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The Old Rectory

nr Skegness, Lincolnshire

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This elegant late eighteenth-century Regency rectory is built from local red brick and lies close to the tiny church of Bratoft village. With delightful large gardens and wonderful views across open countryside, this peaceful large house is ideal for family gatherings or friends' reunions. This house provides an excellent base from which to visit National Trust properties in the area such as Gunby Hall, Tattershall Castle and Belton House. Located at the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a great touring base with picture postcard villages and the friendly market towns of Spilsby, Horncastle, Tattershall, and Coningsby. The bracing coast of Lincolnshire offers different seaside experiences to appeal to all tastes and is within 30 minutes drive.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
large entrance hall, study, sitting/dining room with open fire, kitchen, utility room and separate lavatory.
First floor
six bedrooms (3 doubles - 1 with antique brass 5' half tester bed, 1 with 5' bed, 1 with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request with en-suite bathroom, 2 twins and 1 single), two bathrooms with separate showers.
Visitor notes

Heating: oil central heating included.

Garden:The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with large shrub borders. In the front garden there is an old air raid shelter that his locked for your safety.

Parking: there is parking for six cars and there is an in-out driveway laid with gravel.

Please note: The Old Rectory is next to the Church and parishioners may sometimes use the drive as access by mistake and there is access to the cottage grounds by third parties.

Offers: For any 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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Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • 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
St George's Guildhall
St George's Guildhall England's largest surviving medieval Guildhall

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • William Cooper
    • December 2014
    • Staffordshire
    Made special:

    Great place, well presented and prepared. NT Style and presentation of interesting buildings.

  • Thompson
    What a wonderful place

    What a wonderful place. More than enough space for 11. Lovely and warm. Zoned Central Heating for Upstairs and Downstairs. Modern Central Heating. Open fireplace in Living Room. With guests coming for some of our meals, we fitted 13 round the kitchen table and 18 around the dining table! This is absolutely the perfect house for a chilling out weekend. There is a TV but we didn't switch it on. The hall and study were perfect for Scalextric of epic proportions. The kitchen is well appointed with dishwasher, double width cooker (halogen and electric), American style fridge freezer. Remember to take dishwashing tabs with you! In the utility room are a washing machine and tumble dryer which I was pleased to see did not need coins to power. You do need to bring washing powder with you, however!. All things considered, this is the best "cottage" I have ever stayed in and I am now desparately trying to come up with an excuse to go back!

  • alan fitzpatrick
    Great place

    The house can be found near Brambleberry Lane, next to a church at one end, then at the other a village hall which is a green corrugated building Reasonable places to visit include the Parrot Zoo and Seal Sanactary at Mablethorpe For eating out the nearest reasonable pub seemed to be the Fleece Inn in Burgh Le Marsh which is about 1 hr away if walking from the Old Rectory food is served from 18.00 hrs to 20.45hrs. Their was also a Chinese take away in Burgh Le Marsh which was okay

  • Morton/Hobson Party
    The only problem is leaving.......

    Mum & Dads Diamond Wedding Anniversay was made extra special by the lovely rural setting and clear night sky, which presented a naturally diamond studded canopy. The Rectory is wonderfully spacious and beautifully presented, with every need throughtfully provided for. We throughty enjoyed all aspects and extend our many thanks to everyone involved in taking care of this excellent property 10/10. The only problem is leaving.......

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