The Barnsdale

East Midlands Rutland Oakham

  • 45 Guest Rooms + 17 Lodges
  • Traditional Country Hotel

This friendly four-star is a perfect base for visiting Rutland Water, with comfortable guest room and a series of self-catering retreats.

Book Now

Book your stay securely on a third-party website

A collection of typically honey-stoned buildings around a central courtyard, Barnsdale Lodge is a very comfortable and recently updated Rutland hotel. It has 45 bedrooms and 17 cedar-clad self-catering cottages – Rutland Retreats – across the road: detached, light-filled properties with 2–3 bedrooms, French doors to a patio and fully fitted kitchens. The bedrooms are mostly good sizes and come with coffee- and tea-making facilities, complimentary mineral water wifi and en-suite bathrooms, and several have been refurbished in a contemporary country style that suits the hotel perfectly. Several enjoy views over Rutland Water.

The hotel has a well-established restaurant, split between a traditional dining room and a contemporary conservatory, which serves a menu based around local ingredients, and there's also a cosy, dog-friendly bar and a lovely bright garden room with doors opening out onto the hotel's central courtyard – a perfect spot to sit and take in the world on a summer's morning. You couldn’t be much better placed for the glorious expanse of Rutland Water, where you can walk or cycle the path which circles the lake; enjoy the many water sports on offer, tour the lake on the stately Rutland Belle. Cycling is also a popular activity and you can bikes at a couple of spots around the lake.

Finally the hotel is thoroughly dog-friendly, with all its ground floor rooms open to dogs.  Hounds get a welcome pack containing a bowl and a bed, chews and poo bags and a letter from resident pooches Coco and Maisie detailing fun doggy things to do. There are opportunities for off-lead walks in the hotel’s own meadows, and of course around Rutland Water, and although the restaurant doesn’t allow dogs, there’s a lovely bright garden room and a very cosy dog friendly bar where you can eat the same menu.



Open all year.


Double rooms with breakfast from around £120 a night.


Contact Website    The Barnsdale, The Avenue, Near Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH

Show Map


  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Wedding Venue
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly

Related Guides

See Hotels in Oakham


Be the first to leave a review!

Add Your Review

List Your Property

Do you have a Cool Place you'd like to tell us about?

Join Cool Places

Other Cool Places near The Barnsdale

What Customers say about Cool Places

Everything I needed for a stay

I'm already looking forward to going again and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area. It definitely deserves a five star rating!

Nathan, Verified Customer

6 out of 5!!!!

This place was amazing… I could not recommend this place enough, I’ll be singing their praise for many years to come and we are going to book again soon.

Barbara, Verified Customer

Easy to navigate

Great site that offers a really broad range of places to stay across the UK. Easy to navigate and book holidays.

Patrick, Verified Customer

Such a great variety of properties

Found this website when looking to book a staycation for later in the year. Such a great variety of properties and the website is really easy to use. Already shared with my family and friends.

CT, Verified Customer

Great, simple, straightforward

Great, simple and straightforward. I will definitely be using Cool Places again.

SM, Verified Customer