Vitruvian Triathlon 2015 at Rutland Water – accommodation offer

Vitruvian triathlonCalling all triathletes! If you are brave enough to compete in the incredibly tough 2015 Vitruvian at Rutland Water on Saturday 29th August, we are more than pleased to offer you a huge discount on Greetham Valley accommodation for the night before, Friday 28th!

Hotel accommodation: just £65 B&B, or £49 room only if a full English or continental breakfast really isn’t what you need first thing on the Saturday morning….

Lodge or Cottage accommodation: £150 self-catering – our Lodges sleep up to 6 in three bedrooms, and our Cottage sleeps 5, so are ideal for groups of athletes, their families and friends – everyone needs their support team!

To book, call Hotel Reception on 01780 460444 and quote “Vitruvian Offer”.

Job vacancies at Greetham Valley July 2015

We currently have a vacancy for a Night Porter, working a minimum of 24 hours per week, subject to rostering arrangements and the needs of the business. This is an interesting position, with a varied range of duties. The successful candidate will:

  • ensure all areas throughout the building are tidy and maintained in good working order, ready for the day’s activities
  • provide support to the Food and Beverage team for clear up when functions run into late evening or through to the early hours
  • service function rooms and rest rooms
  • set up tables and chairs for next day functions as required
  • set up for breakfast as required
  • provide after hours service to residents as be required
  • patrol the hotel, lounge bar and grounds to assist with security
  • report any serious incidents or serious security risks immediately to the local police for action
  • provide residents’ check in and check out services as required
  • report any maintenance issues for action
  • work on other duties through the night as may be reasonably requested to meet the needs of the business
  • jobs availableInterested applicants should apply in writing by 17 July 2015 to:
    Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley,Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN
    Tel 01780 460444

    Greetham Valley 2015 Mixed Open and more

    Ninety two competitors from twenty six different golf clubs, from Woburn to Scunthorpe, attended Greetham Valley’s 2015 Mixed Open sponsored by Oakham based travel company Savvitravel at the weekend. The day was warm, with no rain and a breeze that moved from cooling to two clubs plus during the day. Played on the Lakes course off yellow and red tees, the best scores came from the early competitors before the wind really took hold.

    Click here for full Mixed Open 2015 scoreboard.

    Prizes were awarded to the top three and the best away pairing. Mark Dutton and Cathy Cooper from St. Ives took the honours for the away team with 41 points. Competition Secretary Peter Wood and his sister Pat Dominey, who is Lady Captain at Basingstoke Golf Club, were third on countback. Second place went to Greetham Valley former Seniors’ Captain David Wallace and his partner Fay Allison from Brampton Park, both pairs came in with 42 points. First place went to their playing partners Colin Allison and former Greetham Valley Lady Captain Jackie Friend, they scored a brilliant 44 points.

    Nearest the pins on the twelfth went to our own Gilly Grant and John Stevensonfrom Lakeside Lodge. Kay Anderson of Chesterfield Golf Club was closest to the pin in two on the eighteenth and Greetham Valley’s Neil Upton took the prize for the men.

    As many who have organised similar events in the past will know, it does not just happens on the day. A successful event like this can only be achieved with a lot of forward planning and a great deal of help from a variety of people behind the scenes. Peter Wood and his wife Tina worked throughout Friday ensuring that all the cards were made up and that the format for the day was printed out for each competitor.

    They and Ladies’ Competition Secretary Gilly Grant also booked everybody in.

    Elizabeth Wardhaugh, wife of Secretary Radley, Tina Wood and Ladies’ Vice CaptainSusie Ellis ran a busy halfway house with delicious cakes supplied by Elizabeth, Liz Haughton and Jackie Friend.

    Ladies’ Captain Cathy Steele said that the size of the Mixed Open competition grows year by year as its’ reputation spreads. She said that many competitors who have been coming to Greetham Valley for several years have enthused about it so much that some of their club members also now attend. Many have already booked in for next year’s Open as they not only enjoy the venue but remark upon how well the day is organised. Cathy went on to praise the organisers and volunteers whose hard work made the day such a success.

