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The Old Smithy

(Ref. 1070432)

Belchford, Lincolnshire Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a really lovely stay at The Old Smithy."

    Very homely and comfortable, perfect whilst we were having building works in our own home. Well behaved dog owners made to feel comfortable with our pooches having their own bed, treats and blankets, really appreciative. Everything you could need when you return from wonderful country walks and beach walks m thank you

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very well equipped property for people."

    It was also lovely for my two dogs. It had a good enclosed garden with lawn. Treats and toys and even a poo bin was provided. There were walks along the Viking Way (among others) from the front door and The Blue Bell Inn which is very welcoming to humans and dogs only 100 paces from the front door.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just the most beautiful property."

    So well done and lovely to be in. Was so well equipped and comfy we were really able to relax. Great for our dogs and some lovely touches in there. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Jodi5.0Oct 2023

  • "The Old Smithy has been restored to a high standard and is a wonderful place to stay."

    Lots of nice touches make it a veritable home from home. The garden is very dog friendly and our dogs loved having their own room We would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is such a lovely place to stay, either with or without dogs."

    For those travelling without dogs, the sofas are leather, the floors are solid and dogs are not allowed upstairs. You are not going to find the cottage has a doggy smell and all of the facilities you would hope for are in place. Nicely stocked kitchen with a decent variety of tableware, utensils, pots, pans etc. We cooked more nights than we went out and weren’t at all limited by being away from home. The cottage really does have the perfect set up for bringing dogs, no need to bring bowls, towels or blankets. The garden is very secure, it’s not obvious in the photos but the large gaps on fences have all been covered with chicken wire. The boot room has a lovely dog bed but there’s plenty of space to put up a crate if that’s what your dog is used to. The hosts make it very clear that they were available if we needed anything. But they weren’t overbearing, we could easily have gone the week without speaking to them at all if that was our preference. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2023

  • "The Old Smithy is a beautiful property ."

    It has been renovated in such an impressive way and to a very high standard . The charm and detail of the decoration is so lovely and exploring the property with all the additions to give it character was really interesting . The owners have thought of everything for visitors and are extremely thoughtful for dog owners . They are very keen for you to enjoy your stay and are extremely helpful . The Blue Bell pub is literally across the road and serves very good food and Horncastle is a 10 min drive so it is also well positioned. We would highly recommend this lovely holiday home . Thank you for having us Kathryn David and Shelby

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely, well equipped cottage in a prime village location set back from the road itself."

    As there is no shop in this village it was good to be greeted with milk in the fridge, eggs and a Lincolnshire plum loaf on the counter top and some de-icer for rhe outside paving in case we had a severe frost whilst there. It's often these little touches that make a holiday really special.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "When we looked at where to go for New Year last minute we found this place and it is the perfect gem."

    Location is excellent, opposite a lovely pub, we had food there and it was lovely. prior to arriving the owner Clare messaged us and was lovely and helpful. If you look at this place - Book it !! more than pet friendly they cater for them with a lovely bed and all the things you need. The walks are brilliant right from the doorstep. Beach and Lincoln close by. The place is amazing, enclosed garden, log burner, all facilities are top notch. We loved our 7 days here. Owners were really kind and left us to it which was ace for a relaxing break. Thank you so much ☺️

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful place and a lovely welcome, perfect for a quiet stay with our 2 dogs."

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Dec 2022

  • "The Old Smithy is a beautiful property in a lovely part of Lincolnshire."

    We had some fantastic trips to the beaches and enjoyed relaxing at the end of the day in the cottage. The kitchen facilities were great and everything was thought of by the owners. Their eggs are delicious too!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Old Smithy is stunning, having been lovingly converted by the owners."

    Super well equipped, stylish and spacious with a lovely garden. Clare and Gordon live next door and are very friendly and helpful. Peaceful surroundings in a pretty village with an excellent pub.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property."

    Loved seeing the photo journal of the transformation. Great furnishings, super comfortable. Really dog friendly complete with treats, toys and dog blankets. Amazing- can’t fault it. Don’t hesitate to book

    Reviewed by Maree5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic property, really well presented and equipped with everything you need."

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is a lovely little property with a fascinating history and great communication and welcome from the owners."

    Loved the book showing how the Old Smithy was brought back to life from being practically a ruin and also how dog friendly it is too. We had a great week here with lots to see and do in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Aug 2022

  • "The Old Smithy was a lovely place to stay immaculate inside and out."

