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Harlequin House | Large Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Market Harborough

Harlequin House

Horninghold, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, UK

A babbling brook, blossoming orchards and vibrant interiors come together at this large, luxury self-catering cottage to create a true escape from the ordinary on the Rutland border. Playfully renovated by two sisters, a bold fusion of texture, colour and patterns bring zest to 120-year-old Harlequin House, settled amidst secluded gardens overlooking the Deene Park Estate.


Up a long, circular driveway and entered through a white-picket gate, Harlequin House and its five acres of gardens are a sylvan utopia on the edge of pretty Horninghold. Reconstructed into the Estate Office for Blaston Hall by Thomas Hardcastle in 1905, what once was a humble Edwardian cottage is now the modern-day answer to the quintessential English country escape; bold, fun and ever-so inviting for jovial days spent playing croquet on the lawns and laughing long into the night.


Vivacious design and joyful hues delight at every turn inside Harlequin House, and from the bedrooms to the bathrooms, kitchen to snug, happiness ensues. Bespoke Rapture and Wright headboards ensure mornings in bed drinking tea over a novel are a picture-perfect affair, while bursts of sunset orange and forest green bring cheer to even the rainiest of days. Designed to enchant and fashioned to dazzle, there’s no such thing as a dull moment within these energising walls.


Throw open the doors and run free between the giant banana leaves and twisting apple trees of this luxury home’s five acres of gardens. As the sun starts its journey back down into the horizon, stretch out blankets and bask in golden light; by night, settle by the babbling brook for bedtime stories under the stars. If you must leave, the surrounding countryside is crisscrossed with gentle rivers and leafy pathways where quiet spots in dappled light tempt drawn-out picnics of the best local farm produce.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £4,895 per week, £3,695 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsHarlequin House has four first-floor bedrooms, three with super king-size beds and en suite shower rooms with WCs, and one twin bedroom with access to the family bathroom which features WC, bath and shower.
    View bedrooms
  • FeaturesElectric car charging point and outdoor stove
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children over seven are very welcome. A highchair, cot and stair gate are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking at Harlequin House for five cars. The kitchen includes an Aga, large fridge-freezer with ice machine, Fisher and Paykel fridge drawer, coffee machine and two dishwashers. Due to the brook that runs through the property´s grounds, along with badger sets in the woodlands, parents are advised to supervise their children at all times. There is no phone signal at the property, please use WiFi calling.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of local produce, Smart TV with Sky Q and Netflix, WiFi internet, coal barbecue, fluffy bathrobes, Claus Porto toiletries, recipe books, croquet set, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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A deep berry shade paired with soft linens ensures long slumbers
Almost 120 years old, Harlequin House flaunts character at every corner
Harlequin House is styled with pops of colour in every room

Prices & Availability

Market Harborough

Bordering Northamptonshire, this historic market town is filled to the brim with winding alleys crisscrossed with colourful bunting and bistros which spill out onto the streets in the English sun.

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Market Harborough

Getting there

  • On the Map Harlequin House is five miles from Uppingham in Rutland and ten miles from Market Harborough.
  • By Car The property is just over 100 miles from London, approximately a two-hour drive.
  • By Train There are direct trains from London St Pancreas to Market Harborough taking less than an hour. (Followed by a 15 minute taxi journey to Harlequin House.) 
  • By Air The East Midlands Airport is one hour away by car; London Luton one hour and 40 minutes.

From the owner

“Harlequin House is positioned on the edge of Horninghold with views over the sprawling Deene Park Estate. We have an abundance of wildlife roaming the countryside around us and it´s very likely you´ll see rabbits, pheasant, deer and ducks from any of the windows.”

From the owner

Harlequin House provides a unique escape to a timeless experience of English rural life. The house nestles in the heart of the Welland Valley amidst unspoilt rolling countryside between Leicestershire and Rutland. The quintessential market town of Uppingham is just five minutes drive away whilst the opera at Neville Holt is on the doorstep. There are many great gastro pubs abound in picturesque nearby villages.  

As a family design-house duo, we have lovingly renovated our unique Edwardian home; our love of colour and vibrant design is infused into every part of it. You’ll find bespoke furniture, original art and an eclectic library at Harlequin House, reflecting the things that we love most. 

We must also mention the dreamy south-facing gardens that surround the house and provide a true escape from the hubbub of everyday life. We love to enjoy a morning coffee on the sunken terrace by the brook, where the sound of the water as it trickles past the garden adds to the tranquillity of the already secluded, private garden.

Caroline and Stephanie

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Market Harborough with an insider’s perspective.

The Finch´s Arms, Hambleton
To Eat

The Finch´s Arms, Hambleton

Locally sourced produce is the name of the game at The Finch´s Arms, which offers a great pit stop for a family lunch mid-way around a Rutland Water cycle.

Rutland Water
To Do

Rutland Water

4200 acres of park encompassing walking and cycling trails, a nature reserve with an Osprey project and even an inflatable aqua park for children, what more could a family need?

Rockingham Castle
To See

Rockingham Castle

Commissioned by William the Conqueror, this 900-year-old castle enjoys several acres of formal gardens (perfect for hide and seek!) and a tearoom serving homemade cakes.

Uppingham Market
To Eat

Uppingham Market

A weekly town market selling the finest local meat, vegetables and fresh bread in the area. Grab a warm croissant from a stall, an artisan coffee and fill your tote bags with delicious treats for supper.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. 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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