    The Men’s Weekend Stableford was a bit of a tight affair. Normally if you were to score 45 points on the Valley course you would look forward to getting your handicap cut, picking up your winnings and perhaps splurging out on a small glass of something at the bar to celebrate. 45 points this weekend however would only get you into the countback club as the top four all had the same score.

    Up and coming junior Luc Afflec took fourth place and was cut to twenty three. David Bull was cut to fifteen and took second place. Rob Jerram, who won the 19-28 Championship only a couple of weeks ago, had two goals, the first was to try to win the competition but his overriding aim was to get his handicap cut to eighteen or below so that he can enter the 0-18 two day Club Championships in July. He lost out on the win having to be content with second but achieved his handicap cut to eighteen and lost no time in entering the Championships.
    Bill Guest
    The win went to Bill Guest who, strangely enough, had exactly the same aims as Rob. For the past couple of months Bill has been a regular visitor to the door of Greetham Valley’s Pro Neil Curtis. Bill said that Neil had to change several things in his swing and his short game. He admits to finding it tough to adapt to them but at the weekend it all came together for him. He said that he drove really well, his irons were very consistent and his putting is improving. Bill said that one of his best holes was the par four fourteenth. He hit his drive slightly offline and had to take his second shot over trees from 120 yards to get at the flag, he came off with a great birdie.

    The sixteenth is a tough par three to a three tiered green, but Bill made it look easy, placing his eight iron shot to within six foot to claim his second birdie. Full of adrenaline, he hit his drive well offline into the trees on the left of the seventeenth and spent several fruitless minutes trying to find it. This and a couple of other errors on the hole led to a blob to blight an otherwise great card.

    At this stage, Bill’s only thought was to hit the middle of the green on the eighteenth to give him a chance of a par to rescue his round. An easy nine iron, a putt close to the cup and a simple pop in was all that was needed to bring his round to a successful conclusion.

    Bill said that when he saw the other scores coming in, he had a very anxious overnight wait for the result. He was very pleased to accomplish both of his goals but was annoyed with himself at his moment of madness on the seventeenth. He knows that he will have to improve his course management now that he has been cut to eighteen and qualifies for the club championships.

    Jackie FriendJust seven ladies were able to take part in the Weekend Stableford, which was also on the Valley course. Jackie Friend was a model of consistency and took the win with 36 points. Nine handicapper Kay Ropson was second on countback from Annie McCulloch, both ladies scored 32 points.

    The Valley course was also the venue for the Stan Holden Trophy on Monday. Stan was a long time Greetham Valley member and is remembered fondly by many in the Seniors’ section. Stan passed away while playing with friends at North Shore a few years ago and this competition is a fitting tribute to his memory.

    On a day of sun, wind and occasional rain, scoring was always going to be tight. Neil Bradbury and Stuart Doddwere third and fourth on countback after scoring 39 points. Ten handicapper Neil Lowndes took second place with 40 points, a very good score in the conditions.Keith Childs


    The trophy and the win went to Keith Childs who scored 42 points and was cut to twenty one. Keith had a bit of brain fade as he packed his wife off to work and his son off to school that morning, he had forgotten that he was playing in the competition until he caught a glimpse of his diary. A bit of a mad rush to the first tee resulted in a seven and no points on the first hole. Keith soon settled down to it and rattled off four pars in the next eight holes plus a bogie or two to garner 20 points for the front nine. A good back nine followed to take the win, he was cut to twenty one.

    Keith said that after hearing of Stan’s standing in the club and the history of the trophy he was proud to have become its latest recipient. He is not so sure that Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis will be so happy with him. Keith won the Lombard Trophy qualifier a couple of weeks ago and he is playing with Neil in the final for the Trophy in a week or so’s time.

    The June Midweek Stableford was held on the Lakes course in fairly reasonable conditions. Not too cold, not very windy, and dry. In a week of very tight scoring in competitions, the top three all scored 38 points. Carl Harris was third, dropping only eight shots in his round and was cut to nine. Steve Orton had a rather unfortunate blob on the sixteenth and was placed second. Ian Brocklehurst took first place thanks to a birdie on the twelfth and pars on the last two holes.

    Chris HoweBill Skinner and playing partner Peter Key played their Pairs Knockout on the Valley course against Chris Howe and Chris Tapsell over the weekend. They were all level after fifteen holes when Bill put his iron shot to within six foot of the pin on the sixteenth. Chris Howe stepped up and hit his nine iron onto the green even closer to the flag, it bounced once, had a slight check then disappeared into the hole for a fantastic hole in one! This put Chris and his partner one up in the match. They were still one up on the eighteenth when Peter dropped a twenty foot putt to take them into extra holes. They finally finished four holes later with team Chris taking the victory. Chris Howe, who has been playing very well this year, said winning against tough opposition and moving into the next round was very pleasing but getting a hole in one along the way was just really nice icing on the cake.

    Holiday discounts this August in Rutland!

    Overhead lakesSummer holiday breaks at Greetham Valley in Rutland.
    For one week only commencing Monday 10th August 2015, we are delighted to offer a superb short holiday break discount at Greetham Valley.

    For those who enjoy Hotel leisure breaks, we have a fantastic bed & breakfast offer of just £75 per room per night when booking a Hotel twin bedroom webminimum of two consecutive nights in the week commencing 10th August. Enjoy shared twin or king-size accommodation, a full English or continental breakfast AND a complimentary packed lunch per person each day.  A date to note: the fabulous ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again, will be performing at Rutland Water on Saturday 15th August!

    belvoir castleMany of the stately homes and castles of Hidden England are within easy reach: Burghley House, Belvoir Castle, Belton House, Boughton House, Deene Park, Kirby Hall, Grimsthorpe Castle and Rockingham Castle – all are a lovely day out as are the nearby inspiring Barnsdale Gardens, Easton Walled Gardens and Gates’ Nurseries. The market towns of Stamford, Oakham, Uppingham and Grantham are perfectly located for a spot of retail therapy, all Rutland Water cyclinghaving some lovely bijou shops and boutiques.

    Walkers and ramblers may enjoy lovely walks across the county, including the Rutland Round, taking in the stunning landscape and chocolate-box villages. Cycling around Rutland Water is a challenge enjoyed by many and a range of “on the Water” sports, from windsurfing to kayaking to sailing are available, as is tuition in all Rutland Water sail smallactivities. Bird watching is a particularly popular activity, both onsite and on Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

    The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre has over 90 birds of prey whilst Simon Tebbutt Falconry provides an inspiring bird of prey handling experience onsite at Greetham Valley. Our guests may also enjoy complimentary onsite par 3 golf, coarse and trout fishing, Katie and Errolbowls and petanque.

    The small print: Our offers are subject to availability and must be booked direct with Greetham Valley – terms, conditions, hotel sole occupancy charges and date exclusions may apply. We regret this offer is not applicable to any existing bookings.

    For more details or to book, please email: or
    tel: 01780 460444. Please quote “August Leisure Break Offer” when enquiring.


    Late deals at Rutland Lodges near Rutland Water

    Lodges email sizeLast minute holiday deals at Rutland Lodges
    Our lovely log cabins comfortably sleep 6 in three bedrooms, perfect for families or groups of friends to enjoy a self catering holiday near Rutland Water.

    Five of our eight Lodges are pet friendly – pets go free when booking the following late deal:

    7 night Summer break – £150 discount! LAST LODGE AVAILABLE FOR THIS WEEK BREAK
    Arrive Monday 3rd August, depart following Monday – now just £685, was £835 per lodge

    4 night Bank Holiday break – £150 discount!
    Arrive Monday 31st August, depart Friday 4th September – now just £375, was £525 per lodge

    The small print:
     our offers are subject to availability and must be booked direct with Greetham Valley Reception tel: 01780 460444, e:  Terms and conditions may apply, please ask. We regret our offers are not applicable to any existing bookings.

