The Barn lies in a quiet lane in the village of Folkingham, surrounded by the gently rolling fields of South Lincolnshire. It was discovered by the owners, redundant and boarded up, and converted by them in 2000. The Barn dates from the C17th, and nothing had been touched since the farm horses were stabled there and corn was thrashed and dried inside. Folkingham has been described as an "Historic rural gem", on the road between Lincoln and Bourne. The Greyhound Coaching Inn still overlooks the Market Place, and the House of Correction still stands on the site of the Castle.
What makes a stay at The Barn unique?
When the owners converted The Barn they were always aware of the historic treasure they had found. Fortunately the building lent itself to being converted to present day living, without altering its structure. Underfloor heating, power showers, and fireplaces were installed. The stable became the roomy kitchen, and the area of the grain bins was tranformed into a cosy sitting room. The main interior barn space was left open to the rafters, and is now also used as a sitting area with a large dining table at one end. Both rooms have open log fires. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home, and use whichever room they prefer. Outside the barn, facing south, and overlooked by french windows from the kitchen, the old covered "crew yard" was transformed into a sheltered garden. Guests may also enjoy a seat in the shade of the climbing roses.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at The Barn?
The Barn has four bedrooms. Upstairs, with its own staircase, is a good King Size or Twin room, with an ensuite shower room. This one overlooks the field where sheep graze on one side, and the garden on the other. Downstairs there are three rooms, a twin, a double, and a single, all next to each other. There is a large bathroom with shower, and also a shower room between the double and twin rooms, ensuite from either room. This is ideal for families with small children as the connecting doors can be open or closed. These two rooms are only used by families or friends if both rooms are used.
All the rooms are well heated, and have power showers, with constant hot water. Guests also enjoy fresh flowers from the garden, whenever possible. The single room has a television, otherwise there is one in the Sitting Room. All bedrooms have a radio and several power points. Tea or coffee can be readily brought to guest bedrooms, or more usually guests prefer to gather around the kitchen table. They very often remark, after a visit, on appreciating the welcome and hospitality at the Barn and being at a "home from home".
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Sleaford area?
Guests choose the Barn for many different reasons. Some like to visit the many historic houses, such as Belton or Burghley. Lincoln Cathedral is always an atraction, as are the many outstanding village churches. For those looking for peace and quiet, maybe country walks or bicycle rides, or some bird watching, out on the marches. Lincolnshire is famous for its connections with the airforce, so maybe a visit to one of the aircraft museums might be popular. Whatever appeals, there are maps and guides, and local knowledge, at the Barn.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Breakfast of course is a highlight of a stay at the Barn. Home made Lincolnshire sausages are still made for guests to enjoy, along with fresh eggs from the chickens in the orchard, and bacon cured from local pork. For those who prefer a lighter start to the day there is a compot of dried fruit or fresh fruit, fresh home made bread and conserves. Special dietary requirements just need a little notice.
Folkingham also has a long established "local" pub, the New Inn, serving home cooked simple meals, just a short walk up the lane. Slightly further, a couple of miles away, is the very popular Robin Hood pub, which should be booked to ensure a table. Further still, a good selection of pubs and restaurants, to suit any requirements. The Olive Branch at Clipsham, just north of Stamford, and the George Hotel there, are justly famous. Lincolnshire is well known as the agricultural county of the England, so visitors should expect the freshed produce.