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The Old Mower Shed

(Ref. 1079408)

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely superb cottage."

    Loved being here. The cottage was immaculate and homely. The property owner was exceptionally helpful to me on my arrival. The location is superb for travelling around and a great base. We would love to return again.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, loved old beams, very comfortable."

    Some kind of ceiling on bathroom area would have given more privacy. Location wonderful, enjoyed great walks and visits, breakfast outside on terrace.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Delightful."

    Quiet comfortable cottage, with everything we needed for our stay, and friendly hosts. The village and surrounding villages were beautiful, and there was plenty to do in the area. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Aug 2023

  • "The Mower Cottage was comfortable and provided everything that I required."

    Diana, the host was exceptionally helpful at all times.The windows look out onto a large court yard. The property is in a quiet location and my privacy was respected at all times.I stayed at the cottage for 4 weeks and would recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful location to stay at whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and walks on their doorstep.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.7Mar 2023

  • "The owners were very helpful and friendly, and it was lovely and quiet, and we ..."

    The owners were very helpful and friendly, and it was lovely and quiet, and we would recommend anyone to stay there, very lovely countryside,and a good place for walking, also a very nice pub

    Reviewed by Sandra4.1Feb 2023

  • "I think it could be clear that: the cottage completely lacks privacy (all windows are overlooked) and has two windows that cannot be covered, it is in a pebble car park, from which the tenant is expressly forbidden, but which has the usual slamming and shouting, the best view is a brick walk, the ‘en suite’ has no ceiling and spews its steam and evaporation straight into the bedroom, the welcome pack mentioned in the arrival book did not materialise."

    I was quite surprised to find this in a Sykes property.

    I am so sorry to hear that your stay did not live up to your expectations, and I am sorry you did not mention these issues to me during our conversations at the time. In terms of your concerns about being overlooked, we note your comments about the two windows either side of the door that cannot be covered, and will investigate putting blinds over these; all of the other rooms have blinds to protect privacy. The surrounding area is pebbled, which I appreciate may be noisy on the odd occasion there is a car in the courtyard, but it does say on the Sykes website that the outside area is pebbled. The pebbled area is the private home parking, and guests can park to unload, but more importantly, it also has an electric gate which automatically locks at night. In terms of the views, I am sorry if you were hoping for country views from the cottage; we are surrounded by glorious countryside and the cottage is as you say, in a flower covered courtyard. The bathroom is equipped by a labelled extractor fan to help with condensation so I am very sorry if this was not pointed out clearly enough to you when you arrived. In terms of the welcome pack, I am sorry if there was confusion on this; when we opened The Old Mower Shed, we did provide a welcome pack, but due to various dietary requirements that we did not know about, we stopped doing this as we were wasting uneaten perishable food. This is no longer advertised on the website and Sykes are aware, so I am sorry if you were given out of date information. We are very fortunate to have had lots of happy guests in The Old Mower Shed, and hugely welcome all feedback to help us improve where it is in our power to do so. I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us but hope you were able to enjoy our glorious Leicestershire surroundings. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fran3.1Sep 2022

  • "A great place to stay to explore the area."

    . Everything we needed. Lovely host's.would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Sep 2022

  • "We have never sat on such an uncomfortable sofa."

    This sofa should have been thrown away years ago!! We left the cottage one day early because we could not endure another evening on the sofa.Wehave informed the owner of this complaint.

    I would like to point out that Alan and and his wife, only told me about the sofa on the day they left. Terry had been living there for 3 months and had never complained about the sofa and had left the morning they arrived. If Alan and and his wife had informed me earlier in their stay about the sofa, I could have had it replaced before they left. It was replaced with a new one the following day, which all occupants who have stayed since say is extremely comfortable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Jun 2022

  • "This was my temporary home for several months in 2022."

