Travel: A hidden holiday cottage at the end of the Wold

Recently we were lucky to be able to get away for a little family break and although we didn't go far, we really did feel like we were at the end of the Wold. 

That's because we visited the Lincolnshire Wolds and stayed in a little cottage pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but still with easy access to everywhere.

We knew as soon as we walked in it would be perfect for us, and it was right up our street with its limestone floor, double sided log burner, exposed brick and rustic charm.

Cowslip Cottage was an old barn on a farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds that was painstakingly converted and lovingly restored. 

Even the outbuildings were brought back to life and with a glorious 8 person hot tub and festoon lights everywhere, it was every inch the getaway. 

We arrived as the golden glow of sunset beckoned and made a mental note that as soon as bedtime came, mama and papa would be hot footing outside to the hot tub.

The cottage we stayed in was 2 bedroom and could sleep 4 but there was another cottage next door with the same again and an adjoining door, meaning you could hire the whole property and sleep 8 if required.

The kitchen was every inch the country dream, with a farmhouse table, every amenity taken care of and even a bottle of bubbly left for us.

The kids shrieked with excitement and ran straight off to look at their bedroom. Of course each bed had to be bounced on to check. 

Our room was a spacious king, with a Jack n Jill bathroom off it, with views for miles. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of room to hang clothes.

The tub was enormous and the kids were delighted that they would be able to splash about in it each night of our stay. It was all so new and clean, but it really felt like a home from home.

The kids room was a spacious twin with its own en suite shower room, and the beds easily passed the bounce test. Even better the view was of the farmer ploughing the fields in tractors and combine harvesters, which, as you can imagine, was the highlight for two toddlers.

All the practicalities had been thought of with a lovely mud room straight off the entrance for muddy boots after long country walks, and a WC with washing machine for the times when, no matter how many clothes you've packed for the kids, you still need to do a mid week wash.

The decor and panelling was our style completely and reminded me a little bit of our own cottage back home, but it still felt like a lovely break away from the norm. Just what we needed.

Travel was such a big part of our lives pre-kids but the pandemic means we are only just now able to introduce the little ones to it as well. So far they seem to have gotten the bug!

Although we weren't even that far away from home, it felt like a different Wold(!) just being in another county. There was so much green space for the kids to run around and burn off some energy.

The main reason we chose to stay here, other than it being utterly gorgeous, is that it was within 30 minute drive time of several places we wanted to visit, including the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Xscape, Rand Farm and Clumber Park, which deserve a separate blog post of their own.

After busy days out all week, all the grown ups were dreaming of was soaking away the aches in the amazing hot tub.

The skies out here were ginormous and the night sky was spectacular, with hardly any light pollution around to interrupt the sparkling stars. 

Then, after some fabulous days out and hot tub action, taking the path back into our cosy cottage and lighting the double sided log burner to get warm again.

The perfect situation; him sat watching TV, and me reading Country Living in the kitchen, both enjoying the fire!

We have talked about doing this in our cottage for years and this didn't halt our desire to get one installed.

My babies had the best time looking out at the farmer every morning and watching the array of little birds that visited the feeding station outside of our cottage.

Home at the end of the Wold you were an absolute delight and we can't wait to visit again sometime.

Have you ever visited the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

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