Wing Hall

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
If you aren’t to the manor born this is a great place in which to pretend you are

The 100 acres of garden and fields surrounding the manor house at Wing Hall make for a near perfect camping spot. Sitting just outside the pretty Rutland village of Wing, the site overlooks a colourful collage of woods and rolling fields of wheat and rape, and just a mile down the road is the lovely 3100-acre reservoir, Rutland Water. Created by flooding in 1974, the water and surrounding area now provide both a haven for wildlife and sport and leisure opportunities, with the 25-mile track around its perimeter making a beautiful cycle route. Surrounding the reservoir, a major nature reserve and wildfowl sanctuary spans some thousand acres and has several pairs of resident ospreys, which can sometimes be spied from one of more than 30 birdwatching hides dotted around the water. Robin Curley’s great- great-grandfather built Wing Hall in 1891, and she has lived here all her life, long before England’s tiniest county, Rutland, regained its independence from Leicestershire in 1997.

The campsite has four camping fields, with around 250 pitches across the whole site, of which just 20 are for caravans. A large, flattish field on the left as you enter the site is for tents only. A second field, on the right of the long, tree-lined entrance drive, has wonderful views across the surrounding countryside and is for tents, caravans and mobile homes. A third field has a handful of pitches overlooking the valley and the resident free-range chickens, while a fourth field has swathes cut through wheat to provide more pitches and some of the best views. A short walk down through another wheat field takes you to the three fishing lakes at the bottom of the estate. There are acres in which to play or cycle around the site, and a large tree in the middle of the second field, with a couple of swings slung from its branches, provides a focal point for kids.

Despite a well-stocked on-site shop and the Button Hole Café, which serves up breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and evening meals in peak season, Wing Hall is still a fundamentally basic, tent-focused campsite. It tends to get very busy on the summer bank holiday but generally has a quiet, leisurely pace. And the no-music policy, which is particularly popular with families, helps to maintain an air of peace and tranquillity. As night falls, parents swiftly sweep up their offspring in compliance with one of the few onsite rules – unaccompanied kids back under supervision after dark – and tranquillity returns. In any case, if splendid isolation is required, there are plenty of nooks and crannies and hideaway pitches to hole up in.

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Facilities

Campfires allowed in firepits – bring your own or rent them for £2 per night. The shop also sells bags of firewood. 4 large camping fields spread out over a large part of the 100-acre estate, with only 20 of the 250 pitches allocated for caravans. Although there is no playground, a large tree in the centre of one of the camping fields has a couple of rope swings and low branches ideal for climbing on. The family are gradually upgrading the washing facilities each year to ensure that ‘real camping’ doesn’t equal uncomfortable camping. 7 new showers have joined 5 older ones and all have free hot water; there are 6 covered alfresco washing-up sinks; and 3 blocks of toilets. The site shop opens from mid-March to the end of September and the café-restaurant also opens throughout the summer from April to September (serving breakfasts and evening meals at the weekend and lunches and afternoon teas all week). Campers can fish (and birdwatch) on the 3 lakes at the bottom of the estate for a daily fee of £7. There’s also onsite cycle hire that rents bikes for £15 per day or £10 for half a day.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Groups of young people/single-sex groups/groups of 3 tents or more – by arrangement only.

Nearby

Right next door, Art de Jardin showcases contemporary artwork on select days between June and August. At Rutland Water, Normanton Church Museum (01572 653026) charts the history of the reservoir, and the Rutland Belle (01572 787630) cruises around the shoreline from Whitwell. The Rock Blok outdoor adventure centre (01780 460060) has a high-rope adventure course and abseil tower. In the same place, Rutland Water Sports has have-a-go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and power boating sessions for kids (01780 460154).

