An unpretentious and affordable country cottage in a remote location, not far for the sandy beaches of the Lincolnshire coast – a perfect place to unwind.
Situated on the northern fringes of Lincolnshire, not far from the sea, Swift Cottage – so named for the birds who return to roost in its rafters year after year – is the perfect place if you're looking for somewhere affordable to really get away from it all. An eighteenth-century cottage, which once formed part of a local brewery, and is indeed still just footsteps from the local pub, situated amidst the rich working farmland that characterizes so much of the county, with farm workers trundling past the cottage at harvest time and beautiful, uninterrupted views across to the Humber estuary, towards which wind-surfers whiz along the creek waters and drainage ditches on windy days.
It really is a place to escape: there are wonderful, bracing walks across the salt marshes to the expansive nearby sandy beaches; seal-watching is popular along coast at Donner Nook; and in the opposite direction it's a short drive or cycle ride into the gently undulating hills and green valleys of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The small market town of Louth is a short drive away, too, handy to pick up supplies or if you need a shot of civilisation – though the village does also have a village shop, and a pub (possibly the nearest source of wifi). Consider also making the short trip to Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve, where there are several glorious miles of sand, salt- and freshwater marsh, carpeted in heather and violets during the summer months. In the other direction Cleethorpes is a short drive away or a good walk/cycle from the cottage through salt marsh fields taking you to the Fitties and Cleethorpes beaches.
The cottage's two twin bedrooms can easily accommodate four adults or a family of four – though the owner charges a flat rate per night irrespective of how many people are staying. There is no wifi, and facilities are limited to a shared bathroom, a simply furnished living room with TV and a fitted kitchen with oven, hob and microwave. In short the cottage has everything you need, but no more; it's not a luxury location, nor overly equipped with facilities, but it is an unusual one it – a place to escape and blow away the cobwebs, and offering an affordable way to explore a little-known part of one of Britain's least-well-known counties. Why not give it a try?
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With 2 double bedrooms, the cottage comfortable sleeps 4 adults or a family of 4.
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From £48 a night.
Available all year.