RAF Wainfleet - The Tower
RAF Wainfleet boasts a distinguished history. Beginning life way back in the 19th Century, the site reopened as a military firing range during World War Two, and was used by the celebrated Dambusters for practise. In later years, some of NATO's most formidable warplanes were frequent visitors.
So it goes to follow that a stay in the former RAF Wainfleet Control Tower will be quite unlike any other!
Redeveloped into unique and modern holiday accommodation following its closure in 2010, the Tower has retained many of the artefacts that showcase its historical significance, whilst providing a platform for some the most magnificent views you'll see. The Tower sleeps up to six people, and further single-storey accommodation can also be booked on site, sleeping up to 22 people in total - ideal for larger groups. The recent addition of a Westland Lynx Helicopter is a great extra, as it comes with a double bed, mini-fridge and TV, and can be added for an additional £35 per night with the owners in advance on request- for an added dose of adventure!
Situated in Friskney, near Skegness and a few miles from Gibraltar Point, the imposing building casts a grandly striking image as you arrive. You'll find the décor light, bright and clean-lined throughout, with plenty of cosy luxury and contemporary fixtures, all set over four spacious floors.
The ground floor houses a handy utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, while on the first and second floors you'll find a comfortably-furnished bedroom, each including zip and link king-sized beds, along with an ensuite featuring an indulgent bath and a roomy shower.
Discover a third king-sized bedroom with ensuite on the third floor, together with a kitchen and dining area that features everything you need to prepare and devour plenty of tasty in-flight meals!
The fourth floor is the building's jewel in the crown; a wonderfully welcoming, spacious and tastefully decorated living area, enveloped in a stunning glass observatory that offers unsurpassed, 360-degree views over sand flats, across the marsh to The Wash, and out to the bracing North Norfolk coastline.
Take a look out to the former Dambusters' bombing range, and imagine yourself as a wartime hero as you enjoy a steaming mug of morning coffee! You'll still be able to see the ships that were used as targets right up until 2009. For extra indulgence, sit back and relax in the private hot tub.
If you feel like getting out and about in the fresh air to view the scenery up-close, you couldn't be in a better place for wildlife watching and dog-friendly walks. The Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, with its informative visitors' centre, is within walking distance along the old sea banks, whilst nearby Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is home to many wild animals, including tigers.
Those interested in a hearty tipple will enjoy visiting Batemans Brewery, just three miles away, while further afield Skegness offers a seaside escape that's perfect for lovers of English coastal traditions.
So fasten your seatbelts for a bracingly unique break, surrounded by magnificent views you'll remember long after you return home. Roger and out!
Things to note
There is an unfenced dyke 25 yards from the property, one well-behaved dog is permitted upon prior arrangement, this is part of a complex of other self-catering properties which may be booked together for up to 24 guests in total, enquire for details.
Region: Friskney, near Skegness, Lincolnshire
Cost (from): £160 per night
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 460
Sleeps up to 6, 3 king-size ensuite bedrooms (2 have zip-link beds that can convert to twin beds), bedding & towels provided, kitchen/dining room, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, living room, Freeview TV, CD player, WiFi, welcome pack. Shared laundry room, washing machine, tumble dryer, shared garden, with furniture, BBQ, private hot tub, parking for 6 cars.
There is the option of adding the Westland Lynx Helicopter in advance for £35 per night, sleeping 2, double bed, mini-fridge, TV.
Golf, fishing, beaches, bird sanctuary, marshes, museums, cinema, festivals, walking, cycling, horse riding, brewery, nature reserve.
At a glance
- Former observation tower at RAF Wainfleet, converted to provide contemporary accommodation for up to six people, plus one well-behaved dog.
- For larger groups, further accommodation can be booked in conjunction with the tower, sleeping up to 24 guests, including the Westland Lynx Helicopter.
- Private hot tub
- Parking is available at the property for six cars.
- Linen and towels are included, along with a welcome pack. No smoking is permitted.
- Close to nature reserves, with plenty of walking routes and amenities nearby. The seaside town of Skegness is eight miles from the property.