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Sunny Cottage

Grantham, Lincolnshire (Ref. 1058129)



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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Sunny cottage is a lovely cottage."

    Well equipped kitchen and nice and clean. A few Christmas trimmings had been put around the cottage and some fairy lights in the garden (but we couldn't get these to work). The cottage itself is warm and cosy with plenty of books. We were disappointed to discover that the surrounding woodlands are private, as its one of the things that attracted us to the cottage. The gardens are nice, probably better in the spring and summer. The annex is nice, tea and coffee making facilities and plenty of dvds for the projector. The king-size bed in the annex is a very firm mattress, not the most comfortable! Unless you like a firm bed.

    Dear Kathryn, Firstly, thank you for coming to stay at Sunny Cottage with your family over Christmas and for your feedback, which we greatly appreciate. We wish you had had snow this year for the full “The Holiday” experience, but glad you found the cottage clean, cosy and warm. The cottage was once upon a time the gamekeeper’s cottage of the surrounding Syston Park estate, but we don’t (unfortunately!) own the these acres of mature woodland - we just get to enjoy looking at them. The cottage sits in circa half an acre of its own gardens on the edge of this estate and the brick garden wall runs along the perimeter. While the woods we look out into are private to protect the wildlife and the saplings, the cottage itself consequently enjoys greater peace and quiet and privacy since we in turn are not overlooked by the public as well as having this privileged setting to observe the wild deer /pheasants etc without disturbing them. We are frustrated you couldn’t get the outdoor fairy lights to work and it would have been no bother for us if you had contacted the management company during your stay to say that this was an issue. It’s disappointing for us since we bought new lights especially for your stay with you being the first guests staying over Christmas since it became a holiday cottage. They are battery-operated so should have worked in similar way to the indoor ones, but we shall investigate of course. It’s difficult to find a mattress to suit all tastes and there are a variety across the various bedrooms to try and cater for this. Sorry the kingsize memory mattress in the cinema room was too firm for you, but glad you enjoyed the use of the films/projector. We are pleased you thought the cottage gardens were nice even in winter. You are right, though, the gardens are particularly stunning in the Spring and most idyllic to spend time in throughout the Summer months so we do hope you might return to enjoy these seasons another time. Wishing you and your family all the very best for this New Year. Jonny & Beth Property Owner

    Reviewed by KathrynDec 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage, and was excellent for our family holiday with young children."

    It is a very charming property and set in a beautiful garden and surrounding location. Our only significant complaint was that cooking on an Aga-type stove was difficult for novices, and inconvenient whilst we were on holiday as we did not want to spend hours preparing and cooking our food. The digital projector in the anexe could not be made to work, we believe due to there being no connection between the projector and the DVD player.

    Hi Alan, Thank you for leaving feedback after your stay and glad you enjoyed the atmosphere at the cottage with your young family - we have spent many happy holidays there with our children too. We are obviously sorry you had difficulties cooking on a range cooker - there should be simple instructions in the cottage info pack, but we will check these are clear enough. I wish we would have known you had difficulty with it as I would gladly have guided you through it anytime and the management company is also always on hand to answer any queries you might have had on the phone or in person. Ordinarily the cooker should be on all day and ready to cook at a moment’s notice as well as keeping the kitchen cosy so I’m frustrated you felt inconvenienced as we haven't had this feedback before. We will certainly ensure that any future guests don’t have the same experience and can enjoy the benefits of cooking on the range whether they have used one before or not. Regarding the cinema projector, this hasn’t happened before and again had we known there was a problem we would gladly have tried to resolve this over the phone or arranged for someone to come out to fix it. It is altogether possible previous guests removed or dislodged an HDMI cable by accident - we will certainly look into this asap and apologies that you weren’t able to watch any films on the big screen this time. Thank you very much for taking the time to give this feedback - we value it greatly and do hope you will return to the cottage another day. Very best wishes Jonny & Beth Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at Sunny cottage and would happily go back again."

    I learnt to use the Aga, very easy to use and had no problems. The gardens are amazing, saw a herd of dear over the wall neighbouring the cottage, spectacular. We used the local pub, very friendly staff. The property has the most extensive book and {DVD, in the annex} collection i have ever seen. Spent most evenings in the garden or conservatory/dining room.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "Lovely stay - the cottage and gardens are beautiful and well thought out."

