Cottage Waters

UK England East Midlands Lincolnshire Anderby Creek

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded camping and caravanning with a private onsite fishing pond and a beach-lined coastline just 4 miles away
As countryside campsites go, few encompass everything it means to be rural better than Cottage Waters. On the edge of a small village, down a road banked by lush grass and tall cow parsley, these two grassy meadows are as peaceful as they come. Hedgerows dotted with tall, ageing trees line the site, joining at the far end where a ¾-acre lake ripples in the breeze. Fish momentarily break the surface, teased out by hapless pond skaters, and ducks waddle across the two islands, preparing for their morning bath. Amongst it all a caravan is dotted here or there and a tent is pitched in the corner. Other than that, however, there is very little to discern the place as a popular Lincolnshire campsite. No playgrounds, no concrete sanitary blocks, no gravelly hardstanding pitches. Just simple, understated camping in a quite corner of this bustling world. In other words; pure camping bliss.

If you like your campsites small and quiet then you’ll get along well with Jan and Michelle (the welcoming owners), who first moved here for the peaceful, family-friendly atmosphere. Now aided by their two teenage sons and bouncing Smudge, their seven year old Schnauzer, the couple share the meadows beyond with up to 15 adult-only pitches and their adjacent home allows for an attentive, friendly service. A small shed also shows the spoils of all their hard work, selling vegetables from the garden (when in season), along with homemade preserves, fresh milk and eggs from the chickens that cluck their way around the campsite. Accompanied by ducks and rare breed waterfowl, the chickens reflect the rich wildlife-friendly surroundings that also sees rabbits nibbling tentatively on the edges of the site and birds flitting through the tall trees.

For many, however, it is the enticing waters of the fishing lake that offer the main attraction. Stocked with a wide variety of breeds, including unique Golden Tench, Roach, Koi Carp and Rudd, it is a beautiful place to kick back in the sun and wait patiently for your catch. What's more, if you want to take your angling up a notch, a drive five miles to the coast gives you the chance to join deep sea fishing trips, as well as the opportunity to simply lounge on the nearby blue flag beaches. Other offsite attractions include charming inland market towns, best reached by hoping on the local cycle trail, which conveniently passes right outside the site.

Such simple rural camping does come with a caveat. While fresh water is available along with a chemical disposal point, there won’t be showers onsite until the 2015 season so those travelling with a tent must accept some back-to-nature rusticity. The basic facilities are all part and parcel of the charm that this tiny site exudes, however, and those looking for seclusion will find this place a gem. Simple but effective, is the name of the game, and it's working wonders with the regulars who come back year after year.

Details

Facilities

Cottage Waters consists of 2 large fields separated and surrounded by a tall hedge of bushes and trees. The hedge that divides the 2 fields ends at the fishing lake, with two small islands and a stock that includes common carp, rudd, roach, bream, ghost carp, tench, koi carp and babel, among others. The lake is not open to the general public. There are currently no shower facilities onsite, though these are planned for 2015. At the entrance there is an information hut with brochures and a selection of home grown products including fruit and veg, preserves and milk. Ducks, waterfowl and chickens also wander around the site, the later supplying eggs for guests. A rally field is also available on request.

Suitable For

An adult-only site that welcomes caravan club members and non-members alike. Tents, trailer-tents, caravans, motorhomes and caravans all welcome. Dogs allowed but must be kept on leads.

Nearby

4 miles away, the closest part of the Lincolnshire coast has some excellent blue flag beaches with smaller secluded beaches like Wolla Bank and Moggs Eye if you follow the old coast road. Continueing further south also brings you to the traditional seaside resort of Skegness (0845 674 0505). Inland, it is a 5 minute drive to the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01507 609740), with some excellent walks and cycle trails, or take the longer drive west to Tattershall Castle (01526 342543) and the delightful village of Woddhall Spa, around 45 minutes away. A 7 day market runs at Ingoldmells which is 5 miles away and there are regular car boot sales during the summer.

Food & Drink

On site there is a shed which has a small selection of preserves, sweets, eggs from the chickens and fresh veg from the garden when it is in season. There is also a fridge/freezer in the shed for ice-packs that stores milk, ice creams and lollipops in the summer. The Red Lion (01507 490391) at Mumbly is about 1 mile from the site, dog friendly and serving excellent food and traditional beers from Batemans brewery (01754 880317). The brewery itself is also 12 miles away and has a visitors centre where you can go on the brew house tour and taste the spoils. Alford, 5 miles away, is the closest place for shops and takeaways.

Opening Times

All year round.

Location

Contact Cottage Waters, The Cottage, Willoughby Road, Cumberworth, Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9LF

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Getting There

Head towards A111 turn right signposted Bilsby, Markby then take the next right onto Thurlby road B1449, follow this road for about 2 miles when you come to the traffic lights and one way bridge take a right follow this road. At the end of the road there is a church, turn right, follow the to the end where you see a Caravan and Camping board. If travelling from Skegness stay on the A52 passing through Ingoldmells, Chapel St. Leonards & Hogsthorpe, when you get to Mumby turn left at Cumberworth Lane, then left again follow this road to Caravan & Camping site board approx. 1 mile.

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