Location: Louth, LN11 0NS, Lincolnshire, England
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"We stayed in the Granary Apartment a beautiful converted coaching…"
We stayed in the Granary Apartment a beautiful converted coaching house which is just one of the three apartments available that can accommodate families of 1 to 12 people hired separately or together for groups of up to 24.
The Granary sleeps eight but there are also two double sofa beds (so an extra 4 people could be accommodated, with curtains to provide privacy) plus ample room for cots etc. The actual living area is enormous! There are two huge tables at either end of the room - with seating and crockery etc for 24 guests. It would be great for a New Year or Christmas get together.
Children are really well catered for. The lovely hosts had left crayons, colouring books, etc along with a huge toy box. This was just for starters. We went on to discover a vast array of books (children's and adults - and a great selection too) as well as jigsaws, a fabulous dressing up box - not to mention the garden toys - ride on's, a sandpit, climbing frame etc. The bag of toys I had brought with me didn't get a look in.
The actual apartment was lovely, warm and comfortable - well deserving of its 5 Star rating. It's not overly posh, more comfortable but they seem to have thought of everything - and I mean everything! Little ones really are well looked after. They had provided changing mats, nappy bags, children's cups, plates, cutlery etc. Even a fabulous contraction called a dream pod - a device to stop toddlers falling out of bed - very useful.
Paul (and his lovely dog Jesse) are very good hosts and on hand to show you around the pretty grounds. We had a grand tour of the farm, before we returned back to the apartment to tuck into Flora's complimentary Lincolnshire Plum loaf - yum!!
The next day - after a breakfast of eggs courtesy of the farm - we headed out to Donna Nook - a thriving seal colony just 10 miles away from Brackenborough. For much of the year the seals are at sea or hauled out on distant sandbanks, but during the winter they come to breed near the dunes on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Donna Nook. They are present on the beach in November and December. This was a real treat - you can get so close to these beautiful creatures. It was a joy to see.
On the way back we stopped off in Louth - famously described as Rick Steins 'favourite market town in Britain'. It is a charming little town - a foodie's paradise with a fabulous market showcasing all local produce. As well as little streets packed with antique shops, boutiques etc.
We sadly only had one night at Brackenborough - but it wasn't enough. For those of you who have twins - Brackenborough would be an ideal choice. As parents of twins Paul and Flora actively seek families with twins to come and stay - and aim to provide all you need. There is certainly the room!
To make it even more special a few days letter - a white envelope addressed to my son dropped through the letterbox. Inside was a laminated picture of one of his drawings he had done at the farm. He was overjoyed with it - and to me this little detail sums up just why this place is so just exceptional... We absolutely loved it - go and give it a try!Read moreLess