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2 Bedroomed Cottage with Spiral Staircase & Stunning View of St. James' Church

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Louth, Lincolnshire, England - Peaceful Location within 5 Minutes Walk of Town Centre. Numerous country walks from Cottage.

Spireview Cottage (sleeping up to 4 people in two bedrooms) has been recently renovated. Featuring a spiral staircase and stunning views of St. James' Church. It has a living room with a log-burning stove; newly fitted bespoke kitchen; utility room; downstairs toilet; main double bedroom; smaller second bedroom; a beautiful bathroom with corner bath and shower unit; a private garden; off street parking for two cars. The cottage is only three minutes walk to Spout Yard Park, four minutes walk to Louth Museum, and five minutes walk to the centre of the charming market town of Louth with its three screen cinema, many restaurants, pubs, independent shops, and thrice weekly markets. Riverhead Theatre is a little further (perhaps 20 mins walk); as is Hubbards Hills (one of the treasures of Louth). The Meridian Centre (with superb facilities including a large swimming pool; children's fun pool; gym; badminton; table tennis etc) is only 1.5 miles away. The cottage also provides an excellent base to explore the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds and sandy beaches on the coast.

Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson

Ian and Rosalyn married in 2011 and live in the house next door to Spireview Cottage. They have four grown-up children between them - a son and daughter each, and Ian is about to become a grand-father for the first time. Would you believe that Ian's daughter is called Nichola Anne and Rosalyn's daughter is called Nichola Anne too - both with exactly the same spellings! How strange is that?

Ian is Lincolnshire born and bred, and has worked in the nearby market town of Alford for over twenty-five years as the IT Manager of a Graphics Company. Ian spends his spare time working on his model rail layout, painting miniature Napoleonic figures (sometimes 'gaming' with them) and has recently started playing golf again. Earlier this year he managed to achieve one of his life-time ambitions of driving a steam train on the Bodmin Railway in Cornwall.

Rosalyn is from Leeds in Yorkshire but moved to Lincolnshire in 2001 when she was appointed to a teaching post at Mablethorpe Primary School. After funding for her specialised position to set up the first Nurture Group in Lincolnshire was drastically reduced, Rosalyn decided to focus on her writing as she had already had numerous articles published in Education and Parenting magazines. Her plan was to continue teaching on a 'supply' basis to subsidise her freelance writing income but alas two accidents one after the other put paid to those plans. She sold up and moved to Lincoln to start a new position as the Parenting Coordinator for Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service. After nine years in post Rosalyn was made redundant due to government cut-backs at the end of May 2015. Since then Rosalyn has been spending her time writing her second book, organising Human Scale Education conferences, giving parenting advice, and looking after Spireview Cottage. Her hobbies include swimming, going to the cinema and theatre, reading and playing classical guitar.

Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson chose East Lindsey

Ian and Rosalyn live in the adjoining property and lovingly restored Spireview Cottage in 2014. This lovely little cottage holds many fond memories, especially for Rosalyn, who bought this house (first time around) in 2003 while teaching at a local primary school. While living in Spireview Cottage with her teenage daughter, Rosalyn started working on her first book. She loved writing with the magnificent view of St.James Church Spire either from the enclosed garden, or working at a table by her bedroom window (especially enjoying seeing St James church lit-up while writing late into the night).

In 2005 Ian bought the house next door and moved in with his two teenagers. A year later Rosalyn sold Spireview Cottage and moved to Lincoln to be closer to her new job but returned regularly to Louth to visit Ian. Three years later she moved back to Louth and in 2011 Rosalyn and Ian were married.

Meanwhile the new owner of Spireview Cottage had moved away leaving the house standing empty and becoming very neglected, Rosalyn and Ian decided to buy back Spireview Cottage with a view to renovating it and letting it out as a holiday cottage especially as Rosalyn had loved living there so much.

A year or so after renovating the cottage internally major improvements were completed to the outside to create improved parking, an attractive shared terrace between both houses and an al fresco dining area. And finally, Rosalyn and Ian set about much needed improvements to their own home but were delighted to be able to stay in Spireview Cottage themselves while some of the major works were going on.

What makes this cottage unique

Rosalyn and Ian started letting Spireview Cottage out as a holiday home in August 2014. They have been amazed and delighted by the feedback they have received since then. So far every single review has been 5 stars and they are working hard to keep it that way. The most used comment received has been 'It's absolutely perfect!' Other comments have included 'It's like home from home'; 'It has everything we could ever need for our holiday'; 'It's really warm and cosy here'; 'Everything is spotlessly clean': and at least three couples have said 'This is the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in!'.

Holiday makers love the view of St James' Church from the private enclosed garden, also a real sun-trap from mid-morning onwards. The shared terrace garden with its two strategically placed patio tables enjoys early morning sunshine - perfect for al fresco breakfasts and lunch. Everybody comments on how quiet it is at the cottage in spite of it being so close to town.

In additon to all the positive comments we've received about the cottage, we have received numerous remarks about lovely Louth - a vibrant town with a thrice weekly markets, and many independent shops. There are numerous pubs and restaurants all within a 5 - 10 minute walk of Spireview Cottage, and there are also many different walks from the cottage itself. The cottage is just 3 mins walk from the local supermarket, park, museum and cinema, and the town centre is just a 5 minute walk away. Being so close to the town makes it hard to believe there are two parks each 3 minutes walk from the cottage, and the spectacular Hubbards Hill about 20 mins walk away. Louth also has a thriving theatre run by volunteers and a superb leisure centre with a larger than average swimming pool. And there is so much more ...

Guestbook comments from the owner

‘Had a really lovely time here. The cottage was perfect, everything you could ask for. Location brilliant. A perfect birthday present for me! Such welcoming hosts!’

Mandy & Robert, Essex

‘Thanks very much to Ian and Rosalyn for use of this great cottage. It’s really nicely furnished and set up with everything we needed for our stay. The cottage was ideal as a base in town whilst we visited friends and family. Hope to use the cottage again soon.’ John Annabelle and Kitty, Norwich

“..Spireview is a gem of a find, will definitely visit again.” Beverley & Michael Huddersfield
Jun 2014
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Louth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , There are two steps down into the bathroom
  • Quirky, quaint upstairs bathroom - pine unit and heated towel rail on one level with carpeted steps down to large corner bath, separate shower unit, toilet and hand basin with attractive feature mirror over, and pine storage cabinet for toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 – standard size double bed, bedside cabinets, pine dressing table, wardrobe, chair, well-stocked bookcase, full-length mirror, good range of lighting. Bed options for second bedroom – 1 single, 2 singles, or 'double' bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The owners, who live in the adjoining house, have lovingly restored this property. If you want to see some of the renovation work in progress visit Cottage Outside: The cottage is accessed from an off street block-paved parking area. It has its own private garden consisting of a small lawn and a patio area with garden furniture for 4 guests. The garden, which leads from a door in the living room, is a little sun trap with a superb view of St. James' Church. There is also a larger paved area at the other side of the house which adjoins the owners' property making this a communal area. At the moment this area is visible from the street but there are plans to enclose this area too. Utility Room: A utility room is situated off the kitchen with sink, washing machine, Sheila Maid clothes airer, boot/shoe storage and coat hooks. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included in rent and changed weekly. Other: Separate downstairs toilet with sink situated off utility room.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

2 Bedroomed Cottage with Spiral Staircase & Stunning View of St. James' Church
average rating of 4.962963 based on 28 reviews

An outstandingly comfortable and welcoming property

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for a short break. The property was extremely clean and well equipped with absolutely everything we required and more. The owners were very attentive and helpful without being intrusive. The property was perfect for a family of four who wanted to escape from it all but also wanted to be in the middle of a bustling market town. All the rooms are very comfortable and well maintained- it was a delight to stay here . I would heartily recommend this to anyone who likes comfort and cleanliness as an oasis of loveliness!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review Rachael. It was lovely meeting you, your husband and your two delightful children. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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Enjoyable break

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage in a lively town. Ian & Roz are a lovely couple who are no way intrusive, although the live next door, but we felt that they would help out in any way they could. We played golf 3 times and felt that Ian's home course, Kenwick Park, just shaded Laceby Manor into being the best. The only downside to the cottage is the very squeaky floors upstairs but being an old cottage this was not unexpected. Overall a very enjoyable weeks stay, we hope to be back sometime.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David and Sue for taking the time to write a review. It was lovely meeting both of you. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely layout and very clean. The hostess and host are very nice. We are visiting family from Texas and the house had everything we needed.

Only negative is the beds are loud and not comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. And thank you for making us aware that you found the beds uncomfortable. We'll investigate fully and if necessary we will buy new beds as we want all our guests to be as comfortable as they possibly can be. We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in England.
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful place, kitchen better equipped better than mine at home. The cottage is spotlessly clean. We ate at The Wheatsheaf food was spot on and we also cooked at the cottage using local produce. Look forward to visiting again soon X

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We're looking forward to seeing you both again next Easter.
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Really lovely cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Only stayed a couple of nights but felt really at home in the cottage,cosy & comfortable,had everything you could want and lots more besides.Hope to be back for a longer stay next time.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Elizabeth. Hope to see you both again in the not too distant future.
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superb cottage really handy for the town with its shops and restaurants. close to some really good w

  • 5 of 5

A really warm welcome if we return to Louth we wouldn't consider booking anywhere else

It has everything you could need for a really comfortable and relaxing break. Truly excellent!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. It was lovely meeting both of you. I'm pleased you had such a successful day at the seal colony at Donna Nook, and thank you also for sending us those beautiful seal pictures. Hope to see you again soon.
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Donna Nook 9.7 miles (37 min drive) - Wild seals & nature reserve

Cleethorpes 13.2 miles (28 mins drive)

Mablethorpe 15.9 miles (28 mins drive)

Sutton-on-Sea 18 miles (34 mins drive)


Humberside Airport 20.4miles (35 mins)

P & O Ferries 28.1 miles (1hr 8 mins)

Limited bus services to Grimsby, Lincoln and other places of interest but car recommended for travelling outside Louth.


Cadwell Park 5 miles (10 mins drive)

Lincoln 28 miles (45 mins drive)

Alford 14 miles (25 mins drive)

Horncastle 14 miles (25 mins drive)

Market Rasen 14miles (25 mins drive)

Tattershall Castle - 23 miles (38 mins drive)

Somersby 12 miles (24 mins drive)

Woodhall Spa 17.2 miles (36 mins drive)

Further Details:

Louth is a thriving award winning Food Town. It was voted Britain's favourite Market Town in 2012. Numerous events take place throughout the year such as the 'SO Festival'; Louth Christmas Market; Wolds Words; Wolds Walking Festival; and Continental Markets to name but a few ...

Within 5 mins walk from Spireview Cottage are Spouts Yard Park; Louth Museum; St.Mary's Park; 3 screen cinema; Louth Museum; Supermarket; thrice weekly Market, St. James' Church.

Within 5 - 10 mins walk there are numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, banks, hairdressers etc.

Approx 20 mins walk to Riverhead Theatre; Westgate Fields; and Hubbards Hills.

The Meridian Leisure Centre is 1.5 miles away - it has an excellent swimming pool with lane swimming usually available; a fun pool; badminton courts; gym facilities and cafe.


Rates & Availability

Louth Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jul 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Autumn 2017
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Pre-Christmas 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Xmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 1 - 2018
Apr 7 2018 - May 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2 - 2018
May 5 2018 - May 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 26 2018 - Jul 13 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2018
Jul 14 2018 - Aug 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 26 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $194.04

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% of the rental cost of your stay must be paid to secure the booking and then the remaining rental balance is payable no later than 40 days before the beginning of your stay (or in case of last minute bookings this can be negotiated). A Returnable Security Bond of £150 becomes payable with your final balance, this is usually returned in full within 7 days of departure in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the letting.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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