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Ian and Denise, the team behind the “pop-up” summer site at Overstrand in Norfolk, now have a permanent home for their latest venture, behind the Three Horseshoes pub in the village of Goulceby. In the heart of a relatively unexplored area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), the Lincolnshire Wolds, the site has spaces for just seven tents alongside two fully-equipped bell tents and a yurt. It’s a great spot for sitting and admiring the Wolds scenery and sunsets, and when you’re ready for a little exercise, the 147-mile Viking Way passes by on its way from the Humber Bridge to Rutland Water.
This is definitely a get-away-from-it-all destination for campers. But if you do find yourself in need of some retail therapy, England’s antiques capital, Horncastle, is about six miles away; Louth (eight miles to the north) is the main hub of the Wolds and was recently voted Britain’s favourite market town, with independent shops and cafés galore. The quiet seaside town of Sutton-on-Sea, with sandy beaches but without the kiss-me-quick atmosphere of the busier Lincolnshire resorts, is about a 40-minute drive away.
Campfires allowed but wood and fire pit must be purchased on site.
There is a communal glampers kitchen area for glampsie guests to use.
Washing up area, Elsan, Water and Electric Hookup to all pitches
Two shower and toilet blocks.
Pub serving food, snacks, drinks including fresh coffee.
Small grocery shop on site - at the front of the pub.
The ethos of the Three Horseshoes is to create a pub and campsite that is friendly, welcoming and inclusive and works well together. So expect a pub that caters for its camping and glamping guests, their dogs and their children. We are also biker friendly, walker friendly and slightly tipsy friendly.
The area is within the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, an area of chalky hills that is popular with walkers enjoying the peaceful scenery and bikers enjoying the undulating curves and nearby racing track, Cadwell Park.
We are very rural, set on the edge of a small Wolds village called Goulceby. The campsite enjoys fabulous views over the countryside and the pub and village shop (which is part of the pub) form the hub of the local community - a fine bunch of locals that are ever entertained to have the new blood of our visitors to talk to.
Most of our campers and glampers enjoy the peaceful nature of the place and can be found stoking their campfire, enjoying the incredible star lit skies or supping a pint - inside or out.
Simply put, the Three Horseshoes is a rural retreat that has a pub on site. It is therefore ideal for those looking for some good food, a warm welcome and an easy life.
Rand Farm Park (01673 858904) is a working farm with animals to touch. Further afield, Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve extends 3 miles along the coast (01507 526667). Visit local towns of Louth - a unspoilt market town and Horncastle, an antiques paradise for rummaging.
Whilst in Lincolnshire we recommend you explore the Cathedral city of Lincoln or enjoy the kiss me quick atmosphere of Skegness.
Food & Drink
The pub does excellent food and takeaway pizzas from Wednesday to Sunday but operates on a seasonal basis if visiting in the winter months. On Mondays & Tuesdays during British Summer Time the pub is closed although offers takeaway Pizzas in the evening. During the winter period the pub operates on limited opening hours (Friday 5pm-11pm Fish Special evening, Saturday All Day from Noon and Sunday 12pm-2:00pm for Carvery
All year. Please note the pub is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays from Easter to October and from October to Easter the pub operates on limited opening hours (Friday 6pm-11pm Fish Special evening, Saturday 6pm-11pm Steak Special evening, Sunday 12pm-2:30pm Carvery)
Heading north on the A153, turn left as the road bears right, just before Scamblesby and Cawkwell. At the junction, turn left and then left again into Shoe Lane.
CallConnect services 6H (to Horncastle) and 51F (to Louth) stop 300m from the site.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews
A peaceful place to stay
We visited this site early in May for the Bank Holiday weekend and had our first experience of staying in one of the three Bell Tents. As hardened campers, it was quite a novelty not having to lug our gear to a site and then have to unpack, set up.....etc. The Bell Tent was well equipped with proper bed, fold out beds, storage, cooking facilities, heating, etc. The shower and toilet areas are heated and are of a good standard and were kept clean. Toilets were not separate but if the pub was open, it was ok with the owners to use their facilities. There's no play facilities for children. The site is a small area to the rear of the pub, which served good food. The owners were really friendly, accommodating and very helpful. The Lincolnshire Wolds is not a touristy area but it is well worth a visit. There's pleasant cycling and walking to be done and if you fancy visiting the coast, that's ~40min drive away. If you want a peaceful rest, this remote site is the place for you. We will certainly return to this site with our tent, to continue exploring this lovely area.
I spent three nights at the Three Horseshoes, near the end of April. I had a lovely restful time. The site is small and quiet, with views of open country. The individual shower, toilet, washbasin facilities are quite luxurious - hotel like. Ian, Denise and family make you very welcome, as do the locals. The pub is a typical cosy, country one, with good local beers. The tasty, interesting, man-sized portions of locally produced food, at reasonable prices, was also a welcome feature of the stay. The little shop in the pub was very handy for those things you'd forgotten, or local delicacies you wanted to try.The peaceful village is spread out and its interesting to walk it's country lanes. There's also a good network of footpaths nearby. Horncastle and Louth are interesting places to visit, travelling along quiet, but wide country roads. The Three Horseshoes is a great camping spot for a restful break.