Spilsby

An historic Lincolnshire country house boasting an incredible sixteen bedrooms has been listed on the market a year after it was revamped as a party mansion.

Raithby Hall in Spilsby is a Grade II listed red-brick building built in 1760. It was the seat of the Brackenbury and Rawnsley families and was extended in 1848 and 1873 by George Gilbert Scott.

It was previously sold in 2007 for £1.4 million, and has been listed again without a guide price, with estate agents Fine & Country instead offering price on application for the property. View the full listing here.

The property can be found on an 8-acre plot of land. | Photo: Fine & Country

It has over 60 rooms in total, offering 16 bedrooms, 10 ensuite bathrooms, and eight reception rooms, as well as numerous dining areas and a spacious bespoke fitted kitchen.

Spanning eight acre grounds, Raithby Hall also comes with lawns, a lake and an oriental garden with dazzling views of the Lincolnshire countryside.

A look at the divine oriental garden space. | Photo: Fine & Country

The Lincolnite wrote about this building at the start of 2020, after it had been converted into a party house that could be booked out for luxurious stays.

After a two year renovation project from owners Stephen Cox and his wife Brenda Hobbins, it was marketed as an event space that was set to open to the public in March 2020, with prices starting from £4,399 for three nights over a long weekend.

It has now been listed for sale on the housing market, offering you the chance to own your very own stately home, complete with its own chapel.

This is what it looks like inside:

Lavish is the inherited middle name of whoever owns this house. | Photo: Fine & Country

A bespoke fitted kitchen with central island. | Photo: Fine & Country

Tradition is key in a property like this. | Photo: Fine & Country

Settings that wouldn’t look out of place on an episode of The Crown. | Photo: Fine & Country

There are multiple dining areas for dinner parties. | Photo: Fine & Country

Anyone for pool? | Photo: Fine & Country

You certainly won’t run out of places to relax or catch up. | Photo: Fine & Country

A bedroom fit for royalty. | Photo: Fine & Country

Each bedroom has personality and colour oozing from the walls. | Photo: Fine & Country

Natural light beams through the house. | Photo: Fine & Country

As spacious as houses can be. | Photo: Fine & Country

Original features maintain the property’s rich history. | Photo: Fine & Country

A lake spans far and wide in the grounds of Raithby Hall. | Photo: Fine & Country

A single mother from Lincolnshire who was left at a loss after her cancer diagnosis has said that a series of horse therapy sessions was “like divine intervention” during her darkest hours.

Antonia Ffitch-Moye, 51, from Eastville near Spilsby and Boston, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2020, but had to wait four months for surgery due to the risk posed by COVID-19 on her existing health conditions.

To try and cope with her trauma, Antonia, a mother of three, kept the news from wider family and friends and remained strong for her children and partner, who had already lost his mum and sister to cancer before.

She then confronted her feelings after signing up for the Macmillan spirit and soul equine therapy service, thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

The service uses horses to provide emotional support for those affected by cancer, and is based at the No Reins centre in Nettleham, Lincolnshire.

Antonia was a keen horse rider earlier in her life, but had to give it up when she became wheelchair-bound due to other health conditions, and the Macmillan sessions have now inspired her to work with horses again.

She said: “I’m not one for sitting and talking about my feelings with a box of tissues to a complete stranger, but I can talk to a horse. Being around the horses helped me to look at my own feelings. This has been a hard journey.

“I hadn’t realised how much it had affected me. I was being strong for my partner. I never broke down in tears. But since having the sessions with Lucy I’ve recognised that that it’s okay to cry, to scream, to be silent.

“It is okay to ask ‘why me’ and not get an answer and worry about it coming back. It has given me so much strength.”

Horses are prey animals by nature, so they can pick up on emotions and body language, so the equine therapy helps people to regulate their emotions and understand more about how they feel.

It is designed to help build the confidence of people going through cancer treatment, with participants taking part in therapeutic exercises with the horses and spending time learning horsemanship skills over the course of four sessions.

Antonia said: “There is a spirituality about it. Although the horse was just standing there, the reactions I got from the horse were incredible.

“I lost a child when he was six months old and when I was talking about that time, the horse Echo – my therapist – stepped back and Lucy said she’s giving you the space to let it all out. There was a real connection there, I could almost hear the horse saying ‘it’s okay, it’s okay’.”

Lucy Curtis, owner of No Reins, is running the Macmillan Spirit and Soul Equine Therapy sessions from her centre in Nettleham. She said: “The transformation in Antonia has been incredible and really demonstrates the healing power of animals.

“Many people affected by cancer find it hard to talk about the emotional burden a diagnosis can bring in a traditional therapy room setting, so this service helps people to confront those feelings and improve their emotional wellbeing.”

For more information about the spirit and soul equine therapy service that Macmillan offer in Lincolnshire, or to sign up for four free sessions, call 01283 384511 or email [email protected].

Plans to build 600 new homes and a medical centre in Spilsby have been approved.

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee gave the green light to Gin Property’s outline proposals for Halton and Ashby Roads on Thursday.

The outline application said the site includes a new “Chapter Village” of around 200 homes for over 55s, 25 homes classed as “affordable”, rent to buy properties and living accommodation for older people alongside 200 open market houses.

The surgery already has permission to go ahead.

Michael Braithwaite, agent to the applicant, said: “The delivery of the centre is dependent on the wider development.”

He added: “The development will meet a real and particular need for new homes in East Lindsey together with providing a much needed new medical centre.”

He told councillors a 1.5 hectare open space area would improve health and wellbeing for residents, along with cycle lane provision. The focus, he said, was on enhancing the town centre rather than providing shops on site.

Spilsby Town Council and Hundleby Parish Council have supported the proposals for encouraging new infrastructure and amenities as well as promoting growth and business investment. However, they have raised some concerns.

Fenside Parish Council, along with a number residents, objected due to concerns over the size of the development, the impact on local roads, schools and leisure facilities and increases in drainage and pollution issues.

Independent Councillor Edward Mossop praised the plans for having “more green on the land than has ever been seen on an application like this” but, along with other members, queried the green infrastructure of the development.

Mr Braithwaite said key features included attenuation ponds, protection for key areas of habitat around lakes within the development, and connections to Spilsby. He said reserved matters applications would take account of national policies at the time they are submitted.

Councillor Helen Matthews, however, said: “I’m just a bit concerned because it looks like we’re bolting on 600 [homes] to a town that’s poorly served for leisure facilities.

“I know there’s talk about this enhancing the town centre but there’s nothing here showing me how it will [do that] other than bringing lots of people in.”

She added: “There’s a chance here for a new development to be exemplar around green issues.”

Councillor Swanson said he felt the proposal had little direction and that its submission was “premature”.

“There’s no guarantee that putting 600 of houses on this piece of land will actually bring Spilsby back to life,” he said.

Councillor Danny McNally, however, said it was “quite fine really”.

“Asking for 600 houses like this is far, far better than the bolt-ons we have seen in other towns,” he said.

“We’re getting new roads, water upgrades – there’s loads of new stuff.”

Councillors approved the plans, adding on conditions to push for green solutions such as electric vehicle charging and solar panels, as well as asking for contributions to focus on education, sports provision and social housing.

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