Ranksborough Hall Caravan and Camping5.9
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Lordy! This is a rather rankworthy park, placed smartly as it is in the grounds of Ranksborough Hall, built in 1893 for the lord of the same name and visited regularly by royalty such as George V on his hunts. And as it’s in Rutland, aka ‘the Cotswolds without the crowds’, we think that one will find plenty of elbow space when one is out and about too...
The grounds of peaceful Ranksborough Hall Caravan and Camping are surrounded by the 500-acre estate of Stapleford Park Country Hotel, where guests will also find a peerless selection of things to do including wandering around the Capability Brown landscaped grounds and trying their teeing off skills at the championship golf course: buy a Golf Day pass for unlimited golf on the day and to be fed and watered.
Naturally, lords and ladies bringing their tents, tourers and motorhomes have separate – and luxury – shower and loo blocks at Ranksborough Hall, with free hot water for showers and the washing-up area. Pitches are hardstanding or grass and many have electric hook-up.
For nibbles and meals off site, the Noel Arms pub within walking distance in the village of Langham dishes up flavoursome pub grub, and there are more options in Oakham less than two miles away.
Rutland is England’s smallest county, but you still might have to play hooky from work for some time to get around a goodly chunk of its attractions and activities: set in 3000 acres of countryside, the reservoir of Rutland Water is the same size as the Lake District’s Windermere and has lashings of things to do including sailing, windsurfing, cruising over the water on the Rutland Belle, fishing for brown and rainbow trout, and biking and strolling around its 25-mile track. One of the three golf courses in the area is at Rutland Water too, open seven days a week and with buggy and club hire and a licensed bar and restaurant.
RockBlok, on Rutland Water's north shore, is a good all-in-one option for those wanting to get active: the activity centre has a climbing wall and abseil tower, high ropes course, a trampoline and a weekend climbing club for ages eight and up. Hire bikes here too, take a boat out on the lake, or pick up your own gear at the outdoor equipment shop next door.
The western end of Rutland Water is a nature reserve popular with birdwatchers: the British Birdwatching Fair or Birdfair, aka the Birdwatchers’ Glastonbury, is held here every year to spot all sorts of species including 20,000 wildfowl all year round and the ospreys re-introduced to the area in 1996. Two visitor centres give the lowdown on what to see and do at the reserve: Egleton’s Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre with windows overlooking the wetlands, and the Lyndon Visitor Centre with birdwatching hides and viewing windows.
To the west of the reservoir, Rutland’s county town of Oakham has a museum, boutique shops and restaurants and an open-air market twice a week. There’s history in these here parts too: the old buttercross in the marketplace still has its medieval stocks and is now Grade I listed, as is the fourteenth century All Saints Church; and the town’s Oakham Castle is thought to be one of the best surviving examples of Norman architecture in the country (also have a look at its famous collection of horseshoes throughout the centuries).
From Oakham, urbanites can reach Rutland’s other market town, Uppingham, six miles away, and there are good road links to Melton Mowbray, Corby, Leicester and Nottingham, all within 10 – 30 miles.
- Barnsdale Gardens (4.6 miles)
- Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe (7.4 miles)
- Woolsthorpe Manor (9.9 miles)
- Woolsthorpe Manor (9.8 miles)
- Grantham House (16.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Hambleton Peninsula (4.4 miles)
- Manton - Brooke - Gunthorpe (4.7 miles)
- Lyndon Hill- Edith Weston - Lyndon (4.9 miles)
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37% would recommend this site to a friend.
50% would stay here again.
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Not good 23 Apr 2014
jackie_c1 (Mature couple, 1 review) Confirmed
poorly run site that with the right management could be a good site 20 Mar 2014
brian_h1 (Mature couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Good location but no hot water or showers in February 18 Feb 2014
ian_h8 (Mature couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Lovely surroundings, clean, tidy and well presented.Very welcoming. 30 Jul 2013
Abbe_P (Family with older children, 1 review) Confirmed
Great weekend away 23 Jul 2013
Penny_F (Young couple, 1 review) Confirmed
short stay - very nice 16 Jul 2013
Joanne_S2 (Family with older children, 2 reviews) Confirmed
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Stamford Bus Station — 12.0mi
Great Glen: Main Street Coach Stop — 14.1mi
Corby: Anne Street Coach Stop — 14.3mi
- Train stations
Oakham Rail Station — 1.7mi
Melton Mowbray Rail Station — 7.2mi
Stamford Rail Station — 12.2mi
- Ferry ports
- West Lynn Ferry Landing — 48.5mi
East Midlands Airport — 25.6mi
Coming from the A606: we are at the entrance of Langham village on the left. Look out for our signpost.