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Orchard Cottage

Nr Spilsby, 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.

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 torches with you.

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

For any 2 night booking on a Friday, or 3 night booking starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Cottage details
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
007017
Acorn rating What's this?
4
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio

Nearby

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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Attractions
  • Lincolnshire coast
  • Gunby
  • Skegness
  • market towns of Spilsby and Horncastle
Activities
  • 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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Ray Ricketts
    • May 2015
    • Surrey
    Made special by:

    Peace and Quiet in an area I had not visited before. Cottage very well presented, house volunteers all friendly.

  • Miriam Cook
    • April 2015
    • London
    Made special by:

    Playing hide and seek across the gardens of Gunby Hall after hours. We had a brilliant time away, thank you!

  • Anonymous
    • March 2015
    • --------------
    Made special by having:

    Access to the gardens after-hours. Very clean and welcoming.

  • Christine May
    • March 2015
    • Hertfordshire
    Spotlessly clean

    The cottage was spotlessly clean, well equipped, beautifully decorated and modernised, stylish, and in a gorgeous position. The peaceful location and the attention to detail - right down to the welcome card and the vase of fresh flowers.

  • Diane Wisdom
    • January 2015
    • England
    Made special by:

    The open fire and log burner, the comfort of the furniture, the lovely decor of the rooms, the location, the seclusion and the grounds of Gunby Hall. The cottage was perfect. It was in a lovely position within Gunby Hall and we enjoyed the walk through the grounds to get to the cottage. Very cosy and comfortable stay, we really hope to visit in the summer to see Gunby Hall itself, as it was shut for the winter while we were there.

  • Anita West
    • January 2015
    • Buckinghamshire
    Well equipped cottage

    We loved the cottage even though it took a little while to find it. We'd love to stay a bit longer next time and see the gardens in bloom! Very well equipped and lots of nice touches..flowers, milk, tea etc The location was perfect, enabled us to invite my in-laws for lunch on Sunday. Thank you for letting us stay later than 10.00 am on the Sunday, very much appreciated.

  • Zina Goode
    • November 2014
    • Bedfordshire
    Romantic and cosy!

    We had a wonderful weekend. Upon arrival we parked in the marked parking area, which due to the amount of rain that day unfortunately meant our car got stuck. a quick call to the office the next morning and help was with us in less than 15mins and the car freed 10 minutes later. Wonderful service! Truly lovely cottage too, very romantic and cosy. The level of attention to detail in the cottage decoration and the little touches - leaving a pint of milk in the fridge for us on arrival and a laid out tea tray, the open fires were simply gorgeous, lovely kitchen and very very helpful caretakers. What made it extra special was getting engaged while we were there!

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  • 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 cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk 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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