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Ivy House Barn

(Ref. 976797)

Heckington, Lincolnshire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "The barn is perfect for two people, well equipped, everything in the village you will need, lots to do around the area and Denise lovely host, thoroughly enjoyed cake left for us, thank you."

    Would definitely recommend a stay there.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Ivy Barn."

    The photos don't do the barn justice. It is perfect. Very comfortable and everything we needed. The owner Denise couldn't of been more helpful and nice. We will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Jun 2023

  • "I loved my stay at the Ivy House Barn!"

    A very comfortable and cosy little retreat, and it was just what I needed. The location was perfect for sightseeing, very near the highway, but still peaceful and quiet. Also I very much enjoyed the evening treat of a cup of tea and a piece of cake, thank you Denise

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Ivy House Barn, very comfortable and well equipped, Heckington has nice pubs and local amenities."

    Lots of places to visit in this part of Lincolnshire, we hope to come back soon.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a great week at Ivy Barn Cottage from start to finish ."

    Dee and Chris were excellent hosts and full of knowledge about the village and surrounding area and always ready to help and advise on places to visit . Would recommend to anyone wanting to visit this part of Lincolnshire

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2022

  • "The property is in a great location in the village and has most of the things that you need."

    We travelled to surrounding towns of Boston, Spalding, King's Lynn and Sleaford. As keen walkers we went out and about on foot a couple of times but we couldn't really find any footpaths and ended up walking mainly on small country lanes, I would recommend that the owners purchase a ordnance survey map for the local area and put it with the rest of local information. As for eating and drinking in the local area we called in at the Golden Windmill in Helpingham, which was ok, the Royal Oak in Heckington that was nice and the food looked good, although we didn't eat there and the Windmill Brewery in Heckington that serves its own real ales, imported larger and a selection of wines, well worth a visit. We also had a lovely Thai meal in Sleaford that we easily accessible by train as there is a convenient station in Heckington.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Dec 2021

  • "Excellent holiday cottage."

    Met by owner who gave information. It was cold outside but lovely and warm inside, we were visiting family so did not stay in during the day. We did not use oven for cooking but lovely kitchen, fridge /freezer etc. Cosy bedroom, plenty of storage and comfortable bed. Parking outside property very convenient. Very quiet, lovely village, we enjoyed hearing the church bells ringing one evening

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Dec 2021

  • "A delightful cottage in a delightful village."

    The owners, Chris and Denise are very friendly and helpful. The welcome pack was most welcome. Lots to see and do locally with other places of interest accessible by train or car quite easily. We needed a quiet space after a hectic year and we certainly found that.

    Reviewed by John3.8Nov 2021

  • "Excellent location in village - close to shops, pubs etc and a good base for touring the area."

    We used the train to visit Skegness and Lincoln. Cottage is perfect size for two people. Bathroom could do with some tlc and perhaps some shelf space. But all in all a great place to stay with helpful and friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Oct 2021

  • "Heckington is a really nice village well served with pubs, shop, cafes, train station etc, the location of the house is great as its on the high street and so close to everything yet very quiet."

    We experienced some issues with the TV as there was lots of interference, we did as suggested unplug the aerial a couple of time which worked for a period of time. Feel parts of the house are ready for renovation especially the bathroom, flooring and carpets. The bed is really comfortable. We had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Jill3.1Aug 2021

  • "We were given a warm welcome when we arrived, and there was cake and biscuits waiting for us!"

    The property is accessed down a colourful driveway and there is space to turn and reverse park in the space provided. Outside is an enclosed small sitting out area, which we used as the weather was quite good. Inside there are 2 settees with TV and Dvd (and drawer full of films) player. There was also Netflix! A new sleigh bed had very recently been purchased, we found it very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space. Note: the ceilings are all very low (my partner is 6'3) so had to be careful not to bump his head! The kitchen had all the usual amenities and a large fridge freezer. There were plenty of towels in the bathroom. Out and about, we found all the locals to be really friendly and chatty in the local pubs. If you like real ales then the 8 Sail Brewery bar is a must and is really cheap!! The Nags Head was so welcoming that we visited for the England matches. Great atmosphere. We never actually ate at the Royal Oak, but the reviews are good, especially for Sunday lunch. There are 4 good takeaways in the village, or food can be delivered to the property from Sleaford. We used the property as a base for cycling and the roads are really quiet. Though the road surface sometimes wasn't great. We would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Jul 2021

  • "It was a relaxing break in a beautiful and cosy barn,the village was great and the people so welcoming,would highly recommend it to everyone."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage, in beautiful and peaceful surroundings."

