Alongside juggling university work and job applications this Christmas break, my boyfriend and I managed to escape to the country for a few days, to a beautiful part of Lincolnshire at Stoke Rochford Hall. The hotel is a Victorian building set within 28 acres of parkland to explore.
The hotel’s interior is magnificent with roaring log fires and comfy armchairs to settle yourself in for the evening. We dined in the hotel restaurant the first night and the quality of the food was top notch. Staying in one of the Stable Courtyard rooms was also a positive experience with its on en suite and tea and coffee facilities. The hotel also boasts 24 hour room service and access to their own golf course (for an extra charge). It being January, the hotel wasn’t very busy at all, so evening time was very quiet and relaxed in the bar area. Down the driveway there are also gym and leisure facilities that unfortunately we didn’t get to use due to only booking in for 2 nights, however, the facilities looked great (from the outside) and I’m sure a nice relaxing break in the jacuzzi would be a welcome to all.
If you’re looking for activities to do I would recommend driving further afield to the nearest town, Grantham, or even further afield like we did to Lincoln. Stoke Rochford is a tiny picturesque village featuring 5 or 6 large properties that you can walk round in half an hour. Our travels took us to Lincoln where we experienced a bit of the local culture.
Lincoln Cathedral is a masterpiece. With it’s stained glass windows, beautiful architecture and rich history, the cathedral is well worth a visit. We experienced a peaceful atmosphere that you don’t quite get anywhere else as you stare up at the exquisite ceilings and monuments that take your breath away. We also paid a visit to Lincoln Castle and spent most of our time in the Victorian prison area. It features many areas and rooms to explore as we learnt about what life was like back then. Perhaps the castle’s main attraction is it’s special vault containing one of the few original copies of the Magna Carta signed by King John. I would highly recommend a visit.
Perhaps the only thing to complain about would be that the break didn’t last long enough as it was a enjoyably relaxing time in a beautiful setting.