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Shepherd's Cottage

Claythorpe near Alford, Lincolnshire (Ref. 1043408)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous cottage, fabulous location."

    Can’t praise it enough. Had a wonderful week surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Very relaxing and peaceful, just the therapy and so looking forward to coming back very soon. Thank you Ann for all your efforts with love from Linda and Mark xx

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2022

  • "Excellent. Attention to detail."

    Well equipped. Beautiful location. Fabulous host. Perfect in any season. Relax or just use as a base it's perfect.

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2022

  • "Great cottage in a great location."

    We'll equipped, light and spacious. If it's peace and quiet you're after this will not disappoint. All you can here is the abundance of wildlife. I would definitely recommend and visit again. On a slight negative, which would make it 10/10, would be a fridge freezer and slight more comfortable sofa/chairs

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2022

  • "Great location for quite break."

    Very clean and warm. Lovely enclosed garden for dogs. Walks from the door

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2022

  • "*Fantastic cottage."

    *Superb location and views. *Ann is very helpful and always there if you need help. *Lovely welcome pack. *Very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "All first class"

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "The cottage was exactly as described and extremely clean and comfortable."

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2022

  • "Our second visit to this gorgeous cottage and yet again it didn't disappoint."

    The cottage is as listed, with great facilities, and just the place to relax and recharge the batteries. Great days out along the Lincolnshire coast and inland at Gunby Hall and Louth. We're already looking at dates for our third visit!

    Reviewed by RyanMar 2022

  • "This is an amazing peaceful place to stay, cant recommend it enough!"

    The weekend was due to be for a special 50th birthday celebration and the owner was very accommodating about prior arrival of balloons and cake etc but there were sudden, unexpected changes to my booking, the owner was amazing about it and very kind. Will definitely be booking again!

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2022

  • "Loved the property."

    So so comfortable, bright, warm and so enjoyable to stay. The owners were brilliant and friendly. The property is stunning. The views are gorgeous. You had the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere but with all the modern amenities you could ever need. Myself and my daughter loved our stay and I would not only recommend staying here, I would love to stay again. In a beautiful setting and part of the UK! Stay here and you too will want to come back!

    Reviewed by JonathanFeb 2022

  • "Wonderful! What a location, surrounded by wildlife and no other sound to be heard."

    Lovely little touches that make the difference between a good and great stay, especially the chocolate bars, what a surprise and a treat they were. Whilst we’d brought our own, the doggie bowls, towels and shower hose were a thoughtful addition. It was nice to meet and chat with Ann, the owner, too. Just wish we had been able to sit outside and take in the evening air but being the first week in March it was a tad chilly! We’ve already recommended it to friends.

    Reviewed by RosFeb 2022

  • "We stayed at this cottage many times years ago before the renovation."

    What a change! A very comfortable, cosy cottage with everything we needed. The seclusion was just what we needed and to see and hear the nature around us was wonderful. Some lovely walks taken around the area.

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2022

  • "Loved our stay immensely."

    Almost wanted to give you a bad review to stop people going so we can come again ha. You have a beautiful place and is a great base in which to explore the surrounding area. Not only us but our dogs also had an enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by LeeJan 2022

  • "Amazing property has everything you need, comfy beds, beautiful scenery, quite and tranquil."

    WiFi spot on. We will certainly visit again,

    Reviewed by JohnJan 2022

  • "If your looking for a cottage for peace and quiet and surroundings that consists of open farmland, this cottage is the one."

    Add the cleanliness and it's a must visit cottage. And with the beach, and the historical visits to the Lincoln, and Coningsby airfield, housing the Lancaster bomber along with a number of spitfires, it has something to offer everyone. All said, it's just a fantastic cottage, and location to stay.

    Reviewed by BarryJan 2022

  • "A gem of a cottage in a Beautiful position with far reaching views."

    Immaculately Clean comfortable and walking from the door if you have a Dog.. Nearby Pubs were a delight .One of the best cottages we have stayed in in.. nearly 40 Years of Holidaying..

    Reviewed by LindaJan 2022

  • "This is an excellent property."

