Our Story

Our Past

Our enchanting manor house has a rich and full-bodied history, dating back to around 1730 when it was the private home of the Fairfax Family. It changed ownership many times over the next couple of centuries, being handed down through a combination of families and parish Reverends. Notable owners during this period included Sir William Amcotts-Ingilby, M.P. From one of the richest families in Lincolnshire, he was renowned throughout the land for his jaunty style, wild clothes and idiosyncratic green hat!

Intriguingly, it was as World War II was raging through Europe that ‘Washy Hall’ would change forever. The manor house became a welcoming home to weary airmen and, after the war ended, it opened as a nursing home. But this still wasn’t to be its final vocation, oh no! Somewhat surprisingly it was used as a nightclub for a few years before discovering its destiny as one of Lincoln’s best restaurants and (thankfully) a country house hotel.

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Our Promise

When we took ownership of Washingborough Hall a few years ago, the hotel was a little run-down, quite rough around the edges, and a bit more shabby than chic. We’ve invested time, money and a lot of love, all to restore its long-lost elegance. Today, it’s so more than just a lovely place to rest your head; it’s a charming hotel with a gorgeous glow, and a warm heart. It’s like a hotel-hug.

Our promise to you is simple but meaningful: When you visit Washingborough Hall, whether it be for a short break, a special event or a scrumptious dinner, we promise that you’ll be well fed, well wined, and very well looked after.

The love, care and attention that we apply to everything we do will ensure that your visit will exceed all your expectations. For extra reassurance, you may like to take a look at what other guests say about us on TripAdvisor. We have over 1000 completely unbiased reviews (thank you!) and have also won some impressive awards.

Guest Reviews Fabulous - four star establishment.

The Washingborough was a fantastic treat and completely different to the regular chain hotels. This boasts antique furnishings, interesting paintings and quirky sitting areas. We just loved our stay and every single member of staff went out of their way to make it enjoyable. Big thanks to all.

Lou Maythorne - 16/05/2019
Guest Reviews Charming in every way

A quite splendid stay and we could not have wished for more. Friendly and efficient staff, delightful surroundings and excellent bar and dining facilities. We are sorry that we do not have an excuse to return. We loved every aspect and it is but a short drive to Lincoln City and its magnificent Cathedral.

Guest Reviews Great Hotel!

The hotel is welcoming and relaxing with helpful staff both professional and friendly. My room had a very comfortable bed and a luxurious bathroom which was squeaky clean. Lunch and dinner were outstanding; a varied seasonal menu using locally sourced produce and vegetables cooked to perfection; desserts to die for and a great selection of cheeses. Breakfast for me included home made granola, fruit salad and pastries which were delicious.Great for those of us who skip the full English although i... Read more

Judy B
Guest Reviews A very good place to stay

We did a bargain break here which included 2 nights bed, breakfast and diner, as well as transport to, and a free entry into Lincoln Cathedral

Our room was absolutely super, as was the bathroom and the four poster bed.

Breakfast was excellent, as was diner each evening. Drinks were not expensive and the ambience of the hotel was lovely. The staff were very helpful., We would willingly stay again.

Roger M
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