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“Welcoming, well equipped, worth every penny!” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Boardsides | Hubberts Bridge, Boston PE20 3QP, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 17 Boston B&B and Inns
Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Welcoming, well equipped, worth every penny!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Stables cottage is stunning- spacious, high spec', high ceilings, beams etc.etc. Family group hired Stables, Oak and Willow cottages. All lovely, well kept, and site grounds are great- lots of room for cricket and kite flying! Laundry room a welcome bonus. We managed Stables with our son who is a power chair user, not everyone would but Carol was excellent in providing detail prior to arrival. Great location, many places reached within an hours travel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Southampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed in the spacious two-bed Oak cottage in July 2013 with our two children aged 4 and 2. Our choice of destination was influenced by visiting relatives near Boston and despite an extensive search we found very few decent self catering properties in the area so it's fair to say our expectations were fairly low. Happily, having enjoyed a lovely few days at Elms Farm it is easy to see why this consistently ranks top of the Boston holiday cottages.

The property was immaculately clean with hotel quality fresh linen and towels (albeit of the rather meagre hotel proportions - those who prefer a more generous towel experience are advised to bring your own!) The cottage was nicely decorated and spacious enough for two small people to roam, with the french doors onto a patio and enclosed field providing endless entertainment. There were lots of nice touches like the heated towel rail and hotel style toiletries in the bathroom, hair-dryers in each room and even an orange squeezer in the kitchen. The welcome pack including delicious local sausages and plum loaf, butter and milk was also a nice touch.

The kitchen was reasonably well equipped although at times the available items were slightly idiosyncratic and we did find ourselves having to run the dishwasher every night as provision of items such as cutlery was a little on the mean side. Similarly there was only a single chopping board and not much in the way of oven-proof items. Yet there was a food processor, an abundance of small espresso cups and a gravy jug! Also, there were no child-friendly kitchen items such as small cutlery or plastic cups and plates so parents of small children would need to bring these.

Regarding toddlers and small children it was notable that although the cottage was quite well equipped (large TV, thoughtful choice of DVD's provided, crayons and books, Shaun the Sheep welcome pack etc) there was a distinct absence of any other provisions for children outside. Although there is ample space to roam the close proximity of ponds and robot lawnmower made close supervision essential. It's also worth noting that although the grassy area outside the cottage is enclosed with a fence, this is certainly not toddler (or baby) proof and given the nearby surprisingly busy road and railway this provided a couple of anxious moments. Similarly the large grassy field beyond is open to the car park so there is no fully enclosed area for children to be left to play by themselves. Something as simple as a swing or a slide in the huge field would have been a real bonus, particularly as there is little else in the immediate area for small children.It is also important to bear in mind that the grassy area outside the cottage is shared with the adjoining cottage whose occupants were fortunately absent most of the time during our stay otherwise they may have objected to half naked children running around screaming from first light!

The property's biggest drawback in my view is the location right next to the busy main road and railway. The seating area outside the property looks right onto the main road and there is not much in the way of screening to block the noise which at times was so loud you had to stop talking. You also take your life into your own hands trying to cross this same road to visit the nearby pub The Wheatsheaf.

Overall then a very nice cottage with some concessions to small children which could be made into the perfect toddler-friendly holiday cottage with minimal effort. For slightly older children who can roam a bit further without such close supervision it is ideal.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We were looking for a self-catering cottage in Lincolnshire for a family visit. Hotels are no good, as with a two year old and a four year old we find that when we stay in hotels we end up effectively having to go to bed at 1900, so we have become quite the cottage connoisseurs.

We shopped around a fair amount in the area before choosing Elms Farm Cottages, which we selected based on a combination of advertised facilities and location near to where we needed to be. We were a little surprised by the cost, but crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.

We were very pleasantly surprised. We arrived to find a neat little complex of converted single-storey buildings around a sheltered courtyard. Our cottage, "Oak", had two bedrooms, one double and one twin (both well-sized) and a large open living/dining area with french doors onto a fenced lawn shared with the neighbouring unit. The kitchen was of a reasonable size and fairly well equipped, with a full-size fridge-freezer, and everything you would expect. It was nice to have a dishwasher too. There was a fresh quart of milk, nice butter, a Lincolnshire Plum Loaf, and a pack of Lincolnshire sausages waiting for us, along with Carol who welcomed us aboard, but who then retired to a discrete distance - available in case of problems (there weren't any) but then leaving us to it. A nice balance which some other providers would do well to copy!

Indoor entertainment was provided by a large TV and DVD recorder, neatly on a bracket that meant they didn't dominate the room when not in use. A small stereo was very useful, as it had a line-in port on the front (standard phone/music player headphone jack size) which coupled with the excellent wi-fi meant that all our music could be streamed. This was a nice touch. Of course, it was lucky we had the cable with us, but they are widely available for less than £5 and with a Maplins nearby its absence would have been easy to remedy.

The place was ideal for small children, despite Carol having been a little bit hesitant on that score in her e-mails. The fenced in shared lawn, big enough for the little ones to really run around in, was bordered by a second enormous lawn, complete with some picnic tables (and an initially disconcerting but harmless robot lawnmower), that led into a vast area of what I guess (forgive my ignorance) must be farmland. To my untrained eye it was waist-high grasses with mown paths leading to a couple of ponds and providing quite the little wildlife sanctuary. I imaging a birdwatcher would have particularly enjoyed both the resident and visiting avians. A bit lost on me, but I can still appreciate it in general terms.

The children loved being able to safely explore the area. The larger lawn is open to the carpark and, potentially, the unexpectedly busy road beyond, but supervision from the provided patio furniture - once suitably beverage-equipped, of course - was easy.

