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Luxury in Lincolnshire? Gemma Goes Global thinks so!

Luxury travel blogger Gemma Goes Global recently came for a wonderful stay at none other than The Old Granary! During her stay, Gemma explored the luxury that Lincolnshire has to offer.

Who is Gemma Goes Global?

Gemma Goes Global is a travel obsessed luxury travel blogger! Gemma loves travelling and exploring new places whilst giving tips about luxury travel for her 30k followers! 

Gemma has visited the Maldives, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Thailand just to name a few! 

So we were obviously delighted when Gemma wanted to come and visit us for a luxury stay at The Old Granary!

What did Gemma do during her stay at The Old Granary, Lincolnshire?

Gemma explored the beautiful Hubbards Hills before enjoying a pit stop at The Vintage Tearooms, a quaint cafe in the Lincolnshire Wolds

The Vintage Tearooms Tealby
The quaint Vintage Tearooms in Tealby. Photo Credit: Gemma Goes Global.

Located in Tealby, The Vintage Tearooms is the perfect spot for a delicious afternoon tea, featuring a gorgeous tea garden with picturesque views of the countryside.

Less than a mile away from The Old Granary situates The Cross Keys in Grasby, where Gemma had a fabulous meal whilst staying with us! The Cross Keys menu includes a range of pub classics as well as modern twists meaning there truly is something for everyone. 

Cross Keys Food
Delicious Whitby Scampi and hand-cut Chips at The Cross Keys, Grasby. Photo Credit: Gemma Goes Global.

This is just a snapshot of the sumptuous treats Lincolnshire has to offer. 

What other luxuries are available in Lincolnshire?

With a wealth of hidden gems across the county – from restaurants to produce – there is a piece of luxury for everyone to enjoy.

A Michelin Star restaurant in Lincolnshire

Winteringham Fields offers a taste of fine dining just a stone throw away from The Old Granary

Just a half hour drive away down the lovely countryside roads, Winteringham Fields is the first restaurant in Lincolnshire to gain a Michelin star thanks to Colin McGurran’s ‘mastery of flavours and cooking techniques’.

Unique to Winteringham Fields is their ‘One Mile Menu’, which exclusively features food grown on their small farm or sourced from local purveyors, making it a uniquely ‘Lincolnshire’ experience.

If you’re staying for more than one night, we also recommend treating yourself to a trip to the Hope and Anchor. Situated on the Humber estuary, this cosy establishment was voted the Lincolnshire County Winner at the National Pub and Bar Awards 2019

Slawomir Mikolajczyk, Chef Patron of the Hope and Anchor, was a previous head chef at Winteringham Fields, and has worked with the biggest names in the industry, including Tom Kerridge and Gordon Ramsey. This traditional pub and restaurant’s unique and timeless take on food makes it a must-visit if you’re staying in Lincolnshire.

Spectacular views & Mouth-wateringly tasty produce

Located halfway between Lincoln and York, luxury is never too far away from The Old Granary. A drive over the Humber Bridge, for instance, not only provides spectacular views, but also fantastic delights from the quaint market town of Beverly. 

Beverly has many lovely restaurants and boutique shops for the fashion conscious. The Westwood restaurant, in particular, offers a fine dining experience as one of East Yorkshire’s most popular places to dine.

Lincolnshire boasts a wealth of local, luxury produce. Pipers Crisps, a luxury crisp brand, uses locally grown potatoes to create the highest quality and best-tasting crisps. At the Old Granary, we provide all our guests with Pipers Crisps in their welcome hamper!

Grimsby fishing docks produce some of the highest quality fish, too. Although luxury and Grimsby may not traditionally go hand in hand for some of you, Alfred Enderby proves otherwise! Their traditional smokehouse creates award-winning smoked fish, which is simply delicious!

Our county is famous for its sausages, with the sage and black pepper Lincolnshire sausage one of the Nation’s favourites. If you want to taste the best of the best, we recommend Redhill Farm Lincolnshire sausages, which were rated in Top 3 sausages in the UK by the BBC Good Food magazine!

Lincolnshire Sausage

The world-famous Lincoln Christmas Market 

With the festive season just around the corner, what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to visit a Christmas market?! 

The award-winning Lincoln Christmas Market is on this year from Thursday 5th December To Sunday 8th December 2019. 

With over 250 market stalls selling traditional crafts and stocking fillers, lining the streets around the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral. The market makes for a truly high-quality festive trip for all members of the family.

Book your luxury Lincolnshire stay

The Old Granary is the perfect place to base yourself whilst experiencing all the luxuries the surrounding areas have to offer. 

With a choice of one and two-bedroom high-quality apartments, the bespoke cottages are perfect for you and your loved one to come for a romantic getaway and experience some of Lincolnshire’s finest things. 

If you are planning a Lincolnshire trip, make sure you read our other blog: Visiting Lincolnshire: Ten Things You Have to See and Do to make the most out of your time visiting our wonderful county. 

Hoping to follow in Gemma Goes Global’s well-travelled footsteps by exploring the hidden luxuries that Lincolnshire has to offer? Book your stay at The Old Granary, Lincolnshire’s high quality, self-catered accommodation, now. We’d love to have you!

Lots of love for the Lincolnshire Wolds!

Despite being one of the largest counties in the UK, Lincolnshire was, until relatively recently, rarely considered as a holiday destination, beyond Butlins in Skegness of course! That is changing, thanks in many ways to the tireless work of organisations such as Love Lincolnshire Wolds

When we initially had the idea to create self-catered accommodation on our farm, we had no idea there were so many groups of people – some paid, others not – working together to promote the area as not only a great place to visit, but also to live and work. Over the course of the first year of The Old Granary being open, we’ve been incredibly lucky to welcome guests from all over the world, including Tennessee, Beijing, Canada, Germany and, of course, plenty from within the UK. 

Lincolnshrie Wolds Tealby
The beautiful village of Tealby. Photo Credits: Gemma Goes Global.

Welcoming journalists and bloggers to The Old Granary

In the past few months in particular, Owmby has hosted a couple of travel writers, courtesy of Love Lincs Wolds’ efforts to showcase the area. First, in early summer came Claie, a journalist from The Sun, and her family, whose trip featured in Fabulous magazine. Whilst The Sun may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it was amazing to see our accommodation in full colour in a national publication – something we’d worked so hard to bring to life being seen by hundreds of thousands of readers, who’d have thought it! 

Following that we were delighted to have Gemma, a blogger whose Gemma Goes Global series has over 30k followers on social media and an even greater reach from her website. Her trip took in lots of lovely spots around the area – you can read all about it here – including our fabulous local pub The Cross Keys, recently shortlisted for a couple of Taste of Excellence awards, and visits to places which hold great memories for us, too. 

Chapel Six Marshes Beach
The picturesque Chapel Six Marshes Beach. Photo Credit: Gemma Goes Global.

Finding hidden gems in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Given that my sister Clare and I grew up in Lincolnshire, then left for ten years, returning a few years ago to enjoy more space with our respective families and to use our business skills to help the farm diversify, it’s sometimes a surprise that people don’t realise what the county, and the Wolds in particular, has to offer. From challenging hills for cyclists, my husband tells me Nettleton, Walesby and Claxby are his favourites, to long, rambling walks such as the Viking Way, there’s plenty in the great outdoors to keep everyone interested. Gemma visited Tealby, one of the most sought after villages in the top half of the county, and somewhere I spent many happy hours running with friends (and our dogs!) before moving closer to the farm a couple of years ago. Coincidentally, Tealby is home to a chap who once gave my husband a piece of advice: “if you don’t go, you’ll never know”. This applies in spades to the Lincolnshire Wolds, you just need to get out there and find out what is hidden around the next corner.

Did you know about the Lincolnshire flag? 

Lincolnshire Flag
The Lincolnshire Flag in all its glory!

A little bit of extra info for you as you come to the end of this entry, do you know why the Lincolnshire flag looks as it does (see picture above)? I shall enlighten you: 

  • The yellow represents the crops grown in the county (fantastic potatoes, of course!), as well as the nickname “Yellowbellies” given to people born and bred in Lincolnshire. 
  • Blue represents both the sea of the East coast and the wide skies of Lincolnshire
  • Green symbolises the rich lushness of fenland fields
  • The fleur de lys is a recognised symbol of the City of Lincoln
  • And the red cross is the Saint George’s Cross, representing England.

You’ll find plenty of big, blue skies and glorious crops when you wander across, through or around the Wolds, the lush green fields aren’t reserved for the fenland in the south, either, and the sea is only a short drive away – well worth it to visit Cleethorpes, Donna Nook (for seals, particularly at this time of year) and Sandilands, the scene of many happy summer days in my youth!

Live, work and stay in Lincolnshire

We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to live and work where we do. Hopefully, by being part of the increasing network of accommodation and visitor attractions across the county, we will see more and more people enjoying the fresh air, beautiful scenery and rich history Lincolnshire has to offer. For more ideas of places to go and things to do, take a look at our journal entry from April: Visiting Lincolnshire: Ten Things You Have to See and Do! And you can follow us and say hello on Instagram and Facebook for more lovely views, stories about farming and ideas for trips in and around Lincolnshire. 

