Luxury cottages Lincolnshire

With its selection of luxury cottages Lincolnshire is a great location for a get-together with family, friends or just as a couple. With miles of sandy beaches, a number of popular seaside resorts and wide open landscapes inland, there’s so much to see and do for visitors to Lincolnshire. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Lincolnshire.

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Best places to visit in Lincolnshire

If you are looking for luxury cottages Lincolnshire is the place for you.

Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes is one of the North’s favourite East Coast resorts with three miles of excellent sandy beaches, a wide promenade and a huge pier. Attractions  include; Waltham Windmill, a working six-sailed, six-storey 19th century example of a one-hundred-year-old mill; the National Fishing Heritage Centre; the Cleethorpes Discovery Centre; Pleasure Island Theme Park and Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, one of the country’s premier narrow gauge light railways. Nearby are a number of nature reserves along the shoreline of sand dunes, salt marshes and mudflats offering attractive walks and opportunities to view local wildlife, especially a large variety of birds.

Caistor

The small market town of Caistor lies on the western escarpment of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of rolling chalk hills stretching for 40 miles and rising to over 500 feet. It is a peaceful and expansive landscape with fine views. Caistor is an attractive Roman walled town with remains visible near the church and is also noted for its fine Georgian buildings.

Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire Wolds

The Lincolnshire Wolds are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of rolling chalk stretching for 40 miles between the Humber and the Wash and rising to over 500 feet. They are the backbone of Lincolnshire and renowned for their spectacular skies and breathtaking views. The region is sparsely populated – there are no large towns – a historical landscape with prehistoric barrows, ancient tracks and the distant spires of fine mediaeval churches of the many unspoilt villages.

Gainsborough

Lying on the River Trent the market town of Gainsborough claims to be Britain’s most inland port. The waterfront has recently been regenerated, but the town’s jewel is Gainsborough Old Hall. This magnificent medieval manor house is one of the best in the country. Partly brick and partly timber-framed and mainly later 15th century with Elizabethan additions, it has a kitchen with an enormous fireplace, a noble great hall, and an imposing lodgings tower. From the top of the towers there are wonderful views of the Trent Valley.

Market Rasen

Market Rasen is a small historic market town, best known for its racecourse. Horse racing has taken place here for as long as anyone can remember and is still a great day out for all the family. The town, an agricultural trading centre since Tudor times, has a few Georgian buildings but most are Victorian. The most impressive is the Centenary Chapel with its stone columns and brick facade. The town has changed little during the 20th century, particularly notable are the original shop fronts.

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Nature Reserve

The Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Nature Reserve comprise five miles of coastal dunes and foreshore on the Lincolnshire coast. The dunes began forming in the 13th century and dune formation continues to this day, shaped by wind and tidal action. The dunes support a variety of flowers and grasses and the salt marsh is striking as it is covered with an abundance of sea lavender in July and August. A variety of birds breed in the dunes including shelduck, redshank and warbler. The greatest variety is present at migration time, while in winter birds of prey are attracted by the large numbers of waders feeding on the open shore.

Louth

Nestling on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds the historic market town of Louth is known as the ‘capital of the Wolds’. It still retains a natural charm, with its narrow, winding streets, splendid Georgian houses and a thriving market. Dominating the town and visible from miles around, the 15th century parish church is claimed to be the tallest in England.

Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln

The city of Lincoln is steeped in history and possesses a magnificent architectural heritage, centred on its world-famous cathedral and castle. Few cathedrals in England are as awe inspiring as Lincoln. Equally impressive as York Minster, it dates back to the 12th century and is England’s third-largest place of worship. William the Conqueror’s castle dates from 1068, its medieval ramparts giving magnificent views over the city.  There are walking tours of the city as well as guided ghost walks, boat trips and parks and gardens to relax in. Lincoln mixes quality tourist shopping in the ‘Uphill’ historic area, with a modern, traffic-free city centre ‘Downhill’ which boasts all the big names. The two are linked by Steep Hill which, as the name suggests, is a very steep hill in the heart of the city.

Horncastle

Horncastle is a country market town of great charm. Situated on the banks of the Rivers Waring and Bain the town contains some very attractive buildings including the King’s Head – a picturesque thatched pub noted for its wonderful floral displays. Horncastle has been dubbed the ‘Best Antiques Town’, well known for dozens of antiques shops packed with curiosities and furniture from bygone ages to browse at your leisure.

Sutton on Sea

Sutton on Sea is a peaceful seaside resort with an impressive award-winning beach. The Blue Flag beach is ideal for families and has the advantage of offering day chalets along the seafront which you can hire to shelter from the sun or eat your lunch under cover. The beach is rarely crowded and if you venture into the water look out for the wreck off-shore. Although signposted on the beach, the unwary could get a shock splashing about! The glorious beach stretches up the coast to Mablethorpe, six miles away.

