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Lincolnshire couple convert unused space above garage into woodland haven

A married couple from Lincolnshire who converted an unused space above their garage into a two-bed woodland haven for holidaymakers say they’ve put “so much into making it a success.” Katherine and David Samms first opened their holiday let, Old Wood Coach House, Skellingthorpe, in 2021.

Their cosy ‘upside down’ retreat is nestled in the ancient Lincolnshire woodland, Old Wood. Katharine, who works at the Environment Agency and David, a pilot, have recently received silver in the Best for Pet-Friendly Breaks Category, a national awards programme by Sykes Holiday Cottages.

Mrs Samms said: “The area we live in is so beautiful and sharing this with others was one of the main reasons we delved into holiday letting. We like to think of our property as an excellent tonic to the stresses of modern life – and the perfect place to stay with loved ones, which, of course, includes dogs.

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Old Wood Coach House in Skellingthorpe
Old Wood Coach House in Skellingthorpe

“We’ve put so much into making Old Wood Coach House a success, and constantly get great feedback from our visitors, but an award like this really does mean a lot.” Since Old Wood Coach House first became available to holidaymakers, the staycation has become a popular place to stay for dog owners.

Graham Donoghue, CEO of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “We’re excited to have relaunched the Sykes Gems to recognise and reward some of the best holiday lets across the country. A lot of work goes into running a successful holiday let so it was a difficult decision amongst so many wonderful properties, but our final winners are those consistently going above and beyond to deliver unforgettable breaks for their guests.”

Sykes Holiday Cottages said there were a significant number of entries for the Best for Pets category across the UK and Ireland. Properties were judged using owner entries and guest feedback alongside details such as photos, occupancy figures and amenities.

Old Wood Coach House received the award for its style and facilities, along with guest feedback on cleanliness, comfort and value for money.

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