These were the stables for the gentleman farmer who lived in the manor house next door, built in 1791. The Bothy is downstairs, the Hayloft is upstairs via an outside stone staircase or, if you take them together, there is an internal staircase. Both sleep two but also have sweet box beds in the living rooms which appeal to children.
Sherry, who lives in the farmhouse, leaves you a really generous hamper, bulging with Lincolnshire products, including plum loaf, chocolates, jam, biscuits, fresh bread, milk and butter – even local rapeseed oil and wine. Your water is heated by solar panels, there are unlimited logs for the wood-burners and lots of books and games for rainy days. Bedrooms have goose down duvets and pillows and you can wallow in a copper or a wooden bath tub.
Each has a private patch of garden with a small lawn, table and chairs and a barbecue – a peaceful spot to watch birds, even a sparrowhawk or barn owl if you’re lucky.