Spireview Cottage (sleeping up to 4 people in two bedrooms) has been recently renovated. Featuring a spiral staircase and stunning views of St. James' Church. It has a living room with a log-burning stove; newly fitted bespoke kitchen; utility room; downstairs toilet; main double bedroom; smaller second bedroom; a beautiful bathroom with corner bath and shower unit; a private garden; off street parking for two cars. The cottage is only three minutes walk to Spout Yard Park, four minutes walk to Louth Museum, and five minutes walk to the centre of the charming market town of Louth with its three screen cinema, many restaurants, pubs, independent shops, and thrice weekly markets. Riverhead Theatre is a little further (perhaps 20 mins walk); as is Hubbards Hills (one of the treasures of Louth). The Meridian Centre (with superb facilities including a large swimming pool; children's fun pool; gym; badminton; table tennis etc) is only 1.5 miles away. The cottage also provides an excellent base to explore the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds and sandy beaches on the coast. We always provide fresh flowers for our guests, as well as fresh milk, tea amd coffee, and a tasty home-made treat.
Cottage in Louth, Lincolnshire, England - Peaceful Location within 5 Minutes Walk of Town Centre. Numerous country walks from Cottage.
Rosalyn Spencer-Johnson and Ian Johnson
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 16, 2019
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 ...
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Happy new year stay in Louth
Spire View was exactly as described on the website and everything was very clean and comfortable. We received a warm welcome from Rosalyn and we all enjoyed Ian’s lovely home made cake.
Everything downstairs in the cottage is great and there is a smart new timber kitchen. The main bedroom is large (with a lovely view of the church); the second bedroom is much smaller and would probably suit a couple of children rather than two adults, especially if you are staying for a week. We knew this in advance and it didn’t matter at all to us on our short stay.
Louth is a friendly historic town with some independent shops, interesting buildings and lovely open spaces. We came for a New Year’s Eve party but I’m sure there would be plenty to do all year round.
Thank you for your review. It was lovely meeting you both and your two friends from New York. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Spireview Cottage and the New Year's Eve Party at Louth Town Hall (where the wonderful band 'British Sea Power' were playing). As you say, we warned you in advance that the second bedroom was much smaller than the main bedroom so hopefully you weren't too disappointed. The small bedroom is normally used as a single room but with the flexible arrangement of being able to add another bed if needed, or if we have two couples we can push the beds together and add a topper mattress. We do our best to please our guests but unfortunately the room size is a restriction we can't do anything about. Thanks again for your review and hope to see you return to Spireview Cottage and lovely Louth in the not too distant future - there is so much more to discover!
Wonderful property. Well equipped and comfortable in a great location.
I had a great stay here. It’s my favourite place to stay in Louth. Rosalyn is amazing and nothing is too much trouble. The cottage is immaculate and well equipped. The central location makes it ideal. Parking onsite so the car is off the road. I would very much recommend and have already booked for next year!
Thank you for your very kind review. It was lovely having you back again. Looking forward to seeing you again next year. .
A superb, comfortable cottage in a peaceful location so convenient for centre of Louth.
Rosalyn was such a pleasant and helpful hostess who had put so much thought into equipping Spireview. Unusually hot weather but the cottage was a cool retreat. Louth is well placed for visits to the coast, Lincoln and lovely market towns but has so much to offer on its own.
Thank you for your kind review. It was lovely meeting you both. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Super stay in Louth
Really lovely cottage and very kind and helpful hosts. Good location for our short break. Many Thanks
Thank you for your review. It was lovely to meet you all. Hope your mum enjoyed her visit to the UK.
We stayed in Spireview for a week . The cottage was lovely and very close to the centre of Louth. The garden was great to sit in and enjoy the view of St James' church spire. Would definitely recommend a stay in Rosalyn and Ian's cottage.
ps Thank you for the lovely scones.
Mary and Graham
Thank you Mary and Graham. It was lovely meeting both of you. Fortunately you had some fantastic weather during your stay. Hope to see you again sometime.
A fabulous cottage
The property is wonderful
It is superbly presented with everything you could possibly need, it is comfortable and very homely
Rosalyn and Ian are amazing hosts
Thank you so much for your review. It was lovely to see you again. Hope you choose Spireview Cottage again on your next trip to England.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: A deposit of 25% of the rental cost of your stay must be paid to secure the booking and then the remaining rental balance is payable no later than 40 days before the beginning of your stay (or in case of last minute bookings this can be negotiated). A Returnable Security Bond of £150 becomes payable with your final balance, this is usually returned in full within 7 days of departure in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the letting.