New tea room with a view makes use of area’s heritage

Joanne Stanham
Joanne Stanham

An enterprising mum of three is breathing new life into a historic house.

When Joanne Stanham moved into Buslingthorpe Manor last September, she was immediately looking for ways to share the building and its beautiful surroundings with others.

Straightaway, she transformed two bedrooms in to B&B accommodation.

She is now planning to open a tea room to cater for the many walkers who visit the area, as well as those living locally.

“First and foremost I want to create somewhere for local people to come and relax in lovely surroundings,” said Joanne.

“We have so many people passing by walking their dogs or on longer walks, it will be fantastic to give them somewhere to stop and get some refreshment along the way.”

The tea rooms will be predominately outside, although a small number of tables will be available inside.

And with the gardens surrounded by a moat on three sides - offering a haven for wildlife, flora and fauna - and the house itself overlooking the medieval village - an English Heritage site - there certainly is plenty to see.

Jo plans to open the tea rooms at the beginning of May, to take advantage of the Bank Holiday and also the two major visitor events taking place - the West Lindsey Churches Festival and the Wolds Walking Festival.

“I want it to be a traditional tea room, offering soup, cakes and afternoon tea,” added Jo.

“We have such a wealth of local produce in this area, which I am keen to promote it, so will be using locally sourced products as much as I can.

“I already use a number of Market Rasen shops for the B&B side, so this will continue for the tea room.”