Stay-at-home county clucking for Rural Roosts

Tim and Katie Olivant. EMN-140623-131046001
Tim and Katie Olivant. EMN-140623-131046001

The growing trend for a ‘staycation’ is paying off for farming couple Tim and Katie Olivant.

Just over 10 years ago, the couple opened Rural Roosts, eight luxury lodges set in wetlands they created at Manor Farm, Stainfield, between Bardney and Wragby.

Thanks to fishing, bird-watching, hot tubs and Katie’s ‘famous’ lemon drizzle cake, the business has become very successful.

“At least half our guests are repeat visitors- a figure which we are very proud of,” said Katie.

And around a quarter are from Lincolnshire, a portion she says is definitely growing.

“They tell us that this cuts out the cost and time on travel, the worry about unreliable flights and allows them to spend more of their treasured holiday time relaxing and enjoying the great county we live in.”

In 2013, it meant Rural Roosts accommodated 1,650 visitors (around 70 per cent occupancy), bringing much tourism spend into the area.

Now the couple seek planning consent for a new building for laundry and admin, something now done in individual chalets or an old garage.

“This small building is very important within the overall plans for the farm,” said their application to West Lindsey District Council.