As you leave the motorway leading in and out of Grimsby and pass the village of Great Coates, you will approach another beautiful village boasting a hidden gem within 36 acres of tranquil North East Lincolnshire countryside, Healing Manor. Just a few years ago, the empty period building was in danger of becoming ruins until it was bought in 2013 and restored to its former glory, becoming the Healing Manor Hotel.
Recently, the hotel has undergone an expansion, and the team hosted an open day to showcase the rooms, grounds and facilities to potential business customers.
Firstly, we entered the Cadogan Suite which was set up to give an example of a corporate training session; it was great to see the fantastic Discover NEL there! But of course, this suite is used for all types of celebrations too.
From the Cadogan Suite, you can enter the hotel’s patio area which has incredible views of the grounds.
Beautiful, aren’t they? A member of the Manor’s team, Robbi, who was so passionate and knowledgeable about the manor, took us on a tour; it is safe to say quality and attention to detail runs through the hotel, including the all new, fully refurbished stable rooms.
The ground’s old stables have been converted into peaceful, light rooms, each with a high quality en-suites and it’s own courtyard with flowers yet to grow – that is how new this refurbishment is. The stable rooms have their own distinctive names with a fascinating story behind them; in the mid 19th century, a Grand National winning race horse was trained at these very stables, Cure-All. The horse, who was found to be lame, was trained by Christopher ‘Kitty’ Crisp and overcame a 120 mile walk to Aintree and a frozen race track to win the 1845 Grand National. Each of the stable rooms are named after the Grand National horses and the lounge within the hotel is now called ‘Cure-All’. Also here is a barn which is currently undergoing restoration. Once completed, it will be used as another venue for weddings and celebrations.
Next, Robbi showed us a preview of some of the hotel’s rooms. Most were undergoing preparation for the weekend’s guests, so we took a look at the Summer room.
The rooms have been styled by the lovely Helen at Design Intervention and feature traditional antique furniture carefully sourced from vintage shops and sellers; it really emphasises the period features of the manor whilst still feeling fresh and modern. And from what we saw, many of the suites, as well as having en-suites, have giant beds! I imagine you would have a wonderful night’s sleep here.
Finally, Robbi escorted back to the grounds, 36 acres of peaceful gardens with it’s own lake, wooden bridge and an island with views looking back to the manor.
For any soon-to-be blushing brides, the picturesque island has it’s own licence for civil ceremony marriages!
Of course, Healing Manor does have a restaurant, The Portman, and visitors of the open were able to sample some of the delights. They must have been good as much of it had gone by the time I arrived! But here’s a little preview to whet your appetite.