Food & Drink

From April to September, the Button Hole Café has breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and evening meals on offer at the weekend and opens from 11am to 5pm on spring and summer weekdays for lunch and afternoon tea. If you want to venture off the site, the 17th-century Kings Arms (01572 737634) in Wing is a short walk away and has real ales and excellent local seasonal food. The Horse and Jockey at Manton (01572 737335) is on the cycle route around the reservoir, or a 40-minute walk away along footpaths and bridleways from the campsite. If you really want to push the boat out, Hambleton Hall is 3 miles away and offers gourmet dining and stunning views across Rutland Water (01572 756991). The Olive Branch at Clipsham (01780 410 355), a couple of miles north of Rutland water, serves high-end gastropub fare, well worth the short drive. In the opposite direction, the restaurant of the Lake Isle Hotel (01572 822951) in Uppingham is fab, and not as pricey as you might think, with a good, wide-ranging lunch menu of light dishes including omelettes and sandwiches, and posher fare in the evening.

Opening Times

All year.

Accommodation

Around 250 grass pitches, some with electricity.

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Location

Contact Wing Hall, Wing Hall Estate, Wing, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8RY

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Getting There

From the A47 take the A6003, on the outskirts of Uppingham, towards Oakham. At Preston, turn right after the village pub, signposted Wing. Follow the road up the hill to Wing and turn right into the campsite at the top.

Train to Oakham then either the Rutland Flyer bus towards Corby, which passes through Wing once a day in one direction and twice in the other (Mon–Sat), or a taxi (around £10).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 16 reviews

★★☆☆☆

Beautiful site but facilities in adequate

Mixed feelings about this site after our 3 night stay during the May half term 2019. Our electric hook up pitch was great but parts of the campsite are very undulating. The campsite shop was well stocked. The setting is beautiful and great for the kids to play but the facilities were not good for the price paid. We expected basic but the toilets, showers and washing up areas were dirty, old and in need of some tlc and investment. The water in the showers was either freezing cold or scalding hot, this seemed to be an on going issue not just a one off. No hot water most of the time at the washing up sinks. The site was not particularly busy so over crowding was not an issue for our visit. The area and Rutland water are great and well worth a visit.
Jun 3, 2019 by Karla
★★☆☆☆

How much?

We stayed at Wing Hall over a May weekend. The facilities were more than adequate, the pitch a good size, good space, the cafe excellent and the shop stocks a very good range. Pleasant view across to the next rolling hill. The staff were very friendly and helpful all of the time. Some of the pitches slope, but this is fairly reflected in the photos on this page and you certainly aren’t going to see Chris Bonnington going past in his crampons. Unfortunately there are buts, including a very big but. The shop is expensive even by campsite shop prices. I understand the comments below regarding overcrowding and inadequate facilities. We were fortunate to go on a quieter weekend with a lot of space but with the layout of pitches I can understand the comments regarding it being like a festival / car park at busier times. With this number of pitches the toilet and washing up facilities would be woefully inadequate. Had we turned up on a busy weekend this would have been my camping hell, but then I do like my space and not everybody wants the same as me out of camping. The big one. Electricity, over £50pw before you actually use anything. That is way above our monthly domestic bill. Is there something very special about the electricity in Rutland? Of course, £52.50pw is just to occupy a pitch with EHU, if you actually want to use the hook up then that is on a pay as you go system. One extra bit in the rules, you trip the electric then there is a £10 reset fee. Most sites we have stayed at charge £3-4 per night with no meter and a “Yep, it’s back on now, no problem, cheers”. I was told the prices at Wing Hall had just increased. For a couple staying on an EHU pitch the price, I believe, would now be £30pn+electric usage. I know there are campsites that are charging £30pn+ but for this I expect an A-class campsite/plentiful, spot-on facilities/special location. I relied on the leisure battery for the weekend to see if the price was justified. In our opinion, Wing Hall is not in the £30pn league, or even close, and we will not be returning. The star rating purely reflects the premium price that is being charged to stay at this regular campsite. On the shores of Windermere in August or a couple of miles from Rutland Water in May? Hmmm.
May 12, 2019 by GreenCamper
★☆☆☆☆

Left early

Terrible. Overcrowded, insufficient facilities for number of people often no hot water in men's showers. Lies showers not properly cleaned, cobwebs and clothes dusty after being hung up. Often queuing for ladies loos.Washing up facilities in need of repair and water flow frequently dried up due to pressure of use. Charged £9 per night per adult not £7 and £4.50 for children. Have camped for many years in a variety of places including Canada and these were the worst.
Aug 26, 2018 by Luigi
★★★★☆

Relaxed, safe environment. Idyllic location. Clean well maintained facilities.

