Stayed here 30/31 December for a family New Years Eve wedding and base my review on staying in one of the luxury rooms on the first floor (room 114 overlooking the front of the property).
The room was very roomy and comfortable, fitted out with period furniture, including sofa, normal size double bed, dressing table, two double wardrobes and chest of drawers.The en-suite had a corner bath with shower over, vanity unit and toilet, again, quite roomy. Facilities withing the room included: landline, wi-fi, large screen TV, trouser press, hairdrier and drinks making facility too. Rooms have central heating, but to be quite honest, we had to turn ours off it was so warm - maybe there are heating pipes that run under the room, anyway, we where pretty toasty in there.
Reception staff where pretty efficient, as we checked in, it seemed that it became a conveyer belt of wedding guests and other guests arriving, but the reception area (which isnt really that big) never became congested. So, we where able to quickly get our stuff into our room then get on with the main task of catching up with family and friends...
Bar area is straight off reception, an area of sofas and armchairs around the huge main fire, which was a delight when lit. Area directly in front of the bar having tables and chairs - I think this area can also be used for meals if you cannot get into the restaurant. NOTE, children (I think under 12), cannot eat in the restaurant, be aware of this if you're travelling as a family. Selfishly, I think thats a great idea, as it gave adults some refuge from other peoples kids. Having said that, we chose to take our evening meal, along with other family members, down at the local pub. The Waggon is no more that 200 yards as you turn right out of the main gate. Serving a large selection of real ale, which is well kept by the landlord, food is also quite good - two main meals can be bought for £12 - normal pub fare, quite tasty and generous portions. There is also a large sitting room just off the bar, with views over the garden and lake. You can take afternoon tea in here if you wish, or just chill out with a drink from the bar.
Despite the blustery weather over the new year, I ventured out into the grounds, which where pretty extensive and took a walk around the graden, lake and fields. Certainly blew the cobwebs away!
Good selection for breakfast, self service cereals, juice, fruit, yoghurt, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and beans. From the table there was also a selection of freshly cooked choices such as poached eggs, kippers, salmon etc. So enough choice to please pretty much everybody (or so you'd think). Breakfast was the ONE area that I felt service fell a bit short though, s hot drinks and toast where slow to arrive on occasion - one person had finished breakfast as her toast arrived. I dont think this was down to in-efficiency of staff though, as there seemed to be so few of them, more likely a failure of hotel management to ensure enough staff where on duty for such a busy period. Some of them where the same staff waiting on us at the wedding reception into the early hours of that same morning, so well done to them.
Service at the wedding reception was faultless and all food arrived hot, there was certainly no case of one table already finished eating one course while it was still been served to another table which I have witnessed at other hotels. Wine was kept topped up too...
So, a great period property, well appointed and accessible and would also make a great base for anyone wanting to spend time in Lincoln and the surrounding area. Didn't use the spa or leisure facility, hence no mention in this review - time was spent catching up with family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 Star Country House Hotel situated in well manicured gardens with lake views sat in 88 acres of wooded Parkland. Lincolnshire's Premier weddings venue, Ideal for conference and romantic breaks too. Our fine dining AA Rosette Restaurant and informal bar menu offer both fine and casual dining both at affordable prices. ... more less
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