An historic country estate in the Lincolnshire Wolds has become the newest member of Select Lincolnshire. 

The 3,000 acre South Ormsby Estate is home to several rural enterprises. The estate and its historic hall are currently undergoing extensive restoration work as part of plans for the sustainable rural development of the area.

Earlier this year, detailed plans were revealed for the estate’s future which will enable the estate to support rural businesses, promote entrepreneurship and sustain the local community. Renovations, business support and sympathetic development will form the foundations of the estate’s long term ambitions which aim to make the area a more attractive place to live, work and enjoy.

The estate is already home to 17 businesses, including wood workers, timber merchants, car mechanics and one of the world’s largest herds of original population Lincoln Red cattle. It’s hoped that the estate’s investments will enable more businesses to establish themselves in the area, helping the local economy and creating jobs in one of the most deprived areas of the country.

An expert team of specialists are behind the proposals which will see a number of historic buildings across the site restored and repurposed for business and community use. One of those is the former rectory in South Ormsby which is to reopen as a bed & breakfast this autumn. The new B&B will create several new jobs and help visitors enjoy the area of outstanding natural beauty.

In addition; the estate team is currently restoring the 18th century South Ormsby Hall, parts of which will become six luxury heritage apartments and be converted into office space; the Old School is being renovated so that it can host more community events and exhibitions; a collection of under utilised agricultural buildings will be progressively transformed into a new centre for local businesses and planning permission is currently being sought for a new heritage opened in renovated farm buildings.

South Ormsby Estate spokesperson, Damien Howard-Pask said: “We’re proud of becoming members of Select Lincolnshire because it stands for values that are important for the estate’s vision for the future. The team is passionate about supporting modern and traditional rural business and celebrating the creativity and quality of Lincolnshire produce.

“There will be lots of opportunities to work with us and with the businesses we hope to nurture on the estate and we’re looking forward to working with Select Lincolnshire as we invest in the area. We have ambitious plans for helping our area make more of what it does best and we know the future is bright for our estate and for the county.”

If you’d like to follow the work of the South Ormsby Estate, you can register to be a Friend of South Ormsby Estate by visiting www.southormsbyestate.co.uk/friends where you can also find out more about the estate’s ambitions for the area.