As you turn off the A46 and head down a single-track country road, surrounded by endless fields and neatly positioned hay bales, it feels like you're pioneering on a journey deep into forgotten Lincolnshire. Then you find Lincoln Yurts, an exceptionally lovely glamping site, run by Darren and Katherine, two of the most hard-working, welcoming hosts you’re ever likely to meet. So welcoming in fact, even a guest's horse can be accommodated; now that’s horse-pitality (neigh?)!
Set on an 11-acre equestrian field, the five uniquely furnished yurts have been kitted-out to a high standard: some of the huge beds (with big fluffy pillows) are big four-poster numbers, while wood burning stoves, candles and tastefully themed décor provide real individuality. In the French and gothic yurts there are even pianos waiting for any ivory tinklers out there! Each of the five yurts has been astutely positioned so guests can enjoy a sense of absolute seclusion and every one has its own private bathroom, containing a loo, wash basin, heated towel rail and a luxury steam cabin with foot massager and rain shower.
Only a short drive away (7 miles) is the county town of Lincoln, which contains some of the finest examples of gothic architecture in the whole of Europe. The easiest way to get around is on foot as most of the attractions are within a few minutes walk of each other. Lincoln Cathedral is a remarkable, picturesque place and well worth a wander. It recently doubled-up as Westminster Abbey in The Da Vinci Code movie and for over 200 years was (reputedly) the tallest building in the world, before its wooden spire collapsed following a storm in 1549. Just by the cathedral entrance is the fascinating Steep Hill, a medieval lane connecting the modern town centre with the “Cathedral Quarter.” This cobbled street has an assortment of gorgeous old buildings, many of which contain the most interesting shops in the city.
Darren and Katherine have created something truly special here; from courteously warming your yurt prior to arrival, to their excellent local knowledge; these small touches add up to make Lincoln Yurts the perfect venue for a spot of posh camping.
Yurts are individually furnished and each yurt has a private bathroom with steam cabin just a few steps from the accommodation plus tea and coffee making facilities, gas stove, BBQ, fire-pit, and tea lights. There’s 1 small kitchen equipped with pots, pans and crockery, microwave, hot and cold washing facilities, and a fridge/freezer. Visiting extras include a falconer (07799 761227, prices start at £50), The Happy Campervan Experience (£75.00 for a 2 hour tour of Lincoln), and a fully trained beauty therapist.
Suitable ForGlampers and tents (only for families who wish to pitch by the yurt – one tent per yurt) – yes. Campervans, caravans, large groups and dogs – no.
Head into Lincoln and take a stroll down the charming Steep Hill. This cobbled street has an assortment of historical buildings, including the Jew's House (01522 524851), a 12th-century building (now a restaurant) associated with Lincoln's once thriving medieval Jewish community. Steep Hill's name is accurate, and after a handrail-assisted ascent you can enjoy a well-earned pint in the Magna Carta pub (01522 538884), which stands conveniently between the castle and the cathedral. For all you brave adrenaline junkies, visit Skydive Hibaldstow (0113 250 5600) for the UK's highest skydive at a stomach-dropping 15K! The full-time coaches pride themselves on catering to all level of skydivers, with group events, formation dives, and hybrid jumps running throughout the year.
Food & DrinkFor a special occasion, why not treat yourself to a Michelin-starred feast at The Farmers (01673 885671.) For your main, try one of the house classics (the Gammon is excellent), follow this with the ‘British Cheese Plate’ which shows off Lincolnshire's finest cheeses with a glass of vintage port. The Gate of India (01673 844366) is well known for being the finest Indian restaurant in the region. An old-fashioned (in the nicest possible way) restaurant with subdued lighting, attentive service, and great food, all of which is reasonably priced. Onsite options include a hearty full English breakfast (served until 1pm, £6), fruit muesli (£4.50), and a bucks fizz breakfast (£15, serves two.) Champagne, chocolates, and flowers are available as welcome options. There's also a Costcutter supermarket (01673 862132) just down the road.
Lincoln Central train station is only 7 miles away and provides services to Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Doncaster. East Midlands Trains (08457 125 678) runs a daily service between Lincoln Central and London St Pancreas (via Nottingham.) A taxi from the station to Lincoln Yurts is approximately £8. There are three bus services with hourly drop-offs at the A46; then it’s a 10 minute walk to the site.
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