The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the most scenic villages near Lincoln



5 scenic villages near Lincoln

Lincoln is a fantastic city which is surrounded by lots of gorgeous villages. Here are 5 of the most scenic villages near the centre (but there are so many more to explore!) - I'd highly recommend paying them a visit if you're looking for a trip out.

Aubourn Lincoln
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1. Aubourn

Aubourn is situated 8 miles south of Lincoln and is really well situated for walks and horse riding. Aubourn Hall (pictured above) is a beautiful early to mid-17th-century house set in 1.2 hectares of gardens which are often open for visitors to look around. The village has a one way system which is unusual for a small village and is home to a lovely pub, The Royal Oak.

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2. Heighington

Heighington is around 5 miles from the centre and is a village that adjoins another beautiful area called Washingborough. Part of Heighington lies within a conservation area and there are a number of listed homes in the area. The village has great amenities including two pubs, a small supermarket and two village halls.


Nettleham
© Graham Hogg

3. Nettleham

Nettleham is a large village within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. It is a delightful village to visit, with a picturesque village green, dreamy stone cottages and a sparkling beck. It's well served for amenities with four pubs and a number of shops, and has a lovely play area too. There's also a tea shop which is a great option if you're not a pub fan.

Navenby
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4. Navenby

There are a number of villages in Lincoln which sit along the cliff, and are known as the Cliff Villages. They are ideally situated for panoramic views across Lincolnshire and all of them are beautiful and well worth a visit or a drive through as it's a lovely scenic drive. Navenby is one of the larger Cliff Villages and is a bustling village filled with shops, pubs, florists and delicious bakeries.

© Neil Theasby

5. Tealby

Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Tealby is often cited as one of the best places to visit in Lincolnshire. Classed as an area of outstanding beauty, it attracts many visitors with its picturesque houses, walks, views and local businesses. It is a classic, picture postcard English village and is also home to The Vintage Tearooms which are very highly regarded. The village even has its own website which you can visit here.



Pregnancy: The First Trimester


If you read my earlier post or saw my post on Instagram, you'll know that we are expecting baby number two in March! I'm now 15 weeks so am in my second trimester and it is lovely to be starting to feel a little more normal, although I'm still having to take naps when Florence is napping so am hoping that will ease up a bit soon.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started writing a diary with my symptoms so that I could share them on here. So let's whizz back in time to those early weeks and the first trimester...

4 weeks

I'm writing this the day after we found out I'm pregnant so very early days. The first symptom I noticed about a week before my period was due was that my boobs felt heavy and were pretty sore. I always needed to go to the toilet a lot, felt ridiculously hungry (and nothing would satisfy it - it was constant hunger pangs), felt slightly nauseous and also so tired. I had to take a few naps in the day to get me through which I haven't had to do for months. When I look back at my symptoms with Florence they were almost identical! 

I held out from testing until the day my period was due and used a first response. With Florence I tested a couple of days later and even then the line was so very faint, but this time the line appeared in about two seconds and was so strong - I couldn't believe it. 

6 weeks

I'm now almost 7 weeks and my symptoms have stayed pretty similar. I've been really tired and find it hard to make it through the day without a nap. I've also come down with a cold (I suspect from Florence's nursery) and that has not been fun as I've been a snotty mess and can't take any of the good cold medicine. My appetite has been small but could be related to the cold. I went to Aldi this evening and bought a few things I've not bought in forever like spaghetti hoops and ready made mash potato. I was also craving tiger bread with lots of butter so that went in the trolley! 

I haven't had any sickness but random things make me feel like I'm about to vom - like a strong smelling cheese. We stayed in an AirBnB this weekend and there were a couple of rogue hairs and a dirty mug in the apartment - it made me feel awful.

8 weeks

We told our parents and my sister around 7 weeks and it was amazing. We asked Florence where the baby was and she pointed to my stomach - it was so funny seeing the penny drop. My Mum had been suspecting it but it even took her a little while to click! They are all over the moon and I can't wait to tell more people when we have had our scan. 

I am still feeling pretty tired and usually have a nap when Florence is to get me through. I don't feel like I'm much fun at the moment! Getting to sleep at night is also taking me longer and is annoying as isn't something I usually have an issue with.

My appetite is smaller than usual but I have to eat frequently as there's a very thin line between hunger and nausea. I've had a few days where I've felt quite sicky but it's not been too bad and nothing compared to what others have. I've been having round ligament pains a little bit too, especially when I sneeze. Something I had forgotten about from last time.

On the whole I'm feeling very similar to last time and although I have a toddler to look after, I'm so grateful to not have to commute and work in an office all day.

12 weeks

The tiredness has eased up slightly and I don't seem to be having as many odd rough days which is good. I'm still having naps every so often but generally feeling more normal. One symptom I've had this time round is insomnia which is so annoying as I love my sleep and usually have a solid night. I'll either wake up for an hour in the middle of the night or wake up before 6am and can't get back to sleep.

We have just had our 12 week scan and it was amazing to see the baby wriggling and dancing around! It wasn't in the right position to be measured so I had to do a few star jumps to wake him/her up - luckily it did the trick and my due date has been moved to a couple of days earlier than expected. Chris was able to come into the scan with me but had to wait outside before and after. He had about two hours in the car whilst I met a midwife and had my blood taken etc - I've not missed the regular blood tests and urine samples.

I'm definitely showing earlier this time, especially in the evenings and have had to start wearing maternity clothes a lot earlier. I have to admit, I'm loving being able to wear pregnancy jeans again!

You can read my first trimester diary with Florence here.

The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the Best Restaurants in Lincoln

5 of the best restaurants in Lincoln

There are so many places to eat in Lincoln, from the independent restaurants in the Bailgate and on Steep Hill to the Brayford Waterfront area where more of the chains live. There are so many options to choose from and it can be easy to be overwhelmed. After asking the Lincoln Bloggers UK crew for their top recommendations, there were some clear winners and they have all made it into the top 5.

1. Kine

Kine restaurant Lincoln

6 W Parade, Lincoln LN1 1JT
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wearekine.co.uk

Kine started in 2017 by doing pop up events around Lincoln and they fully opened as a restaurant in September 2018 so will soon be celebrating their 2 year anniversary! They have a small but ever-changing menu as their commitment to using local and in season produce is a big priority. Some of their best-sellers include Roasted Cauliflower and Hummus, Crispy Green Beans and our Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Their cheese burger and chicken sandwich also prove very popular!

Kine Restaurant Lincoln

2. Ole Ole Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Ole Ole Tapas Bar Lincoln

Union Road 3 ingleman Place, The Lawns, Lincoln LN1 3AP

Ole Ole Tapas is a family run authentic Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in the heart of Lincoln. They are a busy, exciting and vibrant restaurant who are always trying to bring a slice of Spain to Lincoln through their food and service. Established in 2013, the Ole Ole family is passionate about food as you can see from their fantastic menu. From a date night to a large family meal, it's perfect for any occasion. 

3. Thailand No.1

Thailand No.1 Lincoln

80-81 Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR
Menu
www.thailandnumber1.co.uk

Situated on Bailgate, Thailand No.1 offers exceptional service and authentic Thai Cuisine. They have a wealth of classic Thai dishes which use the freshest ingredients including herbs, spices and exotic vegetables sent to them every week from growers in Thailand. In additional to the traditional menu, there are some fantastic banquet set menus to choose from which include two Vegetarian options - I love it when a restaurant caters just as well for Vegetarians.

Thailand No.1 Lincoln

4. Castle View Indian

Castle View, 11 Union Road, Lincoln LN1 3BJ

Castle View Indian Lincoln
Castle View Indian is an authentic Indian restaurant based at the heart of historic Lincoln. As soon as we moved to Lincoln, we asked for recommendations for the best Indian and Castle View came up repeatedly - not bad for a restaurant that only opened three years ago in 2016! Nestled in the shadow of the Castle (so a lovely historic part of the city) it serves a variety of dishes ranging from traditional dishes to more experimental ones. The restaurant was awarded the Outstanding Indian Restaurant of the Year Overall winner at the English Asian Food Awards in 2019.

5. Duke William Pub & Kitchen



Duke William Lincoln

44 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AP
Menu
https://www.dukewilliamlincoln.com/

Recently refurbished, The Duke William is a historic building set in Bailgate and is home to a pub serving delicious British home cooked food. Offering a stylish and comfortable environment, you can also choose to stay there and make it a real break. They are very environmentally conscious and taking great steps forward including offering more plant-based food options and working with suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging.

Hope this has given you some inspiration for where to eat when you're next in Lincoln. I had to include some other restaurants which came highly recommended and almost made the cut  - these included The Cosy Club, The Swan Holme and Olivares Tapas.

Pregnancy: Baby number two is on the way!




We are so happy to share that baby number two is on the way and will be joining us in March. It's also so nice to be able to tell people now, as I found out at 4 weeks and so it's been a long wait! Luckily having a toddler has meant it's gone a lot quicker than it did with Florence as there is no time to think about it too much!

We had the scan a couple of weeks ago and luckily Chris was able to join me (although had to wait in the car before and after). So grateful as I know so many are having to have them alone - and things are changing every day at the moment. The relief to see the baby wriggling around (and they were dancing all over the place!) was amazing.

Second time pregnancy feels so different to first time. First time round everything is new and its all so unknown - from pregnancy to thinking about having a newborn. I'm loving the feeling of knowing what is happening and going to happen, and feel so excited to meet this little one.

Florence obviously doesn't understand it properly but she does love talking to the baby by pressing her face into my tummy and chattering away. There are lots of kisses for them too. She adores babies and I can't wait to see her as a big sister. She will be 2.5 when the baby arrives.

Number two is due in March so I'll be experiencing a winter pregnancy this time round. With Florence I was pregnant all through the 2018 heatwave so I'm quite looking forward to wearing big jumpers and keeping snug on the sofa.

As for the sex, we are going to have a surprise like we did with Florence. I loved the moment of finding out with her although the planner in me would love to know so I know whether I will be using Florence's old clothes! My symptoms have been exactly the same as with Florence which makes me think girl, but I have a feeling it's a boy!

I've got a couple of posts going live soon with how my first trimester was and symptoms in my two week wait (I had a few!) and plan to share lots of posts about pregnancy second time round. 

The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the Best Spas around Lincoln

5 of the best spas around Lincoln
Next up in our series of Lincoln Guides is a list of the best spas around Lincoln so if you're looking to plan your next pampering break, look no further!

Simpsons Spa Lincoln
Photos: Simpsons Spa Facebook page


1. Simpsons Beauty Spa

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Simpsons Beauty is a luxury day spa located in both Lincoln's City Centre and Branston Hall. If you're after some quick city pampering then their City Centre nail and beauty salon is ideal. With treatments ranging from spray tans to lash extensions, you'll be spoilt for choice.

If you're after a true spa escape then their Branston Hall spa is a fantastic choice. Set within 88 acres of wooded parklands it's the perfect place to relax and only 4 miles from the city centre. They offer a wide selection of Full Day, Half Day and Overnight spa experiences and many other individual treatments.


Eden Hall Spa
Photos: Eden Hall Facebook page

2. Eden Hall

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Eden Hall is a luxury spa retreat and their facilities are some of the best in the UK with a rose infused steam room and even a slumber lounge. They have a spa package to suit every occasion, from a twilight spa evening to a Mum and Daughter spa day and a huge range of treatments available. They have a spa shop and a delicious range of seasonal menus.


3. The Grange Spa

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The Grange is a local, family run business run by Matt and Emma. They built the spa in 2008 and have created a friendly, informal spa which goes above and beyond what is achieved by large corporate spas. They have no crowds, a local approach and a high level of service with all of the trimmings of a 5-star corporate spa. The tranquil setting is perfect for a relaxing and pampering break.

Le Sanctuaire Spa Lincoln
Photos:  Le Sanctuaire Facebook page

4. Le Sanctuaire on Steep Hill


Le Sanctuaire Spa Retreat is the first Clarins treatment Spa in Lincoln and opened in June 2015. It's set within a 14th Century building on Steep Hill and offers various spa packages including their their very popular Le Sanctuaire Taster Spa.


5. Aqua Sana Spa in Sherwood Forest

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A little bit further afield but I had to include the Aqua Sana Spa which is set in Center Parcs but can be visited completely separately. Their Forest Spa was refurbished quite recently and comprises six zones including Hot Springs, Volcanic Forest and Nordic Forest. These zones feature heating and cooling experiences, outdoor hot tubs and the most lovely relaxation areas. They even have a treetop spa!



The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the Best Hotels in Lincoln

5 of the best hotels in Lincoln

Looking for a place to stay when coming to visit Lincoln? Look no further. Here are 5 of the best hotels in Lincoln, from the White Hart Hotel which is situated right in the centre to Branston Hall which is a short drive to the city but perfect for a relaxing escape.

Washingborough Hall Hotel Lincoln
Washingborough Hall Hotel Lincoln

1. Washingborough Hall Hotel

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Washingborough Hall Hotel (or more fondly known as 'Washy Hall' to locals) is a gorgeous Georgian Country Manor House. Independent and family run, it has a warm, welcoming and friendly team who want you to have the best possible stay. There are 20 beautifully decorated and characterful bedrooms and the hotel also serves exceptional food and menus that change with the seasons, including afternoon tea. It's the perfect place to stay if you're looking for a peaceful and quiet location that is just moments from Lincoln city centre.

Credit: White Hart Hotel Facebook

2. White Hart Hotel

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The White Hart Hotel is located within the heart of Lincoln's historic quarter with spectacular views of the Cathedral. Its setting may be traditional but the hotel holds a modern and refreshing approach and is home to a fantastic award winning restaurant and bar, Grille.

Charlotte House Hotel Lincoln
Credit: Charlotte House Hotel Facebook page

3. Charlotte House Hotel


Charlotte House is situated in a 1930s Art Deco building, located within the historic heart of Roman Lincoln. It's set away from the hustle and bustle of the city but is a short walk from the cobbled streets of Bailgate and Steep Hill so is the perfect starting point for exploring Lincoln. They have a mix of rooms, from traditional decor to crisp and modern and the hotel is home to a large period bar and lounge.
Branston Hall Hotel Lincoln
Credit: Branston Hall Hotel Facebook

4. Branston Hall Hotel

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Branston Hall Hotel was once a stately home for the Melville family, but is now a beautifully restored building housing 53 luxurious guest bedrooms and award winning food. Situated just three miles south of Lincoln, Branston Hall sits within 88 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Simpsons Spa is also located in the grounds and work with the hotel, so relaxation really is on your doorstep. The hotel is currently closed due to Covid-19 but are hoping to reopen in September.

The Lincoln Hotel

5. The Lincoln Hotel


The Lincoln Hotel is a restored 1960's hotels that offers comfortable rooms, delicious views and wonderful views. Located just next door to Lincoln Cathedral, they are ideally placed for exploring the city. Their rooms are decorated with modern designs and come with lavish en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and complimentary WiFi.