Village surrounded by water named in the list of ’20 most beautiful’
Between them, Leicestershire and Rutland are full of pretty villages – but only one has been ranked in the country’s top 20 by travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.
The magazine’s editors went in search of villages that strike “the perfect balance between incredibly pretty but not too chocolatey”.
They wanted the kind of village where one could happily “settle for the day” and also use it as a base for further exploration.
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From a top 20 of lovely hamlets and villages in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, they chose, in 16th place, the Rutland village of Hambleton – the only village in the Midlands to feature on the listing.
As well as having a 12th-century church and The Finch’s Arms, an 18th-century pub, the quaint village of around 200 people is as close to island living as it gets in this part of the UK.
Since the 1970s, when Rutland Water was established, the village has been surrounded on three sides by the reservoir.
So, in addition to all the usual pretty winding lanes, thatched roofs, sandstone bricks and stately old trees that you can find in many villages, Hambleton also offers views of sailboats, the lapping of the water and rare ospreys.
The Conde Nast team’s description of Hambleton said: “Sitting on the sunny terrace of 18th-century Finch’s Arms, surrounded by boats floating happily on Rutland Water, it’s easy to forget you’re in landlocked Rutland.
- 1. South Pool, Devon
- 2. Cartmel, Cumbria
- 3. Portloe, Cornwall
- 4. Nether Compton, Dorset
- 5. Beaulieu, Hampshire
- 6. Ullapool, Ross and Cromarty
- 7. Mels, Somerset
- 8. Powerstock, Dorset
- 9. Lurgashall, Sussex
- 10. Solva, Pembrokeshire
- 11. Orford, Suffolk
- 12. Helford, Cornwall
- 13. Southrop, Gloucestershire
- 14. Iford, Wiltshire
- 15. Burnham Market, Norfolk
- 16. Hambleton, Rutland
- 17. Kinsale, County Cork
- 18. Portree, Isle of Skye
- 19. Alnmouth, Northumberland
- 20. Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire
“The Hambleton Peninsula is quickly gaining a reputation as a millionaires’ playground, with lavish waterside properties appearing among pretty village houses.
“But that doesn’t detract from the appeal of sunsets over the water that rival any coastal equivalent, the annual arrival of migrating ospreys and easy walks around the peninsula.”
The magazine goes on to recommend Hambleton Hall as a great place to stay and an even better place to eat.
The article read: ‘Overlooking the marine expanse of Rutland Water, Hambleton Hall is a sprawling stack of countryside that has welcomed guests since 1980, with an on-site restaurant that has held a Michelin star since 1982 (nowhere in the UK does kept one for so long).”
You can read Conde Nast Traveler’s full article by clicking here.
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