Located just a five minute walk from the ancient market town of Horncastle with its pub, shops and restaurants, this is an ideal base from which to explore Lincolnshire. Plenty of outdoor pursuits in the local area, attractions and the coast with its vast sandy beaches is within easy driving distance. Tourist board rating: 3 Star.
Nicely tucked away in a quiet corner of the Lincolshire Wolds, Old Barn Cottages provides a choice of three welcoming holiday homes what afford glorious views and plenty of peace and tranquility. Enjoy superb golf, horse riding, walking and cycling the quiet lanes, or get out and about exploring and visit Lincoln city centre or the sandy beaches on the coast. Do as much or as little as your heart desires on holiday in Lincolnshire. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Tucked away discretely on the edge of Wainfleet All Saints near Skegness, Northolme Hall is an elegant Georgian country mansion house that is ideal for large gatherings of family and friends. Sleeping twenty one guests in eleven bedrooms, it includes a separate cottage for grandparents or guests who want their own space. Northolme Hall has all the features of a top quality country hotel, including indoor heated pool, all-weather tennis court, and extensive gardens, with the benefit of complete privacy. Surrounded by glorious countryside and with fantastic beaches such as Skegness and Cleepthorpes just a short drive away, Northolme Hall is within an easy walk of the villages amenities including a supermarket and train station. Lincoln, Grantham, Mablethopre, Gainsborough and Sleaford are all accessible by car, making Northolme Hall the ideal base for a self-catering holiday in Lincolnshire.
The area is steeped in Roman history and you can find various Roman walls throughout the county as well as medieval castles. Lincoln Castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and is a remarkable well preserved attraction that offers an insight into the history of the castle and the surrounding area from the Middle Ages onwards. The Lincoln Cathedral is regarded as one of the finest in Europe with its Gothic architecture and mix of Saxon, Norman and medieval influences.
Adventure lovers can enjoy large areas of unspoilt natural landscapes with various walking and cycling trails. Hiking along the Viking Way which runs the length of the coast and provides spectacular views, refreshing sea air and peaceful surroundings is a great way to see the coastal areas. Similarly, following in the footsteps of literary figure Lord Tennyson on the Tennyson Trail across the rolling hills and scenic beauty of the 130 mile long walk, that you can join and leave as you please, offers good views of the countryside.
The waterways that trickle over the county provide good fishing and canoeing opportunities and the more energetic coastline is popular for sailing and windsurfing. An interesting part of its history is during the Second World War, as the county was used extensively by the RAF. It has a rich aviation heritage and there are several museums where you can see and learn about how it played a vital role in the air battles of WW2.
Culinary speaking, Lincolnshire is one of the most diverse in the country. It offers several unique and speciality dishes native to the region including haslet (a pork loaf garnished with sage), Lincolnshire sausages (where local butchers create their own recipes) and stuffed chine (salted neck-chine of a pig flavoured with parsley). Indeed, Batemans Ales are famous throughout the county as well and can be sampled in many of the rustic inns and pubs.
The cathedral city of Lincoln is a busy metropolis that still has age old buildings and architectural styles from times gone by. You can find modern shopping beside independent niche stores and energetic nightclubs near to quiet and nostalgic pubs. The whole county is a well-crafted mix of new and old as well as rural, urban and coastal. The sheer diversity on offer in Lincolnshire makes it a perfect place to visit as it offers so much in its borders. From heritage to speciality dishes, countryside walks to coastal water sports, the country of Lincolnshire has a remarkable ability to cater for all tastes.