Out and About this Summer!

2015 is an exciting year for Lincolnshire!  So much to do and so many places to visit!  With the 800 years celebrations for Magna Carta, the £22 million restoration of Lincoln Castle and its new attractions, and the National Cycling Championships in July.  

Come and stay with us for a relaxing weekend with friends - experience the events happening this summer, then treat yourself to a delicious meal made with locally sourced produce at one of the many award winning eateries locally or further afield.  Then end your day relaxing in the hot-tub at the cottage or even a glass or two of wine from our vineyard.


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE CULTURAL SCENE IN LINCOLNSHIRE - check out these websites for more details:

Lincoln Cathedral www.lincolncathedral.com

Lincoln Theatre Royal www.lincolntheatreroyal.com

The Venue www.thevenuelincoln.co.uk

Lincoln Comedy Festival www.lincolncomedyfestival.co.uk

The Engine Shed www.engineshed.co.uk

Lincoln Drill Hall www.lincolndrillhall.com

Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival www.lcmf.org.uk

Lincolnshire Showground www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk

Lincolnshire Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) www.lpac.co.uk

The Terry O'Toole Theatre www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk

Odeon Lincoln www.odeon.co.uk





A few events in Lincoln this April...

Fulbeck Gardens Cottage is situated just 16 miles away from the historic city of Lincoln.

Lincoln Castle is situated within Lincoln's historic Cathedral Quarter and 2015 signals the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Early April saw the grand re-opening of Lincoln Castle after a £22m investment as part of the Lincoln Castle Revealed project. The Castle continues to celebrate this historic anniversary and its next big event is its St Georges Festival, a celebration of all things medieval where kids can see St George do battle with the dragon, and a medieval pageant will be performed by re-enactors in medieval costume. Children can also attend Chivalry School and learn about the St George and the knights chivalric code.

Just across from the Castle is the majestic Lincoln Cathedral, on 17th April the Cathedral hosts the Spark Engineering Festival where visitors can get 'hands on' with the latest in local technology. On the 21st April violinist Aylen Pritchin will give a lunchtime concert in the Chapter House. The Cathedral also continues to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with a series of events and on 22nd April the Cathedral will host a dinner and talk by the former Private Secretary to HM The Queen, Lord Robin Janvrin.

Lincoln has two universities and the Cottage would make an ideal base for families planning to visit Lincoln for this summer's graduation ceremonies, allowing guests to relax in quiet pleasant surroundings whilst also being within easy reach of Lincoln. On 23rd April, Bishop Grosseteste University (18 miles away) is advertising an Evening with Queen Boudicca and TV wildlife personality Chris Packham is giving a lecture at Lincoln University (16 miles away) on 14th April.

Closer to home - why not check out what's happening at Lincolnshire's "Lost Garden www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk throughout the year.  A beautiful restored walled garden and tea-rooms - truly magical!


The majestic Lincoln Cathedral.

For more details of what's happening in Lincoln this month please visit the Visit Lincoln website and don't forget what's happening on Lincolnshire Showground during April - take a look at their website www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk



3 nights for the price of 2

This month has seen the men pruning the grape vines around the cottage and within the walled garden (this is done whilst the vines are dormant).  It was a particularly cold day when I took photos of Tom, Ben, Dave and Terry pruning.

Ben, Dave, Terry and Tom pruning the grape vines.

Ben, Dave, Terry and Tom pruning the grape vines.

Tom pruning the vines, looking a little chilly.

Tom pruning the vines, looking a little chilly.

A window of opportunity arose between bookings for our "annual re-decoration and cottage improvements".  As a multi award winning cottage, we work very hard to maintain and improve the quality of the cottage and customer comfort and enjoyment.  So all the curtains have been taken down and washed, we've repainted and restocked with new books and games (so that returning customers have something new to entertain them) and we're planting loads of "cutting garden flowers", including giant sunflowers around the cottage to attract more birds and butterflies .  We know how much some of our guests love to bring a pair of binoculars to watch all the wildlife and birds (we often have pheasants, partridge, hawks, the odd woodpecker and of course rabbits and occasionally you might see a muntjac or roe deer).  A book on bird species in the cottage will help you identify what you see.

