Patrick from Belgium wins stay in Rutland Lodges

Rutland Lodges at Greetham ValleyPatrick de Schutter from Belgium is the latest lucky winner in one of Greetham Valley’s competition draws. This time the prize was a short break in a Rutland Lodge at Greetham Valley.

Patrick stayed with us in May while taking part in an international fly fishing competition on Rutland Water and says ‘I am very pleased to hear I have won a stay in Greetham Valley! It’s a beautiful place to stay …..’

We look forward to welcoming Patrick and his family and friends back to Rutland later this year.

Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival + accommodation offers!

Come to Rutland and enjoy the Active Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival from 18th May – 1st June 2013!

The Festival is a celebration of Rutland’s beautiful landscape and the many walks and cycle routes in and around Rutland. The walks and cycle rides are all led by qualified volunteer walk and bike leaders, making this festival free!

The first week of walking (18th-25th May) offers a variety of different length walks at different times and locations around Rutland. The second week (26th May – 1st June) will offer the 7 sections of the Rutland Round over those 7 days.

With two of the walks starting and finishing at Greetham Valley, it is the perfect excuse to pop in for some well-earned refreshments in our lounge bar!

Over the two weeks there will also be cycle rides to suit everyone, ranging from family to nature rides and even a led cycle ride around the whole of Rutland Water, including the Hambleton Peninsula. There really is something for everyone!

Rutland is the perfect place for walking, and has long attracted ramblers, who enjoy finding their way around the tiny villages, little known tracks and country lanes. As well as the popular Rutland Water there are many other footpaths covering varied terrain with several famous walking routes as well:

The Macmillan Way was originally developed to raise money for Cancer Research, and was opened as a fully signed and waymarked route in 1996. This route passes the south banks of Rutland Water.

The Viking Way winds its way southwards from the Humber Bridge, through the Lincolnshire Wolds and finishes in Oakham.

The Hereward Way follows a path through Rutland, passing through villages including Empingham, Whitwell and Barnsdale, before reaching Oakham.

The Jurassic Way follows the band of Jurassic Limestone that runs along the northern boundary of Northamptonshire, along the Oxford Canal, via Middleton Cheney and Woodford Halse to Braunston on the Grand Union Canal. Here it passes between Market Harborough and Corby, following the Welland Valley to Rockingham with its castle.

Full details of the free events can be found in the Active Rutland Walking and Cycling Brochure, click here for details. Why not make a ‘Staycation’ of it and enjoy accommodation at Greetham Valley? We are offering some great late deals on self-catering and B&B breaks during the festival, starting at just £15 per person per night!

Rutland falconry experience at Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley Hotel, in association with Simon Tebbutt of, now offers a Falconry Experience as the latest on-site pre-bookable activity.

Guests and visitors are shown how to safely handle a variety of these superb birds of prey, including Errol the great grey owl (seen above with Katie Hinch) and Bob the eagle owl, held by Sam Holmes.

Sam said  ‘They are surprisingly heavy for what I thought was a bundle of feathers’ whilst Katie’s comment about Errol was how expressive his face was!

The Falconry Experience is suitable for all ages from 6 upwards, with each session tailored as required to meet specific group needs.

Contact Simon on 01572 811177 or 07989 098071 to arrange a Falconry Experience  in Rutland for your family, friends or corporate day.

Ann & Tony win tickets for the Blues Brothers Tribute Night!

All the guests at the fabulous Bee Gees Night at Greetham Valley last Friday were invited to fill in a competition form to win two tickets to the next Greetham Valley Great Night Out – and we received over 200 entries! The lucky winners, drawn today, were Ann and Tony Jones from Melton Mowbray who win two tickets to attend the Blues Brothers Tribute Night on Saturday 8th September!

This promises to be another excellent night of fine food and great entertainment at Greetham Valley – reserve your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment! Phone Hotel Reception on 01780 460444 – tickets are £20pp for a two course meal and live entertainment.

Fishermen’s tales and wedding hats at Greetham Valley

How big???

I always thought fishermen were telling tall tales about the one that got away, but judging by the whoppers I have been asked by our Hotel and Lodge guests to put in the Hotel fridge over night I’m now not so sure.

It has been really great to see our trout fishermen returning for another year of pleasure and competition fishing on Rutland Water,  many of whom have booked accommodation for the rest of 2012 season, as we are only a few minutes’ drive away from this fabulous fishing venue. It would also appear that Palm Springs Salmon Fishing are landing some giants this year.  Our resident salmon fishermen are also helping with the Receptionists’ weight lifting program as we are asked to store their catch in the fridge. 


Spring has finally sprung and the wedding season is now upon us.  Oh the dresses, the hats!!! (slightly different to those of our fishing friends!!). Even on a grey day the smiling faces of the wedding party are enough to cheer us all up.

I was asked the other day by a bride’s father how we all keep up the enthusiasm on a 2, 3 or 4 wedding weekend, well – how can you not? A hotel full of happy smiling wedding party faces, it really is contagious.  As the Reception shift goes on, if the enthusiasm starts to wane we just open the door at the back of Reception and enjoy the entertainment that is the bride’s dad dancing the funky chicken after too much champagne….

And then there’s the bright and breezy breakfast parade……enough said!  The morning after can be just as entertaining as the night before….

 Well, that’s a small slice of the variety of customer that brightens up our day on Reception – when are you coming to visit? We look forward to welcoming you!