    We didn't have the same issues as the previous visitors who had trouble with the oven because we found that we could turn it off whenever we needed to - though it's worth saying that there are no other cooking facilities so if you want to cook then it does need to be on and it does make the house very cosy! The children's bedroom is also right above it so we had a little trouble getting our toddler to sleep one night, but we learnt our lesson and kept all doors and windows open when cooking from then on. The other thing I'd say is that we had mistakenly thought that the woodland the cottage is situated in was private to the cottage and that therefore we'd be able to go out into the woods and explore. We were a little disappointed to not be able to go and hunt for a gruffalo! But these are such minor issues for what was generally a lovely experience.

    Reviewed by LJul 2021

  • "Garden amazing ..."

    Garden amazing Great peaceful location Annex lovely and modern (and much cooler than cottage, see below) Furnishings and decor in cottage not to our liking (but that is a personal taste thing) Aga far from ideal, particularly in a heatwave Hard to keep bedrooms cool (particularly those with small opening windows), again not helped by the heatwave

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2021

  • "Wonderful accommodation and beautiful gardens."

    Everything was so well thought out and cared for. The library and books throughout the house offered something for every reader and the house was equipped with everything you would need. This is a lovely cottage in a peaceful location. We had a lovely time. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2021

  • "The wooded situation of this cottage was magical and the books, furnishings and Farrow and Ball paint contributed to its lovely ambience."

    The garden was of great interest with lovely trees, shrubs and plants as was the wild life It really is an exceptional place to stay and I didn't realise that the Lincolnshire Wolds were so picturesque. This is praise indeed as I live in the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2021

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The property

Nestled in a glade on the edge of acres of striking mature woodland is the stunning fairytale-esque Sunny Cottage, perfect for a restful break in the Lincolnshire countryside.

Make your way through beautiful forest tracks to discover this former gamekeepers cottage, which is now a family-friendly dwelling, enjoying delightful seclusion, privacy and tranquility half a mile up a hill above the village of Barkston, this is your own hidden escape in a secret garden!

Through a pair of five-bar gates is a gravel parking area for several cars overlooked by apple trees and a log store.

The cottage hides in the middle of a quintessentially English cottage garden approached via a winding brick path laid in herringbone pattern, over grown with lilac and edged with hellebores, the fragrance in spring and summer is intoxicating.

The garden was created in the 1950s by a well-known local garden designer called Herbert Exton and it was laid out to look magically overgrown, reminiscent of the one described in Frances Hodgson Burnetts classic story The Secret Garden, the garden actually appears in Rosemary Vereys book Secret Garden and it was also featured in Geoff Hamiltons popular television series Paradise Gardens, at that time, Herbert reckoned there were over 2000 varieties of plants and flowers in the garden.

The charming cottage garden, with its stunning mass of tree peonies, snowdrops, wild flowers, ferns, aquilegia, fruit trees and pretty flowered borders now surround the buildings, connected by narrow pathways running between the trees, shrubbery and the old brick estate wall - perfect for hide and seek, there are also no fewer than seven benches positioned around the garden to follow sun or shade.

The cottage itself retains tremendous character, make your way into the main building, boasting original features, exposed beams and contemporary furnishings, with a handy cloakroom and boutique boot room found on entrance.

Homely meals can be cooked inside the bespoke country kitchen area where you'll find rustic original flooring, Belfast sink, Sandyford range Stove and timber kitchen units, complemented with breakfast seating for two for those who want to overlook the cooking.

Resting behind here is a stylish and spacious utility (fitted with a large fridge/freezer, handy dishwasher, washing machine and microwave oven) with a backdoor leading out to an extensive herb garden and sunny dining area next to raised beds and a potting shed, enjoy an alfresco lunch or breakfast on a bright morning, perfect for spotting passing pheasants and deer in the surrounding wood.

French doors lead off the kitchen to a gorgeous bright conservatory dining room where family meals can also be enjoyed at a large rustic wooden table and benches, Theres also a relaxing Adirondack chair and a selection of gardening and beekeeping books.

Unwind in one of two delightful sittings rooms, grabbing the popcorn and picking a film from the Smart TV as you snuggle into a blanket, or cosy up in the book lined library room next to the woodburning stove.

Upstairs is the fantastic family bathroom with underfloor heating, unwind in the lavish cast iron roll top bath after a day of exploring, or catch a brisk morning wake up in the mosaic lined shower, When you're ready to call it a night, retire to one of the three charming cottage bedrooms, a king-size with a spacious wardrobe and stunning French antique bed (duckdown or hypoallergenic duvets & pillows available), a twin room with an antique writing desk and a cosy childrens single room with a large selection of childrens books for all ages, there is ample storage across the rooms and designer decor.

