I mentioned earlier in the week about my gorgeous meal over at The Olive Branch in Clipsham. We went there for our anniversary in January, and made a long weekend of it with a stay at their sister hotel, Beech House.
Nearby Rutland Water, the boutique hotel houses six rooms all with a slightly different but subtle theme. They range from small double apple, through to larger aubergine, family suite chocolate and lavish double cream, Complete with roll top bath.
With their own little slice of character, each room has a cute Roberts radio to match the colour scheme, along with luxury bedding and toiletries from The White Company. We were happy opting for small but sweet apple, which is £115 a night in low season and £135 at peak, including breakfast in the morning.
We spent the day in nearby Oakham, pondering in charity shops and nibbling samples in the local delis. I was happy with my little foodie finds and charity shop floral plate, whilst Sam was excitedly inspecting his new records after scouring the second hand shops. It wasn't long before we were driving west to the picturesque village of Clipsham, where my heart did a little starjump at the words "We've upgraded you to Biscuit..."
The beautifully decorated Biscuit room, which can sleep up to four, had a separate lounge area, double sofa bed, cute little desk and rather regal looking armchairs. On top of this, there was a gorgeous bathroom with luxuriously deep bath and rain shower. Ultimate bliss. Usually priced at £197/£195 for two a night, they didn't have to offer us this at all. But they did anyway, because they are lovely. The little things, eh?
The room was a subtle shabby chic colour scheme with check detailing and floral cushions that I wanted to smuggle away in my suitcase. The room could be divided with a thick cosy curtain if needed, although with just us two we made the most of the living space and popped out the chilled Prosecco.
A gorgeous meal at The Olive Branch and dreamy night's sleep later, it was breakfast o' clock. Served between 7 and 9, wee took a leisurely walk over to our table which we'd booked in for half 8. Sat again by the open fire with freshly brewed coffee and tea, we could help ourselves to an array of colourful fruit, crunchy granola, local manor farm yoghurt and accompanying compotes. You could also order a seasonal smoothie or porridge cooked to your liking, if you fancied.
I delved into a mix of natural and rhubarb manor farm yoghurts, runny honey and granola, which hit the spot with my pot of earl grey. For your main cooked breakfast, you can choose anything from free range egg and soldiers to grilled Norfolk kippers or egg and bacon en croute to the full works. i opted for smoked salmon and scrambled free range eggs on a toasted Hambleton Bakery bagel.
A deliciously perfect start to the day. as if we weren't full enough, the last part of the breakfast featured a basket of warm croissants and pastries with fresh butter, pub made jams and marmalade.
A lovely start to our last day, spent in Melton Mowbray at Mrs B's tearooms, the fruit and veg market, yet more charity shops and of course the original pork pie shop. I've be raving about Beech House ever since and can't wait for an another excuse to return.
Have you ever spent a night at beech house? What are your favourite restaurants and hotels in Rutland?
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note: we paid for our stay at beech house in full (except the free upgrade of course!) as always, all opinions are honest and my own.