Greetham Valley will again be exporting the taste of the fabulous Greetham Valley Black Rock Grill to local shows and events this summer, starting with the Rutland County Show at Burley on the Hill near Oakham on Sunday 3rd June. Our ringside stand will be sizzling prime cuts of steak to tempt the tastebuds of everyone meandering by at this superb local show. At last year’s show, the queue was six deep at times, with many coming back an hour later for more free bite size tastes!

We are then at the Stamford Feast on Stamford Meadows the following day, Monday 4th June, doing exactly the same at The Big Lunch! Last year’s inaugural Feast saw over 8,000 people browsing all the foodie exhibitor stands, so all bodes well for 2012, with even more exhibitors.

The third event of the summer season is the Rutland Food Festival on Saturday 15th September, which is part of the Rutland Day celebrations at Rutland Water’s Sykes Lane, Empingham site. Last year, it was great seeing many of the same people who had visited our stand at the 2011 Rutland Show and Stamford Feast make a beeline for their free Black Rock Grill bite size samples. By this visit, they even knew to ask for the ‘Cajun one’ if they fancied a bit of spice!

What has been particularly satisfying, and made it all worthwhile, is all the customers who have since visited Greetham Valley’s restaurants to try the Black Rock Grill dining experience for themselves. The concept of grilling your own juicy steak, at your table, on a hot volcanic rock, is clearly appealing to many – theatre in the dining room! We currently have a special offer of just £16 for TWO 60z rump steaks served sizzling to your table on two hot volcanic rocks, with all the accompaniments – why not give it a try? Ask for the Black Rock Grill Duet offer!

Do call at the Greetham Valley stand at one (or more!) of this year’s events – while enjoying your free steak sample, why not take a look at all the events we have on at Greetham Valley for this year? Tribute Nights and Christmas party nights galore! We look forward to seeing you!

Rutland Water osprey hunts for dinner at Greetham Valley

Where is a camera when you need one?? Just two days after I blogged about hoping we would see Rutland Water’s ospreys overflying Greetham Valley again after their safe return home from West Africa – here one was!

Yesterday afternoon, he made several passes over Meg’s Lake – yep, that’s the one with the big old golden orfe lurking in its’ depths – but by the time I’d stopped admiring him (he’s huge and incredibly graceful!), run around to find my camera (on Jazz the dog’s bed – why?) and got back to the lake, he was just a speck in the sky heading west.

This morning I phoned the knowledgable Tim Mackrill of the Osprey Project at Rutland Water Nature Reserve to see if he knew which osprey it could have been but it definitely wasn’t Osprey 09, one with the satellite tracker,  as he is still en-route over France, currently near Rochefort. Tim said it was likely to have been a male, as the females would probably be at the nest sites begging for food. So the males go hunting to prove themselves the best fish provider around – maybe golden orfe is the equivalent of fine dining in the osprey world?

Tim says the transponder on the other one of the two ‘tracked’ ospreys, AW, stopped sending data in February whilst in the Ivory Coast; sadly this is likely to mean he won’t be returning home. However, the Osprey Project has two more GPS trackers waiting to be fitted this season to two new ospreys.

Rutland Water’s ospreys returning home safely!

Rutland Water’s ospreys are reported to be arriving back at their nests safe and sound after their winter sojourn in West Africa. They have made it on to the BBC News UK Homepage where they have some cracking photos of them clearing out and defending their old nests. I especially love  the upside down osprey doing some spring cleaning – brilliant shot! Also a superb image of one of the males taking on a pair of interlopers – a real don’t mess with me attitude!

The Osprey Project at Rutland Water Nature Reserve is without doubt one of the most popular attractions in Rutland and is perfectly set up for visitors of all ages with webcams, guided walks, osprey and wildlife cruises and family fun days throughout the season. This really is an experience not to be missed!

Rutland Water’s ospreys have been previously spotted scouting out Greetham Valley’s lakes for breakfast and high tea, bringing the Lounge Bar and restaurants to a halt! Apparantly if the water is a little choppy at home, they are not above a short flypast over our calmer waters to see if they can spot the odd carp or trout.  We have photographed them successfully fishing in one of the golf course lakes and we very much hope they will revisit us this year. There’s a very big old golden orfe in one lake who had better watch out….

Rutland Water’s Ospreys

The last of Rutland Water’s ospreys have now arrived at their winter home in Northern Africa. The Osprey Project has been tremendous this year, with webcams catching every little detail of the summer lives of these magnificent birds. Their GPS tracking devices have produced some amazing data during their winter migration and the Project can identify them fishing 3 miles out at sea, then returning to roost to devour their catch. Check out to enjoy their exploits!

The Vitruvian Triathlon

Saturday 3rd September

Voted best event of the year in 2009 by 220 Triathlon Magazine.

The Vitruvian is a race that is even tougher to finish than it is to pronounce or even get into. It starts with a 1900 metre swim in Rutland Water, followed by a 84km cycle stage which includes two climbs over the notorious Rutland Ripple and incorporates nearly 1000m of climbing. This is just the second stage of suffering before the 21km run gets under way to finish things off. The good news is at least the run is flat!
There are likely to be over a thousand supporters around the course and that’s what makes this event so special!!

Accommodation can be hard to find – it’s also Burghley Horse Trials in nearby Stamford – so book early! Greetham Valley has a few Hotel rooms and two Lodges currently available.