Then make your way to the separate garden lodge annexe via the lovely nature-filled walkway, to find two bedroom suites, a ground floor king size oak bed or a quaint antique cast-iron double, both bedrooms share a spacious Jack and Jill en suite shower room with toasty under floor heating throughout the annexe, treat yourself to a cinema experience with the overhead projector from the comfort of your bed or enjoy a tinkle on the piano, while making use of the tea and coffee making facilities and fridge, this space is flexible for either one family or two couples, each bedroom has a separate exterior entrance.

If you can tear yourself away, in spite of its secluded location, the cottage is very well-situated for a wide variety of day trips, head a couple of minutes down the main road to Belton House, a magnificent National Trust property with formal gardens, avenue lined wooded parks, an enormous wooden adventure playground in the forest, a miniature train and an indoor play/cafe for wet weather days, the pretty market town of Grantham nearby has most major supermarkets which can also home deliver.

The local village of Barkston boasts the Stag pub as well as a filling station with a shop, while less than a mile down the road is the wonderful Syston Park estate farm shop and deli with fresh local food and cafe, in summer months you can also enjoy picking your own sensational fruit on the farm.

There are a choice of golf courses within a 15 mile radius, Belton Woods Hotel and Country Club is only a couple of miles away, offering two championship golf courses, racquet sports, a gymnasium and swimming pool.

There are familiar film locations nearby too (as seen in The Crown, Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code etc), Discover glorious Belvoir castle, which commands a superlative view across the Lincolnshire plains (and which exhibits the original world-famous portrait of King Henry VIII by Holbein) and then dine at delightful Chequers Inn pub nearby or visit the other local castles of Grimsthorpe & Tattershall or Doddington Hall & Gardens, splendid Tudor mansion Burghley House is three quarters of an hour away by car, visit the museums of Melton and Millgate, or Southwell workhouse before visiting one of Geoff Hamiltons 38 charming plots at Barnsdale Gard.

Twenty-five minutes south is Sir Isaac Newtons birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor, now a charming National Trust museum with a wealth of science games available for children as well as being home to Newtons infamous apple tree, long since a place of pilgrimage for renowned scientists the world over, Einstein was there, Stephen Hawking, enjoy a potter in the exquisite town of Stamford before a delicious meal at The Olive Branch pub in Clipsham, (UK Pub of the Year, Good Food Guide, Michelin guide), beautiful Rutland Water is perfect for hiring bikes and other water sports while the nature reserve is another stunning spot for birdwatching and local wildlife.

Children will delight in the chance to visit little Jacks Farm at Bottesford, feeding animals or enjoying the indoor and outdoor craft areas, for an action packed day out, visit the vibrant city of Lincoln, home to the famous cathedral and castle fortress as well as a host of pretty retail stores, lively bars and restaurants and there's an entertaining theatre on and around the historic Steep Hill.

Or closer to home enjoy afternoon tea at the quaint Allington Manor or Sunday lunch at the award winning Brownlow Arms pub in nearby Hough-on-the-Hill.

All in all Sunny Cottage is an idyllic and atmospheric holiday home in central England set in private tranquil surroundings, conveniently situated just a few miles off the A1.

Note: This Property is suitable for family and couple getaways. Stag/Hen parties and other parties are not accepted at this property.
Note: Maximum of 7 adults plus 1 teenager/child.


  • Four bedrooms: x2 ground floor bedrooms, 1 x kingsize and 1 x double with adjoining en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC in separate lodge annexe, 1 x kingsize, 1 x twin and 1 x child’s room / nursery in main cottage
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Breakfast kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • AGA oven and hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, projector with DVDs, WiFi, piano, games, and selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Private lawned area with furniture and BBQ (bbq available in spring/summer)
  • Access to half an acre of woodland and Herb and wild flower garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: This Property is suitable for family and couple getaways
  • Stag/Hen parties and other parties are not accepted at this property
  • Note: Maximum of 7 adults plus 1 teenager/child.

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About the location


Melton Mowbray 11 miles.

The sizeable market town of Grantham lies in the heart of Lincolnshire, between historic Lincoln and Stamford. The town has a fine Gothic guildhall and pretty riverside walks with adjacent water meadows and associated wildlife. There is a wide array of restaurants, tea rooms and pubs with plenty of scope for a shopping trip, along with many manor houses and walled gardens nearby to visit. Grantham is surrounded by rolling countryside and pretty woodland, with nearby Ponton Park Wood offering walks and lovely views across its forest and farmland. Lincoln, Melton Mowbray and beautiful Stamford are all within easy reach and offer a great opportunity to spend a day discovering plenty of interesting attractions.

Region Information

Note: This Property is suitable for family and couple getaways. Stag/Hen parties and other parties are not accepted at this property.
Note: Maximum of 7 adults plus 1 teenager/child.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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