Keythorpe Hall – Leicestershire, England
Keythorpe Hall was built for entertaining. Standing in over 20 acres of grounds, formal gardens and woodland, with a fabulously restored walled garden of nearly two acres, over two hundred years later, it is once more a lavish host. Bringing it back to its former splendour has been a decade long labour of love for its owners, uncovering layers of hidden history in both the house and the gardens.
Available only to take exclusively, the house has beautiful Georgian proportioned and grand reception rooms, with floor to ceiling sash windows looking out over parkland, and farmland beyond. Antique furniture, a mix of old masters and modern art on the walls and fresh-cut flowers from the gardens fill the rooms. On top of all this, a dedicated in-house team provide a tailor-made service to each individual party, ensuring your stay is truly exceptional. Keythorpe Hall is unabashed relaxed, private luxury.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:Ideal place for a celebration with friends & family, with delicious food!
Sleeps:Up to 20 guests.
Service:Catered with bespoke menus, house manager, house keeping, waiting staff & wine concierge.
Location:In the rolling Leicestershire hills, five miles from Uppingham, and just a two hour drive from London.
Swimming:In the wood-fired cedar hot tub with spectacular views
Children:But of course!
Price:From £7,000 per night for exclusive use (based on the 7 principal bedrooms).
There are seven sumptuously and wholly individually decorated bedrooms, five of which are en-suite, and the remaining two can be used as a suite, with a shared bathroom. Each comes with a super king size bed, and two can be made up as twins. There is an additional three double-bedroomed apartment in the east wing – ideal for those with younger children, teenagers, or for private staff.
service & extras
You come here for the food. The pedigree of the team ensures that this is a gastronomic experience like no other. Whether you are seated around the 20-place dining table, or in the kitchens watching it all being prepared, you’re in for a culinary treat. The resident ethnobotanist, Claudio Bincoletto (ex Petersham Nurseries) is the head gardener, in charge of the magnificent walled garden, full of heritage vegetables, herbs and fruit. He is also the chief forager, whose knowledge of funghi is extraordinary.
Indeed, a slice of the produce is destined for some of London’s more discerning restaurants. The chefs come with their own exceptional histories and experience and including a Michelin star. Each menu is carefully curated, with seasonal produce – some from the estate, some foraged and the rest from local artisan producers. Then simply pair all this with wine sourced especially for you by Keythorpe’s own wine concierge.
Anything and everything you do here is tailor-made just for you. Of course, you can choose just to enjoy the grounds and the house, but there’s a plethora of things to do, both here and in the surrounding area. The historic market towns of Uppingham, Oakham and Stamford are close by, and Cambridge and Stratford upon Avon are just an hour away. There’s sailing on Rutland Water, riding nearby – you can even bring your own horse here – and plenty of walking trails. In the grounds, there’s a tennis court and a wood-fired hot tub.
The best activities, however, surely have to be the in-house master classes. Claudio will take you on a tour of the gardens, teaching you about seasonal planting; the chefs can give informal tutorials, whilst the sommelier is more than happy to arrange a wine tasting. All you really need to do is just sit back and relax in your private bolt-hole.
The gardens are a veritable natural playground for children (young and old), and with that comes a host of activities. The head gardener will take them foraging, or get them to help harvest fruit and vegetables, which they can then cook with the chef – the homemade pizzas are a favourite. The in-house florist will teach them to make garlands and crowns from flowers picked from the cutting garden. It’s an unforgettable place for families.
With no single-use plastics, a biomass plant to heat the house and the encouraging of biodiversity in the gardens, sustainability is actively promoted. Anything not grown here is sourced locally and all suppliers are reviewed regularly to ensure their values are aligned.
In the rolling Leicestershire hills, five miles from Uppingham, and just a two hour drive from London. The grounds are spacious enough to arrive by helicopter.