Anderby Creek

Anderby Creek is Lincolnshire’s hidden coastal gem. One of Lincolnshire’s quieter beaches it is peaceful and unspoilt and has earned a mention in the Good Beach Guide – the perfect place to get away from the crowds. It has a welcoming, easygoing atmosphere that has earned it some very loyal fans around the country, who return year after year.

Chapel St. Leonards

Chapel St. Leonards is a charming seaside village boasting some of the finest beaches on the East Coast, mid-way between Skegness and Mablethorpe. It provides entertainment for all including crazy golf, children’s play areas, venues offering family entertainment as well as many other attractions.

Spilsby

Spilsby is a pleasant market town, on the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The town’s marketplace is dominated by a statue of Sir John Franklin, Lincolnshire’s most famous explorer, who discovered the North-West Passage and was born in Spilsby in 1768.

Skegness

Skegness

Skegness

Described by the respected Lonely Planet guide as ‘everything you could want’ in a coastal resort, Skegness or ‘Skeggy’ – as it is also known, is Lincolnshire’s premier resort, with an award-winning six-mile beach and a seafront of neon and flashing lights advertising arcade machines, slot machines, fairground rides, crazy golf, fish-and-chip shops and pubs. There’s also plenty to see and do such as the seal sanctuary and animal centre, museums, kids’ adventure centres, crazy golf, ten-pin bowling, not to mention the beautifully landscaped foreshore, Compass Gardens and the colourful Tower Gardens, which hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa is an Edwardian town, where the feel of space and elegance survives, with its wide tree-lined avenues, and pump room. The town now attracts anglers to the Rivers Bain and Witham and golfers to the only championship standard golf course in Lincolnshire. A second course has recently been completed complementing the existing championship course. An interesting curio is the Kinema in the Wood, an early cinema which opened in 1922, in what was formerly a sports pavilion overlooking tennis courts, croquet lawn and gardens. Films (both new releases and classic) are still shown using a rare original rear projection unit. An experience far removed from a trip to a multiplex!

Boston

Boston is a port sited on the banks of the River Witham, whose medieval prosperity once challenged London. It was from here in 1630 that a group of Puritans set sail for America to found the town of Boston in Massachusetts. Today, the port is still active with both commercial ships and pleasure craft. Boston has some fine historic buildings including St. Botolphs, known as ‘the Stump’ because of its 272 foot high octagonal tower, the tallest on any English parish church, and a landmark for ships in the Wash. The Stump can be seen for miles over the Fens and even into parts of Norfolk. The surrounding narrow streets retain great charm. On Fish Hill, fishmongers still sell crab and brown shrimps from the chilly waters of the Wash.

Spalding

Spalding is a market town in the South Lincolnshire Fens. Here attractive Georgian terraces front the tree-lined River Welland which runs through the centre of the town. Spalding is where most of the country’s tulip bulbs are grown and spring is a flower frenzy time. The town comes alive for the famous Spalding Flower Festival each May, when thousands visit to see colourful blooms decorating the procession of carnival floats, as they make their way through the streets and along the riverbank. To understand the landscape of the Fens better a visit to the Pinchbeck Engine and Land Drainage museum is enlightening – where you can learn about the remarkable story of keeping the water off the land.

Wainfleet

Situated just five miles inland from the busy seaside resort of Skegness, it feels as if it’s 50 miles away. For miles around you can see the town’s landmark, the disused windmill on the riverbank which now forms part of Bateman’s Brewery. This family-run brewery, famous for its award-winning real ale, supplies a range of beer to pubs all over the county whilst many of the pubs in the town also supply a range of Bateman’s ales. There is a visitor centre and tours of the brewery are available.

Sleaford

In the heart of rural Lincolnshire Sleaford is a bustling market town and home to The National Centre for Craft & Design – England’s largest centre for contemporary craft and design. The venue hosts a range of internationally significant makers, designers and artists across four gallery spaces.

Stamford

Stamford was once a major wool town and has retained much of its old-world charm and prosperity. Many of the historic buildings have been faithfully restored. Constructed from the honey-coloured old Lincolnshire limestone, it gives Stamford a distinguished appearance, not dissimilar to a Cotswold town. Nearby is Burghley House, one of England’s largest and grandest Elizabethan country houses, perhaps best known today for prestigious annual horse trials.

Grantham

Grantham has built its wealth on transport. Once an important staging post on the Great North Road, the Grantham Canal then linked the town with Nottingham and now it lies on the main East Coast Railway line. There is still evidence of its days as a coaching town – the Angel & Royal is said to be the country’s oldest inn, where seven Kings of England have stayed since 1200.

