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Orchard Cottage


nr Skegness, Lincolnshire

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This very pretty, former gardener’s cottage is packed full of character with its low doorways and cosy open fire. It sits within its own private garden amongst the superb setting of Gunby Hall and Gardens.

When the public have all gone home, guests of the cottage are free to enjoy the eight acres of grounds at Gunby Hall and follow the many paths across the surrounding parkland. The gardens offer traditional English flowers, a wonderful rose garden, and extensive vegetable gardens which allow for plenty of exploring.

As the cottage lies between the Lincolnshire Wolds and the bracing coastline, it is ideal for the keen walker or cyclist who wants to explore the local area, including the many National Trust properties, picturesque local villages such as Gunby, and the market towns of Spilsby and Horncastle. The historic city of Lincoln is also just under an hour away, and offers a day full of culture and shopping.

The National Trust has events and activities in Lincolnshire to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance lobby, dining room with multifuel stove, sitting room with open fire, kitchen and shower room.
First floor
two bedrooms (double with 5' bed and ensuite lavatory and wash basin, twin room)
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric storage heating and some underfloor heating.

Garden: The cottage sits at the centre of an enclosed garden which is mainly laid to lawn.

Utilities: There is an ice box only.

Offers: Holiday cottage guests have free entry to Gunby Hall and Gardens during opening hours.

Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout 12pm.

Please Note: Restricted head room into bedroom areas.

Arrival in daylight hours is recommended as access to the cottage is via the gardens which are unlit. If arriving after dark we recommend that you bring a torch with you.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Cottage ref
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • 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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place to visit
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  • Lincolnshire coast
  • Gunby
  • Skegness
  • market towns of Spilsby and Horncastle
  • Cycling
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Gunby Hall
Gunby Hall and Gardens Fine red-brick house, dating from 1700, with Victorian walled gardens
Gunby Hall Estate: Monksthorpe Chapel
Gunby Hall Estate: Monksthorpe Chapel Remote late 17th-century Baptist chapel
Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle Medieval brick castle rising dramatically above the Lincolnshire countryside
Brancaster Activity Centre
Brancaster Activity Centre Activity and learning centre for adults and children
Brancaster Estate
Brancaster Estate Extensive coastal area famous for wild birds


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Roth
    • March 2016
    • Suffolk
    Made enjoyable...

    We love how the cottage looked and the quality of the stuff in it...loved that we could walk around the grounds whenever we wanted .. Would have been nice to have been able to go into Gunby hall and have a look about even though it wasn't open to the public .. But couldn't fault holiday at all .

  • Daphne Pickard
    • February 2016
    • Northamptonshire
    Delightful cottage

    A delightful cottage which lived up to all our expectations, this was our first stay in a NT cottage and it won't be the last. It was spotlessly clean and well presented, the tea and milk in the fridge was very welcome. All the property staff were cheerful and friendly always prepared to explain about the gardens and orchard.

  • Mr Edmondson
    • January 2016
    • Kent
    Made enjoyable.

    This time the isolation and quiet were important. The cottage was of the very highest standard except the hot water pressure which was awful (but didn't spoil the stay)

  • Mrs Reynolds
    • November 2015
    • Essex
    Beautiful cottage

    Apart from the beautiful cottage itself the welcome tea tray set out in the cottage and fresh flowers on the table were such a pleasant surprise. Also the information folder was very thorough and the suggested walks sheets were a good idea. Very often in cottages there are just a pile of maps and brochures with no additional guidance. The National Trust staff who were on site were also extremely friendly and helpful.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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