    It was wonderful! Everything required for a comfortable stay in a peaceful rural setting. Diana was very welcoming. There are fantastic walks and cycle rides straight from the front door, in beautiful countryside that never fails to lift the spirits.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely annex, but in Branston not knipton!"

    Great location for connecting roads around area and Wolds. Property well equipped and easy to find. I have shared some minor changes,with the owner, that we feel would benefit the property.

    Reviewed by Gail4.1Mar 2022

  • "We were the first to holiday at the cottage."

    The cottage was generally simple to locate. We were greeted by the owners daughter Tish who made us feel welcome. The equipment and facilities offered us what we wanted. The location was ideal for our needs. The cottage's facilities allowed us to have a relaxing stay and recharged our batteries. We met with Diana later in the week and had some pleasant conversations. We exchanged some ideas to enhance the next visitors stay at the well established cottage. We enjoy walks in the countryside exploring and experiencing new scenery and nature. Ideally with a variety of walks in the immediate area with mixed terrain and countryside. We were not disappointed, with some walks starting close by. There are a number of attractive and interesting locations to visit only a short drive from the cottage. The area of Belvoir Castle and its shops are only one.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Aug 2021

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  • All one level
  • One double bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Ample off road parking
  • Gravelled garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • The owner runs a cookery school on-site which can be enjoyed by guests upon prior arrangement

The property

This delightful, single storey annex sits within the village of Branston, amidst the luscious green landscapes of the Lincolnshire countryside.

Boasting a light and airy feel, The Old Mower Shed is a lovely hideaway for couples eager to escape normality for a little while.

Pass through the electric gates before unloading the car right outside the annex and parking up in the car park.

Step into the open-plan living area, where you can sink into the sofa after a day of walking, catching up on your favourite shows.

Take on some home-cooking within the amply-equipped kitchen, complete with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

Retire to the bedroom, complete with a double bed and chest of drawers, plus an en-suite shower room where you can prepare for the day.

Take a drink outside and sip on your morning coffee at the garden furniture, before popping on your walking boots and exploring the local area.

Knipton is home to a charming Post Office with a village store, perfect for picking up any essentials before venturing into the hamlet of Harston or the beautiful village of Branston for a pint at The Wheel, a traditional country pub offering quality food and drink.

Visit nearby Waltham on the Wolds, home to a fantastic deli and excellent local produce.

From this quaint dwelling there are numerous walking and cycling paths within easy reach, including a circular route from Croxton to Branston, along with many lakeside walks and landmarks such as the grand fortress of Belvoir Castle and their unique Engine Yard artisan retail village.

Keen walkers will relish in venturing down to just outside Woolsthorpe, which is on the Viking Way and Jubilee Way, and rewarding themselves with a pint at The Chequers Pub or the Dirty Duck situated on the canal route, before heading back via Harston.

Visit the National Trust's Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, Easton Walled Gardens and Grimsthorpe Castle, both members of Historic Houses.

Or enjoy a day at Twinlakes Park, a ride on the Great Central Railway or cycling and boating at Rutland Water.

For a relaxing break amidst this scenic part of the country, choose The Old Mower Shed.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Melton Mowbray 10.9 miles; Newark-on-Trent 16.6 miles; Nottingham 21 miles; Leicester 26.4 miles.

Encompassed by the luscious green landscapes of the Leicestershire countryside, Knipton is a quaint and idyllic village providing a fantastic setting for any rural retreat. Home to a quintessential Post Office with a general store, as well as a fabulous pub with a popular restaurant, this town has all your needs catered for. With breath-taking country walks, enchanting historical landmarks and attractions aplenty, there is so much to enjoy right from your doorstep. Belvoir Castle, Ellys Manor House and Twinlakes Park are all worth a visit throughout your stay, whilst the towns of Grantham and Melton Mowbray and the cities of Lincoln, Nottingham and Leicester all rest within easy touring distance and offer an excellent day out for the whole family. The ultimate base from which to explore the fantastic East Midlands.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas