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Twentysix, Lincolnshire

Refurbished late-1950s cabin on the Lincolnshire coastline – where life is on go-slow (in the nicest sense) and traditional seaside pursuits rule

If Lincolnshire is not the county that springs readily to mind when you think of where you’re going to spend your heard-earned tourist pound, Twentysix might change your mind. This renovated seaside cabin is in Anderby Creek, a quiet inlet that has a preservation order on it to protect it from the uglier side of seaside development. You want an arcade? Get yourself to Skegness – but if enormous skies, near-deserted beaches, dunes and marshland are your thing, stay put.

The cabin is an ‘Anderby Chalet’, a prefab timber-frame building launched by building company Vic Hallam in 1959. I guess they were rather glamorous and sought-after in their day, and that’s what sustainable design consultant Martin Hoenle tapped in to when he gave his a recent top-to-toe refurbishment, adding energy efficient measures like decent insulation and solar panels to make your stay more cosy. The work was done by Paul Scrivener of MCM Architecture, a firm more used to masterplanning huge office complexes than diminutive chalets by the sea.

The interiors are smart and comfortable with a slight Scandi-mid-mod feeling, with a modern kitchen, graphic retro-style wallpaper (by Miss Print) in the bedroom and a palette of white, sea-green and lake-blues to connect with nature. It’s bigger than it looks from the outside, with one double, plus a room with bunks, and there’s an obligatory and very welcome woodburning stove.

Lincolnshire is on go-slow in the best possible way, and seaside resorts like Mablethorpe, with its donkeys for hire on the beach, are some of the few places left in the country for a really traditional British seaside experience. And with so much UK food production happening in the county, it’s also a great place for foodies (Louth’s market is especially good).

Nearby: Several nature reserves for all your bird-watching needs; Louth and Horncastle are both pretty market towns where you can pick up local food and browse antique/junk shops; there’s full-on seaside fun in Skegness and Mablethorpe. A special mention goes to Knicks Knacks Antiques in Sutton on Sea, one of the most excitingly overstuffed bric-a-brac shops I’ve ever visited

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