It’s not a common occurrence when I get to say that I slept in an 800-year-old building, but this is exactly what happened when we recently spent a weekend in Lincoln. When you book accommodation, no matter how many reviews you read or images you look at, you’ll never really know what’s in store for you until you get there. Thankfully for us, Cathedral View Guest House surprised us in just about every way possible.
Shortly after arriving in Lincoln, the car pulled up next to the guest house, and we were led up a narrow staircase to our new home for the next two nights. Lincoln turned out to be one of the best UK staycations Chris and I have ever experienced together; part of this comes down to the city itself, but Cathedral View also played a major role in this.
If you’re planning on making your way to Lincoln, this what you can expect if you book a room at Cathedral View Guest House.
– 800 years of history under one roof –
I expected that our weekend itinerary would be packed to the brim with historical sites – but I never expected that we’d also be staying in a historical site!
As you’ve probably already surmised, Cathedral View Guest House has a long, long history. A building has occupied this site for 800 years, and the first charter for a property here was issued between 1213 and 1220. It remained in private ownership until the 17th Century when it was converted into The Black Horse Inn. This coaching inn ran for 400 years before the building took on several other personae, including a few businesses and a popular restaurant. After it was left standing empty for two years and falling into a sad state of repair, the building was given new life when Paul and Christina bought the property.
A builder by trade, Paul and his team set about renovating the property, finding many curious items as they did so (including an 18th-Century newspaper). Some of these were incorporated into the final design, such as the hundreds-of-years-old wooden beams. The latter was one of the features of our room and while I, hobbit-sized as I am, had no trouble walking under the beams, Chris had a bit of a tougher time doing so.
The building’s age and the visual reminders of just how old it is are what make this guest house so unique. As we were going to sleep one evening, with the aged wooden beams and a chandelier above us, I couldn’t help but think of how many people had passed through and slept under this single roof. After all, Cathedral View Guest House continues to do what this building did for 400 years of its existence: housing guests in Lincoln.
– The room –
Admittedly, I didn’t see all of the rooms at Cathedral View, but, if ours was anything to go by, I imagine that all of the other guests had a tough time leaving their rooms too.
We were lucky enough to stay in the attic – a long stretch of a room that contained an en suite bathroom, a living room area and a massive bed, complete with a metallic bedframe. Everything about our room, from the two-seater sofa to the tea- and -coffee-making facilities, made us find excuses to linger in the guest house for a little longer, especially during the colder spells of weather. It was one of the cosiest rooms I’ve stayed in.
The bed was spacious and comfortable, with extra blankets and pillows on hand for chilly nights, which made it tempting to sleep in, if not for all of the sightseeing we had planned. But, whenever I stay in older buildings, I worry about the water pressure; fortunately, this didn’t seem to be an issue at all at Cathedral View.
One of the biggest perks of the room, however, has to do with the guest house’s name itself. Upon waking up and drawing open the curtains of our window, we were treated to a perfect view of one of Lincoln’s most famous landmarks: Lincoln Cathedral.
– The extra benefits –
Once you’ve managed to sleep and rest your weary legs after the inevitable ascending and descending of Steep Hill, a morning at Cathedral View Guest House involves breakfast.
Taking place in the dining area downstairs, which is in a beautiful room that uses more of those wooden beams as well as exposed brickwork, breakfast is served between 07:30 and 09:00 on weekdays, and between 08:00 and 09:30 on weekends. Since there are only a few tables, you may have to wait your turn during busier weekends, but there’s a big couch in front of a log fire where you can do so. Plus, as you’ll soon see, it’s worth the wait.
Guests can help themselves to cereals and juices, but the guest house also offers hot breakfasts cooked to order. With everything from the Full English to omelettes and hot porridge, there’s something for every appetite. Using local ingredients and fresh produce, this is a high-quality – and tasty – start to the day.
Apart from the breakfast, the guest house’s owners are a benefit in themselves. Friendly and full of knowledge of Lincoln and wider Lincolnshire, Paul and Christina will have plenty of sightseeing tips if you need them.
– Cathedral View’s location –
Considering the fact that our room had the view that it had, it’s safe to assume that Cathedral View Guest House holds a central location in Lincoln.
With its address at 6 Eastgate, this places guests in the heart of Lincoln’s historical quarter. All of the major sights – Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral and Steep Hill – are within a few minutes’ walk from the guest house’s front door. This, in turn, gives easy access to the city’s museums and galleries, the majority of which await you at the bottom of Steep Hill. In the other direction and right around the corner from the guest house, you can find Roman ruins, including one of the longest-standing Roman archways in the UK.
If you’re looking to place yourself in the centre of Lincoln’s sightseeing stops, as well as some of its best restaurants and pubs, then Cathedral View Guest House will not disappoint.
Genuinely, I struggle to find a single fault with our stay at Cathedral View Guest House. After exploring Lincoln all day and ending off with a delicious meal somewhere, the fact that we had our cosy home away from home waiting for us ensured that our weekend in Lincoln was completely perfect.
And that view outside our window certainly didn’t hurt either.
Affordable, centrally located, attached to a special history and with an amazing breakfast to get your day started, I’d highly recommend booking in at Cathedral View Guest House during your next Lincoln stay.
Have you been to Lincoln? What sort of guest house do you love staying at? Let me know in the comments below.
Note: Thanks to Visit Lincoln, we were guests at Cathedral View Guest House, but I loved our time there so much that I just had to write about it!
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