    Also very spacious for a one bedroom cottage. Lovely owners and enjoyed the treats that were left in the cottage for us.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2020

  • "This is the perfect place for a relaxing break."

    The barn is clean, comfortable and cosy. The owners, Chris and Denise are very welcoming and although the barn is located in the grounds of their home they are not intrusive. The barn is located at the end of a long gravelled driveway and has its own parking space. It is very quiet and the village has a number of excellent takeaways within walking distance so there is no need to cook even though the barn is well equipped if you decide to make a meal. I would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Ivy house barn was larger than we expected, well equipped clean and warm, ideal for a couple with two comfy sofas in the lounge area, upstairs again is larger than it looks in the photos plenty of space and storage with lovely bed linen."

    The owners were friendly and helpful but not intrusive at all, the village inn is a short walk away offering good reasonable meals lunch time and most evenings also there are several takeaways nearby. The location is excellent for visiting the many Aviation centres and the Bomber Command Memorial. I would recommend this accommodation, book it, you won't be disappointed

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Good location, very helpful host and well equipped."

    Quirky and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Derek4.1Sep 2020

  • "The bed was really uncomfortable."

    The mattress was very thin, you could feel the actual bed frame in your back and it was very squeaky. Basically, the bed is very old and needs replacing. Likewise the sofas. The kitchen was very clean and well equipped apart from the lack of dishes to cook a meal using the oven - just one small dish and a small baking tray. We like oven veggies so we had to buy extra dishes to enable us to do this. We don’t eat out, the lack of dishes made home cooking decidedly difficult. Otherwise, it was great! We would certainly return if the bed was replaced with a more comfortable one!

    Thanks for your comments. The mattress is 6 inches thick with a memory foam topper. People often comment on how comfortable the bed is but we will check it. The sofas are high quality. Multi York and G-Plan brands. Professionally cleaned and renowned for comfort. There are three Pyrex dishes in the dresser to cook in plus an enamel dish and six foil containers. We always tell guests to ask us if they need anything. We are always keen to help Property Owner

    Reviewed by Timothy3.1Sep 2020

  • "We recently spent a chilled out 4 night break at Ivy House Barn in Heckington."

    The accommodation is just the right size for two people and has everything in it to make a stress free break. We would highly recommend this property and hopefully, we will return one day.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was not very clean."

    In particular the oven was so filthy it could not be used. The bathroom left lots to be desired with the only shelf available almost falling off the wall. There was nowhere in the bathroom to put towels, we had to have a rack in the reception room to dry the towels.

    Thank you for your comments, We’re so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the barn. We take great pride in ensuring it is perfectly clean. All surfaces and door handles are disinfected between guest visits, as well as thorough cleaning of the oven, hob, microwave, fridge freezer, shower, carpets etc. Any cobwebs are also removed, the grass is cut and tidy, the plants tended and gifts - wine, locally produced cakes and crisps etc left for all guests. We ask guests to raise any issues during their stay. We have also recently renovated with new flooring, paintwork, a brand new sofa, lighting. The barn is in excellent shape. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine1.9Oct 2019

  • ""A gem in Lincolnshire"."

    Ivy House Barn (IHB) is a well furnished, comfortable and clean converted barn within the grounds of the owner's house and is accessed via a private driveway. The accommodation and patio garden are private and tranquil. It is a two minute walk from the village shops, pub and a good selection of takeaways. IHB is central to several towns and many attractions including a good number of Historic WW2 Royal Airforce stations, including some that are still operational, such as RAF Coningsby, which also houses the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would have no hesitation in recommending this lovely barn conversion to anyone. Denise is great host and could not have been more helpful. We would gladly return to stay here again in the future.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2019

  • "We loved our stay at Ivy House Barn!"

    Its a great place to stay for a week in Lincolnshire and we would definately return in the future. We had a lovely welcome from the owners and if you need anything whilst you are there then they will be sure to help you. It has a great location in the village with good co-op and shops, takeaways and pub all 5 mins walk from property. Be sure to go and visit the 8 sail windmill in the village also!!

