My difficulty here is to list all the places of interest you may want to visit during your stay at Barn Owl Cottage onto the one page. I’ve listed just a few of the local points to help you get your bearings and to give you a taste of the wealth of heritage and attractions in this area. A Visitor Guide will be provided within the cottage with further information and diary dates for your interest.
Horncastle (10 miles to our North)
Lying at the south-west foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds Horncastle is a bustling and attractive market town, renowned for its antique shops, with a fine heritage and collection of independent shops. From here you can fully explore the Lincolnshire Wolds (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Whether that would be taking yourself into the heart of The Wolds and visiting Claythorpe Watermill, leisurely walks around Snipe Dales Country Park, Hubbards Hills or Willingham Woods, or maybe you fancy something a little more entertaining in the form of Cadwell Park Motor Racing circuit or Market Rasen Racecourse.
Boston (10 miles to our South)
Boston is an historic and attractive market town which is dominated by the 14th-century St. Botolph’s Church (known affectionately as “The Stump”) whose 271ft high tower is a landmark for miles around. Visitor attractions include Boston Guildhall, a magnificent medieval building built in the 1390’s, and Fydell House and Garden, Grade 1 listed Georgian town house. River cruises, bird watching and seal spotting are available from Boston marina.
Woodhall Spa (10 miles North West)
Set amongst mature woodland Woodhall Spa is well worth a visit. Woodhall’s history stretches back to Victorian times and The Cottage Museum is an ideal starting place from which you can take a look into it’s past. If you fancy something a little different from your usual cinema experience then try the The Kinema, or if swimming is your passion take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool at Jubilee Park.
We are ideally located for those of you interested in Aviation Heritage. Just 6 miles from RAF Coningsby, Southern Typhoon Operating Base, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A further 2 miles takes you to Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, home of the 97,619, 617 (Dambusters) and the 627 Squadron.
Six miles in the opposite direction takes you to The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, the largest dedicated memorial to Bomber Command. You can get up close to the Avro Lancaster Bomber, which forms part of their collection, alongside many wartime vehicles on the airfield of RAF East Kirkby.
Lincolnshire can boast seven blue flag beaches, with the nearest resort of Skegness just 25 miles east. Gibralter Point, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust site is located just outside of Skegness and the RSPB Nature Reserves of Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh are just outside Boston.
We have superb National Trust places to visit including Tattershall Castle (9 miles), Gunby Hall (16 miles) and Belton House (35 miles).
English Heritage Sites
English Heritage sites include Sibsey Trader Windmill (4 miles), Old Bolingbroke Castle (12 miles) and Lincoln Medieval Bishops Castle (25 miles).