    Hotel Offers

    Hotel kingsize bedroom web3rd Night FREE! –  Leisure Break Offer
    Book now for selected dates this summer 2015 – two nights dinner, bed and breakfast at £75 per person per night then enjoy a third night DBB absolutely FREE!

    Enjoy a three course table d’hote dinner per night, shared twin or king-size accommodation and a full English or continental breakfast in our contemporary, family owned and run Hotel.

    PLUS we are delighted to offer a complimentary ticket per person, per leisure break, for your choice of one of the following local attractions:

     Burghley House Entry to Burghley House and the Gardens of Surprise
    One of the largest, grandest houses of the first Elizabethan
    age, Burghley House is just 10 minutes drive away in
    nearby Stamford, which is itself a lovely market town
    – simply perfect for browsing and retail therapy…
    Barnsdale Gardens Entry to Barnsdale Gardens
    Created by Geoff Hamilton for BBC Gardeners’ World,
    Barnsdale Gardens is Britain’s largest collection of
    individually designed gardens. Now run by Geoff’s son Nick,Barnsdale Gardens are just a few minutes’ drive away
    Easton Walled Gardens Entry to Easton Walled Gardens
    These are Lincolnshire’s “lost” gardens, where 400 years of
    gardening have created a peaceful and joyous ambience,
    enhanced by the beautiful valley it nestles in. Just 15
    minutes’ drive away from Greetham Valley
    Rutland Belle Boarding pass for Rutland Belle on Rutland Water
    This is a truly relaxing and enjoyable boat cruise on a lovely
    vessel across and around Rutland Water. Passengers
    board at Whitwell on the North Shore of the Water, just a
    few minutes’ drive away

    Prices for this Leisure Break Package are based on shared twin bedded or king-size accommodation. Sole occupancy supplement £15 per night.

    This offer must be booked direct with the Hotel,  is not applicable to existing bookings and is subject to availability.

    Please quote “3rd Night Free Package”  when calling to check availability for this special leisure break offer. Book your room now with Reservations on (01780) 460444 or email to enquire about available dates.

    [This offer is subject to availability and may have date exclusions and limitations, including those of the four attractions – please ask.]

    Last minute offers for Mill Cottage near Rutland Water

    Mill Cottage at Greetham Valley in RutlandLate holiday deals at Mill Cottage near Rutland Water
    Mill Cottage is our lovely, pet friendly holiday cottage tucked away in a hidden valley and comfortably sleeps 5 in three bedrooms. The spacious, cosy Cottage is 100 yards away from our Rutland Lodges and just a few minutes’ drive from Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Pets go free when booking the following late deals:

    4 night midweek break – £100 discount offer
    Arrive Monday 31st August, depart following Friday – now just £425, was £525

    The small print:  our offers are subject to availability and must be booked direct with Greetham Valley Reception tel: 01780 460444, e:  Terms and conditions may apply, please ask. We regret our offers are not applicable to any existing bookings.

    Hotel job vacancies in Rutland

    Greetham Valley currently has a vacancy for a Kitchen Assistant to work within our busy hotel, restaurant and clubhouse kitchen.

    The successful applicant will work as an integral part of the kitchen team to maintain a high level of clean kitchen equipment and environment.

    You will be required to work a minimum of 40 hours per week but it must be recognised that hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

    All interested candidates to apply in the first instance by Friday 5th June 2015 to:
    Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN


    We currently have a vacancy for a Chef de Partie. Overall responsibility will be to work as part of a highly successful team ensuring a high quality of product and service at all times. Reporting to the Head Chef, with a proven track record in the catering industry:

    • Quality product standards
    • Dedicated
    • Reliable
    • Team Player
    • Flexible working hours
    • Creative

    You will work 5 days in 7 and a minimum of 40 hours per week although hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.
    Interested candidates should apply to: Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley Golf Club Ltd,  Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN
    Tel: 01780 460444     email:

    Colin Easson Motors competition and more golf updates

    Jamie HerbertColin Easson Motors, who celebrate their 40th anniversary as a business this year, are based in the village of Cottesmore and have sponsored a golf competition at Greetham Valley for over twenty of those years. 150 gents and 30 ladies played in this year’s stableford competition on the Lakes course over the weekend. It was not exactly blazing May but at least it didn’t rain, although a gusting wind caused a few problems for the competitors.

