The Old Palace Helps Couple Escape to the Country
24th January 2013
I think our unique setting is one of the reasons why we continue to be so popular with television production companies. The hotel also used to be home to the Bishops of Lincoln and the historic buildings and beautiful gardens provide a fantastic backdrop.
The Old Palace hotel in Lincoln has once again been used as a filming location, this time for the long-running BBC 2 series Escape to the Country.
In episode 41 of series 13, which was filmed in July last year, presenter Alistair Appleton helped retired expats Terry and Judith, with a budget of £300,000, return from France and find a rural retreat in Lincolnshire.
The couple were shown three houses in Fiskerton, Folkingham and Timberland.
While in the county, Alistair also met local conservationists Nigel and Karen Lowthrop from Hill Holt Wood who have an entrepreneurial approach to safeguarding the area's ancient woodland.
Hill Holt Wood is a social enterprise with charitable status and provides a wide range of different services from education and training to 14-19 year olds to adult education courses in the woodland, countryside and forestry management.
As well as Escape to the Country The Old Palace has been used as a filming location for other popular TV shows including Long Lost Family presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell.
Hotel Manager Sonja Brockman said: “It’s been a very busy 12 months at The Old Palace; in March we started operating as a boutique-style hotel and we’ve recently extended to include an adjacent former Victorian church.
“The Old Palace is in a fantastic location in a secret corner of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter and offers guests a high standard of comfort and service in exceptionally peaceful and elegant surroundings.
“I think our unique setting is one of the reasons why we continue to be so popular with television production companies. The hotel also used to be home to the Bishops of Lincoln and the historic buildings and beautiful gardens provide a fantastic backdrop.”
This episode of Escape to the Country was first broadcast on BBC2 on 21stJanuary and is available to view online http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qb095 until 3.44pm on 28th January.
Notes to Editors
- The Old Palace is one of only two Lincolnshire hotels chosen to be included in the 2013 Conde Nast Johansens Recommended Small Hotels, Inns & Restaurants Guide.
- The Old Palace was built next to the site of the Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace, which was the administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England, in three phases between 1720 and 1885.
- The ruins of the Medieval Bishops’ Palace are separate from The Old Palace itself and are managed by English Heritage on a guardianship lease from the Diocese of Lincoln.
- Once home to the Bishop of Lincoln, The Old Palace is now a luxury hotel and conference centre offering 32 beautifully decorated rooms in the main building and in the adjacent Old Palace Lodge – a former Victorian church which has been newly converted.