£172 / night
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The Old Post Office, Rutland water – Home 5345422 Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

The Old Post Office, Rutland water – Home 5345422

  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner


The Old Telegraph and Post Office cottage is in the village of Hambleton on a peninsula in the middle of Rutland Water, one of Europe's largest reservoirs. Hambleton is probably one of the nicest village locations in England. There are 3 reception rooms and a kitchen and 3 bedrooms, two king size beds and a third bedroom with single bed with pull out bed underneath and a good-sized kitchen with table and brand new kitchen units by Neptune and a newly renovated bathroom with marble tiles with freestanding bath and overhead shower. There is ba downstairs loo and log burner in one sittingroom and an open fireplace in the other sittingroom. The entrance hallway has a dining table. The cottage is a short distance from the pub, The Finchs. Items provided: Shampoo and shower gel and soap provided. Most of the time I provide bread, milk, eggs, butter and a small jar of marmalade time permitting inbetween bookings and dependent on repairs and cleaning issues/ spillages to sort out.

Hambleton village has an excellent pub called The Finches with terrace overlooking the lake. Hambleton Hall, a Michelin starred hotel is also in the village. There is a cycling path around the lake and the Hambleton pensinsula. Fly fishing and sailing is also available on the lake. Oakham is 2 miles away providing a selection of restaurants and pubs and shopping facilities and Uppingham is 5 miles away and the larger Georgian and Medieval town of Stamford is around 10 miles away. The Finches pub has an excellent NEW YEAR party. The chef used to work at Le Manoir Aix Quatre Saisons and goes to town at New Year and there is a live band.

There are a variety of activities nearby. The lake has various activity centres including bird watching ( Osprey nest on the lake) and canoeing and windsurfing as well as open water swimming. Rutland Sailing club is nearby. There is a golf course overlooking the lake, falconry centre, horseriding, picnicing areas. Rutland water is one of the best fly fishing lakes in Europe.

The Old Telegraph and Post Office is newly renovated to a high standard and newly listed to the market. It was renovated for my parents who are now contemplating moving to Hambleton!

Rutland is England's smallest County around 90 miles from London. It is like a small Cotswolds. Hambleton can be reached by rail via Peterborough ( 45 minutes from Kings Cross) to Oakham (25 mins) with a connecting train. Journey time around 1.5hrs. Oakham is 2 miles from Hambleton. Alternatively Rutland can be reached from the A1 turnoff at Peterborough ( 2-2.5 hours from London)

Hambleton Bakery is nearby owned by Hambleton Hall. It won Britain's best bakery and is open 7 days a week.( Located near Exton in a copse) Exton also has a lovely pub. You can get fresh bread and various types of British tarts and buns from Hambleton Bakery. It serves many of the hotels and pubs in the area.

Oakham, 2 miles away has a deli in Mill Lane called Otters as well as a few lovely shops including Cavells, a small department store selling designer clothes and there is a large Tesco. Cooperative supermarket is a short drive away as is a drive-in M&S. The Barn is a lovely small restaurant in the town and the Bakers Yard is also a nice lunch place. There are several other cafes and restaurants. Stamford around 10 miles away has a broader selection of shops and The George Coaching Inn is recommended for food. Burghley House nearby hosts a selection of events all year. There is more than enough to do for a week holiday in the area.

Oakham castle is in the town of Oakham surrounded by the old moat and inside Oakham Castle is a selection of large horse shoes including one recently donated by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Another excellent pub is located in Clipsham called the Olive Branch. It also in the Michelin guide for 2014.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 3: Bunk Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Toilet Only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

You will need a car. You can cycle from Oakham station which is 2 miles away.

Interaction with guest

I am available by text and mobile phone and through the site


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

If you have requested that a dog stay please don’t let them foul the garden or the neighbour’s garden. I have to co sister the hygiene aspect of this for children staying, vegetables in the garden, damage to the lawn and upsetting my neighbour.
There is space for one car directly in front of the cottage and other parking spaces on the road nearby. We have three cottages with 3/4 spaces in front of the cottages.


About the owner

Sharon D.
Average reply time:
2 hours 59 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
14 Aug 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 29 Oct 2014. Located in Rutland, it has 44 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £916 to £1088.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 14 Aug 2019.