Managed to cope extremely well with the high volume of campers over hot Bank Holiday weekend. Staff friendly and keen for everyone to have a good time. Music and noise level rules were respected. Would definitely recommend Wing Hall camping. We were a large family group with a mix of tents and motor homes. Staff were very accommodating and met our request to be pitched together.
May 9, 2018 by Debbie Dyer
★★★★★

Wonderful

I stayed at Wing hall for a long weekend on 6th to 9th of May n thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The views are just fabulous. The staff were friendly. The price was very reasonable. The facilities I believe have been upgraded since many of the reviews below and are more than adequate for basic camping. The shop has a great selection and although I didn't use the tea rooms they looked very nice. Can't fault the site, great stay will definitely return. 

May 12, 2016 by charleesmith
★★★☆☆

Magic Location

Just back from a weekend at Wing.  First the downsides.  I would agree that it can get very crowded.  It is probably a victim of its own success.  The pitches are fine but they get a lot of campers in and with the odd game of football going on it feels cramped.  The washing facilities struggled with the volume of people.

On the upside this part of England really is gorgeous.  Classic England, rolling hills and all that.  It is just a few miles from Rutland Water where there is plenty to do if you have children from mini-golf, bird watching, cycling, boats trip etc.  There is a great little farm shop which stocks all the essentials from home make cakes, breakfast items to beers and wine.  There a lovely cafe/bar and I was pretty impressed with the food though it can be popular and may be best to book if you like the menu.

It is basic but you know that before you arrive so do not be surprised if there's no pool, kids entertainers or Costa.  I am sure it would be perfect at the start/end of the season when the numbers were limited which would bump it to 4 stars for me.

Jul 5, 2015 by sean.rowcliffe
★★☆☆☆

Nice site but very poor facilities

This is such a pretty campsite with great shop and cafe: however the basic requirement to have decent & functional wash and toilet facilities has been greatly over looked. The toilets and showers are ramshackle (make do) structures with little protection from the elements and the only place we could find to wash our faces and clean our teeth, when the few toilets there were were busy, was a single sink with only cold water. Such a shame for a campsite that offers so much in other areas. It was okay for an overnight stay but you'd probably struggle if you stayed more that a few days.

Jun 21, 2015 by burnsey151
★★★☆☆

Very busy

The review of this site is misleading when it notes a handful of pitches overlooking a valley. This is one of the most densely packed campsites I have ever been on - think festival when it is full. However, it does have great views and a welcoming atmosphere. One for a qui weekend.

May 25, 2015 by Andrew
★☆☆☆☆

Pretty poor

I wish I could say the same as some of the other happy campers. Unfortunately, our experience was quite the opposite. We had booked a site with electric hook up for 2 tents. On our arrival, and after paying in full on arrival, we were shown the "campsite". The site, situated on the side of a slope also had a ditch running through the middle of it ( from  some or other works), the other site apart from being on the slope was completely uneven and not suitable for a tent. The campers present in the sites adjacent to our two were also suitably unimpressed with the slope but had decided theirs was ultimately even ground so had pitched anyway. After asking to move sites I was told by the worlds most unhelpful and rather unfriendly lady, that that was not possible and there were no other options  available either. We elected to leave and requested a refund as the service/campsite we paid for and hoped for was clearly not the one we got. We since found another lovely site that day and had a great weekend adjacent to rutland water . Since then we have tried almost daily to speak to someone who could "authorise" the refund for our weekend and have been fobbed off by the same unhelpful lady. I doubt this review will make it to their guest book but worth considering before you go.

Aug 6, 2014 by John

Response from Wing Hall

We're always disappointment when guests aren't happy - we're a family-run and focused site and do our best to keep everyone happy. That said, we're obviously limited to where we can put electric pitches and John didn't like any of these. The fields of the site are good and flat and I don't think John's representing us in a fair light, as anyone who's stayed with us will know.
I think it's important to note that given that we obviously weren't the site for John, and because he made it clear none of the pitches were suitable, we agreed to a refund - although this takes a few days via Paypal.
John - we're sorry if someone wasn't very helpful, we're family-owned and run, so pride ourselves on taking extra care of our guests and going that bit further.

