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A splendid weekend break in the very green Lincolnshire Manor House Stables

The Hayloft living room and kitchen

As you venture up the short drive that leads to The Manor House Stables, the scene is picturesque.

The beautiful 18th Century historic Stable Block was lovingly restored in 2008 using natural eco-friendly materials and traditional methods.

The attention to detail is sublime and thoroughly deserves the Green Tourism, Gold award and 4 star self catering status.

The owner Sherry Forbes greeted us warmly and her enthusiasm and love for the Stables was contagious. I instantly felt the ‘relax’ begin; shoulders dropping ever so slightly, a deep breath and calm!

Sherry’s team converted The Stables into two separate, authentic, self catering apartments with exposed beams, lime washed walls and wood-burning stoves.

After a quick look around The Bothy, the cute ground floor apartment, we were shown up to The Hayloft, the impressive, first floor apartment where we were staying. If you are looking for a place to hide away, this is definitely it. Spacious and cosy too, the Hayloft offers immediate tranquillity.

It was a home from home, where everything had been considered. On arrival, we found a vegetable basket bursting with home grown, organic produce and a food hamper full of local treats and goodies including locally-made jam, cheeses and chutneys, plum loaf, organic chocolate, a bottle of wine made from apples from their own orchard.

Taking in the space, the living area is warm, decorated in natural materials and earthy colours. The kitchen had every utensil available, and the washing liquids and soaps were all kind to the environment.

The main bedroom sleeps two people on a cast iron bed whilst the unusual cosy ‘snug’ or ‘box bed’ in the living area provides an inviting place for relaxation or an additional sleeping space for two small people.

Our favourite room by far was the luxurious bathroom, with the deep copper bateau spa bath (lots of fun!), tv, sauna, and steam shower. Heaven!

The Manor House Stables have been thoughtfully renovated to an exceptionally high standard. We loved the attention to detail; nothing had been forgotten from the sachets of eco-friendly shampoo to the local maps and literature. Sherry had even included a food map detailing where all the local produce had originated and how far it had travelled.

Outside, you have your own private garden, with relaxing loungers, a swing, table and BBQ and the view over the vegetable beds is beautiful. You won’t hear traffic or invasive noises, just the birds in the trees.

The Manor House Stables is situated close to the Wolds, Coast and Fens in an area renowned for good walks, cycling, bird watching, golf, angling and the great outdoors. The Edwardian town of Woodhall Spa with its famous golf course and cinema and the historic city of Lincoln with its cathedral and castle are both only short drives away.

Courses and workshops
Day courses, which can also be included as part of your holiday if pre-booked, are regularly run at The Stables. The choice is  varied and includes rag-rug making,  jams and chutney making, baking scones, hand-made paper making, cookery, bread making, healthy eating, wood-turning, candle-making, herb gardening, and many more besides. And in summer months there is also a gift shop.

Prices start at £300 for a short break. For more details contact Sherry Forbes on 01526 378 717 or visit the website. The Manor House is at Timberland Road, Martin, Nr Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4 3QS.

Nicola Jayne Little

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