One of the best loved Hotels in Lincolnshire

Enjoying a timelessly elegant setting and unique heritage, the Petwood is one of the most memorable places to stay in Lincolnshire. Once home to 617 Squadron, The Dambusters, and surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland, it is steeped in British history. Join us for award-winning dining, afternoon tea, or one of our weddings and special events. Explore the charming village of Woodhall Spa or stroll our spectacular grounds. Whatever the occasion, the Petwood is among the most memorable places to visit, dine or stay in the heart of “Bomber County”, Lincolnshire.


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Stay & Explore

Explore Bomber County

The Petwood is the ideal hotel to stay and explore the Lincolnshire Wolds, East Sea coast and towns and cities like historic Lincoln and Boston.

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An Evening with The BBMF

On March 17th we welcome back The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who are returning to the Petwood for what is becoming an annual event. The 'Evening With...' will see various members of the Flight, including OC BBMF Squadron Leader Mark Sugden, give a presentation and debate on what it takes to the keep the Flights aircraft in the air.

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BBMF Lancaster

A message from Scampton Church

We have received a lovely message from Scampton Church today with the latest information on their fantastic project in the village. 

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Cycle Lincolnshire Accreditation

We are very pleased to announce that today we have been awarded our Cycle Lincolnshire Accreditation as a Cycle Friendly location in the county. With our dedicated secure cycle storage and facilities alongside our Cycle And Go packages, the Petwood is the perfect place for exploring Bomber County on two wheels. 

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Notes from the past

It never ceases to amaze us here at the Petwood when pieces of hotel history somehow make their way back to the hotel. In the case of the latest item to cross our hotel marketing executives’ desk, that history is over 100 years old and a unique record of a key moment in Petwood history.

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MacMillan Coffee Morning

Friday 30th September will see the hotel host another Coffee and Cake morning in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Charity.

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The Petwood Hotel joins the nationwide mourning of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In Honour Of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

As a sign of our deep respect, on the day of Her late Majesty The Queen’s funeral, confirmed as Monday 19th September, we will close the hotel during the day.

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DCMS Funding

Petwood awarded Culture Recovery Fund grant

We are delighted to have been awarded £50,000 as part of DCMS’s Cultural Recovery Fund. This funding will ensure we can appropriately maintain the heritage asset of the Petwood’s gardens as we recover from the significant impact that Covid-19 has placed on our industry and the mandated closure of our business.

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Reggie The Duck

Reggie has landed at the Petwood

This year the city of Stoke on Trent is showcasing a brilliant new trail in the city featuring giant multi-coloured ducks. This is a similar initiative to the Lincolnshire Imp and Knight Trails many of you will have seen in the Lincoln in the last few years. One of the ducks featured, Reggie, has been designed in honour of RJ Mitchell the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire and this week he has landed at the Petwood!

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New year, new menu

As many of our regular guests and visitors will know, the hotel has been closed recently for a period of refurbishment whilst we carried out some upgrades on items such as our water tanks and refurbishing a number of rooms and some of the public areas of the building. We also took the opportunity to redesign some of our dining offers and were proud to launch our brand-new menu when we reopened on the 15th January.

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Fish meal

Changes to our service times

Please note that we will be operating adjusted menus and service times from today, Monday 19th July. These are as follows:

Lunch service 12.00-2.30pm
Afternoon tea service 1.30-5.30pm
Dinner service 6.00-8.45pm

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Petwood Garden memories

Thomas Burkitt was born in January 1892 in Calcethorpe, a small hamlet 5 miles outside of Louth, Lincolnshire to Thomas Burkitt senior, a Farm Labourer. Young Thomas didn’t appear to want to work in the fields as his father had done and by the time of the 1911 census at the age of 19, he was working at Petwood as a Gardener alongside his brother Harry aged 25.

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Petwood Gardens fountain

In times of trouble...

In times such as these it is very easy to get despondent about the situation we all find ourselves in but, here at the Petwood we believe that there are still things we can all look forward to and enjoy.