Top ten things to do in Lincolnshire

By selecting one of our luxury cottages Lincolnshire and its many attractions can be discovered.

1. Walk up Steep Hill, Lincoln

The two distinct parts of Lincoln are linked by Steep Hill which, as the name suggests, is a very steep hill in the heart of the city. The ‘Uphill’ historic area is dominated by the impressive cathedral, whilst the modern, traffic-free ‘Downhill’ has a good range of shopping as well as riverside bars and restaurants.

2. Take a drive down memory lane at the Bubble Car Museum

Microcars were all the rage in the 1960s, with leading car manufacturers, such as BMW, producing models. In Britain we had the Bond Bug, and perhaps the most famous bubble car of all – Del Boy’s Robin Reliant from Only Fools and Horses.

3. Cycle the Witham cycle route

The Water Rail Way is a new, path for both walkers and cyclists that will eventually connect Lincoln and Boston. At the moment it runs for nine miles alongside the River Witham from Bardney near Woodhall Spa to Lincoln, allowing you to cycle on a traffic-free route into the heart of the city.

4. See the seals close up at Donna Nook

Donna Nook is a seal watchers’ paradise as it boasts one of the largest and most accessible breeding colonies of grey seals in the UK. It offers a wonderful and rare opportunity to see wild seals with their newborn pups, at close range. For most of the year they disperse out to sea, however between October and December the seals come to breed near the dunes at Donna Nook.

5. Head back to nature at Gibraltar Point

Just three miles south of Skegness and in complete contrast, the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is a three mile stretch of unspoilt coastal landscape sheltering important communities of plants and animals. The reserve is recognised internationally for its important habitats and species; more than a dozen different types of bird are known to frequent the varied landscape at different periods throughout the year.

6. Browse the antique shops of Horncastle for a hidden gem

Horncastle is a country market town of great charm. Situated on the banks of the Rivers Waring and Bain it has been dubbed ‘Best Antiques Town’, because of the dozens of antiques shops packed with curiosities and furniture from bygone ages to browse at your leisure.

7. Drop in for a pint at Batemans Brewery, Wainfleet

Take an entertaining guided tour around the Victorian Brewhouse and the ‘Theatre of Beers’ where you will learn about the history of Batemans Brewery as well as the brewing process. Evening tours include two ½ pint samples of Batemans Beers from the well-stocked bar.

8. Walk the Viking Way across the Wolds

The Lincolnshire Wolds offer fantastic walking country – from open hilltops to sheltered valleys with hidden villages. There are footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes to explore. The Viking Way (the name reflects the strong Viking heritage of the area) is a long-distance footpath stretching from the Humber to Rutland, passing through the Wolds. There are plenty of circular walks taking in sections of the Viking Way,

9. Taste a local Lincolnshire sausage

Lincolnshire is proud of its sausage, a coarsely textured pork sausage with sage flavouring. The genuine article is available across the county, especially in local butchers and is celebrated at an annual Sausage Festival in Lincoln. Sadly its distinct flavour and texture the Lincolnshire sausage has failed to be awarded European Protected Status, unlike Cornish pasties, Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies.

10. Climb Boston Stump

Known affectionately as The Stump, the 272 foot high octagonal tower of Boston church, the tallest on any English parish church, can be seen for miles over the Fens, into parts of Norfolk and is a landmark for ships in the Wash. Visitors can climb the 365 steps to take in the panoramic view over the Fens and the Wash.

When it comes to luxury cottages Lincolnshire has a great selection to suit everyone. So, why not browse our selection and see what catches your eye?

Fiddledrill Barn, luxury cottage in Benniworth, Lincolnshire Check availability Fiddledrill Barn, Benniworth, Lincolnshire
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £393898 per week * Ref: GCG5105
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This luxurious barn conversion enjoys splendid views over the glorious Wolds countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.It is situated adjacent to the owner’s farm the barn enjoys its own private terrace and large enclosed lawned garden....
Salters Cottage, luxury cottage in Wainfleet St Mary, Lincolnshire Check availability Salters Cottage, Wainfleet St. Mary, Lincolnshire
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £429987 per week * Ref: GCG5107
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Salters Cottage is an appealing property, boasting fully enclosed gardens and its own hot tub, offers the beauty of both tranquillity and convenience.Tucked down a private lane on the owners’ extensive arable farm, with its 80 acres for walking and wildlife watching, it sits just 10 minutes’ wal...
Maple Tree Cottage, luxury cottage in Southrey, Lincolnshire Check availability Maple Tree Cottage, Southrey, Lincolnshire
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £315622 per week * Ref: GCG5106
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Maple Tree Cottage is a spacious, detached barn conversion which enjoys a lovely garden with views over surrounding fields in the peaceful village of Southrey, just 500 yards from a riverside pub....