Cottage in Lincolnshire in peaceful location close to town centre.
Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson
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 ...
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Super break at Spireview Cottage Louth
We had a wonderful stay in Louth at Spireview. Ian and Rosalyn are fantastic hosts and made us feel very welcome when we arrived. The cottage is perfect. Fully equipped and beautifully clean and within easy walking distance of the town centre. There are great walks from the door. We thoroughly recommend Spireview and will definitely be returning.
It was really lovely meeting you all. We're really pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Spireview Cottage and the weather was kind to you. We would be absolutely delighted to have you stay again. Hope to see you again soon!
An excellent place to explore Louth and surrounding area. Everything was in tip top shape and excellent owners wishing to make the most of your stay. There was on site parking but access was tight due to parking on the narrow streets around.
It was lovely meeting you both. We are really fortunate in having parking spaces available on our double drive. It can be tight pulling onto the driveway at times due to cars parked on the street. We've now got the knack of pulling towards the 'Please Keep Clear' sign opposite and then reversing onto the drive. If guests find it difficult, however, we are prepared to move our own cars off the drive to make parking easier. Thank you for your review and valuable feedback.
Faultless accomodation and great hosts.
Thank you so much. It was lovely to meet you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in England.
Lovely Spireview cottage
Fantastic cottage in the heart of Louth but really quiet. Stunning setting and fabulous hosts
Thank you for your kind review. We really enjoyed meeting your family. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Superb weekend break
Lovely cottage with everything you could possibly need. Friendly hosts who were so helpful with directions and info and the welcome scones were much appreciated! Louth is lovely with lots of quirky pubs and eating places-definitely hope to return.
So pleased you enjoyed your stay. The weather was certainly very kind to you. Hope to see you again before too long.
Louth 3 night stay.
I stayed here 3 nights with my daughter and it was spot on for what we wanted. It's situated close to the centre of town with everywhere close by. There is a cinema and Co-op within walking distance with numerous places to eat nearby. The main street has plenty of shops to keep you busy for a while.
The house itself has everything you need for your stay, with each room perfectly set out for a comfortable stay. There is WiFi which everyone needs these days and there was coffee, tea, towels provided as well as all bed linen. There wasn't anything we needed that wasn't on hand.
Rosalyn and Ian were fantastic hosts and recommended places to visit and made sure we had a great stay.
When we go back we will definitely see if Spireview Cottage is available first before anywhere else.
Thank you for your kind review. It was lovely meeting you and your daughter. Hope to see you both back again before too long.
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)
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.