    Loved to read about the restoration of the build. Facilities were top notch and the eggs were a nice little touch very tasty! The dogs loved the enclosed garden space. Huttoft Beach was a real plus point lovely beach especially with the dogs. Lincoln is really nice and well worth the visit.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2022

  • "A beautiful, well-equipped cottage - very tastefully decorated and in a lovely area."

    Great having the EV charging point!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our second visit to The Old Smithy and again it didn't disappoint."

    It was as beautifully presented as we recalled from our last stay and Gordon the owner was discreet yet very accommodating. This time we travelled out to the foodie market town of Louth and enjoyed the bustling market on the saturday morning and another trip took us to the unspoiled beach at Mogg's Eye where we were able to walk our dog, Bob. We had a brilliant rest and will return again when we are next travelling to the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds. Thanks again, Clare and Gordon you deserve the business!

    Reviewed by Daniella5.0Jun 2022

  • "An exceptional and interesting property to stay in."

    The owners freely admit bringing the Old Smithy back from the brink has been their passion. The interior features all modern conveniences, but at the same time is very artistic. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "The Old Smithy at Belchford is a really excellent cottage, thoughtfully and fully equipped for a lovely holiday."

    It is situated in the magnificent Lincolnshire Wolds and has the extra advantage of a first class pub opposite ( The Blue Bell)

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Apr 2022

  • "Had all the facilities for us and the dogs, lovely comfortable cottage Pub ..."

    Had all the facilities for us and the dogs, lovely comfortable cottage Pub with lovely food opposite Market towns, places of interest and coast in easy reach

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Mar 2022

  • "This property was absolutely outstanding!"

    The owners have not only ensured that the accommodation is exceptional, but also provided lots of little things, such as fresh eggs, plum loaf and homemade dog treats to make our stay comfortable. The Old Smithy was ultra stylish, very comfortable and perfectly located for exploring the local area. The village of Belchford where the property is located is quiet with lots of well signposted walks which we went on with our dog, Bob. The Bluebell Inn opposite was welcoming and the food was lovely. We travelled out to Louth which was a lovely 'foodie' market town, Mablethorpe and Skegness with outstanding beaches and Horncastle which had a decent sized Tesco for topping up our provisions. We couldn't fault anything and will definitely be returning for another visit when we are in the Lincolnshire area again. Well done Clare and Gordon!

    Reviewed by Daniella5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is just a fantastic place to rent and so dog friendly."

    The whole house is spotless and very comfortable the facilities are brilliant and there’s everything you will need. The little bed and accessories for the dogs are so cute they provide all you’ll need including blankets towels and bowls. Even a little bag of homemade treats which my boys loved. The owners Clare and Gordon are friendly and helpful and are just next door if you need anything but do not interfere with your stay at all. The pub across the road is very welcoming the food is delicious. We would highly recommend the smithy it provides an excellent base for all the local places to visit.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Feb 2022

  • "This a wonderful property in a rural location."

    The property has been renovated to a very high standard and with everything supplied for a memorable holiday.

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Jan 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage done to a very high standard, very comfortable and ideally placed for the pub across the road!"

    Some lovely features inside in keeping with the age of the building. I would recommend the "old smithy".

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing stay and property!"

    We had the best stay, nothing at all could be faulted. The accommodation was incredible with everything you need for a break including milk and even a local homemade tea loaf!! The house has been restored to the most fantastic standard and is very tastefully decorated. The beds and bed linen are so comfy, as well as smelling so lovely. The whole property was super clean and a highchair was promptly provided when asked. Fab stay, will definitely be back! Thank you to Gordon and Claire :) x

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Old Smithy."

    The attention to detail throughout the property is outstanding, and we particularly appreciated having a kitchen with absolutely everything needed to cook 'proper' meals. The Old Smithy is really welcoming to dogs, with lots of helpful extras and an enclosed rear garden. Belchford is a great location for exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds, and there are excellent walks starting from the village and including stretches of the Viking Way. There is a really useful selection of maps and guides in the property, and all the walks we tried were very well signposted. It was a pleasure to return to a warm and cosy cottage after a bracing walk, and we made full use of the surround sound hi-fi! We will certainly return to the Old Smithy for another walking holiday next year.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2021

  • "The Old Smithy is a delightful place to stay."

    It is comfortable, cosy and well-equipped. The property is high end with amazing attention to detail and a real sense of connection with the building's history, while bringing things fully up-to-date. We very much appreciated how welcoming the property owners were to dogs, providing a special bed, towels, blankets and even home-made dog treats. The property is well-placed for exploring Lincolnshire, including the Wolds and coast. The Old Smithy was a lovely place to relax and unwind.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2021

  • "We all had a lovely stay at the Old Smithy."

    It is absolutely stunning. It has been finished to a very high standard. It is often difficult to find such a beautiful place that accepts pets and the dog bed is a really lovely touch. It is really well equipped and has everything you need. The beds were so comfy and we enjoyed making use of the wood burning stove on cold nights. We had really good communication from Clare and Gordon prior to our holiday, giving us all the information we needed. It was good to know they were close by should we need them, but they were not intrusive. We would definitely recommend the Old Smithy for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday and would love to return in warmer months to enjoy the lovely garden.

    Reviewed by Vikki5.0Oct 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • 2 electric car charging points available at the property.
  • Gas central heating with ground-floor underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Electric car chargers
  • Secure courtyard area with furniture and a separate raised grassed area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome Supplement £15 per dog per week (These dogs are not to be left in the property un-attended).
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.9 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Please note: The property is not suitable for very small children.

The property

Scamblesby 4.2 miles.

Nested in the rural village of Belchford, situated across the road from a traditional pub, is the impressive cottage, The Old Smithy.

The property boasts a unique design, with most of its original features retained for a fabulous aesthetic, providing a wonderful base for a small family.

Park up on the shared driveway and make your way inside the abode through the double doors; be amazed by the spiral staircase, which takes centre stage in the open-plan living space.

The beautifully laid-out space is gently warmed by underfloor heating, with stunning tiled flooring running through the ground-floor, adding an element of sophistication.

Rustle up a heart-warming meal in the contemporary kitchen, which has fantastic amenities and bespoke quirks such as the horizontal bar previously used by the Blacksmith.

Step through to the dining area and settle down together to pop open a bottle of fizz to celebrate your marvellous holiday in the countryside.

Unwind on the sumptuous sofa, where an exposed brick wall harbours a warming woodburner; relax as the flicker of the fire casts shadows around the room and admire the fascinating images of The Old Smithy prior to its renovation.

Savour a glass of wine in the courtyard whilst your canine companion stretches its legs, and soak in the tranquility of the peaceful setting of the village.

Stepping indoors, head to the luxurious bathroom complete with handmade bathroom fittings, where you can indulge in a spot of luxury with a bubble bath in the stylish roll-top bath, or stand under the waterfall shower for a relaxing rinse.

As the evening grows dark, retreat up the spiral staircase to the double bedroom, fit with blackout blinds and ample storage, as well as a handy en-suite; this room has an intimate atmosphere with its sloped ceilings and draping plants.

Tuck the younger ones up in the twin room, where the exposed brick wall fills this room with character, offering an idyllic and calming setting for children to rest their heads.

Take advantage of the rural location and lace up your walking boots and embark on an adventure to Hubbard's Hills for a delightful stroll and a picnic, or plan a day out at Bolingbroke Castle to view the engrossing remains, dating back to the 13th century.

Travel further afield to the town of Horncastle where you'll find The Walled Garden Baumber alongside a marvellous selection of antique stores and rustic pubs, perfect for a refreshing tipple after a spot of window shopping.

Visit the Georgian town of Louth, boasting the tallest spired church in the country, where the charming streets are decorated with an abundance of amenities and attractions, including the fascinating exhibitions on display at Louth Museum and the red-brick filmhouse of the Playhouse Cinema.

Cadwell Park motor racing circuit is also just a ten minute drive away.

For an enchanting getaway, stay at The Old Smithy and be blown away by this remarkable property.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Louth 13 miles; Lincoln 21 miles.

Horncastle is a bustling market town known as the Gateway to The Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town offers antique shops, pubs, tea rooms, cafes and restaurants. Close by quiet roads lead to pretty villages and market towns, including Spilsby, Alford, Louth, Market Rasen, and Caistor. The fun of the seaside is just 20 miles away with many sandy beaches to enjoy at Skegness, Ingoldmells, Sutton-on-Sea and Theddlethorpe. Spend a day discovering the cobbled streets of the hilltop cathedral city of Lincoln with it’s castle, museum and shopping at Bailgate and the Waterside shopping centre, plus the beautiful nearby town of Woodhall Spa is known for it's two top class golf courses. There are several aviation attractions in the area including the world-famous Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, only 7 miles away. Horncastle is the perfect base for a varied and enjoyable holiday.

Please note: The property is not suitable for very small children.