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Isadore Cottage

(Ref. 1055421)

Horncastle, Lincolnshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed over the Easter BH weekend."

    What a perfect base to explore beautiful Horncastle and nearby attractions. We brought our dog and there is a park directly across the road as well as a great park a short walk behind the house which is next to the river. Lots of nice pubs that you can bring the dog in and a lovely chippy just 3 doors down! The owner was on hand to answer any questions and left us some goodies which we enjoyed on arrival. We will definetly stay again :-)

    Reviewed by Katy3.8Mar 2024

  • "Yvette is so lovely and welcoming."

    This is our second Christmas in Isadore Cottage and felt so cosy and at home both times. Yvette is always on hand to help if there is anything you need. Thanks for helping us to have a lovely family Christmas!

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy that you are all able to come together and enjoy Christmas . It is an absolute pleasure to have you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with excellent shower bath and the most comfortable bed!"

    Excellent location and right near a chippy and Horncastle town centre

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Oct 2023

  • "This cottage is in no way a good representation of Sykes high standards."

    We book at least 2 Sykes properties every year for many years and this property is sadly lacking. The property is shabby from the outside and poorly maintained. The drains regularly overflowed and the outside has become damp and smelly. Although the bed was comfortable the furniture downstairs was very uncomfortable and not fit for purpose. For the first time in 40 years of self catering holidays we left early. None of these complaints could have been rectified by a call to the owner it was just a disappointing stay.

    We are so sorry you were disappointed with your stay. Unfortunately when there is a lot of rain the vehicles splash the outside walls of the property. Since the middle of June the cottage has been booked out back to back. This makes it difficult for more time consuming jobs to be undertaken. However there was a few days break prior to your arrival and I did tackle the yard by uprooting as much of the moss that I could . Again another problem caused by the relentless rain. With regard to the furniture, I sometimes think a sofa bed is more comfortable when opened out so that lounging can take place. I do wish you had contacted us as we would have certainly liked to have attended to the drains. We feel it would have been courteous to let us know you had left early. Kind regards. Yvette Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary2.2Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely few days stay at Isadore cottage."

    It was clean, cosy and warm. The beds were comfy and there was a lovely welcome pack waiting for us on arrival. Parking was right outside the front door and we never had any problems parking there. Yvette was always at the end of the phone, thank you

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week the cottage had all we needed and was very comfortable ..."

    We had a wonderful week the cottage had all we needed and was very comfortable and the owner could not have been more helpful

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a great stay at Isadore cottage ,had some great sleeps ,bed and bedding comfy."

    Had a couple of days out ,the cottage is well placed for places to visit ,we also had a couple of days staying in Horncastle,lots of antique shops and places to eat and drink,we also discovered Lincolnshire plum loaf

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a fabulous week ."

    Lovely location. So easy to park in the Wong car park. Nice and comfortable in the cottage. Wished we had booked 2 weeks. Lovely fresh fruit and veg in the gift pack. Really like the Wolds area. Only just discovered the location as normally go through Lincs via the fens, loved the Snipe dales country park, Bolingbroke castle and markets and antiques in Horncastle and Louth. Church festival on the first weekend was really nice too. Woodhall Spa is a revelation. Bubble car museum on the way home was quirky and fun,

    Hi Jo , I’m really pleased you and your family enjoyed the cottage and the location. Thank you for making time for a review and I am most appreciative of your kind words,. It is especially nice to hear that you would have liked 2 weeks in the cottage! Hope to hear from you again. Best wishes. Yvette Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jo3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had 6 nights staying in Isidore cottage , it was a very welcoming start ..."

    We had 6 nights staying in Isidore cottage , it was a very welcoming start with fresh flowers on the tables , freshly made scones , and other treats

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Aug 2023

  • "We had a great time."

    And the cottage was clean and toilet downstairs was difficult as my daughter is disabled,saying that ,we managed.yvette the owner was attentive and helpful and it was worth the trip

    Dear Mr and Mrs R I am grateful for your review, thank you. I was gutted when I realised that you were my first family with additional needs and I hadn’t put anything extra in place. It was lovely to chat to you and be assured that you had a good holiday at the cottage and that you found the little gem of a beach at Huttoft. As a result of your feedback I have now included in my welcome email/text the question of any additional needs. Maybe in your case a camping portable toilet situated behind a screen might have helped. I do hope you return. Kindest regards. Yvette Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rod4.4Jun 2023

  • "A warm, cosy and clean property."

    We felt safe and secure. The property owner was very obliging and helpful.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at the cottage."

    The owner had gone above and beyond with a welcome pack on arrival and had warmed the cottage up ready for us, which was nice. Good location and even though on a busy road we slept well in the very comfy King size bed. Slight hiccup on arrival with gate code as it was dark and read the message with a letter missing but soon rectified as was able to communicate straightaway with Yvette. Would definitely recommend the chippy a few doors away and close proximity to the town which is in walking distance. Well equipped and cosy little cottage and very nice hosts.

    Reviewed by Joseph4.7Feb 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, especially because our host, Yvette, had put so much effort into decorating the house with Christmas trimmings."

    Yvette was always quick to respond to any quick queries I had as well. The house was cosy and comfortable and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2022

  • "We stayed for weekend whilst visiting family in the area."

    The bed was very comfortable, and we had everything we needed. We could have parked outside the house everyday but I preferred to park in the free car park, which is literally 30 seconds away.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Nov 2022

  • "Nice size cottage, I was surprised, thought it would be smaller."

    Bed very comfortable. Didn't really find road noise a problem, Lovely and convenient for the town and Tesco, walking distance if you don't need to carry a lot. Yvette and Simon very helpful, we had a little problem, sorted with-in the hour, thank you both for that. We parked in front of the cottage, mostly no problem and could move car with-in minutes. used by people going to the chippie. Great base for looking around the central area. A lovely stay, thank you for the loan of the house for the week.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2022

  • "When does quaint and quirky become run down and in need of updating?"

    It's a lovely old cottage, but it could do with a spot of modernising. Many of the windows don't open and rattle if you don't put a wedge down the side, the carpets (where there are some) are old and stained, the kitchen is cramped and lacking workspace. You would be hard pushed to cook a meal in it, even if you could find half the equipment to do it (it is all there somewhere) but it's fine for breakfast, packed lunches and takeaways, even if the fridge is under the stairs. There is no washing machine, nor anywhere to dry wet clothes (there isn't a clothes horse anywhere). Neither is there anywhere much to store clothes. But boy, the place is full of stuff you don't really need, like a table football unit in the dining room! There is no bread bin in the kitchen, but there is one in the dining room full of magazines - that gives you an idea of what to expect. Having said all this - we had a lovely week in the place! You soon get used to the traffic noise (we both slept really well in the backroom with the window open), the bathroom is great (but needs a bin and some new towels), whilst both the town and Lincolnshire are really worth visiting.

    Dear Barry I would like to thank you for the 100% score for cleanliness. We are aware of the modernisation of our windows but as it is in a conservation area we are not finding the process easy. I understand there is not a lot of space in a galley kitchen , however I have managed to accommodate a guest in the cottage for a month . I have now provided a clothes horse as I can appreciate this is useful. The property does not list itself as having a washing machine, but there is a launderette within walking distance. I’m glad you enjoyed Lincolnshire and hope you revisit. Thank you. Yvette Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry4.1Sep 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our break here, the cottage is extremely well equipped and in a very central position."

    . The roads are busy but you get used to it! Private walled small courtyard at the back is lovely for soaking up the evening sun! All in all a lovely break with my 2 dogs and Sister ❤️

    Reviewed by Doreen4.7Jul 2022

  • "Once again a short but comfortable stay, back next time if free!"

    Haha , you can actually! Let me know when Mr B my loyal customer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.7Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was clean, cosy and very comfortable."

    It is an ideal base for exploring lincolnshire.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Mar 2022

  • "Cottage was very cold when we arrived as heating was set at 5 degrees."

    It took all evening to get it warm. Road noise very loud especially from 6 in the morning. But apart from the above the cottage was very comfortable.

    I’m so sorry you felt cold that evening. I’m afraid as a menopausal woman cleaning the house from top to bottom I am not the best at judging the temperature! As a result of your feedback I think it will be better in the future to leave the heating on higher. I would like to thank you both for leaving the cottage extremely clean and tidy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property, perfect for us to stay in when attending an event in Horncastle."

    Was so pleased to bring my dog, he loved the fire in the dining room to lay by, we had a good do walk very close by too. Would definitely recommend and will be staying again in the future.

    Dear Faye I am so pleased you enjoyed both the cottage and our friendly town of Horncastle. As you know we are dog friendly and are glad we helped him feel warm and cosy! We would love to see you all again, as I’m sure you will not have explored all that there is to find in a couple of days. Good luck with your next event and thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Jan 2022

  • "Great cottage, clean and comfortable, with everything you might need."

    Although not needed with us, there were some games etc. that might be of use for any younger ones you might have. I received a very helpful email with some more information from the owner before arrival. A welcome package of fruit & nuts waiting for us too. Thank you for an excellent stay. Definitely would stay here again for sure.

    Thank you Thomas I really appreciate the kind words, it was so nice to hear that even in a winter week you had an excellent stay. Thank you for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy, and I would be most happy to have you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jan 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, warm and cosy."

    Well equipped kitchen with everything we needed. Some great walks for the dogs just round the corner. We really enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Horncastle is a very pretty village with a large focus on antique shops and ..."

    Horncastle is a very pretty village with a large focus on antique shops and this delightful cottage has obviously been arranged to reflect that atmosphere had a great week here in October 21 ,hosts where really kind and approachable we did wonder if parking close by would be an issue, but it wasn't as it was a large free carpark, it was October so the small garden was no issue walked to the pubs n restaurants and good chip shop great base for Lincoln and louth and skegvegas smashing walking on the wolds to info inside cottage regarding everything you could possibly want to see ,do or eat was all there for you will hopefully return for a slice of life that was my childhood thanks to hosts once again

    Thank you Hunter family . We found great pleasure in reading your comments and are most excited to have you for a return visit Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kerry4.7Oct 2021

  • "The cottage is only 4 feet from a VERY busy main road - no front garden - and the old ill-fitting sash cord windows don't block out much."

    Quite a few heavy lorries throughout the day, starting early! I was woken up by traffic at 6AM almost every day. The traffic noise makes it impossible to relax in the front room or kitchen. Scarcely "a delightful dwelling to relax in" On arrival we noticed a musty smell, I think the rugs and carpets need a good clean. The enclosed yard at the back is tiny and you share it with the dustbins. Some of the décor is very good - the downstairs rooms have some fine fireplaces, floor and rugs, and the bathroom is excellent - but is marred by clutter and a lack of functional items like proper reading lights and proper wardrobes. I's a very bad place if you suffer from back problems, the low-slung downstairs sofas were very bad for me and getting things out of the fridge, which is under the stairs, was not easy. And it you are tall you'll probably bang your head on the sloping ceiling several times. Not very impressed with Horncastle either, wish we'd stayed at Louth or Woodhall Spa.

    Dear Mr Brooks We are sorry that you have felt that the cottage did not meet your expectations. We are very keen to make your stay as pleasant as possible which was why we contacted you and provided you with your extra requirements the very next day . We are also sad to hear that your sleep was disturbed. We now have a few comments on line that mention the noisy road which prompted me to ask a guest if they would return- the guest replied yes it would not put me off from returning as it was in a perfect spot for the town, also adding that what we offered was so comfortable, clean and quirky. Another guest has also made a point in their review that they agreed the road was noisy however they had researched the area and arrived knowing that it was on a main road out of Horncastle as the photo clearly depicts (and does not show a front garden) . It is unfortunate that I have to leave the dustbins in the yard. They can be moved away to near the entrance or you can use the screen provided. I would like to point out that I place cleanliness a top priority for the cottage and that I am proud to claim that I do have some consistency in scoring a high mark for cleanliness. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Garry1.3Sep 2021

  • "Clean and comfortable cottage, everything we needed was there."

    The owner went out of her way to return a left item. Great communication and so helpful.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Sep 2021

  • "The property is on a noisy main road and this should be made clear in the description."

    The lack of a proper garden makes it difficult if you have dogs. Property very well managed and imaginatively decorated. Extremely clean and neat.

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Sep 2021

  • "Although the cottage was comfortable, to call it quaint is just a way for calling it 'shabby chic' or 'bohemian'."

    It just wasn't our cup of tea. We did note that the twin bedroom didn't have a photo in the listing, probably because it would indicate how limited the space was. It was also rather noisy with early morning traffic hitting several manhole covers, and the late night Friday/Saturday drinkers unable to talk quietly on their way home. The enclosed yard was really only a passageway. Four adults found it quite a squeeze. As a base camp it was well located, with good bus services in all directions, and just a short walk into town.

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect area for exploring Lincolnshire."

    We had a great family holiday.

    Reviewed by Chrissy4.7Aug 2021

  • "Fisrt UK Holiday, staying in something other than a caravan or lodge on a purpose built site."

    Lovely home, located close to many of the Towns facilities and within 30 minutes drive of the coast or Lincoln. Owner was really helpful with local advice, let a great Welcome pack and even a craft box for our youngest.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage,large enough for a family of five plus one dog."

    Conveniately located within walking distance of pubs and restaurants. Description of cottage very accurate with the added bonus of a nice welcome pack wouldn't hesitate to book again if visiting the ares

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Jul 2021

  • "Property is very conveniently located to the town of Horncastle to the coast and to the surrounding countryside."

    Parking no problem in the cattle market car park just a couple of minutes walk away There is some traffic noise but this was expected as the property is on a main road Lovely comfortable property

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2021

  • "We really enjoyed this desperately needed holiday!"