Finally, I must thank the team at Love Lincolnshire Wolds for their support and all the work they do promoting the area. Great views and wonderful countryside is a great starting point, but it’s the people who really make an area great. Come and see for yourself, you won’t regret it! 

Horse Riding in Lincolnshire? You must be horsing around!

The Lincolnshire Wolds offer breathtaking scenery enjoyed by walkers and cyclists. But what better way to experience these views than from horseback? From permissive bridleways to set trails and organised pleasure rides, the Lincolnshire Wolds truly has something for all riders. 

Lincolnshire Horse Riding Routes

Lincolnshire County Council has partnered with the British Horse Society to provide some excellent routes for horse riding around Lincolnshire. 

In the Lincolnshire Wolds alone, there are 5 routes, ranging from 7 miles all the way up to 18 miles, for the dedicated rider. The Lincolnshire County Council’s downloadable maps, allow you to compare what each route has to offer. This can make for a great day out, especially with a picnic in tow! 

The Lindsey Trail, offered by Lincolnshire County Council, in partnership with the British Driving Society and the British Horse Society, is a 69-mile, circular trail through breathtaking parts of Lincolnshire and the Wolds. It is also one of the first trails in the country that is carriage driver-friendly. 

If 69 miles seems too much, parking along the way allows for riders to choose an area they wish to explore! The beautiful trail gives the riders a tour of some of the most beautiful areas Lincolnshire has to offer, extending from Market Rasen to Horncastle.

How to go horse-riding on a Lincolnshire holiday

Coming on holiday to the Lincolnshire Wolds will often mean leaving your four-legged friend at home. However, there are a couple of places where you can borrow horses to enjoy the rolling hills of the Wolds from the top of a horse. 

Brook House Farm offers both short and long hacks to the more experienced riders. Alternatively, if you prefer a beach ride, you can also canter along the sands of the Lincolnshire Coast.

Horse riding on the coast

For many, riding a horse along the beach is a bucket-list staple. The Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes – a National Nature Reserve that stretches 8 kilometres along the Lincolnshire coastline. This makes for the perfect place to achieve this dream! Theddlethorpe beach is not only great fun for you as a rider but can provide many benefits to your horse. 

Cantering along the sands can help to build up your horse’s fitness while giving them a change of scenery. It is important to check the beach guidelines online before planning a beach trip to ensure access is permitted. 

Throughout the year, the North Lincs Riding Club host pleasure rides across the Wolds. Often covering the Brocklesby Estate and Pelhams Pillar, these rides are open to non-members for just a small extra cost, making it a wonderful way to ride through beautiful countryside that is not usually permitted.

Pony Clubs in Lincolnshire

Alongside local riding clubs, Lincolnshire is the home to 8 Pony Club branches, 2 of which are in the Wolds. The Brocklesby Hunt Branch occasionally have pleasure rides similar to those offered by the North Lincs Riding club, offering a superb opportunity to meet new people as well as experience some beautiful countryside, 

The Old Granary has a plethora of bridleways in the surrounding areas, just a stone throw away. The permissive bridleways attract local riders, dog walkers and cyclists from surrounding villages. 

The Hendale woods are located a 5-minute drive from The Old Granary! The woods are usually open from April till October and allow people to ride through the forested area. 

From here you can ride around the undulating landscape and head towards Searby, Bigby or even Barnetby alongside the end of the runway at Humberside Airport (one for the well-behaved horses!). With no roads to be seen, it makes for a great hack out!

Explore the Lincolnshire Wolds from horseback, book your stay today! 

The Lincolnshire Wolds present wonderful adventures for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike. With the beautiful scenery and vast number of bridleways and trails, why not book your next holiday and explore the beautiful Wolds from horseback?

Book your Lincolnshire stay here!

Cycling in the Lincolnshire Wolds: Who Said the County Was Flat?

With quiet lanes, fresh country air and plenty of designated cycle paths to pick and choose from, Lincolnshire is a great spot for cycling! The Old Granary, our cosy barn tucked away in the Lincolnshire Wolds in the little village of Owmby, is surrounded by rolling acres of undiscovered woodland, countryside and coastlines to explore by foot or bike.

