Kelling House

Grantham, Lincolnshire
Bed & Breakfast

Find pretty bedrooms and delightful, unfussy Sue. Sit in the sun on the herb-scented terrace, admire the roses and colourful scented borders


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Dating from 1785, three old cottages are now a long, low, rose-covered house of gentle rubble stone with a pantile roof, a pretty painted gate edged with lolling hollyhocks and a super garden. Well-proportioned rooms have good English furniture and interesting paintings. Bedrooms are softly coloured with a pretty mix of checks, stripes and plain white cotton. Sue is delightful and looks after you without fuss; breakfast will set you up for the day. When she arrived in 1999 she kept only a few shrubs and mature trees; the rest she bulldozed. Now French windows and doors lead directly onto the generous flagged terrace with its young box-edged parterre filled with herbs. Clumps of lavender, rosemary and sage give a Mediterranean feel and scent the house but it is also a lovely place to sit and admire the rest – in particular, the wide bed of summer-flowering perennials: sweet-scented white phlox, elegant perovskia with its lavender blue spikes and grey foliage, and dramatic acanthus. This is a charming, well planted garden with good lawns and unexpected surprises that invite inspection.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
5pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner £25. Packed lunch £7.50. Pubs/restaurants 3-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £85
Singles from £45. Double with single occupancy £55.
1 Double
From £85
1 Double
From £85
1 Single
From £45


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sue Evans

  • Find 17th-century Belton House within 2 miles, wander the gardens and Orangery and Exedra maze, or climb the Belmont Tower to see ‘seven counties at once’ (so said Mrs Philip Lybbe Powis in 1757)
  • Further afield is beautiful Belvoir Castle (14 miles from Barkston) with oriental, Louis XIV-style and Georgian rooms, wonderful gardens and tea room – it’s turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a fairytale
  • Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton - a farmhouse housing the Science Centre. The tree from which Newton's famous apple fell still stands, near the entrance to the house.
  • Stamford, one of the finest stone towns in the country, is enjoyable to wander around with lovely buildings, church spires, rooftops, specialist shops and interesting alleyways to explore. Visit The George hotel for tea or lunch.
  • Lincoln is a must with its beautiful cathedral, the castle and the medieval Bishop’s Palace. And there are lots of independent shops on Steep Hill, which is very steep!
  • Southwell Minster, founded in Saxon times, became the Cathedral of Nottinghamshire in 1884. It is wonderful and one of my favourite places in England. Southwell itself is a charming small town too, with some really beautiful houses