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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
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Special offers
  • June 2015 15% Discount - Offer from 01/06/2015 to 30/06/2015 Save 15% 15% Discount 1 to 30 June
  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

View of the entrance front of Gunby Hall taken from the lawn. This red-brick house was built in 1700 (with later extensions) by William Massingberd. © Rupert Truman

Lincolnshire is one of England's largest, yet least known counties, with an attractive and varied landscape ranging from the flat lands of the Wash to the rolling wolds, pretty villages and soaring church spires of the north. This is perfect cycling country, while a range of bustling or more peaceful seaside resorts offer something for all tastes! The county has three main National Trust properties: Belton House is a perfect 17th-century country house with stunning gardens and magnificent interiors, plus a big adventure playground, miniature railway and Discovery Centre for children. Woolsthorpe Manor, a typical yeoman's farmhouse, is the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, while Tattershall Castle is a six-floor tower with great views over the countryside. Lincoln is 'a city in the countryside' which offers visitors the chance to soak up thousands of years of history and to enjoy the attractions of modern living. From the crowning glory of its stunning gothic cathedral, winding cobbled streets lead past some of the oldest surviving medieval architecture in the country to a vibrant shopping and cultural quarter.'The Collection' is an award-winning museum of art and archaeology, while outstanding fine art is displayed nearby in the Usher Gallery. Brayford Waterfront has independent shops, lively cafes and bars, and relaxing boat trips on the oldest Roman canal in the country.

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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • 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, 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!

  • Sue Bown
    • November 2014
    • Greater Manchester
    Beautiful cottage

    Beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean A perfect retreat for a few long days. The cottage was warm and cosy. With Gunby Hall closed for the winter we had the grounds to ourselves which made it feel extra special. A perfect place to step off the world...

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What it will cost

Prices include:

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

Special offers

  • June 2015 15% Discount - Offer from 01/06/2015 to 30/06/2015 Save 15% 15% Discount 1 to 30 June
  • 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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