The arrival of warmer days and a cool summer breeze sees the much-awaited return of a handful of cycling events in Lincolnshire, so if getting a few miles under your belt is your kind of thing then why not join in the fun and peddle away! The Lincoln Grand Prix Sportive takes place on the 11th May 2019 and is a ride that consists of up to 1000 cyclists who have a choice of four distances to choose from, all of which finish in the buzzy city of Lincoln, the perfect final stop for a well-deserved tipple or two! Or, if you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge and think it’s time to put the training to practice, the C2C2C is a bike ride that guarantees adrenaline highs! The C2C2C is a charity bike ride that takes place on the 27th June 2019 and although quite a distance, it’s a ride for all abilities to get involved in, giving cyclists a choice between two routes; 100 miles or a 124-mile journey. The journey begins just outside Lincoln, which isn’t too far a drive (or ride!) from us at The Old Granary. Taking place midweek, the ride aims to get local businessmen and women out of the office and onto their bikes in the great outdoors, raising money for a charitable cause in the process. With plenty of friendly faces around you to cycle, cheer and guide the way and with all proceeds going towards local charities, we think it’s a pretty good way to get a seriously good view or two of the surrounding Lincolnshire landscape!

As well as a mix of exciting events to get involved in, there are also plenty of meandering lanes and countryside roads that are the perfect places for getting lost! In late spring and throughout summer, the fields glow like a never-ending yellow brick road with yellow oilseed rape flowers towering high beneath the warm summer sun and golden wheat fields that stretch for miles on end. And what better, there are plenty of country pub-gardens dotted around the lanes which are great pit stops for retreating to the shade and refuelling alfresco! Although our northern east country has always been considered somewhat flat, don’t let the gentle rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds fool you, as they’re sure to crop up every now and again and make you peddle that little bit harder!

Visiting Lincolnshire: Ten Things You Have to See and Do!

The Deep, Hull

25 miles from The Old Granary to The Deep

Go down-under and explore the hidden wonders of The Deep, one of the UK’s most spectacular aquariums found water-side just across the Humber Estuary. Easily reached by crossing the Humber Bride, The Deep is just under an hour’s drive from us at The Old Granary and a place that provides a fish-eye view into the mysteries and wonders of Earth, leaving you to experience icy kingdoms, tropical habitats, creepy crawlies and the secret lives of deep-water dwellers! Explore over four billion years of ocean history from giant fossils to creatures of the sea’s past, as well wandering around an eclectic mix of outstanding-in-size fish tanks that range from the Lagoon of Light to an Amazon Flooded Forest, all of which vibrantly burst with colourful life. A seriously good indoor mooching spot, The Deep is perfect for if the sun is hiding and the weather’s a little drizzly!

www.thedeep.co.uk/

Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln

28 miles from The Old Granary to Lincoln Cathedral

Not only is the City of Lincoln famous for its steep, narrow and cobbled streets, but it’s home to the fourth largest Cathedral in the UK that, once upon a time, was considered the largest building in the world for 200 years! Considered a pinnacle of Gothic Art and architecture, Lincoln Cathedral’s timeless interior is filled with intricate detail, much of which represents the history of the city and urban myths and legends, including that of the mischievous Imp that was turned to stone for getting up to no good! Truly a spectacle of Lincolnshire that’s certainly not to be missed!

www.lincolncathedral.com

Normanby Hall Country Park, Scunthorpe

18 miles from The Old Granary to Normanby Hall Country Park

Normanby Hall Country Park is a classic English mansion right in the heart of Lincolnshire. Set within 300 acres of estate, the grand house comes with plenty of leafy green grounds to explore to your heart’s content, so whether it’s taking to the trees for a treetop adventure with Go Ape, fishing in Normanby Lake or sitting back and relaxing alfresco, there’s so much for all to enjoy. The country park is home to a mix of wildlife, from herds of both red and fallow spotted deer found grazing in the Deer Park to a party of peacocks that strut freely around the grounds!

www.normanbyhall.co.uk/

Live Music and Events in Lincoln, Lincoln

28 miles from The Old Granary to Lincoln

From atmospheric city pubs to cultural cocktails bars, the narrow and cobbled streets of Lincoln are dotted with plenty of spots perfect for sitting back with a tipple in hand! Depending on the night of the week, live music can be heard throughout a mix of the city’s quirky venues, meaning the bang of a drum and string of a guitar is never too far. Lincoln’s The Engine Shed has played host to plenty of well-known musicians and comedians, so be on the look-out for your favourites and expect a good mix of events from live music to stand-up comedy.

www.visitlincoln.com/food-drink/tags/tag/live-music

Hidden Lincoln Tour, Lincoln

28 miles from The Old Granary to Lincoln

For those after an exclusive insight into the illustrious history of Lincoln, the Hidden Lincoln Tours are intimate outings that unveil the secrets and surprises of the charming little city, allowing you to closely explore and recognise the chronicles of Lincoln that have made it the buzzy city we see today. With a close emphasis placed upon the city’s iconic urban landmarks, unearth the need-to-know history of Lincoln Cathedral and get up close and personal with the genuine ancient manuscripts secured and displayed within the timeless building.

www.hiddenlincoln.com/


Mablethorpe Beach, Mablethorpe

40 miles from The Old Granary to Mablethorpe

Mablethorpe is a seaside town situated just off the sandy shores of the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. As the summer months are well and truly on their way and with stretching sand dunes to mooch along, what better time than now to soak up some summer sun and venture over for a bag of salt ‘n’ vinegar fish and chips paired perfectly with a fresh sea-breeze! Whether you’re after a day out sun-seeking or fancy seeing what else Mablethorpe has to offer, there’s plenty to get up to around the area’s natural surroundings and wildlife conservation centres. A few scenic top spots to look out for include The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre, Queens Park Boating Lake and Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary, all just a short drive from the seaside!

Lincolnshire Aviation Centre, Spilsby

36 miles from The Old Granary to Lincolnshire Aviation Centre

Restored to its original design on a historic World War II airfield, take a step back in time with the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre, a family-run museum tucked away in the market town of Spilsby. The Lincolnshire Aviation Centre honours the heroic efforts and many lives lost during World War II, exhibiting an array of classic mid-twentieth century aviation vehicles that strive to educate and engage visitors with the fascinating and unforgettable extremes of wartime aviation. A museum with an edge, the aviation centre is home to ‘Just Jane’, an original Lancaster Bomber and the only wartime plane today that is able to take you up and down the runway.

www.lincsaviation.co.uk/

Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln

30 miles from The Old Granary to Hartsholme Country Park

The City of Lincoln is a top spot for those after the best of both worlds – what better than the buzz of urban life with the air of the countryside sitting right on your doorstep! A Grade II listed park, Hartsholme Country Park sits just 3 miles south west of the city centre and covers around 200 acres of undiscovered woodland waiting to be explored. The country park is made up of Victorian landscaped gardens, a spectacular reservoir amidst endless grasslands and a Visitor Centre with exhibitions and interactive features on the surrounding Hartsholme wildlife. As the leaves change colour with the seasons, the park is a vision to behold year round and the perfect spot for escaping the city for a little birdsong and some peace and quiet!  

www.lincoln.gov.uk/visitors/parks-and-open-spaces/hartsholme-country-park/

Cadwell Park, Louth

24 miles from The Old Granary to Cadwell Park

Looking for your latest thrill? Look no further than Lincolnshire’s own roller-coaster ride of a circuit! Guaranteed to get your heart rate going and adrenaline pumping, Cadwell Park is a circuit set back in the Lincolnshire Wolds and a place for fast-pace! From exhilarating motor events to general track days, Cadwell Park is an absolute gem for any motor enthusiast, and being located just five miles south of the market town of Louth, it’s within easy reach of us! Whether choosing to put your foot down on the tracks or spectate from the Grandstand, a day at Cadwell Park is an experience like no other.  

www.cadwellpark.co.uk

The Red Arrows, Scampton

23 miles from The Old Granary to RAF Scampton

As well as being celebrated for its sausages, Lincolnshire is well-known for RAF Scampton, a Royal Air Force station just outside Lincoln. Home to the world-famous RAF Aerobatics team, the Red Arrows are a team of ever-changing dedicated pilots who over decades have been performing year in year out since 1965. With annual performances at their base in Scampton, this summer expect a colourful display of action-packed routines and death-defying manoeuvres! www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/stations/raf-scampton/

Lincolnshire and the Humber’s Direct Links with Europe

When getting around Lincolnshire, one might argue that over time local systems of transport in and around the county have been largely forgotten about. However, it’s safe to say that over the past few decades the means of getting to and from various spots in Lincolnshire and bordering counties have boomed; meaning that travelling in our east northern region is now more accessible than ever before. With airports dotted around the district and ferries ready to take you to wherever it is you wish to be, the world really is your oyster no matter when you find yourself based!

There’s nothing better than knowing you’re close to your departure gate the night before travelling, which is why we think The Old Granary is such a great spot to rest your head before the buzz of travelling begins. The Old Granary is a converted barn on a family-run potato farm that has been renovated into three bespoke and carefully hand-picked apartments, described as “maximum convenience with added luxury, suiting your every need.” Perfectly situated in the northern region of Lincolnshire’s countryside, you can find our rural hideaway tucked away within the picturesque village of Owmby just under thirty miles outside Lincoln and fourteen miles from Humber Bridge, famously known for being suspended higher than the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco! The Old Granary is a convenient base for all, benefitting from both quiet rural countryside living and the hustle and bustle of surrounding cities and towns. High quality, self-catered luxury accommodation, we like to think that The Old Granary is our guests’ “home away from home”, ideal for both long and short stays and a space completely for you to enjoy alone, or share with friends and family.

