It's been a little while since my last blog - we've been so busy in the Cottage this summer, in fact I think it has been our busiest since we opened in January 2010. Families, groups of friends and romantic couples have all enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the cottage, playing outdoor games, cycling down the village lanes and beyond, and relaxing in the private hot tub before enjoying supper at the award winning pub and restaurant further down the road.
Guests can now purchase produce from the farm from "Farmer Andrew's Store Cupboard" at the cottage and stock up on rapeseed oil and luxury toiletries made with our oil - perfect for gifts or home use and you can re-order online at www.ownsworths.co.uk.
Lincolnshire has also had an exciting and busy summer! One of the highlights being the arrival of Vera, the Canadian Avro Lancaster, one of only two Lancaster's still flying (the other being Thumper, belonging to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based here in Lincolnshire). Despite thunder meaning that her initial flypast of Lincoln Cathedral alongside the Red Arrows wasn’t possible, she went on to WOW thousands of people at events throughout the summer!
In August the new International Bomber Command Centre was graced with a flyover, from the three ‘Avro Sisters’ – the two Lancaster’s (Vera & Thumper) and the Vulcan, at its inaugural turf cutting ceremony; this exciting project is one to follow over the coming year (and the Cottage is just down the road)!
The Rauceby War Weekend (also, just down the road from our Cottage) attracted lots of visitors in August and glorious weather (on the Saturday) when the two Lancaster’s again performed a flyover. A charity dinner was held by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in September when guests got to eat under the wings of the only two flying Lancaster’s in their hangar at RAF Coningsby.
The glorious Lincoln Cathedral got to say farewell to the visiting Canadian Lancaster in style with a joint flypast of the Lancaster’s escorted by Hurricane’s and Spitfire’s. Just across the way from the Cathedral, Lincoln Castle also held its fair share of events in advance of its 'grand re-opening' in 2015 to coincide with the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.
Another icon was celebrated in September at the Gravity Fields Festival held in Grantham, the life and works of Sir Isaac Newton were celebrated by a week long festival exploring science and the arts; events included exhibitions (at Belton House and Grantham Museum for example) and lectures, and ended with a street party complete with a dance show 'Chasing the Eclipse' staged by an up and coming local dance group.
We are excited to be already taking bookings for 2015 and if something in Lincolnshire has taken your fancy or you just fancy staying at a peaceful retreat, please get in touch to reserve your stay.