If you are planning to visit Donna Nook Baby Seals in November or December 2014 and want to stay in luxury self catering accommodation nearby, please consider Greetham Retreat Holiday Cottages which is ideally situated the beautiful and tranquil Lincolnshire Wolds near to the market town of Horncastle.Donna Nook is only a short drive (about 40 minutes) from Greetham Retreat which offers a choice of five 4 star Gold award luxury self catering holiday cottages. Our cottages are all very stylish, comfortable and uncluttered, they can accommodate 1 to 6 people. We are dog & pet friendly too.
During November and December we have some special offers in all our cottages for stays for 3, 4, 5 or 7 nights on any arrival day that you choose. Click here to find out more about our November and December special offer prices for our self catering accommodation at Greetham Retreat in Lincolnshire.
Donna Nook is a fantastic place to visit whilst staying at Greetham Retreat and when at Donna Nook you can get up really very close and personal with this magnificent colony of grey seals with their lovely pups throughout the months of November and December each year. The pups (baby seals) are so very photogenic too, so please do not forget to bring your camera! Each year over one thousand five hundred (1500) seal pups are born at Donna Nook.
It is very busy when visiting at weekends, if you are able we recommend that you visit at during midweek to see this spectacle with more than 1500 pups born at Donna Nook each year. Britain’s population of grey seals is of international conservation importance.
If you choose to visit Donna Nook at the beginning of December you could also visit the famous Lincoln Christmas Market click here for details. Greetham Retreat is located about half way between Donna Nook and the City of Lincoln.
Please read on for more information about Donna Nook
All about Donna Nook breeding seal colony
Donna Nook is home to roughly 3000 Grey seals at certain times of the year. For most of the year, the grey seals at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts’ Donna Nook National Nature Reserve are at sea or hauled out on distant sandbanks.
Every November and December, these seals give birth to their pups near the sand dunes, a wildlife spectacle which attracts visitors from all over the UK.
Meeting a seal at Donna Nook is guaranteed as this is effectively a seal maternity hospital.
Large bull seals arrive at Donna Nook in early November, coming ashore to set up territories and wait for the females to arrive. Cow seals arrive shortly after and are herded into harems by the bulls, where they give birth to a single creamy-coloured pup. These young pups are suckled for three weeks during which time their weight will almost triple, and they will gradually lose their pale coat.
Once pups are weaned, the females become available for mating giving rise to much competition among the bulls. Each bull will try to hold his harem against all the challengers. Fights can be vicious and bloody. The action peaks about mid-December. By the end of January it’s all over and the seals are back out at sea.
If you wish to visit this spectacular natural occurrence during November and December, we at Greetham Retreat offer short breaks in any of our five modern luxury self catering holiday cottages which can accommodate from 2 to 16 people and are pet friendly. Greetham Retreat is within easy travelling distance of Donna Nook and there is much else to do in the area with several lovely market towns, other nature reserves like Gibraltar Point & Snipe Dales Nature Reserve also close by. You can also visit the fantastic medieval city of Lincoln with its magnificent Cathedral and Castle or aviation heritage venues like the Battle of Britain Memorial flight and Just Jane at East Kirkby.
A short break or longer stay at Greetham Retreat self catering holiday cottages in Lincolnshire during November and December has the potential for a magical visit to the gorgeous seals at Donna Nook and much more.
We have Laura’s Loft which is a really lovely intimate self catering accommodation for just 2 people, with a luxury whirlpool bath. You can stay in Laura’s Loft during November and most if December for just 2 nights for £145, if you wanted 3 to 4 nights it costs just £170 or if you have the time stay for a week at only £235.
Our other holiday cottages at Greetham Retreat are Katie’s Corner (sleeps 6), Maggie’s Mews (sleeps 4), Wendy’s Wing (sleeps 2) and Rose’s Rest ( sleeps 2) the shortest period that you can stay in these cottages is 3 nights.
Please view your preferred holiday cottage on this website and just check the availability calendar for your chosen cottage, then just complete the on-line booking form to secure your accommodation here at Greetham Retreat Holiday Cottages in Lincolnshire.