If you’re after a cosy bed to rest your head before jet-setting off, a handful of airports are within close proximity and in easy reach of our base in Owmby. Humberside Airport is just a short ten minute journey from The Old Granary, whilst travelling to Doncaster Airport takes just under an hour. Although small airports, flights from both Humberside Airport and Doncaster Airport can nip you over to a mix of cultural hotspots within all parts of Europe in no time!

As well as airports, there is a choice of ports to choose from depending on where you’re journeying. Hull Ferry Port is just over half an hour’s drive whilst Immingham Ferry Port and Grimsby Ferry Port both take just under half an hour. With the growth of transport in Lincolnshire growing right on our doorstep at The Old Granary, exploring has never been easier! So, whether you’re taking to the skies or voyaging off into the sunset by boat, there’s no denying that Lincolnshire really isn’t a bad spot for getting about after all!

What is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and how do The Lincolnshire Wolds meet the criteria?

A short guide to the beauty and activities on offer on the doorstep of The Old Granary.

Although there are 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there is currently only one in the East Midlands: the Lincolnshire Wolds.

In 1973, 216 square miles of the Lincolnshire Wolds was designated an AONB. The best news? The whole area can be explored using The Old Granary as your base.

How does a place become is an Area of Natural Beauty?

Before proposing an area to be designated as an AONB, Natural England must consider the landscape quality, the scenic quality, the relative wildness, the relative tranquility and the natural and cultural heritage of the area. It’s no wonder The Lincolnshire Wolds has retained its status for 45 years as it meets all of the required criteria in spades.

The conservation of the area is protected by the 1949 National Parks and Access to Countryside Act and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Local authorities must ensure that any planning proposals and land management activities in an AONB don’t contravene any of the qualities that enabled the area to qualify in the first place.

About the Lincolnshire Wolds

If you know The Lincolnshire Wolds, you’ll know that there are few more beautiful landscapes in the whole of the UK.  The best part is, relatively few people do visit this area so the tranquility required is assured.

The rolling hills with the church spires of isolated settlements punctuating the scenery look wonderful in the spring and summer, with the fields glowing with brilliant oilseed rape flowers and golden wheat fields. In the winter, they become a frost-tipped wonderland with ancient bare branched trees silhouetted against the pale, crisp sky.

Unlike most Areas of Natural Beauty, the Lincolnshire Wolds has intense and careful farming to thank for its majestic landscape. Over the last couple of centuries, the careful management of the area by farmers has conserved its distinctive round and long barrows.

Such agricultural progress has also helped to feed the nation  – something we continue to be a part of at The Old Granary, growing tonnes of potatoes and combinable crops every year.  If you come and stay you can see us in action!

How to explore the Lincolnshire Wolds

Many visitors choose to explore the area by foot. Set out from nearby Caistor towards Market Rasen or Louth, or explore the 4km of Permissive Rights of Way across our own farmland.

Don’t forget the famous Viking Way, which you can join 5 minutes walk from The Old Granary. It runs all the way from the Humber Bridge, through the Wolds, past Lincoln and down to Rutland.

The Wolds is also home to some fantastic cycle routes, though be warned – despite what you might have heard, Lincolnshire is far from flat!  Even a drive across the Bluestone Heath Road from Caistor to Candlesby (near the coast) is a great way to spend the afternoon. On a clear day you’ll see Boston Stump, Lincoln Cathedral and the sea!

Places of interest in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Whilst exploring the Wolds, you’re bound to come across something of archaeological interest. As well as the Romans, who set out much of our great road network within the county, early humans lived in The Lincolnshire Wolds over 300,000 years ago. Flint hand axes were found in glacial gravel at Welton le Wold.

Some beautiful churches, both large and small, provide a little more ‘modern’ history. Not far from The Old Granary is All Saints Church, Walesby, also known as ‘The Ramblers Church’, such is it’s popularity with those exploring the area on foot!

There are 14 Sites of Special Scientific Interest within The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB. The Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan and Natural England support landowners to maintain and improve these sites all year round. Our famous chalk streams not only look beautiful, but are home to some incredibly rare plants and animals, including water voles, otters and brown trout.

Lincolnshire Chalk Stream

All this activity is bound to work up an appetite.  There are some wonderful pubs, cafes and visitor centers across The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB providing delicious meals created with a wealth of local ingredients. The Old Granary recommends:

Find out more before your stay

We’re always happy to answer any questions you have about our accommodation or the local area before you book a stay at The Old Granary. Get in touch for all the information you need before your trip.

We look forward to seeing you in our beautiful part of the world!

