At Brackenborough Hall Coach House Holidays, the whole family is welcome and we are proud to have achieved the Families Welcome award. This page highlights the facilities that we offer along with further information for families. Please contact us if you would like to know more!
Facilities and services
- The coach house is non-smoking – guests are kindly requested to light up outside.
- Push-chairs, wheelchairs etc. can be stored in the central area.
- Cots and highchairs are available free of charge. We have four of each (and a travel cot) and will obtain more if requested!
- We provide changing mats and baby alarms free of charge.
- For young children just out of cots, we have a set of Dream Tubes® to help keep them in bed!
- There is a nappy bin in the central area and there are disposal bags in each bathroom.
- Children’s toys, books, DVDs, videos, games and jigsaws are available in each apartment and in the central area. Outside games are stored in the garden shed. Please do use our garden!
- A steam steriliser is available on request.
- There are plastic plates, cups, bowls and cutlery in each apartment.
- The nearest shop is the Spar in Louth, 2 miles away, and is open 7:30am–10pm on weekdays, 8am–10pm on Saturdays and 8:30am–10pm on Sundays.
- There are also two supermarkets in Louth, Co-op and Morrison’s.
- Restaurants – for families, we recommend Perkins’ Pantry, Via Italia and Mr Chips in Louth, The Splash at Little Cawthorpe and Waggon & Horses at South Reston.
- Rushmoor and Rand Farm are both children’s farms and have cafés.
- See the Food and Drink folder in the central area.
- We recommend the local food from Louth market (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and the numerous butchers, green grocers and speciality food shops in Louth. We use Lakings butchers, The Cheese Shop and McLeods delicatessen.
Safety and security
- There are unfenced ponds, dykes, a beck and a moat on the farm – please do not allow vulnerable children to be unsupervised. The garden pond is behind the Hall, near the tennis court and summer house. The moat surrounds the Hall on three sides and is behind the coach house. There are ponds in the farm yard, in the park, in the fields and at Hirds Farm. The beck at the bottom of the paddock with the nature trail is usually shallow. It has a ford and bridge.
- Heavy farm machinery may be operating in the farm yard, next to the car park, at any time. Do not allow children to play in the yard.
- Cars regularly use the drive and pass the front of the coach house.
- Cattle roam the park and paddocks from about April to November. There are cattle grids at each end of the park road. In the winter they are in the ‘crews’ next to the top cattle grid. Tom, the bull, is often with the cows. Cows with their calves can be protective – you should keep away from them and watch from a distance.
- There are marked electric fences around our vegetable garden (to stop the badgers!) and round the park and paddocks.
- Jessie, our Labrador, can bark but is very friendly.
- Olly, one of our cats, can scratch or bite but does like to be tickled between his ears! Lucy, our other cat, is harmless but rarely comes out of the house!
- There is a fenced garden suitable for toddlers at the rear of the coach house.
- Baby alarms are available free of charge.
- A first aid kit is on the shelves in the central area.
- A telephone is available in the central area and we do not charge for short or local calls.
- The nearest doctors’ surgeries are in Louth. We use Newmarket Medical Practice, telephone 01507 603121.
- The nearest dental practices are in Louth. We use Broadbank Dental Practice, telephone 01507 606506.
- Louth County Hospital is at the far end of High Holme Road, telephone 01507 600100. The accident and emergency unit is well signed at the top.
- There are no all night chemists in Louth but three chemists open late on a rota – ask us for details from the local papers. Boots Pharmacy is on Mercer Row and the other chemists are in Eastgate.
- Walks, local attraction leaflets and details of our Nature Trail and Louth Trail are in the central area. You might like to take the family to Hubbard’s Hills – picnic, feed the ducks, play and paddle in the river in this beautiful glaciated valley.
- We hope children (and others) will draw a picture for our Visitors’ Picture Book – blank pages are at the back of the folder in the central area.
- Do visit our cows (calving from December to March). We will be happy to show you our tractors and combine harvester. Do not touch these without supervision.
- Paul may be able to offer a farm tour, adapted to suit the ages of the guests.
- Louth Tourist Information Centre is in the town hall on Cannon Street (telephone 01507 601111 or email email@example.com). It is open 9am–5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am–4pm on Wednesdays and, between Easter and the end of October, 10am–4pm on Saturdays.
- Reusable nappies are supplied by Scallywags of Unit 15, New Market Hall, Louth, telephone 01507 600765.
- For general travel information contact Lincolnshire County Council, telephone 01522 782070, or visit their public transport web pages.
- Buses – the nearest bus stop is in Louth. The bus station is on Church Street. Contact Stagecoach on telephone 08456 050605 (dogs accepted, fare may be payable) or Grayscroft Coaches, telephone 01507 473236.
- A dial-up bus service is available with InterConnect, telephone 0845 234 3344.
- Trains – the nearest railway stations are Grimsby Town, Market Rasen and Lincoln Central. You can telephone National Rail on 08717 818181, or call TrainTracker™ on 0871 200 4950 for the latest information.
- Details of taxi services are available in the central area – a taxi to Louth can cost as little as £4 and some have large people carriers available. Try M Goy (telephone 01507 605606), Streets (telephone 01507 608 036) or Hobson’s Choice (telephone 01507 358327).