Frequently asked questions
What is there to do in the local area?

The estate is a short 5 minute drive to The Engine Yard; a three acre landscaped site, carefully repurposed to celebrate local food, drink and artisan shopping with an opportunity to relax and unwind in stunning surroundings. Here you can sip cocktails at the Balloon Bar, enjoy tasty woodfired pizzas at the Fuel Tank or savour a scrummy hot chocolate from Café Allez after a local countryside walk… what more could you ask for?

Well there is also a Garden Shop, a Chocolatier, a Delicatessen, a Hair Salon & Day Spa, a Kids Toy Store, a Jewelry Shop, Clothing, Accessories & Interiors Boutiques, Butchery and Provisions Outlet and Cafes. Not to mention an abundance of outdoor seating, children’s play area and a programme of pop up events over the summer months.

We are just a 5 minute drive to Belvoir Castle and Gardens – as seen on The Crown. Explore Belvoir Castle’s Capability Brown landscape and beautifully established formal gardens on a variety of walks and trails. 

The estate is surrounded by Public footpaths and trails as well as great cycling routes. You can head out for a hike, a ramble or a ride and enjoy the scenic views (and local country pubs) on your adventure.

There are private fishing lakes at Belvoir Castle and at Knipton, a neighboring village. Group trips can be arranged.

On request, we can also arrange Clay Pigeon Shooting activities on the private ground of Belvoir Estate and Behind the Scene tours at Belvoir Castle.

We have an array of great country pubs serving great British grub and quality ales and wines (see the local pub FAQ for recommendations).

A 15 minute drive… you will find Twin Lakes Park – an all action, all weather theme park.

Ponton Park Wood, Melton Mowbray, Stamford and the city of Lincoln are all within reach of visiting.

What is the history of Croxton Park Estate?

Croxton Park Estate was originally an Abbey from the 12th century.

Walking the quiet footpaths from the end of Bescaby Lane and towards Croxton Park, it’s incredible to think that in medieval times this was the site of the one of the richest and most powerful religious houses in the region.

Today, the only signs that there was once an abbey here are a few carved stones balanced on a stone wall and embedded in the side of Croxton House, and some lumps and bumps in the ground. The biggest clue are the three fish ponds which once stocked the abbey’s kitchens, and earned income for the monks who lived there.

One 12th century abbott was King John’s favourite physician and confessor, and was called to the king’s death-bed after he suffered food poisoning in Newark Castle. He returned with the king’s heart and bowels which were buried in the abbey grounds.

The Black Death devastated the abbey; only the abbot and prior survived.

There are some wonderfully carved figures of monks on pews at Croxton Church. These are said to come from the Abbey.

Do you have a good local pub?
The Vale of Belvoir has many good pubs:
– The Manners Arms, Knipton
– Chequers Inn, Woolsthorpe
– The Dirty Duck, Woolsthorpe
– Goose & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial
– The Wheel, Branston
– The Windmill Inn, Redmile
– Rose & Crown, Hose
– The Nags Head, Harby
Is there a local shop?

There are local food shops including a grocer in the nearby village of Bottesford or for a bigger supermarket Grantham is the closest town. Knipton and Woolsthorpe also have village stores.  You will also find a number of food takeaway places in Bottesford including, a Chinese, fish and chip shop and curry house. 

Do you charge a security deposit?

Yes, we charge a deposit of £500-£1000 at the point of booking – depending on the group size. The security deposit is fully refundable within 72hrs of the departure date and after checking that no damage or breakages have occurred. Guests are liable for the full cost of any breakages that occur in excess of the deposit amount (as per the booking terms & conditions).

How do we get to the property?

To find your way to us by car, set your SatNav to: NG32 1QY

Just a 15-20 minute drive from the A52, Grantham and Melton Mowbray, 40 minutes from Nottingham and very close to the A1.

Our nearest train station is Grantham with regular trains from London, the South and North East lines. From Grantham station you would then need to take a 15 minute taxi ride – ask them to take you to Croxton Park: NG32 1QY

What time can we check-in?

Your accommodation will be ready from 15:00. Key lockboxes are used so you can let yourself into the property when you arrive. These lockboxes are handily located just to the side of the property entrance. Each guest will get a unique code to access the keys in these lockboxes prior to their arrival.

There will be a small house handbook and local information leaflets in the house.

By what time do we need to check-out?

We ask guests to check-out by 11:00.

Before you leave, could you please:

  • Put all used towels on the floor in the bathroom
  • Empty the house of rubbish when leaving and put in the bins provided – there is a bin store at the back of the courtyard
  • Put all used dishes in the dishwasher and set it going
  • Please close all windows
  • Return all keys to the lockbox by 11:00

You are welcome to park your car on-site, enjoy the local area and head home later in the day. However, you must vacate the estate by 14:00 to allow other guests to access the site. 

 

What do I need to bring?

Each house has an inclusion list on the specific property page – please refer to these to help understand what you may or may not need to bring with you.

Is there wifi?

Croxton Lodge – password: Lodge2021

Curlew’s Nest – password: AirBnBNest2021

Croxton Park House – password: ParkHouse2021

How can I book a taxi?

If you would like to arrange a taxi, our nearest provider is Amber Cars in Grantham who can be contacted on 01476 566966.

Can we have guests visit us?

In the interest of protecting the integrity for other guests staying on the estate, we kindly ask that a maximum of 4 people are welcomed to join you during the day. Guests must vacate the estate by 22:00 and are not permitted to stay overnight.

Do you accept hen and stag do’s?

Yes, but please kindly note the noise restrictions and we reserve the right to ask any guest who is not respecting our private estate and other guests to leave.

Are dogs allowed on-site?

Yes, your furry friends are welcome to join you – a maximum of 2 in each property. We kindly ask that owners are vigilant in picking up after their dogs and that they are kept on a lead near livestock. Please bring dog beds and bowls with you. There is an extra charge of £25 per dog.

Can we swim in the lake?

The estate is a protected heritage site and therefore swimming is not permitted in the lakes situated on the estate. Please practice caution around the open water, especially with children.

Can guests light their own campfire and BBQ?

Unfortunately we cannot have campfires or BBQ’s on the estate that are not in the provided fire bowls or BBQ areas. There estate is a highly protected heritage site and failure to comply with this could result in your eviction from the estate and your arrest. 

What are the noise restrictions on-site?

We ask guests to kept noise to a minimum after 23:00. Please note failure to comply with this could result in your eviction from the estate.

Are cots available?
In the property you will find one travel cot with mattress which also doubles as a play pen. The size of the mattress is 100×60 and you will need to bring your own bed sheets and sleep bags.

There is also one high chair available in the property.

Where is the nearest hospital?

The nearest hospital with an A & E unit is:

Grantham and District Hospital, 101 Manthorpe Rd, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 8DG