Grimsby Renewables Conference #GRP19

Clare and I spent two days last week at the ever expanding Grimsby Renewables Partnership conference, hosted at the Humber Royal Hotel in Grimsby. Big players such as Innogy, MHI Vestas, Orsted and Siemens all confirmed that the development of the local Grimsby/Immingham area will continue to grow through renewables and will be a big player on not only the national but global stage, providing both renewable energy and a range of employment opportunities.

There was every aspect of the local and regional supply chain in attendance, looking to develop relationships for the future. It seems, from what was said by the range of speakers and panel members, that there is ample opportunity for businesses from across northern Lincolnshire to be involved in all areas, including catering, rig, transport, accommodation, labour and manufacturing. 

The room was packed and buzzed with an exciting atmosphere, reflecting the growing optimism in North and North East Lincolnshire, particularly at a time when the country is otherwise cloaked in a dark cloud of uncertainty.     

From our point of view, we are pleased to be able to provide self-catered accommodation for both contractors and management working on the Humber Bank and travelling out to the offshore wind farms, as well as their families coming to visit the area: it’s partly why we converted the barn in the first place.  We’re looking forward to being part of this exciting industry which is so integral to North East Lincolnshire and the local economy.

Agricultural Diversification. An Essential Business Tool?

‘Standing still is nothing more than to go backwards’ (P. T. Barnham)

When my sister and I decided to return to the family farm five years ago, we made, together with the rest of our family, the decision that we needed to develop our business into something that was more than just ‘straight agriculture’.

We spent many hours throwing around ideas, wondering whether we had the ability to breed alpacas, create a ‘fun run’ enterprise or the strength of character required to distill gin without taste testing to excess. After much deliberation, collectively, we decided to renovate an old barn in the centre of the farm which was in a poor state of repair and provide high quality accommodation in Owmby, just on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Agricultural diversification - the old granary groundworks

How it all Began

The ‘combine shed’ as it was previously known had already been through a number of permutations. Originally used as an old granary, horse drawn carts would pull up alongside and 50kg bags of grain would be humped up the old steps to the first floor for storage. Once sold they would be thrown out of the top window (the bedroom window in The Mill) onto another cart to be taken to market. The floor has always remained in good condition, testament to the way it was constructed all those years ago, ready to hold tens of tons of grain for months on end. The arrow slits ensured regular movement of air to prevent damp grain and some of the original beams (in the kitchen in the Mill) show marks where farm staff used the wood to count sacks of corn.

When modern machinery began to make its way into agriculture following the Second World War, the grain dryers were installed. A large pit held all the grain tipped from a trailer, where it was fed through to a slow conveyor system through high temperatures to dry the grain to a specific moisture. The pit was behind the east end wall of the Gables and the grain was fed up the wall of the living room in the Gables into the adjacent shed which stood where the patio now is. Access out of the main door in the Gables used to be difficult, as a large metal pipe cut straight across the centre of it.

Once the more modern drying system at the rear of the farm was installed in 2002, the apparatus in the granary was removed and the ‘combine shed’, too small for modern machinery became a general storage area.

The Build

We started the renovation in November 2017, and it was completed just over a year later, in December 2018. We have been extremely lucky as the whole team of people working on the build have been incredibly supportive, creative and above all patient.

Throughout the build we focussed on three main areas.

  1. Creating exceptionally high quality self- catered accommodation in northern Lincolnshire
  2. Using renewable energy where possible
  3. Retaining the heritage and history of the barn

The main thread that has run through this whole project has been about quality: quality of design, craftsmanship, products, atmosphere. Every decision has been taken with the end result in mind; we have considered our guests at every stage, whether that is someone working in Lincolnshire looking for business accommodation, or using the barn as a base whilst moving house or for a few days away on a rural retreat for a walking and cycling holiday in the country. We want to provide a warm, relaxing place to stay with all the modern technology expected in high quality accommodation. Somewhere you can control the lighting levels, integrate personal accounts (e.g. Netflix) with the Smart TV and enjoy little luxuries, such as the Nespresso coffee machine, at the touch of a button. We aimed to provide a modern space, with clean lines and as much light as possible in the apartments. We chose floating sinks and large, spacious open showers, and created a balcony in the Gables which, above the living room has a unique view of the lighting installed. We retained the height in the open roof and refurbished the rafters. All the walls have been decorated in muted tones to ensure a relaxing atmosphere, perfect when working remotely in contract accommodation.

