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Bumble Bee Cottage

(Ref. 1039754)

Alford, Lincolnshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Bumble Bee cottage is a lovely, clean, comfortable and well situated cottage."

    We had everything we needed for our stay and appreciated the welcome basket left by the owners who called on our first day to check that everything was ok. The bed was really comfortable and the open fire made the lounge feel really cosy. We didn't use the garden as it was too late in the year but it would be good for sitting out in the summer. The parking is on road but we never had any difficulty in parking and it's a very short stroll to the centre of Alford. The cottage is in a great location for visiting the local area and the beaches are lovely and great if you have a dog. All in all, it was a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Oct 2023

  • "We really enjoyed both our accommodation and the local district."

    The cottage was comfortable and provided all that was necessary for our stay and Alford proved an interesting area for us to investigate.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2023

  • "The property was easy to find but is located on a very busy road on a first come basis for parking ."

    Surrounding neighbours pleasant and helpful . Good welcome pack - very nice . It is a cottage that has been extended , the bathroom is downstairs at the rear of the house - shower over bath - very deep to get in but nice once in . The kitchen come dining room is small with very limited surface space - takes a lot of moving things to make it work - but adequate .Dining table very small fold down , bit of a squeeze for four . Living room is three seater sofa plus one chair - real fire but limited fuel - good central heating . Two good bedrooms upstairs with very comfy beds - and I rarely say that . The stairs are the issue , if your young and fit no problem , but if your older with joint problems like myself they are deep and very steep - on all fours going up and a struggle with bags - and pretty daunting coming down . However most people may have no issue so don't be put off . The garden is a long grass area for the dog - but a small opening in the hedge with the property to the left means you need to watch your pet . The beaches are about seven miles away - but once there they are endless - how ever certain main sections do not allow dogs on between certain dates eg. 1st April to 30th Sept - please check. This is a good base property to travel around Lincolnshire and has received excellent comments in the book - with very high percentage positive feedback . Personally not quite right for me to book again, however I would advise you give it a try as it is only my own health issues that would stop this . Give it a go - you may love it .

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage with a real homely feel i always have the odd moan about ..."

    Wonderful cottage with a real homely feel i always have the odd moan about holiday accomodation but not this time everything spot on

    Hi. Thank you very much for your feedback pleased you had a good time hope to welcome you back again soon Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Sep 2023

  • "This property is very old but absolutely lovely."

    Very clean with everything you need. Comfortable with nice neighbours. Tidy garden with table and seating. Owners are great communicators. A small town in easy walking distance, plus lovely walks from the doorstep. It was unseasonably cold but house was easily warmed. We were very happy with this holiday.

    Thank you for your feedback apologies I hadn’t responded earlier. Hope to welcome you back again soon Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beds comfy."

    Great base to explore surrounding areas. In the Lovely village Alford. Clean and welcoming. Had a great week.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.1Apr 2023

  • "This quaint cottage has been restored in keeping with the age of the property, the decorative range in the kitchen giving an old world feel."

    The rooms have soft furnishings with attractive themes, and everywhere has a clean and comfortable feel. The bathroom is a new extension and is beautifully fitted. There is easy on street parking right outside and it is only a few minutes walk to a small co-op supermarket, pubs, local shops , cafe, church , and all the local amenities Alford has to offer. We had glorious sunshine all week, most unusual in February, and spent many happy hours walking on isolated beaches only around 15 minutes car ride from the cottage! Returning to a warm cottage with good central heating and an open fire was lovely. When i had to ask the owner for help, after leaving something behind, she could not have been kinder. Otherwise we didnt meet, and didnt need to, but good to know that, if needed, the owners were there, and very helpful. Thankyou for a lovely stay. Yvonne. FEBRUARY 2023

    Thank you very much for your feedback with is much appreciated. Hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Feb 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Bumblebee Cottage, was very homely, clean and thoughtfully decorated throughout."

    The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed. We would highly recommend staying here a great base for many local attractions and not far from beaches. Thankyou Louise.

    Thank you very much for leaving feedback which is much appreciated, apologies in delay in responding. Hope to welcome you back in the near future. Regards Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Nov 2022

  • "A delightful, beautifully restored cottage."

    Loads of historic character but with all the modern comforts required. Very clean and well presented, with a welcome message and treat from the owner - a nice touch! On a busy road, which would not suit everybody, but it didn't prevent me from spending several peaceful hours sitting in the rear garden in the sunshine with a good book. Walking distance to shops, pubs, takeaways, etc and well placed for exploring the Lincolnshire coast and surrounding area.

    Thank you for your feedback. Pleased you enjoyed the Cottage and your break in Lincolnshire Regards Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was attractively furnished, comfortable and well maintained."

    It was also dog friendly with a completely enclosed rear garden. I would fully recommend it to anyone considering a visit.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and pleased you had a positive stay. Welcome back anytime. Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really nice cottage had a lovely time"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage with some lovely original features."

    We loved the wood burning fireplace which was fantastic on colder days. The cottage is well situated for an amble into the village centre for shopping, restaurants and a couple of nice pubs, there is also a market on a couple of times a week and its only a short drive to the beach, which was great for walking the dog. We really enjoyed our stay at Bumblebee Cottage and our pets loved playing in the long back garden.

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fleur5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely with lots of attention to detail."

    It is well furnished and well loved and in a good location for exploring the Wolds and coast. The only thing we wished we’d known is that it is on the main road through the town. Traffic noise was a problem for us with heavy goods lorries and farm traffic pretty much constantly.

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Sep 2021

  • "Would recommend this cottage, it is full of history and character but nicely presented with all modern facilities."

    Lovely long garden, on road parking was no problem. Alford is a great base for exploring local area.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "Bumble Bee cottage is a beautifully renovated cottage, where the owners have stayed true to the original features but made the cottage so homely and welcoming."

    Everything has been thought of to ensure a comfortable stay, beautifully clean, very comfortable and homely, and decorated with so much though and care to make this little gem even more quirky and special. There are some wonderful Walks to do close by, local markets, sea side, antique stores. If you appreciate original features but still Want the luxury of modern day comforts this is the perfect little gem to escape to!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely traditional cottage set in a perfect area to explore the Lincolnshire countryside and its beaches."

    Lovely to see lots of the original cottage remaining. Two good sized bedrooms and a nice long garden to enjoy for your four legged friends or to sit and have a drink in the evenings. Downstairs bathroom wasn’t an issue. Neither was the parking on the road. Delightful cottage would return.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2020

  • "A very well equiped cottage with a lovely long garden for our dog and grandson to run around in."

    It is close to the towns amenities and in easy reach of the coast. Will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.4Sep 2020

  • "A lovely cottage, very clean, cosy and well equipped."

    A warm welcome gift on arrival and some helpful tips re eating out etc.. Within easy reach of Alford centre and the east coast. Hope to return next year. Cottage faultless and good value. Only problem was booking the cottage Sykes website payment page kept crashing so had to book through booking.com, tried phoning the following day to report this and was told there would be up to an hour wait!

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really loved staying at bumble bee cottage and have already rebooked our return."

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic hosts."

    Lovely little cottage. Really made our weekend.

    Reviewed by Damian4.1Aug 2020

  • "This cottage is amazing, a real step back in time."

    Can’t wait to go back in the winter to use the open fire. The restoration of the property is fantastic. The village is well worth exploring too.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample on-street parking
  • Rear lawned garden
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.3 miles (5 minute walk)
  • Note: Staircase is steep, care to be taken
  • Note: Original cast iron stove is not intended to be used by guests
  • Note: Garden may not be fully secure along dividing fence on the left

The property

Bumble Bee Cottage is an 18th Century Character Cottage retaining many of its original features, the Cottage is situated on the edge of the historic market town of Alford, but within only a 5 min stroll to local shops, alford is quiet and picturesque with good road links in all directions, it is a great place for a base to explore rural Lincolnshire.

The Cottage is also within a stones throw away from Alford’s Five sail working windmill which is open to the public, and which can be seen working from the Cottage garden.

The property has been restored from being semi derelict using the owners love of natural history, nature and wildlife as the theme, each room has been decorated with a different wildlife creature, bespoke Curtains and cushions to go with each rooms particular theme.

The Country Kitchen still has its original black cast range, however modern cooking apparatus is provided, you can prepare your meals before settling down at the dining table with your loved ones.

When the owner purchased the Cottage in the late 90’s there was only a cold water tap in the house, no toilet or bathroom, you will be pleased to learn that there has been an extension to the Cottage in keeping with its period, to house a walk through Utility area and Bathroom.

Upstairs plays host to two comfortable double bedrooms, there is plenty of storage in each.

Externally, there is a long garden of lawn and a well-established Bramley Apple Tree, which the birds love, you can sit with your tea in the afternoon sun using the table and chairs provided, the front garden is hedged and gravelled.

Alford has all the necessary shops including grocers, butchers, bakers, Coop Supermarket, Craft Market Shop, Newsagents and curiosity shops etc, there is a selection of public houses and tea rooms, a weekly market is held in the market square on a Tuesday, it is interesting to stand and watch the weekly auction on the cobbles where the auctioneer sells a wide variety of goods including furniture, implements flowers and produce etc.

Close proximity to Lincolnshire's best beaches is a real plus point.

Huttoft is only a 10 mins drive, and Sutton on Sea 12 mins.

The beaches are easily accessible and have wide expanses of soft sand, which you and your dogs can enjoy.

Why not have a day trip to Lincoln, visit the Historic Cathedral and Norman Castle, visit quirky shops on Lincoln’s steep hill, along with a great selection of well-known stores, Lincolnshire has lots to offer for everyone, there are events such as Seal Breeding Area Donna Nook around November and December, The Lincolnshire Show in June, Cadwell Park Racing Circuit, Alford Craft Market, Mablethorpe Motor Cycle Racing on the Beach, Lincolnshire Aviation & Heritage Centre, National Trust Gunby Hall & Gardens, Claythorpe Mill, Hardy’s Animal Farm and the Meridian Leisure Centre with Swimming Pool.

Consider Bumble Bee Cottage for your next getaway to Lincolnshire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas