Monday, 8 February 2010

Out on the peninsular

Pete, his mum and I have spent the weekend in Oakham in the county of Rutland. We visited Pete's aunt and uncle and to give the oldies a chance to gossip, Pete and I explored the area (including a low walk on Sunday after breakfast) and the two of us stayed in a lovely hotel in Hambleton.

I find the location sadly interesting. Let me explain... once upon a time the village of Hambleton was surrounded by fields and had two small villages nearby called Nether Hambleton and Middle Hambleton. When the reservoir, which became Rutland Water was built, these two villages were demolished and the road to Normanton severed forever.

So now, Hambleton sits on a peninsular and is a beautiful ancient village with views across the lake. The village contains the 12th century church of St Andrew, a pub/hotel called The Finch's Arms, where we stayed and a hotel called Hambleton Hall.

The Finch's Arms was very impressive. A wonderful room with a stunning view, open fires and top notch food and service. If you want a great weekend away, I would recommend this whether you want a relaxing getaway or want to try out some watersports on the reservoir. I will post a few pictures later in the week.

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