    Being recently converted to a high standard it is very comfortable and warm. It was spotlessly clean and everything worked.The location is great, being very very quiet with lovely views over the surrounding countryside and the patio (with double doors out from the property) is South and West facing giving great sunsets. Beds were very comfortable and the walk in shower was excellent with lashings of hot water. We would recommend it without reservation to anyone wanting a peaceful break at any time of the year.

    Reviewed by JamesNov 2021

  • "Outstanding - first class all round."

    Beautiful, quiet location with 360 views of fields and trees. We could hear deer and owls at night, and felt so snug what with the underfloor heating and cosy log fire. I can't say that there was anything negative about our experence; the cottage is a real gem and we would most definitely return at the drop of a hat. The owners left us a hand written letter as well as a generous welcome basket which included quality tea, coffee bags and a tasty cake. Simply divine.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "This was one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    The owner had provided everything we needed and was very thoughtful too. We had a lovely relaxing week especially enjoying the walks from the door. We were lucky with the weather too. The only little thing we missed was a bigger freezer but we did find a new Tesco supermarket in Mablethorpe not too far away so it wasnt really a problem. Would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by CarolNov 2021

  • "Beautiful peaceful cottage , lovely log burner , lovely and cosy on a cold night ..."

    Beautiful peaceful cottage , lovely log burner , lovely and cosy on a cold night , the dog towels and shower were a lovely addition , comfy beds and great location for peace and quiet will be back

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2021

  • "Small but perfect cottage away from everywhere!"

    Pure heaven!

    Reviewed by RachelSep 2021

  • "The cottage, surrounded by attractive countryside, provides excellent accommodation."

    There are plenty of local walks and the garden is very dog-friendly. We enjoyed our stay and can recommend Shepherd’s Cottage, without hesitation.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2021

  • "It was fabulous everything we could want and more."

    So peaceful

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2021

  • "What an awesome cottage, beautifully presented, very well laid out, with everything you could need and with incredible 360 degree views of the countryside."

    So peaceful and the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring Lincolnshire, and there is so much to do in the area! The secure garden was great for the dog to roam in and the shower is lush. We were greeted with some very thoughtful gifts on arrival, including a scrumptious cake, thank you. Can't recommend it enough!

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2021

  • "What a beautiful cottage, renovated to a very high standard."

    Beautiful panoramic views and complete peace. A super get away location with a lovely host. Thank you

    Reviewed by CalJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a tranquil setting."

    Reviewed by EdmundJun 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Shepherd's Cottage."

    A lovely spot itself and a great base for exploring Lincolnshire. It's about ~20 mins drive to a whole range of attractions: market towns, the seaside, a National Trust property, and places for walks. Cottage was really clean when arrived, key pickup super easy, kitchen is well kitted out, beds comfy, and wifi worked well. Lots of time spent sat out in the garden, fence on the garden useful for keeping our exploring toddler safe.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "What a lovely little cottage."

    The pictures look nice but it still doesn't do justice to the cottage. The views over the fields is beautiful and it is in a nice quiet spot (though we did have one night with planes flying over quite late but nothing that can be done about that and only 1 night). The water mill down the road is lovely, had an afternoon tea there after a walk overlooking the pond there. We will definitely be considering staying here again, especially at such a reasonable price for the quality of cottage.

    Reviewed by JonathanMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    ... Only noise is from the cows...sheep....and birds... Lovely pub and cafe a short drive or nice walk away from both. Would recommend a stay here 1000%.

    Reviewed by SeepaulineMay 2021

  • "What a fantastic holiday!"

    We can’t stop talking about how fabulous this place is. The location is going to be very hard to beat. 360 degree panoramic views of beautiful rolling countryside, with no sound of traffic allows your ears to bathe in the natural sounds of the animals, wildlife and flowing water of the stream. The accommodation has been stylishly fitted out to a very high standard with no corner cutting. Everything was super clean and comfortable. To top it off Ann has been a lovely host, responding quickly and friendly on the few occasions we had questions. She also provided us with some really handy local knowledge and recommendations of attractions. You can’t ask for anything more. We’re already talking about our next visit. Thanks so much :)

    Reviewed by HannahApr 2021

  • "The cottage was exactly as described and such a relaxing experience from start to finish."

    Communication with both Sykes and the cottage owner was clear and timely. The cottage had everything we wanted and as described. Surrounded by fields so very peaceful and plenty of walks in the surrounding area, even direct from your front door. We very much look forward to visiting again!