    A well presented and comfortable cottage. Spacious accommodation for two couples and their dogs. Lots to do, all within about an hour's drive. Yvette, the owner, was friendly and helpful. A really good base to explore Lincolnshire and excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Jul 2021

  • "The outside area wasn’t what we were led to believe."

    It was right on an extremely busy road which made it difficult to sleep. Also the drains overflowed and we had to spend time clearing them (admittedly there had been unusually heavy rain- but they need attending to ). It is characterful but for instance every time we used the fridge (no freezer ) we had to bend right down as it’s located under the stairs. We knocked our heads quite a few times standing up! I understand though that it it what it is and the owner is very generous in inviting clients to use whatever they want to. I think the price is too high though for what you get.

    Reviewed by Edward3.4Jul 2021

  • "Not like the usual Sykes let on first impressions."

    It is bohemian in decor but comfortable and with everything you need. The owners left a generous welcome pack and were very friendly. The cottage is the left one in the picture. It is well located for Lincolnshire and Horncastle itself, which has everything you need. The cottage is like both Horncastle and Lincolnshire: atmospheric and yesteryear. The busy road outside means a lie-in is unlikely and for this reason alone, would not re-hire.

    Reviewed by David3.8May 2021

  • "We were very comfortable at the cottage."

    The heating was very good and everything was provided for us. Many thanks.

    It was a pleasure to have you both, thank you for your excellent feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Feb 2021

  • "Very cosy comfortable cottage."

    Lovely welcome pack of vegetables and fruit on arrival. Perfect location for exploring Horncastle and surrounding area, with many good walks nearby. The owner is very friendly and helpful. Would recommend.

    So glad to receive your delightful comments. The fruit and vegetable welcome pack was tailored especially for you both to bring the garden from outside to within. Thank you so much for leaving the cottage beautifully clean and tidy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Oct 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with gas fire
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Gas central heating with 2 x gas fires
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free car park around the corner, Cattle Market car park
  • Enclosed rear yard with small seating corner
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome, additional pets will be considered on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: This property has a £100 Good Housekeeping Bond
  • Please note: If you are booking this property to arrive within 72 hours please call Sykes Cottages before booking, to check the property will be available
  • Please note: This property only accepts a minimum of 4 nights

The property

Settled in the centre of Horncastle, a market town in Lincolnshire, is this charming end-of-terrace cottage, Isadore Cottage.

Offering four guests a delightful dwelling to relax in when not exploring the area, Isadore Cottage presents a bustling base from which to discover the beauty of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.

Step inside and be welcomed into the quaint sitting room; with a Freeview TV in here and two sofas, you can find a snug spot to relax after a busy day.

Gather in the dining room, where an open hatch looks into the kitchen, and be warmed by the gas fire in here while you play a board game or enjoy your evening meal.

The kitchen offers all the essentials for a self-catered stay, so whether it's warming the plates for a takeaway or preparing a home-cooked meal, you're set.

Step out into the enclosed yard which catches the sun into the evening, and sit here with some refreshing drinks with your canine companion by your side, with this area perfect for storing bikes too.

Head upstairs to find the two bedrooms, choosing from either a king-size bedroom or a twin room.

Serving the property is a spacious bathroom which hosts an elegant roll-top bath, perfect for a relaxing soak, and a walk-in shower too.

Stroll into Horncastle and discover the many antique shops filled with interesting pieces, you might find something to take home with you, as well as cafés and restaurants, and of course traditional pubs to enjoy.

Admire the 18th and 19th century architecture throughout the town, walking the cobbled streets and finding historic spots such as the Church of St Mary's with some of the original structure dating back to 1250, as well as browsing the weekly markets on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Spend a fun day at Woodside Wildlife Park in Newball, home to tigers, white wolves, penguins and crocodiles to name a few, with a tea room here and a play area too, there's something for everyone.

Enjoy a day trip to the city of Lincoln to visit Lincoln Castle, a Normam fortress which was later used as a prison, as well as the 11th century Lincoln Cathedral, once boasting the title of the tallest building in the world, not forgetting the medieval ruins of Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace and of course the many bars and restaurants here too.

There is much to do in Woodhall Spa, including a heated open air swimming pool and a range of sports and leisure facilities, woodland walks, a children's play area, and even a small, quirky cinema, once an original picture house in the late 19th century.

Discover some of the UK's finest countryside in the Lincolnshire Wolds, with hidden valleys, charming hamlets and villages, and rolling countryside to admire, the coast is only 19 miles away offering different types of beaches, deserted and hidden but easily accessible with a car park such as Saltfleet.

Isadore Cottage is a delightful base for your adventure to Lincolnshire.

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: If you are booking this property to arrive within 72 hours please call Sykes Cottages before booking, to check the property will be available.
Please note: This property only accepts a minimum of 4 nights

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas