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Our guide to luxury Lincolnshire holidays

Wild chalk shores and acres of heathland await in Tennyson's Country, where modern luxe living meets stories of Pilgrims who set sail on the Mayflower to America in 1620. This is the insider’s guide to luxury Lincolnshire holidays.

Beyond the soaring spires of Lincoln — home to the Magna Carta and mediaeval walls built by William the Conqueror — lies long stretches of golden sands and pretty stone-built villages fit for filming period dramas. Lincolnshire unfolds across the Fens and Wolds AONB, where windmill-strewn farmland, bountiful nature reserves, and rippling chalk streams continue to inspire artists who visit the area to pay homage to the land’s late Poet Laureate: Alfred Lord Tennyson. Known as the “breadbasket of England,” the region’s rich agricultural heritage has left a legacy of fine produce; seek out Poacher cheese at local delis, traditional fare in historic inns, or freshly-landed seafood overlooking inky northern shores.

Travelling with little ones in tow? There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from the Blue Flag beach of Mablethorpe – where a seal sanctuary and sprawling aqua park promises holiday tales fit for a new school term “show and tell” – to Rutland Water, an enormous 4,200-acre reservoir offering everything from bike rides and sailing boats to wildlife spotting and SUPs. With memories made, head for home, where the only decision to be made is: aperitivo hour in the kitchen garden, or a pre-dinner game of cards as the private chef finishes plating up? Without further ado, this is the Unique guide to luxury Lincolnshire holidays, including the castle built by Blenheim Palace's architect.

Locations in Lincolnshire

Take your pick from a string of charming market towns - including Boston and Bourne, perched on the eastern slopes of the Kesteven Uplands and Fens - or discover the county´s fishing heritage with a visit to Pilgrim Lake.

Collections in Lincolnshire

Whether seeking a secret garden for al fresco pancake stacks and playing cards, baby-friendly spaces for the first family holiday, or acres of land for off-lead adventurers with the dog, our curated collections cater to every calling.

Things to do in Lincolnshire

Enjoy country pursuits aplenty with lessons in clay pigeon shooting, take to two wheels along the Lincoln to Boston Water Rail Way, or earn your ´99 flake after a nostalgic go on the amusements at Skegness Pleasure Beach.

Things to see in Lincolnshire

Get a closer look at the Magna Carta in Lincoln Castle, enjoy a bird´s-eye view of the city from the Grade I listed Cathedral´s west front, or take the family motorsport enthusiasts to a pit-side race at Cadwell Park.

Where to eat in Lincolnshire

There´s more to Lincolnshire than stuffed chine; luxuriate in afternoon tea under ivy canopies at The George, pick up prime picnic produce at Belvoir, or secure a coveted table at the Michelin-starred Winteringham Fields.

Journals about Lincolnshire

Go behind the blueprint of Britain´s best architect-designed homes (and learn why our Lincolnshire castle boasts stately links to Blenheim), or pour a Pimms as one traveller revels in tales of sun-dappled days at the Summer Folly.

Meet the architect-designed homes

Meet the architect-designed homes

Here, we celebrate some of our most intentional architect-designed homes; the ones that stand out, sink in, defy gravity, or might as well be brandishing invisibility cloaks.

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Meet the storybook homes

Meet the storybook homes

Here they are. With turrets and follies and islands and eiderdowns, the storybook homes welcome you not just to walk through their front doors — but to fall down the rabbit hole to a life of fairytale proportions.

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Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes

Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes

Sandi Toksvig returns with a star-studded line-up of celebrity friends to showcase the very best homes across Britain and Ireland, with a few Unique Homestays visited en route.

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The best surfing beaches in the UK and Ireland

The best surfing beaches in the UK and Ireland

Surfing nirvana needn´t be confined to far-flung places. Whether a seasoned boarder or a born-again “grommet”, surf trips on home soil know how to pack a punch (and stay under the radar).

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Lincolnshire FAQ´s

Looking for advice on reaching the city by train? Want to know the local delicacies to try? If you have a Lincolnshire-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

How do I get to Lincolnshire from London?

You can reach Lincolnshire from London by train or car. There are direct train services from London Kings Cross to Lincoln via the East Midlands Railway, and the journey takes around 2 to 2.5 hours by train. If driving, you can take the A1 or M1 motorway north to reach Lincolnshire, with most routes taking between 3 to 4.5 hours, depending on traffic.

What foods is Lincolnshire famous for?

Often referred to as the “breadbasket of England,” Lincolnshire has made significant contributions towards agricultural and food production across the ages  – particularly wheat, hence its nickname.

Other local delicacies include Lincolnshire sausages, Poacher cheese (a semi-hard cow's milk cheese with a nutty, buttery flavour), and plum bread (a sweet fruit bread made with dried fruit, spices, and nuts, served sliced and spread with butter).

What are the Lincolnshire Wolds?

The Lincolnshire Wolds are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) located in the eastern part of the county. It's known for its picturesque landscapes, rolling hills, and scenic trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. There are numerous well-marked trails and footpaths, including sections of the Viking Way, a long-distance footpath that spans 147 miles between the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire and Oakham in Rutland.

What is the weather like in Lincolnshire?

Lincolnshire experiences a temperate maritime climate with mild summers and cool winters. Like much of the UK, the weather can be changeable (even experiencing many seasons in the same day), so it’s always a good idea to check local forecasts before setting out on outdoor adventures and packing an umbrella just in case.

Own a property in Lincolnshire?

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