Since the hotel dates back to the 16th century, it makes sense that a number of guests at the hotel have reported various ghostly goings-on, including sightings of figures in public areas, especially in the oldest part of the hotel. Guests at the hotel have also reported feeling someone in the room with them.
Mary, Queen of Scots stayed at the hotel en-route to her execution at Fotheringhay Castle. It has been said by many individuals that Mary is regularly seen at the Haycock Manor Hotel as well as other establishments that she stayed in before her execution.
The Haycock Manor Hotel is one of the oldest coaching inns in the south-east of the country and many famous names stayed at the hotel back when it was still a coaching inn, including Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth. Many people would have stayed at the inn as it was one of the most convenient stops between London and Stamford. The first recorded innkeeper of the hotel was William Hodgson, who died in 1706. It then changed hands a number of times before it remained in the Percival family’s hands for 100 years until 1898.
Throughout most of the 19th century, the inn prospered into a successful farm. The inn then became a private residence until 1928, when it was turned back into an inn after being purchased by a dairy farmer named Charles Allday.
The Haycock Manor Hotel has been extensively refurbished to a stunning standard. The design brief of the hotel was to be a cross between old and new, luxury and tradition. The hotel has a total of 45 bedrooms, all en suite, compromising of a mixture of doubles, garden rooms, junior and master suites.
The Haycock Manor Hotel boasts two restaurants, the new Haycock Kitchen and the Michelin recognised Prevost restaurant. Both of these restaurants serve only the finest locally sourced seasonal produce to delight diners.
They offer set packages and tailor-made events, their dedicated team will ensure a seamless experience throughout your occasion. Their packages are available for their Business centre (which comprises of 2 Boardrooms and 2 conference spaces) and for Weddings with them in their Beautiful Haycock Ballroom and Manor Suite. The Haycock Manor Hotel also offers private dining experiences for those more intimate celebrations.’
- 49 inch HD Smart Television with Chromecast
- Free ultra-fast wifi
- Nespresso Coffee machine in every room
- Michelin recognised restaurant onsite
- 24-hour room service
- Bar area offering cocktails and an extensive bar menu
- Brasserie-style restaurant
- 14 ground floor rooms
- Pet-friendly rooms available (small fee)
- Service dogs welcome
Things to do
Wansford itself is a picturesque village with a number of shops and is a great place for going on long, lazy walks. A little bit further out, there are lots of things to see and do including farms and country parks, a number of nature reserves and leisure centres, a Bronze age centre and a number of zoos and gardens. There are also a few golf clubs and rivers.