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Guest reviews

Very Good
44 reviews

Very Good

“Lovely Weekend at The Old Post Office”

Reviewed 9 Jul 2019

Six of us spent a lovely weekend at The Old Post Office. We knew in advance that bedroom 3 is a single with pullout and 1 coulple volunteered to take thst room and reported that is was perfectly comfortable. Cottage has 3 reception rooms so lots of space to relax indoors after a hard day's cycling around Rutland Water! The garden is also very pretty and lovely to sit out in the evening. Very well equipped cottage, also plenty of books, magazines, games etc as well as local information is provided. Welcome local produce were left for us on arrival which were very much appreciated - the Hambleton Bakery cakes went down particularly well! Parking was limited, but again we had been forewarned and given advice by the owners so had no big problem with it. Hired bikes from Whitwell, took a boat ride, walked and visited the Finch's for lunch on arrival and drinks in the evening. Very relaxing and peaceful weekend - would havd been happy to stay longer and would thoroughly recommend this property.

Owner's reply: Thank you for a comprehensive and generous review. Kind regards, sharon

“Beautiful House”

Reviewed 2 Dec 2018

Beautiful house in a beautiful location. Really can’t fault this property. The owner is also very helpful and responds quickly. Highly recommend the Finches Arms pub that is opposite the house. The food was amazing.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review and glad you enjoyed your stay in Hambleton. Sharon

“Lovely break!”

Reviewed 13 Nov 2018

The Old Post Office is a charming cottage at the end of a row situated opposite the church with parking for one car immediately to the front and further parking on the road opposite if like us you had two cars. It could get quite busy in high season. Decor is delightful and of high quality. The kitchen proved particularly popular and we did a lot of eating in with all the utensils pots and pans you could need. The bedding and towels were of high quality. The welcome basket with bread and cookies and marmalade, together with butter milk and eggs were a real treat. Thank you! The cottage was well placed for local sites and only a short stroll to reach the shore of the peninsular. Do bear in mind that some venues (stately homes etc) close for winter from end of October. We enjoyed some lovely walks. Log burner was great but it would be useful to leave some log burner glsss cleaner in the cupboard. All in all a cosy relaxing long weekend for the three of us. Most enjoyable and a great setting.

Owner's reply: Very belated, but thank you for a lovely review, Kind regards, Sharon

“Excellent facilities, delightful and charming old cottage with all the mod cons to make you comfortable.”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2018

Sharon (Owner) has taken thought and care with the decor of her beautiful cottage to maintain its character and charm but also ensured it is clean and provides all the fascitiies to help you make the most of your stay. Lovely and well equipped kitchen. Having a dishwasher and washing machine is very helpful when you're away from home. Two of the bedrooms have a kingsize/double bed and the third a single bed and ideal for a child with books and it's cheerful decor. There are plenty of extras in the kitchen, not always provided in self catering, such as dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, salt pepper, tea coffee, herbs, spices etc. I always take my own anyway when staying away as you cannot expect that all places will have so much available but it's worth sending Sharon an email to ask about anything you're not sure of to about bringing as she always replies promptly. Upstairs bathroom has a deep bath which was very comfortable it also has an overhead shower but we did not use that. Hambleton itself is lovely and quiet and very easy distance of Rutland Water which is great to cycle, walk or run round. The bed was much softer than we are used to but very comfortable and we slept well. Heating and hot water controls, easy to understand and use. Would recommend this to friends and family and happy to stay here again if we were visiting this area.


Reviewed 14 Feb 2017

A beautiful cottage in a stunning location Well equipped, clean and comfortable. Loved the little extras like bread from the local bakery. We will back!

Owner's reply: Thank you for a lovely review. It helps a lot with bookings. Glad you enjoyed your stay, Kind regards, Sharon

“a perfect house”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2016

6 of us stayed here for 5 days - perfect location, great house, comfy beds and space to spread out in.

Owner's reply: Thank you. It helps my business if guests leave a nice review. Sharon


Reviewed 27 Sep 2016

A super house in a stunning location. Extremely well presented and very well equipped. The owner was very friendly and very helpful.

Review 1-10 of 44


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