    Melton Mowbray’s Jamie Herbert started with a bogie then a double bogie but soon got into his stride to finish the front nine with 19 points. He did even better on the back nine, registering a fantastic haul of 23 to end the day with 42 points. Jamie said that he felt very relaxed on the course but couldn’t point to just one thing that helped him win, his overall game worked on the day. The win also means that he is now eligible to play in the two day 0-18 Club Championships in July after being cut to eighteen.

    Long time clubhouse leader Steve Bennoson who had a fantastic game took second place with 41 points and was cut to eight. Jason Lindsay, Chris Tapsell and Peter Smith took third, fourth and fifth on countback after scoring 39 points.

    Ryan Tarrant scored 36 points in the Colin Easson but gained enough points to strengthen his lead in the Martin Boughton sponsored Summer Order of Merit. Ryan has 89 points, Steve Orton, who won the last qualifier,  remains in second place with 75 and Adam Clegg moves up to third with 67. Steve Bennoson jumps up to fourth after his second place this week, he has 63. Fred Aspin rounds off the top five with 55 points.

    Thirty competitors played in the Ladies’ Colin Easson competitionSally Bowker had 16 points on the front despite not scoring on hole seven. She got stuck in and came in with a further 19 points on the back to win on countback with 35 points. Jackie Friend was placed second and Nicola Toon took third with 34 points.

    In the Junior Competition, Ellie Haughton who is having a magnificent year, won on countback from the 2014 Junior of the Year, Winston Childs. Both scored 33 points. The winners will receive their prizes at Prize Presentation Night in October. 

    The Midweek Medal, played on the Lakes course, was contested by a strong field. Five handicapper Graham Smith took full advantage of the reasonably still conditions and came in with a gross 76, nett 71 to take the win on countback. Graham, who is noted for his very steady swing no matter what the conditions, had twelve pars, a birdie on the par five sixteenth and five bogies. He said that he was very pleased with the win but just went out to enjoy himself as he usually does. Nine handicapper Jon Herbert took second on countback. Russell Holden and David Copley were placed third and fourth on countback after coming in with nett 71.

    Former Lady Captain Angela Wheeler, off fifteen, was cut to fourteen after she won the Ladies’ Midweek Medal with a brilliant nett 74 on the Valley course. She finished seven shots clear of second and third placed Irene Barstow and Julia Thirlwell.

    A bogey competition is not to everybody’s taste but the Seniors gave it a good try out. David Wallace and Keith Godwin were first with six. David Kirtland and Nick Lawson took second on countback from David Aldred and Ken Stewart with five.

    Former Seniors Captain Rod Wells had one of the best games of his golfing life in the Seniors stableford qualifier on the Valley course. Rod shot an incredible 45 points, five ahead of second placed Neil Bradbury. All of that despite not scoring on the tenth! Rod said that everything just seemed to work on the day, the drives were mostly good as was his short game. He was cut to twenty one. Frank McGuire was third with 39 on countback from Tim Lee.

    The Seniors had a great half away to Thorney Lakes in Peterborough during the week. Seniors’ Captain Peter Wood and partner Tim Pearson had a great game to get the team off to a good start with a win. Two halves and two losses followed, this left the team needing a win for the overall half. Vice Captain Mel Clarke and his partner won on the last despite being three down for most of the game.

    Golf Breaks and Golf Society Days

    summer golf

       Summer Golf at Greetham Valley
        1st April – 31st October 2015   
    Golf Breaks Golf Days
    Freedom Friday or
    Sunday Driver
    Day packages
    Friday or Sunday night
    DBB +
    2 rounds golf
    Coffee on arrival
    18 holes
    Chef’s hot dish of the day

    For more details or to enquire about our full range of summer golf break and society day packages, contact Gilly on 01780 460444 or click here to email her