Barnsdale Gardens

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December, 2016

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The hotel looks magnificent standing in an elevated position above Rutland water. It was cold but at least the sun still shone through the mist and when we arrived after three the sun was beginning to set, casting a yellow sheen on the water. Booking in was easy, the staff pleasant and finding our room was easy. It was a super deluxe, I paid £20 extra for an upgrade. The bed was bigger than king size and comfy. Two tub chairs and a desk were also in the room and a TV. The enSuite was modern with a bath and shower overhead. Usual towels and toiletries provided. Heating was electric and we needed it to be on to heat the extra large room with French doors onto the patio area overlooking, (just,) the waters. We had a walk with our cameras and managed to get a deep orange sunset in the freezing cold. The trees were attractive and the grounds are enormous. The evening meal in the hotels Brasserie restaurant was cooked to perfection. I can recommend it. We didn’t use the spa swimming pool etc. but it looked lovely. Maybe when it’s warmer I will. The breakfast was sufficient, buffet style but tasty. Lots of folk from abroad were visiting and serving food. I m not surprised it’s popular.A short drive around the perimeter of Rutland water takes you to Normanton church. It’s a beautiful walk around this church which juts out into Rutland water. A lot of interesting birds to see too. Ours was a cheap wowcher break. But it was very good value for money. I think a smaller room may have been warmer in winter though as all the Windows and French doors kept the room cool.


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