Sustainability

Our farming business installed solar panels in 2013, which help to supply green energy to the large cold store which houses our potatoes from October until May each year. The recently renovated farm office is heated efficiently using an air source heat pump, so we were very keen to continue ensuring our businesses run as sustainably as possible. To complement this, we also installed an air source heat pump to provide the heating and instant hot water to all three apartments. We use a Mitsubishi EcoDan pump installed by Pure Renewables based in Yorkshire. We have used high spec insulation throughout the building on all external walls as well as between flats to maintain an efficient heat loss, this is combined with a special sound reducing insulation and Stadip Silence Glass to ensure the internal environment is as calm and quiet as possible, however much farming machinery is in use outside.

Heritage

Our family have been based here for three generations and it is important to us that we retained as many of the original features as possible. In order to conserve as much heritage and history as we could, we knew we needed to use a specialist builder and window company to protect and replicate the original features of the barn. We have worked with Homecrafts a number of times before and have been so pleased with all of their work. Carl and his team arrived in November 2017 and hardly had a day’s rest until the project was completely finished! They used traditional materials including lime mortar for repairing walls, to mimic the original processes, and worked closely with our architect (Flynn Architecture Ltd) to fulfill all the agreed requirements.

Homecrafts are also traditional joiners and talented window makers and provided solid wood windows in the original style of the building. They also designed, built and installed an internal hard wood staircase and solved the problem of blocking out light from the small arrow slits at night time around the building, by designing some fabulously stylish ‘hobbit doors’! More than all of this, they made a challenging project a very enjoyable one.

Agricultural diversification - the old granary groundworks

Spinning Plates!

We have found that diversification in farming can be a challenging prospect, and although we expect it to prove important as a business decision, it has been a valuable exercise to travel this road together as a family. I’d recommend anyone considering a business change or addition to your farming portfolio to go for it, enjoy the bumpy path and focus on the end goal. Work together, compromise and listen. Its all worth it at the end.

As a family we have developed this project at the same time as running a farm, going through a house move, a pregnancy, the welcoming of a newborn, having three older children in the mix and the usual chaos that life usually brings. It would be safe to say that it has not been an easy task, and there have been ups and downs, tough decisions and many changes of plan. But now that we have completed our three beautiful self-catering accommodation apartments we are delighted to have welcomed our first guests to The Old Granary and are really looking forward to the next year providing many more people with a warm ‘home away from home’, a place to relax, work or entertain.

We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in finding out more about the barn renovation, or if you would like to stay in any of the three apartments that are the finished (fabulous) result, please contact us

The Viking Way – 140 Miles of Beautiful Countryside!

Nestled in North Lincolnshire’s remarkable countryside tucked just outside the hamlet of Owmby, you’ll find The Old Granary, a recently converted barn tucked away on a family-run potato farm. Made up of three bespoke holiday homes, the barn’s authentic features have been restored creating an idyllic countryside getaway, perfectly suited to your every need whether it be a long or short stay! Located within easy reach of Lincolnshire’s buzzy towns, east coast seaside and the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, The Old Granary is the perfect base for exploring, by bicycle, car or foot, all that Lincolnshire has to offer.

Following in the footsteps of our invading Norse Ancestors, the Viking Way is a long distance footpath that runs from the Humber Bridge, through the gentle rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds to Oakham in the landlocked country of Rutland, passing through 140 miles of quaint villages, water-side walkways, contrasting landscapes, quintessential countryside… and the top of our potato farm! The start of Viking Way walk is close by to our cosy base and the perfect trail for those hoping to immerse themselves in the undisturbed beauty of Lincolnshire’s landscapes.

Waymarked with posts that feature an imprinted Viking helmet, the undisputed high points of the Viking Walk consists of stunning views of the Humber Estuary, mooching around the former Roman towns of Caistor and Horncastle, where original Roman architecture rests undisturbed, wandering water-side along the River Witham into Lincoln, and strolling alongside Rutland Water as you nearer the end of the Viking Way. If taking in fresh country air and exploring new areas is for you, the Viking Way takes you on a journey through time, celebrating both the buzz of urban life and the rural hideaways of the East Midlands. A widely-regarded Area of Natural Beauty, the Lincolnshire Wolds’ countryside splendour changes with the seasons. Throughout spring and early summer, fields glow with oilseed rape flowers, stretching beyond the horizon, before autumn arrives and tree-tops turn to red as crisp nights begin to close in. The best part about Lincolnshire? Such few people are aware of its beauty! The countryside has remained very much undiscovered over centuries, and with controlled farming and skilled agricultural methods, the surrounding wildlife and environment has been left peacefully undisturbed.

The Old Granary is truly the perfect spot to rest up ahead of walking and with a comfy bed to rest your head and with your own to kitchen to whip up a plate or two of something hearty, we’re quite sure you’ll be off walking at a steady pace to your heart’s content!