donna nook seal up close

Escape to Lincolnshire This Winter

adminNovember 26, 2019

AD – our trip to the Lincolnshire Wolds was a press trip. We were provided with complimentary accommodation and our food and activities were also covered. All thoughts and opinions remain our own.

If you can already feel the pressures of this festive season beginning to ramp up, what could be better than taking a step away from it all and escaping to the Lincolnshire countryside for a weekend break? This time last year we did just that, and although the setting was more ‘crisp autumn leaves’ than ‘a White Christmas’, it’s still the perfect location if you are considering a last minute escape.

window views maggie mews lincolnshire wolds

Tucked away down windy country lanes (this is one for the real map readers, not so much those who rely on satnavs) and a few wrong turns later, we arrived at our accommodation for our long weekend break; luxury self-catering cottages The Greetham Retreat. We are staying in Maggie Mews, a two bed cottage which is pet friendly (always a plus when we can bring the dog along) with stunning views from the upstairs master bedroom.

We are greeted by a friendly face who gives us a quick tour of the common areas, followed by our cottage, with some tips about local family-friendly activities. There’s a complimentary bottle of wine sitting on the table of the cottage, always a nice touch after a long car journey.

donna nook seal up close

Winter is the perfect time to visit the Lincolnshire Wolds as each November/December the most incredible thing takes place along the coastline. Donna Nook National Nature Reserve was just a short drive from where we were staying and with the opportunity to see some of the 2,000 grey seal pups who are born here we wrapped up warm and headed out.

It is free to enter the reserve bar the car parking charge (which was £5 at the time of our visit) and you can get so close to the seals and their pups. As far as the eye can see, there are seals and pups and some come up incredibly close to the fence, just lying there looking cute and fluffy and making their little squeaking sounds. It’s not only amazing to get close to the babies but also to the adult seals as well, with their war wounds and scars and just the sheer size of them. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a tiny human, get close to a grey seal mama.

the old stables horncastle

We were closest to the market town of Horncastle so this is primarily where we headed for food. The Old Stables is a quaint cafe tucked down a cobbled alleyway which served us delicious cooked breakfasts, and the Tea House in the Woods was absolutely divine (if incredibly busy…booking recommended!)

We also ate at two local pubs. The Blue Bell Inn which is located in Tattershall Thorpe and The George and the Dragon in Hagworthingham nr Horncastle. For families we’d recommend the latter although I personally preferred my meal choice at the Blue Bell. The George and the Dragon catered more to the kids and the price was better.

Kinema in the Woods outside

How do I adequately describe the delight that was our trip to The Kinema In The Woods? Watching a film here is like taking a step back in time; from the traditional ticket booth and retro memorabilia which greet you as you step through the door to the interval where you can purchase ice cream and refreshments…occasionally the Compton Organ is even played during this break. As we discovered with most things during our trip, it is tucked away and like stepping into another time.

The Kinema shows a variety of movies so you are bound to be able to find a suitably festive one to get you n the Christmas mood. The Tea House in the Woods is just a short stroll away too.

Meg with seals donna nook

For me this was Donna Nook, without a doubt. We discovered many gems during our trip; and you can see more fully what we got up to in our vlog, but I will never be able to forget the overwhelming sense of amazement I got when we were literally steps away from a seal pup. Had I wanted to (and I did kind of want to) I could have reached out and stroked it’s beautiful fluffy white fur. It was incredible and something I will always think of when remembering our trip.

If you need to escape from the craziness of this season, even if just for a little while, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a trip to the Lincolnshire Wolds. Who knows, you may even get some snow!

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