    Reviewed by RyanApr 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x double zip-link (can be twin upon request)
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Oven and hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Private fenced garden with lawn, pond and patio area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.1 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: There is a natural spring in the garden which will be fenced off, take care
  • Note: There is a public footpath next to the garden's fence
  • Note: The property is surrounded by arable farmland and cattle grazing, please take care
  • Note: Low beam ceiling in living room (6'4)

The property

Alford 5.2 miles.

Spend a week on a tranquil rural getaway with your family at this charming detached cottage, enveloped by arable farmland and cattle grazing in the owner's countryside fields.

Shepherd's Cottage is a family-friendly holiday home offering a rural retreat for yourself, your children and your canine companions.

Make your way into the welcoming abode as you feel the cosy warmth from the ground-floor underfloor heating, strolling into a handy utility room where you can kick off your muddy boots and pop your clothes in the washing machine.

Step into the walk-in shower found opposite, letting the hot water rinse away an adventurous day in the countryside, before heading to the kitchen to rustle up a tasty home-cooked meal using the contemporary cooking amenities.

Tuck into your delightful home-cooking in the living/dining room, enjoying a group meal over a bottle of wine, before heading over to the lovely seating area in front of the toasty woodburning stove for a fun-filled movie night in front of the TV.

Retire upstairs to one of the two charming double bedrooms - one of which is home to a handy zip-link bed which can become a twin upon request - the bedrooms benefit from sloped ceilings, bright Velux windows and views out to the surrounding fields.

Head out to the private fenced garden, where you'll find a calming spring and lawn area and can enjoy sunny afternoons on the south facing patio complete with barbecue and table and chairs.

The property is surrounded by lush fields of Lincolnshire countryside, with arable farmland, grazing cattle, and unspoilt views into far-reaching rural landscapes.

The public footpath which leads from the garden is the perfect starting point for a relaxing walk with your other half- wander along beautiful farmland fields during a brisk morning sunrise, or take a romantic sunset stroll to nearby Claythorpe Water Mill.

A short drive brings you over to the market town of Alford where you can stock up on self-catering essentials at one of the many shops or weekly markets, delight in a night away from the kitchen at one of the welcoming pubs or restaurants, or alternatively you can explore the Grade I listed working windmill.

Pull on your walking boots and travel into the outstanding Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, enjoying a variety of scenic walking trails, hiking opportunities, cycling routes, and thrilling activities among unique wildlife and captivating landscapes.

Spend a day at the beach at one of the classic English seaside resorts of Mablethorpe and Skegness, boasting sandy beaches, and family-friendly attractions including crazy golf, bowling, go-karting and funfairs.

Other nearby destinations worth a visit include the vibrant towns of Louth and Horncastle, or explore the enchanting woodland before visiting the historic Flying Scotsman railway line.

Enjoy a rural retreat with your loved ones at Shepherd's Cottage.

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About the location


Mablethorpe 8 miles; Skegness 11 miles; Louth 14 miles; Horncastle 15 miles.

Alford is a charming market town in Lincolnshire. It is set at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is about 11 miles north-west of the coastal resort of Skegness. There is a wide range of shops including a pharmacy, grocers and two butchers as well as a large shop which specialises in doll’s houses and their contents. Alford has become an important centre for arts and crafts with many markets held throughout the year. The main market is held in the Market Place every Tuesday and Friday with the craft market being held every August Bank Holiday as well as Christmas markets being held every year. Alford is known for its Grade 1 listed working windmill, which is used commercially to produce stone-ground organic flour. Alford Manor House is a central point in the town, with its exhibitions and museum as well as a tea room and open gardens. With Alford being set in the Lincolnshire Wolds, there are plenty of walking and cycling routes to follow or even take a trip to the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway or Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens, where you will find plenty of birds and animals, with plenty of space to sit and relax with great views of the old mill. Within 30 mins, you will find the seaside resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe, with great beaches, making a great playground for children and adults alike. For something different, why not visit the towns of Louth or Horncastle, which both have a good range of shops and pubs as well as regular street and farmers markets? Whatever you decide to do, you will not be short of choice for your holiday in this lovely area of Lincolnshire.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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