Barnsdale Lodge Hotel
“Countryside hotel offering comfortable bedrooms and good food” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A popular and interesting hotel converted from a farmstead overlooking Rutland Water. The public areas are dominated by a successful food operation with a good range of appealing meals on offer for either formal or informal dining. Bedrooms are comfortably appointed with excellent beds enhanced by contemporary soft furnishings and thoughtful extras.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 46
- Family rooms: 2
- Bedrooms Ground: 17
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Laundry facilities
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Private fishing
- Croquet Available
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 250
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Single room, minimum price: £89
- Double room, minimum price: £109
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 200
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About the area
Measuring less than 20 miles (32.4 km) across, Rutland has a resident population of around 37,000, and apart from Oakham and Uppingham most of its inhabitants live in tiny villages and hamlets like Exton.
The county’s name possibly derives from the 11th-century word ‘Roteland’, denoting the red colour of the soil in the east of the region; or it could have been part of the estate belonging to an early landowner called Rota. Whatever the origin of the name, one thing is certain, and that is that this tiny county has had a complicated history. The modern bit starts in 1974 when it was dissolved into Leicestershire. After more than 20 years of protest by unrepentant Rutlanders the county was happily reinstated in 1997.
The major tourist draw of Rutland was created in 1975, and is Rutland Water, a body of water which, at 5,000 acres, is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe. As well as a mass of wildlife and water pursuits such as windsurfing and sailing, Rutland Water also has its own church, which is now a museum, sitting on an outcrop that juts out into reservoir.
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