Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

A stylish yet relaxed b&b that feels deep in the countryside but is only 10 minutes from Lincoln. The rooms, in converted farm outbuildings, feature a clever mix of traditional and re-purposed furnishings. Expect generous breakfasts, spoiling touches and the friendliest of welcomes.

Location

8 / 10

Down a bumpy track and surrounded by arable fields and woodland – and the eponymous bridleway – the b&b feels rural yet is two minutes from the A15, which leads directly to Lincoln (cathedral, castle, International Bomber Command Centre, independent shops) three miles to the south. The b&b is handy for the county showground (half-a-mile) and Dambusters and Red Arrows history at RAF Scampton (two miles). A car is essential as nothing – other than walks, and cycle routes – is on the doorstep; on the other hand, with no light pollution or city traffic, it guarantees a good night's sleep.

Style & character

8 / 10

Rooms are in converted outbuildings across a gravel courtyard from the family farmhouse. A self-taught artist, owner Jane Haigh has an eye for design and has created a stylish, uncluttered 'country look' by mixing traditional pieces with recycled rustic pieces – wooden seedling trays, saddle-racks – and keeping colours soft and natural. The conservatory breakfast room, with its slate floor and sweeping windows and attached to the main house, is dotted with her bold animal portraits. Although not farmers, the family has sheep and hens (all pets) as well as dogs, horses and a cat that add to the relaxed, friendly feel.

Service & facilities

9 / 10

Guests can use the breakfast-conservatory to help themselves to hot drinks or borrow books and DVDs. For warmer days, there’s a patio and lawn with tables and chairs. Jane is a relaxed and hospitable host, welcoming guests with home-made scones, booking meals and, if necessary, chauffeuring to Lincoln's restaurants. Bikes can be stored, maps and wellies borrowed – and the family's dogs are available for walks. Come back wet and muddy? She’ll wash and iron your clothes; no charge. And if you want to bring your horse, it can be stabled for £20 a night.

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  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

9 / 10

Each of the four rooms has its own door which opens straight into the bedroom. With pale-coloured or exposed-brick walls, wooden beams, stone-effect floors (toastily heated), wool throws and a mix of country furniture and witty recycling – wrought-iron hay mangers as bedside tables; a pitchfork as a curtain rail – they feel cosily rustic yet fresh and modern. While none, other than the top-level Garden Room, is large, all have been designed to make best use of the space – a basket on a pulley, for example, as storage, or sliding timber doors to the bathroom. The latter are sleek and modern with wet-room showers.

Decoration is spare but fun – perhaps a fishing rod arched across a wall, or jolly cushions of animal faces – while thoughtful touches include fresh flowers, books, DVDs and jars of homemade flapjack. Views are limited as the main windows face the drive and farmhouse.

Food & drink

8 / 10

Breakfast is generous and thoughtful including fresh-fruit salad, Aga-made porridge, their own free-range eggs – perhaps scrambled with smoked salmon – and Scotch pancakes plus a full English including the local butcher's sausages. It's prettily served in the conservatory with fresh flowers and homemade jams. Alternatively, hampers of a continental breakfast can be delivered to the room.

There are several local pubs that Jane recommends or she'll chauffeur to Lincoln restaurants. Guests are welcome to eat takeaway meals in the conservatory (plates provided).

Value for money

9 / 10

Double rooms from £90, year-round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not suitable.

Family-friendly?

The b&b is adults-only.

Riseholme Gorse, Hall Lane, Lincoln LN2 2LY, England.
01522 545693
Rooms from £ 89
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