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Double win for Petwood Hotel at the Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards

We were all absolutely thrilled to be finalists in the Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards on Thursday evening but truly elated to win both Hotel of the Year and Taste of Lincolnshire awards.

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Guy Gibson's medals

Guy Gibson's medals on display in Lincolnshire

Thanks to unique permission from the RAF Museum Hendon, one of the most famous Victoria Crosses in British military history - that of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, Dambuster - will go on display in Lincolnshire in January 2020.

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A day in the life…of our Front of House Team

Our Front of House Team is one of the most visible in the whole hotel carrying out a wide range of tasks many of which the general public do not see.  We sat down with two of our longest serving team members Jane and Karen to talk about their typical day and what they love about working at the Petwood. Between them, Jane and Karen have over 30 years’ experience working at the hotel and it's fair to say that they have seen a lot of changes and met a lot of guests over the years.

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And the winners are…

We had such a tough time trying to pick one winner for our Afternoon Tea for two voucher that we picked two people we thought were equally deserving as champions in their local communities. Each will get an Afternoon Tea for two voucher so they can bring a friend along with them and enjoy their well-deserved treat.

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Flora and Fauna

As summer disappears into the distance and the leaves start to change colour in the Petwood gardens, we are starting to see the first real signs of autumn approaching. We are also beginning to see some of the more unusual plant life emerging if you know where to look.

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Petwood Hotel shortlisted in Family Business Awards 2019

The Petwood Hotel is extremely proud and pleased to have been shortlisted in the 2019 Family Business Awards.

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Lady Grace Weigall

Celebrating International Women's Day

There can be few women in the history of Petwood who have made as much impact on the building and its history than its former owner, Lady Grace Blundell Maple. 

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Emma Brealey named 'Business Woman of the Year'

Emma Brealey the Petwood's Managing Director has been named ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the latest Enterprising Women awards.

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Only Fools, The (cushty) Dining Experience - extra date added

Due to popular demand we have added an extra date for the Only Fools, the (custhy) Dining Experience at the hotel on Friday 29th March 2019.

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Emma Brealey, Director at Petwood Hotel talks to Business Link Magazine

With the countdown to Brexit quickly ticking away, Business Link Magazine invites a select number of the region’s business leaders to offer their thoughts.

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Christmas and New Year opening hours

With Christmas fast approaching we wanted to make all visitors to the Petwood aware of our opening hours across the festive season.

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BALI award win for Petwood gardens restoration project

The regeneration project to restore Harold Peto's historic gardens at the Petwood were rewarded with a prestigious BALI award at an awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in London last week. Winning the 'Regeneration Scheme - Under £500k Principal Award' for 2018, Whiting Landscape carried out extensive work across the Petwood gardens including the restoration of the "Long Walk'.

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Best Loved Hotel Award

Best Loved Hotel Award win for the Petwood

The team at the Petwood was incredibly proud and honoured to win the Best Loved Hotel in the East of England at the Best Loved Awards ceremony held in the Assembly Room of the King’s Head Hotel in Cirencester on Monday night.

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Woodhall Spa Under Tens Reds

Good luck to Woodhall Spa 'Under Tens Reds'

We were honoured to have the Woodhall Spa Under Ten's Red's visit us at the hotel last week in their fantastic new Petwood sponsored football kit.

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The Dam Busters: Fascinating facts, figures and trivia about 617 Squadron

It is now over 75 years since the audacious efforts of Squadron 617, aka the Dam Busters, made history in WW2. Many of us will have heard about their bravery and perhaps seen the classic movie. But what was the experience really like for the squadron? How did their plans come to fruition and what was the true significance of the famous “Operation Chastise”?

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5 Beautiful Lincolnshire Gardens to Visit

For anyone who loves the elegance of a classic English garden, Lincolnshire has some of the most historic and beautiful outdoor spaces to visit in the UK. Designed and tended by some of the most famous gardeners and landscape designers over the centuries, “Bomber County” has everything from walled gardens to wild meadows and stately homes.

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Mustard gas: As you were!

We have been advised that the revised start date for the Phase 2 works on site by the Ministry of Defence will be 16 April 2018 for (up to) a two week period.

