James at the Tourist Information said that this place was just down a gravel track from the main road... a mile later... during which we encountered two barn owls, a pair of nesting buzzards, several rabbits and a badger who accompanied us for around quarter of a mile, we found this little jewel set right in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside. Now, don't misunderstand me, the little jewel is not the house... it's Barbara. The house is wonderful and the contents are eclectic... Miss Faversham springs to mind... the rooms, and we inspected them all, are spacious, extremely clean and well provided. In the Balcony Room (the best if you can get it) there are armchairs in cream leather, huge beds and (obviously) a brilliant balcony. The shower in that room is the most hi-tech gadget I've ever been washed in! But I digress... from the moment we entered nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts are a host of decisions. Never before have I been asked which type of sausages I prefer, or how many would I like, or offered 3 kinds of bacon, 3 ways of cooking for my eggs and how much of each one. The fruit plates are almost a shame to eat, it's akin to destroying a work of art.
Barbara treated us to breakfast in the garden while we were there, seating us around a huge circular table in the sunshine, ably assisted by Reg and the cleaner/room maid. Barbara doesn't get around too quickly now and if you don't mind passing her things occasionally then the resulting conversations are erudite, entertaining and intelligent, but always with a slight edge of humour.
Carry on Barbara.. for many years to come I hope.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you value peace and quiet, and enjoy watching wild life, come and share the riverside tranquility of Kirkstead Old Mill Cottage, which is a mile off the B1192, but just two from the idyllic village of Woodhall Spa in central Lincolnshire. Choose from two twin/double bedrooms, with luxury en-suite facilities, or opt for our economy twin/double room with use of a private WC and separate shower. After your Gold Award breakfast, relax in the sunroom or beside a log-fire in the lounge, or explore the gardens and four-acre nature reserve. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kirkstead Old Mill Cottage Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire