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40/42 Michaelgate


Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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40/42 Michaelgate occupies a wonderful position on Steep Hill in the centre of the historic city of Lincoln. The views from the top floor are across the roof tops and out towards open countryside.

The building is a curious mix of half timbered and a brick construction, the historic, sparsely furnished rooms of the half timbered section of the property are there for you to explore, however the living areas in the brick built section offer a cosy, welcoming interior and offer a great base for exploring this fascinating city and all it has to offer.

Two thousand years of history are on the doorstep of this charming Grade II listed cottage with Lincoln Castle and the marvellous 12th-century cathedral within easy walking distance. The Cathedral was the recent film setting of The Da Vinci Code.

There is also a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs in the charming cobbled streets in the immediate vicinity.

The cottage, with its small sheltered garden, is owned by Lincoln City Council and is furnished, managed and operated by the National Trust.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
large entrance hall, steps up to spacious sitting/dining room, kitchen.
First floor
from entrance hall, stairs up to second sitting room. From sitting/dining room, winding stairs up to bathroom and bedroom (1 twin). Further stairs up to double bedroom in large attic with fine views over Lincoln.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: Parking is in a nearby car park for which charges apply - unloading and loading only is permitted at the cottage.

Garden: A small enclosed garden to the side of the house. Please note there is a gardener who could be in the garden for 1 hr each week.

Accessibility: The house is on 3 floors with winding narrow stair cases to the first and second floor.

Michaelgate is at the top of a steep hill. Most of the streets in the vicinity are cobbled.

Offers: guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 12pm.

Please note: The house is a 5 minute taxi drive or short walk from the station.

As the house enjoys a city centre location there may be associated street noise.

Cottage details
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  • Pub nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • City location
  • Quirky
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point © Joe Cornish

The ancient kingdom of East Anglia has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions with attractions ranging from the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely, to glorious, often deserted, sandy beaches, lots of seaside fun, outdoor pursuits and the unspoilt waterways of The Broads. National Trust places in East Anglia are equally varied, ranging from the magnificent Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the impressive rotunda at Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, the elegant Anglesey Abbey, to the dramatic coastline at Dunwich Heath, with its neighbouring RSPB sanctuary and the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo.

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  • Lincoln cathedral
  • Lincoln castle and museum
  • Sports
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle Medieval brick castle rising dramatically above the Lincolnshire countryside
The Workhouse, Southwell
The Workhouse, Southwell Atmospheric 19th-century workhouse
Belton House
Belton House 17th-century country house with magnificent interiors, beautiful gardens and extensive parkland
Clumber Park
Clumber Park Extensive area of parkland, including peaceful woods, open heath and farmland
Grantham House
Grantham House Handsome town house, with architectural features from various eras and riverside walled garden
Mr Straw's House
Mr Straw's House A 1920s house captured in time


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • August 2016
    • Unknown
    Warm welcome

    The warm welcome in our cottage in Lincoln with fresh flowers, biscuits, fresh milk and all information needed, made our stay enjoyable.

  • Mr K White
    • June 2016
    • Norfolk
    Quirky property in a lovely location.

    We have stayed at several National Trust properties and like the locations and the standard to which the properties are presented. We like staying in a quirky property in a lovely location.

  • Mr Stuart Dockar
    • April 2016
    • Essex
    Loved the garden!

    The setting was outstanding. We saw such treasures. We loved the garden. We were lucky enough to have weather where we could sit out. The reading room was lovely. We sat in there reading our papers and books.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable by.....

    The location and character of the property.

  • Dr R Jurd
    • November 2015
    • Essex
    Delightful cottage

    Very enjoyable break in a delightful cottage, so convenient to the centre of Lincoln. We had a problem with the hot water system which was sorted out with friendliness and efficiency by the housekeeper and the gas board. Details about car-parking would be useful in advance.

  • Jane Steventon
    • October 2015
    • Nottingham
    Loved the private garden

    We loved the private garden and the windowbox and plant pots full of gorgeous geraniums, we felt very safe in the property and it was quiet inside ,no noise from the public, which we expected. The cottage was so much bigger than expected too, lots of room to roam. Loved the kitchen with all facilities and then relaxing in both sitting rooms , we self catered a lot. The bedrooms were spacious and loved the steep winding stairs. The best area was the little sitting room ,the real crooked part of the house, we sat in awe of the room and contemplated the people and events that had happened long ago! We both used the train to get to the cottage, good links as my sister travelled for 4 hrs, we really appreciated the late departure from the cottage offered on the Sunday! It was perfect but please increase the prices steadily.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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