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Lancaster crash story on video

I was recently reminded of a film called “Per Purum Tonantes”, made by a former student of mine at the Lincoln School of Media, George Horne. It’s an abridged version of a film he made about the night of the 18th February 1943, when Lancaster Bomber W4270 crashed in a farmer’s field during a training mission, resulting in the deaths of all seven of its crew. Lincolnshire historical researcher Di Ablewhite tells the story of how the film came to be made.

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Notes from the past

It never ceases to amaze us here at the Petwood when pieces of hotel history somehow make their way back to the hotel. In the case of the latest item to cross our hotel marketing executives’ desk, that history is over 100 years old and a unique record of a key moment in Petwood history.

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"Midsummer Nights Dream" Nicholas

Outstanding performance from an excellent cast...Puck was absolutely fantastic...brilliant performance, capturing the essence of Puck perfectly!

"Open Air Theatre" Lee

Great performance the rain held off thoroughly enjoyed it

"Amazing history" Paul

Incredible building with amazing history not least the 'Dambusters' 617 Squadron headquarters during World war 2 it's one of the only places you can see a Barnes Wallace Bouncing bomb, the grounds are beautiful as is the architecture. Stunning.

"What a wonderful find" Dee

We happened upon the Petwood by chance and are very glad we did. We loved its history, especially in relation to the 2nd World War and the Dambusters squadron, and the way in which the hotel commemorated this through its use of memorabilia. The former officers' mess was a fascinating mini museum. 

"Fascinating history" Lori

We stayed for 3.nights midweek offer, which was very good value. We had twin beds which were larger than normal sized single beds. The room was large and spacious. My husband said the full English breakfast was excellent. Staff were very helpful. We also booked the house tour which was very informative.

"Wonderful history" Mr & Mrs Allen

I'd have to say that the historical memorabilia relating to the hotel was the overall highlight. Loved its connection with the war and the Dambusters, and how this is commemorated, especially in the former officers' mess and Squadron Bar

"Wedding Venue Excellence" Diane M

I was fortunate to spend the day and night at this excellent hotel due to my daughter choosing it as her wedding venue. The service that the wedding party received was second to none. All of the staff went out of their way to make it a beautiful and very memorable occasion. The staff were friendly and helpful. The wedding meal and buffet was delicious. 

"Lunch was great" Rob

We popped in for lunch and to have a look round to see the officers mess for 617 Dambusters Squadron. We were made very welcome - the Lincolnshire Sausages were fantastic. The place has been kept as is and the 40's feel is very evident. You must visit the Squadron Bar. It's now a shrine to the Dambusters and very interesting. Must go back and stay sometime. 

"Perfect wedding stay" Mike and Maggie

We chose The Petwood for our wedding, with 30 guests. The event was a great success. We found staff well organised and very efficient, and they gave us exceptional, friendly and personal service and support, thinking of everything. If anything was needed on the day, they responded quickly.

"Afternoon Tea" Geoff G

My wife had a gift voucher for afternoon tea, from my Son’s girlfriend for her last birthday. We went to use it this Saturday and had our afternoon tea outside with our dog, Muffin. The food and service was superb, only topped by the stunning venue. The selection was spot on and each ‘course’ was fresh and tasty.

"Fantastic Staff" Ray H

The staff were fantastic, helpful, polite and couldn't do enough for you. The rooms were spacious and you didn't feel cramped.  The food was exquisite, tasty, well cooked, imaginative and something to look forward to each mealtime. The building was lovely to look at in its Tudor style.I cannot praise Petwood Hotel enough.

" Perfect Wedding" Lesley-anne and James

Our wedding went perfectly and without a hitch, and I know it was down to Janet and the team working away in the background. My sister even wants Janet for her wedding (and she isn't even engaged yet). So thank you so much to the team for all the time and effort put in!

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Terrace Bar
Long Walk in bloom
Aviation Memorabilia
Visit England Breakfast Award
Visit Lincoln Corporate Partner
Family Business Awards
Cycle Lincolnshire Cycle Accreditation
UK Housekeepers Association