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Dragonwood Boat House | Luxury Self-Catering | Oakham, Rutland

A luxury boat house solely designed with romance in mind, Dragonwood Boat House saw local craftsmen come together with Harlequin interior designers to create a traditional Victorian bolthole with a modern Italian twist. This lakeside abode near Oakham in Rutland offers luxury self-catering breaks in the most magical of settings.

Luxury self-catering for two at Dragonwood Boat House


Dragonwood Boat House is a hidden gem set in 15 acres of its own private grounds within a magnificent country estate, just outside Oakham in Rutland. Wander through the extensive gardens, woodlands and lakeside pathways to find the blanket of over 10,000 tulips and daffodils which appear in springtime. With a rich Italian flavour, this luxury self-catering boat house flaunts interiors typical of Harlequin design, combining an eclectic fusion of classic and contemporary style to give a flamboyant appeal. A vibrant triad of violet, orange and green jewel-like hues form an adventurous colour palette which oozes opulence.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The master suite features a hand-crafted Italian suede super king-size bed adorned with fine French linens for ultimate bedtime luxury. The ritzy, elegant en suite wet room has a large, luxurious rainfall shower and second WC. A romantic wake-up is guaranteed with floor-to-ceiling views over the sparkling lake out to the rolling pastures beyond.


The stylish county town of Oakham lies to the west of Rutland Water, one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe and a birdwatcher’s paradise. From wildlife tours to romantic cycle rides around the 25 mile long track, nature lovers will be in their element at this Site of Special Scientific Interest. Live and breathe the country dream and choose from many of the country pursuits on offer at this country estate including shooting, archery and fishing on your very own lake.

For Relaxation

When love-birds choose to explore the grounds hand-in-hand on foot, there's no less than 15 enchanting acres of private grounds waiting to be discovered. On clement days, lay out a champagne picnic on the jetty by the lake and enjoy a lazy lunch in the company of the fleeting butterflies, dragonflies and wild birds. Take advantage of the kayaks and while the day away on the water under the late afternoon's sun. Snuggle up under cosy blankets by the fire pit, or retreat inside where the underfloor heating and giant Italian log fire will ensure pure comfort on winter’s evenings.


There is a private drive from the estate gates that leads to Dragonwood Boat House and its designated car park. The modern kitchen has an electric cooker, hob, microwave, dishwasher and a fridge/freezer. Guests can request washing and drying from the main house. During your stay, you may see gardeners maintaining the extensive grounds.



Style: Bold hues create a curious contrast inside this traditional Victorian-style boat house which is teeming with plushness. Fans of flamboyant design will love the contemporary interior features sought from Milan.

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Our Take

Property Consultant Clare says

This unique boat house is a true jewel set within the crown of the much-admired Dragonwood Estate. Boasting 15 acres of its own private grounds, this luxurious love nest makes an idyllic haven for romantic breaks.

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Unique Extras

From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Oakham, Rutland to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Country Life There are plenty of activities on offer at The Dragonwood Estate, where country lovers can partake in archery, shooting and falconry and watch incredible bird of prey displays by an expert local falconer (please note that shooting is not available when there is a wedding event taking place at the main house).

Unique Boutiques From antique hunting in Uppingham and Stamford to designer clothes shopping in Oakham, the local area fuses a country market town appeal with a quality London shopping experience.

Country Club Relaxation Spend a day at nearby Stapleford Park, where you can indulge in some deluxe pampering at their award-winning spa. With its beautiful landscaped gardens, tea room and championship golf course, there is plenty for everyone at this luxury country house.

The Equine Kind The pretty village of Somerby has a friendly equestrian centre which is a must for horse lovers wanting to go riding during their stay. With the luxury of an indoor and outdoor school, there are opportunities for lessons whatever the weather.

On The Water With your very own lakes on the doorstep, enjoy a gentle paddle in the kayaks provided whenever you please. The more adventurous might like to get involved with some water sports on Rutland Water, the largest reservoir in England.

Catch Your Supper Get back to nature and impress your loved one by serving up your catch of the day after an afternoon fishing on the lake. The less experienced are guaranteed success fly fishing on Rutland Water, where tens of thousands of trout are released every year.



The modern kitchen has a high spec finish which makes cooking a breeze, and the open plan design ensures that couples don’t have to miss out on a moment of ‘us’ time. Good food is a real passion in Rutland and it’s not hard to find fresh farm produce nearby; from venison and pheasant to seasonal fruit and vegetables.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

The ancient village of Knossington is just a short country walk away and home to the Fox and Hounds. This attractive 18th Century inn has an ivy-clad exterior, while inside rustic beams and a log fire are in line with the traditional menu on offer. A little further afield, the market town of Oakham provides many charming tea rooms and restaurants including Wildwood Kitchen, serving up deliciously fresh Mediterranean dishes.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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