Wow. I would definitely recommend this lovely B&B to anyone who needed to be in Lincoln. I don't think I could fault it in any way, and i am a picky person who does mystery shopping as a side-income earner (trained to spot things!). We felt welcomed from just the initial email correspondence about dates, and nothing was too much trouble. Stephen made special arrangements to let us in when we needed to arrive earlier than planned, and was perfectly pleasant about doing so, so that we didn't feel we had inconvenienced him at all (this was a stark contrast to some of the rude emails I had received back from other B&Bs in the area in response to a mere query about room availability!).
The location is brilliant - near enough to walk to the cathedral and castle area within about 5-10 minutes (depending on your pace!), and the 'new' bit of town is not much further than that. We were in room 2, which overlooks the gorgeous garden - can't wait to come back here in the summer when it will be in full bloom, but even in chilly February it was wonderful. The offroad parking was a godsend, and there is plenty of room for a car to each room booked from what we could see. Despite it being a main road, I could barely hear any noise from outside at all, even from the breakfast room which is at the front on the ground floor (and I have batlike hearing!).
The room we were in was decorated beautifully, on a sort of monochrome theme. It was spotless (something very dear to my heart when booking rooms as I am slightly ocd!) and so comfy - I think I had the best two nights sleep I've had in months, if not years. I left from Durham feeling stressed and tired, and emerged from Lincoln 2 nights later feeling relaxed and spoiled! The bath attached to our room (Rm 2) was the biggest most amazing bath I have ever been in (comedy snorkel and mask are provided in the bathroom cupboard!) and my boyfriend would have had trouble getting me out, had he not been engaged in watching football on the flatscreen TV in the bedroom! We both really appreciated the ample supplies of tea, coffee and hot chocolate (fair trade and rainforest alliance!) and although there wasn't a hairdryer in the room, Stephen very cheerily lent me one with no fuss at all.
This is getting rather long now (!) but you hopefully get the idea. The breakfast was in keeping with the rest of our experience: fab! We only had the full english on the second day because we were worried about fitting into our wedding outfits, but Stephen very happily made us scrambled eggs on toast instead - his eggs are as good as my dad's, which is really saying something! The sausages we had on the second morning make me drool to think of them now, and everything was perfectly cooked and served in a very happy and cheery manner. We cannot wait to go back... and apparently Stephen also has a cafe near the castle area, so we'll be off there too to try his cakes! (The Sanctuary!)
If you're going to Lincoln, go to Stephen's Orchard House! :-)