall in Rutland which is the smallest county in England. Hambleton Hall is listed on our website and Hum chose it as the place to take Glenn for his 60th birthday as it is dog friendly so I could enjoy the event too 🙂
Hambleton Hall is one of Britain’s finest country house hotels and is in a spectacular setting overlooking the beautiful and impressive Rutland Water.
When we arrived, we got a fantastic welcome from all the staff including Katie who recognised us from when we visited The Whipper-In in Oakham, Rutland as she used to work there.I got a BIG hug from Katie and Ellie and Dean, who is the Housekeeping Manager told me he would put some treats in the room for me! Thanks Dean!
We had arrived early so the room wasn’t quite ready. This however gave us time to go for a lovely walk along the side of Rutland Water. Rutland Water is HUGE with a 23 mile walk round it. We didn’t do that distance but we enjoyed the scenery and watched people sailing and of course Hum was super happy as she does love being near water.
We also explored the beautiful and extensive gardens of Hambleton Hall which have lots of space for us doggie-folk to run around and play.
Back at the hotel, we had tea and yummy home-made biscuits and then went to see our room. Well dog pals, our room was lovely and Dean had left me not just a tin of biscuits, a lovely bowl and a towel for muddy paws – most thoughtful. I think I am a bit in love with Dean now 🙂
As ever, Hum had managed to bring my blankie that matched the stunning décor – clever Hum 🙂
We were in Bay room and Hum was super happy as it had a wonderful view of the garden and Rutland Water and Hum really enjoys a good view from her hotel windows!
There was a lovely note to welcome us all and to wish Glenn a Happy Birthday! That was a nice touch.
Hum checked out the room facilities for your human-folk and there were many, many good points indeed. Huge bed with the softest pillows ever she said. Lots of power points and several near mirrors, in fact lots of mirrors also which is always good for Hum. The wardrobe was enormous with a high quality range of hangers. In the bathroom there were even more mirrors and they were non-misting which Hum & Glenn really liked. The toiletries were high quality and plentiful with 2 bars of soap and Hum got her beloved face flannel as well as lots of fluffy towels and a super fluffy robe.
There were only a couple of things that Hum found lacking – firstly there was no hand towel rail next to the wash basin and secondly there were no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Now we know how grumpy Hum is if she doesn’t get her caffeine fix first thing in the morning so later she asked Graeme, the manager about this and he said he thought it was because some of the rooms wouldn’t be big enough. Hum embarrassingly told him that the wardrobe was so big you could easily fit tea making stuff in there and it could be on a little sliding tray so it wouldn’t be in the way…Graeme said he would mention that to the owners but for our stay we could order coffee to the room at any time and it would be brought freshly ground and made so it would taste perfect. I am sure much better than sachets in the room Hum!
At Hambleton Hall there is only one place where us four-legs can sit with our owners and that is on the chairs and sofa in the entrance. The staff had kindly reserved this space for us to wish Glenn a Happy Birthday so I could be part of it. Katie and Ellie brought out his cake and sang Happy Birthday along with Hum and I helped him blow out his candles and it was lovely.
Later however was not so lovely for me. Because dogs are only allowed in the entrance area and not the bar, lounge or restaurant, I was left at Reception while Glenn & Hum went to dinner. I tried to chew through my lead and go and find them but didn’t quite manage it 🙁
Hum and Glenn however saved the day as they not only enjoyed an excellent dinner – they raved about the food – BUT they brought me a little doggy bag of grouse, beef and cheese. Boy was that good.
For your humans, Hambleton Hall is renowned for its award-winning restaurant run by Michelin-star chef Aaron Patterson. As much as possible they use a small network of local suppliers, a lot of the herbs and vegetables are grown at Hambleton and they have their own bakery so the bread is delicious. The cooking is excellent and everything is top quality. Hum said the cheese trolley was to die for! And indeed they both were impressed with every course and the service and attention to detail was perfect.
Back in the room after dinner and Hum was again most impressed. When the staff had come in to turn down the bed, they had removed my little blankie and put a lovely big blanket on the end of the bed for me. They had also refreshed the towels in the bathroom which Hum thought was excellent as she had dropped one in her bubbly bath earlier!
Sleep-wise, unfortunately the room was extremely hot. Even with the fan blowing it was so hot we all found it difficult to get a really good night’s sleep in spite of the fact that the bed and for the humans, the pillows were extremely comfy.
In the morning a newspaper arrived at the door and Tony arrived with freshly brewed coffee for Hum so she perked up and was a happy Hum again 🙂
I went for my morning walkie before breakfast and we did notice there were no dog bins in the grounds so Glenn mentioned this to reception as it would be a good addition to provide a discreet bin somewhere…
For breakfast Lilly and Tony sorted Hum and Glenn a table just inside the lounge and said as the lounge was empty, I could join them. Once again the food was delicious and chef even brought me a sausage cooked especially for me 🙂
After breakfast a quick game of ball on the croquet lawn it was sadly time to say our goodbyes.
So is Hambleton Hall dog friendly? I would say it is. Everyone made me feel welcome and loved and made a huge fuss of me. BUT it would be nice to have a couple of tables in the bar or lounge where we could sit and have meals with our humans. And those dog bins should be provided.
Is Hambleton Hall a great place for events and humans to stay – I would say by Hum and Glenn’s reaction to everything absolutely a HUGE yes 🙂 Glenn has not stopped telling everyone what a super, wonderful 60th birthday he enjoyed at Hambleton Hall.
Does Hambleton Hall make you feel special – indeed it does – very special – so show this to your humans please and get them to take you there 🙂 You and your humans will feel relaxed, pampered and have a wonderful time.