★★★★☆

Wing Hall

Took our boys here for their first camping experience at the weekend. We pitched our tent in field three which had beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and lots of chickens wandering around which the boys loved. The little farm shop was really well stocked and it was nice to have the cafe on-site (we're very new to camping so still building up our resources!) - music on Saturday night which we enjoyed as the children played on the lawn.

A really enjoyable, relaxing stay. The "no noise after 10pm" policy meant that we all got a good night's sleep. A really nice campsite for children, I'm sure that we will be back.

Aug 4, 2014 by Nicolav1
★★☆☆☆

Wing hall

I think this site has loads of potential and may be quite nice on a quiet weekend but we stayed there last bank holiday and it was way too crowded. The field we were camping in felt like an overflow carpark, couldn't see any views only cars and tents.

May 30, 2014 by Lozza
★★★★☆

Great campsite, plenty of charm

We really like Wing Hall camp site and stayed for a few nights just before a bank holiday weekend. There are a couple of different camping fields and they are quite spacious, though it did get very busy in the lead up to the bank holiday.

The great things about the site included the on-site cafe, which while we were there seemed to cater for everything from breakfast to evening meals.  Good food at reasonable prices.  The owners hens wander around the place and often wandered up to us in the cafe, which was quite lovely.

Toilet block and shower facilities were more than ample and even as it got busy, stayed pretty clean throughout our stay.  We did struggle to get hot water one morning though.

The only thing that would improve the site in our opinion would be if they allow camp fires somewhere because it's the perfect place to sit out with friends in the evenings, but the warmth of a fire would make it so much more enjoyable. 

It is very handily placed for walks and cycling at Rutland Water and there is a terrific pub in the village, but it does seem essential to book if you want to eat there as it was bursting at the seams when we visited.

May 15, 2014 by Ali
★★★★☆

Wing Hall

A very friendly and welcoming campsite.  The shop stocked boutique style food with amazing fresh bread and cakes, we didn't get to sample the cafe, but it looked very inviting, and was pretty busy on the weekend.  The live music on the Saturday night was entertaining and lovely to see the audience getting involved.  The amenities were fine, shower water was hot, washing up facilities were standard.  A nice little campsite with affordable fees, with dogs welcomed for free.  Close to Rutland water, and Oakham Village which was a pleasant village to see.  A nice campsite to visit.

Sep 10, 2013 by Kirsty
★★★★☆

Wing Hall

3 of us stayed here on a bank holiday weekend, with a 5 m bell tent and a dog. There are 4 camping fields, we were given pitch 211 which is in the corner of the left-hand field when facing the main house, so quite near the road into Wing itself. Fortunately this is a very quiet road so there were no noise issues with this, and the pitch itself was fine-flat and a good distance between us and the next tents. Other fields seemed to be reserved for caravans and motor homes, and were a lot busier. The shop is justly famous, and also hires out log baskets and the like; there's nothing in the way of shops in Wing, although there is a Tesco and a Co Op in Oakham (and a market on saturdays, with a fishmonger that sells local trout).

As far as facilities go, there's a portakabin with toilets and potwashing sinks, although the hot water ran out on a couple of occasions. I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem on quieter weekends and when we used them the showers had plenty of hot water. In all a welcoming and very family-friendly site.

May 9, 2013 by ergates
★★★★☆

Wing Hall

This campsite is a favourite of mine, it has a ramshacled air of decaying empire about it. The showers our a bit rustic but the excellent food from the shop more then makes up for it. Most of the pitches are fine but the adults only field is as lumpy as the last time the farmer plowed it. And a very short walk to the village pub gets a very good meal. will be back.
May 30, 2011 by viking
★★★★★

Wing Hall

I love the spacious grand feel to Wing, you can get away from everybody if you wish or camp up close and get to know the neighbours. Its a feeling of glamping without the fancy ready tent, the surrounds make it feel like a luxury site. The showers are not the best can be prone to muddiness and not lashings of hot water that you really really need on a cold morning. The cafe is a treat and adds to a pleasant stay and Rutland may be the smallest county but its big on character and Wing adds to that personality well.
May 24, 2011 by jochrisbryan