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.