The Rectory is now open…

It’s official… The Rectory is now taking bookings. It is looking beautiful with its powder painted walls, a luxury pale grey carpet, stained ground floor timbers and antique furniture and the views to the rear of the Rectory are stunning and rival even the most splendid Wolds vista.

The Rectory has been home to Rectors since 1849 when Rev Francis Charles Massingberd (1825-1873) commissioned the design from architect Francis Cranmer Penrose, although St Leonards, our local Church, actually boasts a list of continuous Rectors right from 1222!

We have celebrated the first inhabitant who went on to become Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral by naming one of the bedrooms after him. The other four bedrooms are named after other prominent Rectors including Arthur Smith (Rector 1944-61) who introduced the community bus to take pick up parishioners and take them to Sunday services; William Oswald Massingberd (Rector 1873-1911) who wrote the definitive history of South Ormsby and of course Samuel Wesley (Rector 1691-95) who was the father of John and Charles Wesley, who founded of Methodism. The final bedroom celebrates Samuel’s wife Susannah who brought up the 19 children in a strict methodical manner, instilling in them their morals and Christian beliefs.

All the en-suite rooms are light and airy and can be singles or doubles. Hosts Tanya and Roy are delighted with the new business venue and are looking forward to welcoming their first guests. Their family all came along to help them move in. Tanya and Roy have been married for 29 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren as well as a friendly dog and cat.

They come with a wealth of experience as they have run pubs and guest houses in the past. They are determined that a good traditional breakfast will be on the menu and intend to work hard to make the guest house a real success. In their spare time, Tanya enjoys reading and crosswords and Roy is a keen gardener.

There are still a few bits that are to be added to restore the Rectory to its former glory. The porch at the front door is half way up now and the landscaping will ensure guests enjoy the gardens as much as the charm of the Rectory itself. Robert Miller, Director of Hemswell Antiques, has assisted to ensure that the furniture is sympathetic to what would have been in a turn of the century Rector’s home and is looking forward to seeing all the furniture, mirrors, painting and quirky objects he has helped choose in situ.

Local tradespeople have been engaged where ever possible and Woods builders, David Lindsey plumbers, East Coast Carpets from Louth, and Lincolnshire Electricians GRE have all played a part in getting the Rectory looking good as well as our historic London based architects MBA. There will be a formal launch soon and all the key players will be invited back to see the finished building along with other guests who will be interested in seeing what we have achieved.