2015 is a big year for Lincolnshire!  We have the "Lincoln Castle Revealed" (opening on 1st April 2015, all the events surrounding the Magna Carta 800 and not forgetting the National Cycling Championships.  To check out details (so that you can tailor a break with us at Fulbeck Gardens Cottage) on these special events, as well as many other shows, markets and exhibitions, click on these links:  www.visitlincolnshire.com/events OR www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on OR www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk/whats-on.

We are still running our offer of "3 nights for the price of 2" (mid-week breaks only January to April 2015 and September to November 2015) - perfect for exploring the county's events and eateries, avoiding the busy weekends.  Check our our Facebook page and Twitter page for last minute weekend/week breaks.

See you next month!


October, November and December were very busy at Fulbeck Gardens Cottage.  We saw many new faces as well as returning customers who were eager to hit the shops in Lincoln and other delightful Lincolnshire market towns all in search of a Christmas bargain and artisan crafted food and gifts.  Lincoln Christmas Market was very popular this year, very well organised with plenty of places to stop and rest over a cup of tea or mulled wine.  

So many lovely comments were left in the Visitor Guestbook, on the quality and cleanliness of our cottage and the delight of dipping into the hot-tub after a day exploring Lincolnshire.  We added some of our home-grown produce in our "Farmer's Pantry"  in the cottage for guests should they wish to purchase wine or oil or other products made with our oil (which has proved very popular).

As planned we have expanded our promotion of all things "Select Lincolnshire" and "Visit Lincolnshire" with notice boards and promotional literature in one of our outbuildings.  This is in addition to the 6 files in the sitting room full of information on Aviation Heritage, Historic Houses & Gardens, Lincolnshire Food Producers and Events, Days out for the family, Walks locally and throughout Lincolnshire, Shopping in Lincolnshire.  We have also created a noticeboard for the many exciting things happening with Lincoln Castle Revealed, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and The National Cycling Championships.  

To highlight all the events happening in Lincolnshire via modern technology, we will be posting information in advance on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so that anyone wanting to book our cottage can plan their agenda for the week or weekend.  

If you would like to know more of what is happening on our farm, check out our sister website www.ownsworths.co.uk

The image below shows the frosted vines with the cottage and walled garden in the background.

Looking back at Summer 2014

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 Happenings...

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.






Harvest 2014 on the farm

What fantastic weather we are continuing to have at the minute.  Guests have been able to sleep in late, take breakfast in the garden or courtyard then stroll along the many lanes in the village of Fulbeck whilst the sun has been shining.  They've even seen all our tractors and combine harvesters driving through the village bringing in this year's cereal harvest.  The grape vines surrounding the cottage are all growing well and you can now see little bunches of grapes which we will pick in October for our 2015 wine.  We have just received our 2013 harvest back in bottles as our first white and rose and guests can sample a free bottle in their generous "Welcome Hamper" - so lots happening on our farm, but if you just like the peace and tranquility of the cottage or its surroundings you can be sure of relaxing and recharging in beautiful surroundings!

Hosting the WI on the farm...

We recently hosted a few local WIs in one group visit, and enjoyed showing them the farm, the rapeseed oil production, our vineyard, the holiday cottage etc. Then it was time to tuck into my home-made lunch featuring - you've guessed it - rapeseed oil! Everything here including the cakes and bread, used our home-grown rapeseed oil.  If you'd like to bring your group here, please contact me. Ronnie x


Mango & Strawberry fruit tea marinade

As you know, we have a rapeseed business! Here's my latest marinade which you are welcome to try.... I just split open four tea bags, sprinkled over raw chicken, drizzled with our rapeseed oil, left to marinade for a few hours in a covered non-metal bowl and then cooked in the oven! The boys loved it : ) Love, Ronnie x