Tuesday, 3 September 2019

New signs and very busy times!

Jane Haigh showing off her artwork, "Big Feller" is the new face of Flintwood Farm
We thought July was busy, wow, August was probably the busiest on record here at Poachers Hideaway.

The Top of The Wolds campsite is in full swing now since opening a couple of months ago, most weekends we are up to capacity, as with our holiday cottages.

Directing our guests here is now aided with our new signs! We commissioned Jane, pictured above, to provide us with one of her fantastic paintings of a Shire Horse. Jane is a local artist residing near Lincoln, you can peruse more of her work at www.janehaigh.uk.

Also a big shout out to Blue Apple signs of Louth for doing a sterling job in printing them.

As you may know we have lots of Shire Horses up here at Flintwood Farm and one of our flagship Poachers Hideaway cottages is named Shire Horse barn so a very appropriate illustration...

Big Feller by Jane Haigh

One very busy weekend was British Superbikes, with us being one of the nearest accommodation providers to Cadwell Park we are a first choice for many bike racing enthusiasts...

All the way from Scotland.

We had some great guests Cadwell weekend, some rode all the way from Scotland to spectate the British Superbikes a pilgrimage they embark on every year. They liked the fact they could go to the circuit enjoy the action then retire to the peace and tranquility in the evening and enjoy a BBQ and admire the view. Not only spectators enjoy our hidden gem, we accommodated a couple of racing teams and track marshals too...

Sidecars at Cadwell

We are celebrating!  Leah, one of our, Poachers resident photographers, has got an award for a book she has just had printed about a recent American road trip though a publisher called Bob Books www.bobbooks.co.uk
Well done Leah, book of the month!

Leah is a thirteen year old student who is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Award and has chosen to challenge her photography skills to achieve this. Her grandfather and father are both photographers and have influenced her photography, which she hopes to develop her skills to a more professional level.
In her book “Wild Wyoming, A Road Trip”, Leah captured the wonderful wildlife and landscape of Wyoming from The Grand Tetons to Devils Tower.

On a final note from the management and staff at Poachers Hideaway, we are so grateful to all our guests for leaving our cottages in such good fettle when they leave! its often commented on after a busy week...

Oh and whoever left the ice creams we appreciate it!

Saturday, 3 August 2019

What a busy July!

Our guests off to Forties weekend Woodhall Spa

July proved to be an exceptionally busy month for us up here at Poachers Hideaway, most cottages fully booked!
We have had guests from all over the world visit our little haven in the wolds.

Harvest is here and farmers are reporting a good year for barley. Our wild flower meadows have been baled up for hay, over 200 bales!

For the horses

We are renewing our signage!

We thought it was time to give Poachers Hideaway a fresh new look with something more appropriate and eye-catching. We have commissioned a local artist...

Here is a clue to the content, this is one of the beautiful residents of Poachers Hideaway.

Watch this space and the one down the end of the drive!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Walking up and down hills and mountains.

Darren & Sally
Massive congratulations to Darren & Sally from the Bluebell pub and restaurant in Belchford , our local!

They did the National Three Peak Challenge (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) in 23 hours and 53 mins!

They have raised over £4000 for St Barnabas Hospice Trust in memory of Darrens partner Natalie, who sadly lost her battle with cancer late last year.

Copy and paste link below for their story...


The start! Ben Nevis at 6am
It rained a little at Scafell Pike!
Coming down Snowdon at nearly nearly 6am, 7 minutes to spare!

Countryside Walks & Gardens members.

Also out for a walk a few days ago were the Countryside Walks and Gardens guys. A lovely bunch that meet up and amble around the countryside, all seem to have their specialist subjects on plants, one particular lady was very knowledgable on mushrooms and fungi, pointing out edible specimens along the way.

Andrew and Angela hosted this weeks wander up here at Poachers Hideaway. Andrews local knowledge proved invaluable as he lead them through the countryside over yonder to Fulletby and back- a seven mile loop...

Down the hill to the Viking Way.

Snaking through one of the many wild flower meadows we have up here at Poachers Hideaway.
Andrew giving a history lesson on our famous Juice Trump.

Spectacular wild flowers this year!
A bit of a climb to the highest point of Poachers Hideaway.

360 degree views of outstandingly beautiful countryside.

The Hosts
The walk down to the Pub
Oh its closed, Andrew timed that well!

Hidden pathways to Fulletby.
Scanning the landscape Lincoln Cathedral in the distance...
St Andrews Fulletby
A lovely little church at Fulletby was the picnic spot. Refreshments are available in this church, just donate a little money, they even have biscuits!

The homeward stretch around the lakes.
looking at wild orchids around one of the lakes.

Up the final hill for tea and cake!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Top of the Wolds this June!

Our new Logo!

Well what a wet month June is! Even though we are on a hill, quite a high one, we had a bit of a flood in the pump house so ironically we had a hiccup in the water supply! Not for long though and it was bailed out and expertly repaired at no inconvenience to Poachers guests...

The weather didn't worry the Banovallum Duke of Edinburgh students, they camped up here the other weekend and the weather was, well horrific to say the least! They walked miles some got lost all got wet!

Yep we have a new logo, because we have officially launched our campground - Top of The Wolds!

Retro Camping.

A campsite with amazing all around views, this best describes ‘Top of the Wolds’, our campground for caravans, motorhomes and tents, all here at Poachers Hideaway!

You can enjoy sunrises and sunsets on, Top of the Wolds, while experiencing tranquility at its best.
Also, with little light pollution our sky’s can be ablaze with stars!

We have provision for six caravans/motorhomes with electric and water hookup. We also have the luxury of a shower block and toilet facilities. 

Our prices range from £10 per night for a single camper in a tent, to £25 per night for a caravan or motorhome with full electric hook up.

Why not pop up for a fishing holiday? Our well stocked carp lakes are available to you…

Fishermen, women and children of all ages and abilities are invited to fish our lakes.

It is essentially coarse fishing with Carp (up to 25lbs), Tench, Roach and Bream but do not be surprised if you land the odd Brown Trout as there are a few in there, just to keep the small fry down. Poachers Hideaway lakes are for the exclusive use of our guests and fishing is open.

There are no “pegs”, we simply ask that you treat both the sport and habitat with respect and that children are accompanied by a responsible adult as the water is very deep in places. The fish are partial to tinned potatoes, sweet corn and bread.

Willow Lodge is a fully enclosed glass lodge; where non-angling party members can sit and enjoy the views without getting their feet wet!

This also provides an ideal area for a BBQ. Local angling shops include the Horncastle Angling Centre that can be found on North Street

Please note the following:
•  £20 per rod (£5 for juniors).
•  The use of ground bait is not permitted
•  No keepnets
•  Barbless hooks only to be used
•  All fish to be returned to the lakes

We welcome Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions, our location is perfectly situated to accommodate such events.

Poachers Hideaway is the perfect place to explore, relax, unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside as said many times before.

Our fishing lakes (Drone photo courtesy of S Dengate)

Enjoying our new fishing piers!

A view from Top of the Wolds overlooking Scamblesby and beyond.

We have had another welcome addition up here at Poachers Hideaway, she was born last week...

A sweet little lady resting her long legs!

The Shire horses are increasing in numbers, and are very popular with guests and residents alike.

Juice Trump

Our wild flowers are starting to look amazing, I think its going to be a bumper crop this year. In a couple of weeks they will be at there best.

Rose hips in the evening sun.

An Orchid spotted nr the lakes by Poachers regular Stuart (photo courtesy S Dengate)

The weather seams to be very favourable to the crops around Poachers Hideaway, this field of barley along the Viking Way is beautiful!

Going to finish with a stunning sunset shot by Poachers budding photographer Leah....

A sunset view from Top of the Wolds, caravanning, camping and fishing, come and stay a while!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Post Bluebells and running Roe Deer

Well what wonderful weather we have had all week! Up until now...
We have been really busy up here with full occupancy of our holiday cottages. Its great to be able to hang the washing out to dry as much as we can, and obviously this also helps toward our continuing ethic of being environmentally friendly. 

Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) by C Whitling

Poachers Hideaway friend Chris Whitling photographed our amazing crop of Bluebells this year.
They have died off now but lots of other beautiful wild flowers are making their way through the undergrowth, there will be many flower photos to follow over the next few weeks!

Down Bluebell Wood by C Whitling

A beautiful Bluebell by C Whitling

Poachers Hideaway residents Destiny and Leah also enjoyed wandering around the bluebells, Leah a keen photographer was directing her sister and resident Ringo to model for her... one of her clients managed to follow instruction!




Running through our wildflower meadows

The Bluebells have gone for another year but there is much more to see in our little area of outstanding beauty, we seem to have a lot of Roe deer this year (Capreolus capreolus)

We love dogs up here at Poachers Hideaway and welcome them all in our cottages. We have a house guest this week, Jenny a lovely black lab she enjoys bounding around the fields and playing with all the other residents animal or human!