Moving to Lincolnshire need area advice

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 20:10:00

Hi, I am really hoping you can all help me with some area information, there are so many mixed messages when researching on google.

We are moving from Kent to Lincolnshire, we would like a respectable, pretty village location, semi-rural, we do not need to worry about commuting or schools, but would like to be within easy reach of a town up to 20 minutes by car would be fine. We want to be near the wolds, for walks and scenery, we are considering all of Lincolnshire and north Norfolk.
So far from research and street view, we like the sound of Horncastle, Alford, Louth, Tealby.
We are very concerned about moving into a rough or deprived area by accident.

Horncastle sounds really nice, Alford looks good but not much written about it, it’s also very close to Mablethorpe, St Leonard’s and Skegness which all have very bad reviews and seem to be deprived, run down and higher crime and drugs problems.
Louth maybe a bit to big, but outskirts would be good, we looked at Thoresthorpe.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 20:19:14

Sorry I meant Grainsthorpe not Thoresthorpe in the last bit of my post.

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IllegalFred Sun 17-May-20 20:26:07


Sunbird24 Sun 17-May-20 20:28:53

I’ve lived in Lincolnshire a while, and spent a couple of years commuting between my job in North Norfolk and my house near Lincoln. There are a lot of nice places! Have a look at Woodhall Spa, Heckington and Holbeach

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 20:47:56

Hi, thank you.
Caistor, I’ve heard of, but I do not know anything about it, it seems very close to Grimsby, which I have read has high child poverty and rough areas, also Immingham which I have read is a port town, which is not very pretty and has high crime rate for Lincolnshire, is Caistor close enough to be concerned?

Woodhall Spa keeps coming up, I will be having a good look in that area. Never heard of Heckington, is it nice?
Holbeach, seems like a much older community, I was looking at Long Sutton which isn’t to far from there.

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 20:51:03

Stamford is another name that keeps coming up as lovely, can anyone give any ideas of good roads or roads to avoid?

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ItsMutinyontheBunty Sun 17-May-20 20:54:26

I live in Lincolnshire. Most of the places you’re talking about are probably a bit more remote than you’d like from the description you’ve made. Horncastle is good 30 minutes to Lincoln on a good day!

Have a look at the villages North of Lincoln, lots of really lovely places, easy access to Lincoln. It takes about 15 minutes to drive in, good bus services from most of the villages.
Several nice pubs, medical practices..have a look at Welton, Nettleham, Sudbrooke (although no pubs there), Dunholme, Scothern. Nettleham is particularly nice with a beck running through it. Stamford is probably a good shout too, very pretty.

MummyNWife Sun 17-May-20 20:56:34

I grew up in Woodhall Spa, its a lovely lovely place to live but you will pay over the odds just because its in Woodhall. Horncastle is literally 10 mins from Woodhall. Louth is nice, Stamford is nice, Depends if you want to be close to Lincoln City or a village or a town etc.

NooneElseIsSingingMySong Sun 17-May-20 20:57:18

Woodhall Spa is beautiful. Like going back in time! It has a lido, lovely park, a proper old fashioned cinema. It’s about 40 minutes drive from Lincoln but you can get to Sleaford quite easily.

IllegalFred Sun 17-May-20 20:57:44

Do you have any other requirements? A lot of the places you've mentioned are a bit restrictive if you ever want to travel somewhere. Caistor and that area down to Market Rasen ish and north of Lincoln are better connected.

FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 20:58:07

When you google best Lincolnshire villages, Market Rasen is at the top with Tealby and Walesby but on other threads on mumsnet people have really warned against Market Rasen, so I’m trying to see which places repeatedly get the thumbs up.

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:06:31

Lots of great replies, thank you 😊
As for other requirements we think 40-50 minutes to get to Lincoln would be fine, as long as there is a good market town within 20 minutes for all the lesser needs.
We would like that rural feel but also a community feel to the area.
We do not want to feel too remote, we originally looked at Olde Leake but that seemed far to remote. Horncastle, Woodhall and Stamford are coming up a lot.
We have seen a lovely house in Alford, any thoughts on Alford?

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IllegalFred Sun 17-May-20 21:10:53

Thoughts on Alford - it's a long way from anywhere but Skegness! I don't know Alford itself, but would say that general area is fairly deprived. West of the wolds is a better bet generally

Elmo230885 Sun 17-May-20 21:13:55

I live on the Isle of Axholme North Lincolnshire. The town I live in is one of the bigger places on the Isle but I like it as it has everything but also still has a nice community feel to it. Some of the smaller places were too rural for me! We are about 20 minutes from Scunthorpe and a little but longer from both Gainsborough and Doncaster.

FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:15:07

Thank you, illegalfred, that is very helpful, Alford very rarely gets a mention, so it is very hard to gage what it might be like, but it looks nice.

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FrippEnos Sun 17-May-20 21:16:06

Alford is a lovely place.

But there is very little there, and with the best will in the world it is 30 minutes from anywhere.

FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:24:45

Going up the opposite end of the wolds to Alford we have seen properties we like in Grainsthorpe

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:30:10

On our saved property list we have, as well as the ones already mentioned: we have, Donington On Bain, Tattersall, Binbrook, Yarburgh, Grainthorpe, any guidance on any of those places?

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:31:48

Elmo230885 Never heard of Axholm, I will have a look 😉

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FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:39:54

ItsMutinyontheBunty Thank you, I will look at all of them places, I have a property in mind that is for sale in Nettleham.

NooneElseIsSingingMySong Love the sound of the going back in time feel, I can always jump in the car when I’m in a more modern mood.

MummyNWife, village mostly, but 20 minutes max to a town if the village doesn’t have much, up to 50 minutes max from Lincoln.

We would like a relaxed, friendly, quiet spot, plenty of walks for the dogs, but maybe a short walk to a shop, restaurant/pub, post office.

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IdblowJonSnow Sun 17-May-20 21:45:46

I'm from Lincs, no longer live there. Can I ask OP why you've settled on Lincs? Just curious.

IdblowJonSnow Sun 17-May-20 21:48:50

I wouldn't move to Market Rasen by the way. Stamford would be a better shout and much more connected to the rest of the world - but you may not want that!

FreemanHaines Sun 17-May-20 21:53:02

Hi IdblowJonSnow, I used to live in Somersham Norfolk as a child before we moved to Kent, I want to get back to the countryside as Kent is becoming more and more built up, Norfolk is lovely but there seems to be bigger open spaces in Lincolnshire and we would like a house with 0.25 acre minimum and there seems to be more property choices in Lincolnshire for houses with land.

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Whenwilligrowup Sun 17-May-20 22:14:07

I second what has been said upthread about Nettleham, Welton, Sudbrooke and Woodhall Spa. Have you looked at Cherry Willingham/Reepham/ Fiskerton area? Thats where I am and it's a nice distance to Lincoln but just far out enough. Also look at Waddington, Saxilby maybe? Oh and a bit further out but my 'ideal' village is Navenby!

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