What were the negatives? Well, as mentioned the road was busy , much busier than I had expected. The cottage had very effective double-glazing, so with doors and windows shut the traffic was inaudible. However, when sitting outside it was a fairly constant presence, as were various trains passing along the track which parallels the road. Pedestrians are definitely not catered for in the area and our one visit to the nearby pub (The Wheatsheaf) was not the most relaxing, with two small children and two senior citizens to get across the busy road, the railway track and then the bridge over the attractively-named South Forty Drain, which is so narrow that two trucks fill it completely. Still, we survived and I was definitely more relaxed about it on the way back to Elms Farm.

One very important thing to mention - the place was scrupulously clean throughout with crisp, high quality bedlinen and plentiful good towels. the bathroom (there is only one) was spacious and the hot water never shown any sign of running out.

i will admit that, having found the price surprisingly high, I was ready to find fault. It's a tribute to Elms Farm Cottages that by they time I left I was a happy customer. The children didn't want to leave, which is always a good sign.

Room Tip: "Oak" is apparently the largest, and the living space is worth the premium.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the "Elm" Cottage for a week and found the cottage very comfortable and clean. The lodge had most items you needed and it also included a lot of little extras like dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid at no extra cost which was an added bonus. We stayed here with our 4 month of daughter and found the cottage very spacious for a cot and pram and all the extras you need when travelling with a young child. We would recommend these cottages for anyone wanting to visit Boston without being in the middle of it all. We had a lovely relaxing week at Elms Farm Cottage.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I absolutely love this place.
I was married here on 25th May 2013. We rented out all nine of the cottages over a long weekend. Arriving on the Friday everyone of the guests (family and friends) said they were stunning cottages. They are fabulously decorated, spacious and the grounds are just as wonderful.
A large courtyard centres all the cottages making it a wonderful place for everyone to gather.
Oak, Elm, Yew & Ash are fantastic family cottages with large living areas. Willow, Holly, Walnut and Beaches were ideal for my friends to stay in, all twin beds and all have are rear seating area away from the courtyard for a little extra privacy. Myself and my new husband stayed in Stables. This is the newest and largest cottage. On the Friday we had hoped to have a BBQ in the courtyard but with the rain pouring we instead gathered everyone (30 guests) in the Stables kitchen/living area. IT is very large and comfortable. The ceiling beams are beautiful and each of the bedrooms are simply stunning (our had a lovely en-suite).
On the Saturday the sun was shining thankfully and we had an absolutely amazing wedding in the Granary. You can have Carol plan everything for you but we chose to self cater, ordering in our own hog roast company which set up outside and a crepe cart. Carol is amazing and really made everything so easy for us. People were mingling in cottages, in the courtyard and in the Granary dancing the night away.
On the Sunday it was a day of relaxation. Lots of us headed to a vast open area of grass just to the side of the cottages for the children to play games and the adults to soak up the Sun. We were then able to back into the Granary later on the Sunday for another round of Hog Roast which was amazing. Carol even pulled off jugs from the remaining barrels behind the bar for the guests to enjoy.
I can not speak more highly of this venue for a weekend or wedding. Everyone of my guests was blown away by how stunning and unique this place is. We have all even decided to book out the cottages again next year for our anniversary. Can't Wait!!!!

Apologies for the photos, bit of a rubbish camera. It was actually a sunny day when we took all of these are the rooms are very bright usually.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

What a fabulous place to stay! We stayed in Willow and it was toasty warm. Fab kitchen (well appointed and equipped) and the lounge area was comfy; just perfect for us to relax after our long flight from NZ and Los Angeles. The only problem was with the bathroom which is equipped for disabled guests. There was no storage for toilet items . We would like to see a lid on the toilet, a storage bench, and more towels as there was nothing available to wipe down the floor. These are all easily fixed so we have felt that this place is nothing less than excellent. We recommend drinks/dinner at the Wheatsheaf within walking distance. Elms Farm was a brilliant spot to base ourselves for 4 days in Lincolnshire before we moved on.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

A group of us ( 3 families) stayed at Elms Farm Cottages this Christmas and New years (2012). The Cottages are so lovely - Especially our one - The Stables. It was so beautifully decorated, spacious and luxurious. We had 3 bedrooms, 1 main bathroom, 1 en suite, and a huge open plan kitchen and lounge area. The lounge area had underfloor heating which was ideal for us as we have 2 small babies crawling around. You do not want for anything in the cottage - Everything you need, especially in the kitchen, is provided for you.

Great ameneties in the bathroom, and lovely touches in the bedrooms.

Carol, the Estate Manager was fantastic - Always avaliable to answer questions and offer solutions.

What a lovely touch - We had a loaf of bread, bottle of milk,Lincolnshire sausages, Marmalade, Plum bread and a few bottles of Lincolnshire Ale and waiting for us upon arrival!

We would definately reccomend Elms farm Cottages.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Boardsides | Hubberts Bridge, Boston PE20 3QP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Boston
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Hotel Class:4 star — Elms Farm Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax and enjoy the Lincolnshire countryside in one of our 8 multi-award winning 4 and 5 star cottages. All fully equipped and furnished to a high standard. Level access throughout with 4 cottages having shower rooms suitable for wheelchair users.Just a 350 metre walk to the village pub, golf course, fishing and riverside walk. 2 miles from historic market town of Boston with many shops and restaurants. Ideal location for visiting Skegness, Spalding or Lincoln. Sleeps up to 32 + cots. Great for groups and family celebrations. ... more   less 
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Elms Farm Cottages Boston, UK - Lincolnshire

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