A Family-run BusinessWe offer a range of workshops, retreats & accomodation in a beautiful historic venue.
At a time when many owners of old houses are modernising the life out of them, it's refreshing to come across Emma Van Spyk who is heading with determination in the opposite direction.
She's developing her family home, Wykes Manor in rural Lincolnshire, as a B&B in the style and spirit of the 17th Century. Admittedly the house has enormous atmosphere and a great deal of history, but it's unusual to be given the option of 17th Century food and live early music as well.
Contact Emma Van Spyk to discuss short stays, events, retreats or house parties.
Bed & Breakfast
... given the architecture of the house and its Grade II listed status, the best rooms have dedicated bathrooms, rather than en-suites. Options of 17th Century-style, full English or continental buffet breakfast. Room prices range from £70 to £95 per night.
Retreats for groups or individuals:We offer creative or spiritual retreats - please see our Retreats page for further details on what we can offer you.
Pilgrim Fathers and genealogical research:
... immerse yourself in the 17thC - use Wykes Manor as a base for investigating heritage sites and researching your roots; personalised tours devised and minibus and driver available for groups. Evening meals or banquets can be arranged, in Elizabethan/Jacobean style with a lutenist to play for you.
Visits to local places of interest:Between March and October, we offer historic visits which include excursions to local historic places of interest. This may include Belvoir Castle, Belton House, Woolsthorpe Manor (home of Sir Isaac Newton), The Boston Stump, Alford (the hometown of explorer John Smith) and Somersby, hometown of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. These stays are limited to groups of 4 people. All meals can be provided, by prior arrangement.
Early music for the Curious:
Residential house parties for musicians and singers, with workshops and performances, led by enthusiastic professionals.
Bring your own wine.
Next musical performance:
Next Musical Workshop:
... We can host small events in the house itself, but we can suggest marquee suppliers for larger gatherings in the grounds.
BookingsDeposit required (of half costs). Full payment on arrival. Phone Emma for information and bank transfer details.
Whether you are looking for some time-out, the venue for a gathering or to brush up your academic or creative skills and knowledge, welcome! Wykes Manor is a place set apart for all, and can be a crossroads for many. Let us provide you with refreshment, rest and rejuvenation for whatever stage of your personal journey you are on.
Our 17th Century manor house is tucked amongst the fields and woodland of the Lincolnshire landscape. Based just outside Donington village, we are 20 minutes drive from Spalding and Boston, with good train services linking up to the North and South.
Please look around our website to see the spaces available to hire, and some of the activities, exhibitions and courses we have to offer you.
Call us on 07942 861956.
"A truly wonderful experience. The peace and tranquility allowed me to prioritise what is important in life and how to deal with the challenges ahead" - Helen.
Cream Teas 2018 - See below for details!
Cream Teas within the historic house and gardens of Thomas CowleyTuesdays from 2.00 pm. £5.50 per head. Booking Essential (Call Emma : Mobile 07942 861 956).
Residential Summer Courses in Art and Creativity
(Mobile 07942 861 956).
The Latest Poustinia
Christian Women's Day Retreats
(Mobile 07942 861 956).
Liberal Arts Classes
Morning classes 10.00 - 12.30, shared lunch & afternoon activities.
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