After the most amazing Summer together, experiencing so many wonderful things together as a family, we couldn’t believe our luck when we were invited for a stay in the Lincolnshire Wolds for one last adventure before the children returned to school.
I’ll be honest, I knew very little about the Lincolnshire Wolds and it’s not somewhere we had ever really considered as a family holiday destination, but having researched it before our trip, I wondered how this idyllic haven of peace had passed by our radar.
Located in the East Midlands, the Lincolnshire Wolds is a beautiful area of countryside with the most stunning and unspoilt scenery, home to rolling hills and hidden valleys, gentle streams and nestling villages. And after a two and a half hour drive from Lancashire, as we arrived in Lincolnshire, I knew that it was the perfect location for some uninterrupted quality time together as a family.
Brackenborough Hall Farm
We were very excited to be staying at Brackenborough Hall Coach House which provides award-winning self-catering accommodation on its 800-acre farm and is just 2 miles from the beautiful market town of Louth. I don’t think we have ever been greeted quite as warmly as we were by the owners Paul and Flora, and as we were showed to our accommodation I think we all agreed we were incredibly lucky!
As a larger family we were booked into the Granary which occupies the entire first floor of the Coach House and provides spacious accommodation for up to 12 people. The Granary was built above the old stables in the 1870s to store sacks of grain from the farm, and beautifully converted for holiday accommodation whilst still keeping many of the original features.
On entering the Granary I couldn’t believe how big it was, with the most spacious living area with two separate seating areas and two huge dining areas.
The children were fascinated to see the original grain winch and the workings of the 19th century Coach House clock, something they have never seen before!
The Master bedroom has a king-size bed and two singles, as well as the en-suite shower room, and the second bedroom has two single beds and a super-king bed which can be split into two singles on request, plus all linen is included throughout. There is also two double sofa beds in the living area making the Granary would be perfect for large families, extended families, and even groups of friends.
In the family bathroom there is a bath and separate shower, with all towels included throughout and even complimentary toiletries for guests to use.
I was so impressed by the kitchen which was fully equipped, even more so than our own home. With a dishwasher, washing machine and drier, two fridges, a freezer, a large cooker and a microwave, I could have moved in right there and then and never left. And in the cupboards we found every item of crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensil we could ever need or use.
The children were so excited to discover all kinds of hidden surprises in the Granary, from toys to train sets and, best of all, a fully stocked dressing up box. I couldn’t believe how much thought Paul and Flora had put in to making their holiday accommodation a real home from home.
Below the Granary are two more apartments – the Saddle Room and the Stables. The Saddle Room sleeps up to 6 guests in a double and twin room, plus a sofa bed in the living area. Built in the 18th century to stable the horses at Brackenborough Hall, the original features add such a quirky touch.
At the opposite side of the Coach House is the Saddle Room, sleeping up to 6 guests across two bedrooms and a sofa bed. I can imagine that it would be amazing to hire out the entire coach house as a group of friends or family and, for those who do this, the living area in Granary can be arranged so that up to 24 guests can dine together.
Running through the centre of the Coach House is the most amazing communal space for all guests with a full sized table tennis table and an old rocking horse for the children. There is also free seasonal fruit and vegetables from the garden for all guests, as well as more information, maps, and ‘Things to do’ folders than I have ever seen before in my life.
Outdoors the Coach House has the most amazing garden with ample seating, a gas barbecue, sand pit, outdoor ride-on toys, ball games, and a children’s play area.
To the back of the garden through a little gate, which the children were convinced led to a magical land of fairies, we were so excited to find a small opening amongst the trees with stepping stools and rope swings. When you’re four, five and six there is nothing quite as exciting!
Paul and Flora live in Brackenborough Hall, just a few yards from the Coach House, and it is just beautiful!
I love that Paul and Flora open up their home for guests to use the lawns and gardens, perfect for football, cricket and tennis, and we had so much fun playing there together as a family.
I think children’s favourite part of the garden was the “”triangle tree”, a real favourite with guests we were told. With a small hole cut out for little ones to crawl through, children are able to climb inside and up the tree which they did, over and over!
There are also countless nature trails and farm walks for guests to enjoy, orchards to wander and pick your own seasonal fruit, and plentiful parking and a secure cycle shed. In short, this place is nothing short of a idyllic,
Brackenborough Hall is a working farm, with 650 acres of land used to grow wheat, barley, oilseed, rape and beans. There is also pastures where their cows graze in the summer and through the winter the cows are housed in cattle yards where guests are free to visit and, if you’re lucky, see newborn calves being born.
Paul and Flora place a huge focus on conservation which has led to an amazing variety of wildlife on the farm with deer, buzzards, hares and badgers living in the parkland and owls, woodpeckers and numerous smaller birds in the trees surrounding the Coach House. There is something very calming about Brackenborough Hall Farm, even for my children which speaks volumes!
Exploring the countryside
We were very lucky that during our stay Paul invited the children over to Hirds Farm, just a thirty minute walk away, where he was harvesting the last crop of beans for the Summer. To get to Hirds Farm there is the most picturesque walk through the countryside, a route which I am sure is very popular with avid walkers.
Just two fields away, in Little Grimsby, is St Edith’s Church – the smallest, most picture perfect church we have ever seen!
The church is open just one Sunday per month and yet Paul and Flora have a key to the church for guests to use if they would like a look around.
Arriving at Hirds Farm, I can’t even tell you how excited the children were to see a combine harvester, let alone have a ride on one! Paul kindly allowed each of the children a turn in the cab, talking us through the various controls and telling us about life on the farm.
And when his son, who also works on the farm, allowed the children to have a turn in the tractor, I honestly thought they would burst with excitement!
A Visit To Louth
Louth is the principal town just two miles from Brackenborough with various visitor attractions including Hubbard’s Hills, the market, many independent retailers and Lincolnshire’s last remaining cattle market.
St James Church has the tallest medieval parish church spire in the whole of England and ordinarily you can climb right to the top. Sadly the spire was being repaired on our visit but I imagine the views are amazing!
Louth also has a local history museum which Paul and Flora have free entry passes which they kindly lend out to their guests. We had planned to go and look around but with the weather being so great the children wanted to stay outdoors and explore the local parks.
Louth is such a lovely little town with so many great places to eat and drink. It is also home to a number of takeaways, one of which we passed on the way home to pick up a Chinese Banquet for a cosy night in!
A Day At The Beach
With us being so fortunate with the weather we decided that a day at the beach would be the perfect way to round off our trip to Lincolnshire, and we were told that Mablethorpe, with it’s Blue Flag Award winning beach, was well worth a visit. With soft golden sand that stretched for miles the town centre is a traditional seaside resort with donkey rides, fish and chips, crazy golf and fairground rides. Further north you can find sand dunes and a far quieter experience and, wanting our own little spot to enjoy, we did just that.
The beach was absolutely stunning and the children were in their element running up and down the sand dunes, playing football, and building sandcastles with their bucket and spades.
Having taken a picnic, we had the most amazing day enjoying the last of the sunshine together and now looking back, that was one of my favourite days of the summer right there.
We had the most amazing few days in the Lincolnshire Wolds and I can’t believe I have got to the grand old age of 38 without knowing just how utterly beautiful that part of the country is. Our Summer has been a whirlwind of planes and ferries and exciting days out, and it feels as though we ended it in the most perfect way just kicking back, chilling out, and spending good old fashioned quality time together as a family.
I am so sad that our Summer had to end but I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to end it than this.
** We were invited to stay at Brackenborough Hall Farm for the purpose of our review. All words and opinions are my own **