Wykes Manor - The House
Many of the features are similar to the below-stairs section of Belton House, Grantham (as yet we have not found any information on the connection). Much of the information we have aquired has come from people whose lives have been connected to Wike Farm or Wykes Manor over the years. Some were in service in the house, some were 'hands' as children on the extensive farm lands of the time. Some had ancestors who grew up in the house and left their initials carved in the beech tree at the front of the house, which dates back to over 200 years. Whatever the case, their stories have touched our family, as does the atmosphere of the place. It has inspired one child to read history at Cambridge, another to take English with a specialization in poetry at Sheffield, and another to take music, whilst all practicing the fine arts.
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.