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very good hosts,pleasant,helpful and really friendly."

    Nice area to visit with lots to see and do.Really enjoyed ourselves.Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Oct 2018

  • "Never having visited Lincolnshire before found so many interesting things to see from National Trust properties and many sites relating to the RAF ( museums and aircraft) to lovely villages including Heckington where the people were so friendly."

    Our hosts were superb; helpful and friendly without being intrusive and thankyou Denise the chocolate cake is lovely!!!!!!!!!!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2018

  • "The very warm welcome."

    Comfy, cosy accommodation. Cute courtyard garden. The sound of running water from owners fountain. Shops, eateries walking distance.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2018

  • "Everything was very good hope to go back"

    Reviewed by Carole4.4Jun 2018

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  • Please note: If you are wanting to book this property during February 2023, please call our reservations team on 01244 747072
  • One double bedroom with single sofa bed
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area, sofa bed with electric fire.
  • Electric storage heaters with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Smart TV with Netflix, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed lawn and patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 minute walk, four local takeaways available in the village, church 3 minute walk
  • Good transport links available in the village
  • Historic Sleaford 5 minutes drive; Lincoln 25 minutes drive, Newark 35 minutes, Stamford - 40 minutes, Skegness beach 40 minutes
  • Note: Babes-in-arms or children over 4 only due to open banisters. One well behaved dog or cat welcome at the property.

The property

Ivy House Barn is situated in the beautiful Lincolnshire village of Heckington.

Located in a wonderful rural location, this is the perfect relaxing retreat for yourself and your other half.

Tucked away in the grounds of the owner's property in the heart of the village, this cottage is accessed along a private gravelled drive which features a vast array of fragrant roses, clematis and lavender.

French doors open into a heart-warming open-plan living room.

The sitting area bursts with character and is enhanced by a high beamed ceiling and an exposed red brick feature wall along with the comfy sofas where you can sit back and relax with a good book or watch a film.

Wander through into the stylish, well-equipped kitchen and prepare meals to serve at the dining table over a glass of wine.

This floor is complete with a charming family shower room.

A carpeted staircase takes you to a superb, open double bedroom, featuring exposed beams, a sumptious solid oak sleigh bed and even offers a comfortable sofa bed.

When the sun emerges, why not treat yourself to an alfresco meal out on the private patio?

Ivy House Barn rests on Heckington's High Street, the shops, swimming pool (open in the summer months only), cafes, pubs and bars are all just a short stroll away.

Cyclists can ride for miles around the countryside directly from the barn.

Perfect cycling terrain and lots of coffee shop stops to enjoy on the way!

There's a gym across the road and the wonderful Windmill Shop - full of organic vegetables, local baking, local honey, jams and chutneys, flowers and gifts - is a must.

Heckington is also home to the world's only working 8-sail windmill, which is certainly worth a visit as are the cafe and brewery attached.

Lincolnshire, known as the Bomber County is the home of the RAF, with bases such as Cranwell, Coningsby (with its Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) and Waddington and Scampton (home to the Red Arrows) are all an easy drive away.

Just 20 minutes away is the fascinating Bomber Command Memorial.

Towns such as Boston, Spalding (famous for its tulips and Spring Gardens) and Grantham are nearby and benefit from a wide range of amenities and attractions.

Stamford, Skegness and Newark are also worth a visit.

The historic city of Lincoln is a 25-minute drive away and is a jewel in the county with the beautiful cathedral, the castle and the Magna Carta.

There's a wharf, plenty of restaurants and attractions.

Ivy House Barn is the perfect base for that romantic retreat you've been longing for.

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About the location


Boston 12 miles; Grantham 20 miles; Lincoln 23 miles

A lovely little village placed in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, Heckington plays host to a Grade I listed church and a windmill, which offers events and activities. In terms of amenities you will find a shop, a choice of pubs and bars, a swimming pool and two cafés. Heckington also has the world's only working 8 sailed windmill, and the village also hosts the family-friendly Heckington Show once a year. A wider range of high-quality amenities can be found in the charming towns of Boston and Grantham close by, whilst the striking city of Lincoln is slightly further afield yet is more than worth the trip. If scenic walking is what you fancy, venture to the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.

Note: Babes-in-arms or children over 4 only due to open banisters.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas