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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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. We always provide fresh flowers for our guests, as well as fresh milk, tea amd coffee, and a tasty home-made treat.

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Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson

Ian and Rosalyn met in 2001 and eventually got married ten years later. They live in the house next door to Spireview Cottage.

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. On his 60th birthday 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 2002 when she was appointed to a teaching post at Mablethorpe Primary School. In 2003 Rosalyn bought Spireview Cottage and moved into it with her teenage daughter. Three years later, after being appointed to a position based in Lincoln with the Youth Offending Service, she put Spireview Cottage up for sale. The house was sold in just six days! Rosalyn bought a house in Lincoln and lived there for three years before returning to Louth to be with Ian living in the house next door to Spireview Cottage. She now works as a part-time freelance education consultant. Her passions and hobbies include writing, swimming, going to the cinema and theatre, reading, playing classical guitar, and making sure that Spireview Cottage is absolutely perfect for every new set of guests who arrive at the cottage.

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

Why Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson chose Louth

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 and are absolutely thrilled at having received so many been 5 star reviews. 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Louth in Louth

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , 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
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King-size bed with different matrress options.
  • 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 ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The owners, who live in the adjoining house, have lovingly restored this property. They pride themselves in the efforts they make to ensure that each and every guest has a holiday as near to 'perfect' as possible. 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. This is fully enclosed area comprising a main terrace and a separate raised al-fresco area. The terrace is beautifully lit at night time. Every guest is greeted on arrival with fresh flowers, fresh milk, tea and coffee and a tasty home-made offering. The owners are always available to answer any questions or queries about the cottage or the surrounding area.


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2 Bedroomed Cottage with Spiral Staircase & Stunning View of St. James' Church
average rating of 4.980769 based on 53 reviews

Perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Loved this gorgeous cottage perfectly placed so close to shops, restaurants etc. but quiet with its own little garden where you can enjoy the birdsong. Inside it is immaculate with quality furnishings and fabulous kitchen. Ros is a very welcoming and attentive host - nothing is too much trouble and we were treated to delicious home baked scones from Ian. I wouldn't stay anywhere else on my trips to Louth now.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write a review after your very long journey home. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Spireview for a week . The cottage was lovely and very close to the centre of Louth. The garden was great to sit in and enjoy the view of St James' church spire. Would definitely recommend a stay in Rosalyn and Ian's cottage.

ps Thank you for the lovely scones.

Mary and Graham

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fabulous cottage

  • 5 of 5

The property is wonderful

It is superbly presented with everything you could possibly need, it is comfortable and very homely

Rosalyn and Ian are amazing hosts

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fabulous week at Spireview cottage!

  • 5 of 5

A delightful cottage that was perfect for our week-long stay in Lincolnshire. Cozy, impeccably clean and beautifully renovated, Spireview cottage is a short walk to all of the amenities of Louth. Rosalyn and Ian are charming hosts and provide a warm welcome. Looking forward to our next visit!

David & Barbara

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely meeting you both, and I really hope you choose us again next time you visit England. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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An amazing little cottage with lots of character and everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is really lovely, relaxing and comfortable. The kitchen is new with all equipment you can possibly need, the bathroom is perfect and has a separate bath and shower. The kids loved the ducks in the bath! Rosalyn and Ian made us feel so welcome, and the homemade scones on arrival were really appreciated. It is a five minute walk to the town where there are plenty of wonderful restaurants, cafes and shops.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We loved having you all to stay, and hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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Excellent cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

An excellent cottage which is extremely well equipped. Within walking distance to shops, pubs and restaurants but very peaceful and quiet. Walks from the door and the walking guides in the cottage were a great bonus.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely meeting you both. Thank you for your kind review. So pleased you enjoyed the walks. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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Car: recommended


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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

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.