The Barnsdale

Exton, Rutland
+44 (0)1572 724678
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£85 - £380
per night

A marvellous spot overlooking Rutland Water for this 1760 former hunting lodge with good seasonal British food and very comfortable bedrooms


45 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£85 - £380 per night

The Experience

Guests are greeted with a glass of wine, the log-burner gives out that gorgeous wood smoke smell and cheerful staff glide about making sure all is running smoothly. Find yourself a quiet corner in the Orangery, bar or brasserie, all leading directly into each other with lots of natural daylight. Communal areas have fresh flowers and candles on the tables and low sofas for those wanting a chat or to look at the seasonally-adjusted menu. There are two or three daily specials and some of the ingredients are homegrown.

Peaceful bedrooms (some with watery views) vary in price and size and all are named after local places or birds. You’ll find a tipple of ‘The King’s Ginger’ and some biscuits waiting for you. Wake to a handsome breakfast of porridge and berries, eggs Benedict or Florentine, full English, avocado and sriracha. Borrow wellies and walk it off in the garden.

Try two Rutland ales on pump and some fine local gins.

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We think you'll love

  • Being in such a quiet, rural location in gorgeous countryside
  • The food – breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner, all delicious
  • Walking or cycling around the Rutland Water circuit
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You should know

  • Some rooms are on the first floor without a lift and others across a gravel courtyard, so do speak to reception about the best room for you
  • Dogs are welcome, max two, £20 per night per dog


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £85
1 Suite for 2
1 Single
2 Family rooms for 4
41 Doubles
From £115


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


My recent visit to The Barnsdale was a very pleasant surprise. I was greeted by a warm log-burner blazing in reception, a welcome drink and friendly personal service. In the downstairs communal areas and the bedrooms the high-quality decoration is contemporary yet relaxed and comfy.

Janine, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

This is one of the country's best kept secrets and there are oodles of local adventures to be had. Water sports, boat trips, family days out and magnificent nearby towns. Oakham, three miles, has a medieval history, a castle, museum and boutique shops; Stamford has a thriving high street and lots of Georgian architecture. Visit the stunning Burghley House or The Barnsdale Gardens with a tea room.

Local points of interest from The Barnsdale

  • Rutland Fly Fishing with Rob Waddington. This is an exciting active and fascinating branch of the sport. Rob and his team teach you the skills and knowledge needed to learn to fly fish and help you catch a trout or two.
  • Deene Park is a wonderful eclectic mix of architectural styles, having evolved through the centuries. Before the Norman Conquest and for 150 years afterwards the Manor Of Deene belonged to the Abbey Of Westminster and was used occasionally by the Abbot.
  • Grafton Park Wood An interesting yet also slightly freaky woodland. The woodland is an exair force base from WWII, the American Airforce used the woodland as camouflage for their buildings, many of which still remain, although slightly derelict.
  • Rockingham Castle overlooks the villages of Rockingham and Caldecott and has views over the Wellend Valley. Privately owned, it is open to the public for events and certain days. The place was visited by writer Charles Dickens.
  • Fermyn Woods A stunning ancient woodland set just south of Corby. With walking trials, orienteering routes, several play areas and a café.
  • The history of the smallest county in England is represented by Rutland County Museum in Oakham, which draws from rural life and archaeology to explore the history of Rutland. It exhibits include an Ice Age bison horn and extinct oysters from the Triassic & Jurassic periods.