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Mahurin Honors College at WKU

Harlaxton Gatehouse Rental Information

"WKU in England" at Harlaxton College


Ready to explore Britain? Looking for a quiet place to study and relax? 
Want to visit your scholar while they study abroad at Harlaxton College? 
Rent the Harlaxton Gatehouse in beautiful Grantham, England!


WKU employees, alumni, and parents of our scholars may rent a renovated, fully furnished apartment in the Gatehouse on a short or long-term basis.  Built in 1835, the Gatehouse is located on the grounds of Harlaxton Manor and makes a beautiful and relaxing “home base” for exploring Britain.

“There is tremendous natural beauty surrounding the Gatehouse, and it provides a quiet, peaceful environment for long periods of thinking, reading, and writing. I truly believe that my experience here was transformative to myself and my work in many ways.”

--Dr. Edward Yager, WKU Professor of Political Science, who stayed at the Gatehouse during a semester sabbatical.


Comfortable, Modern Amenities

The flat can accommodate up to four people and contains:

  • A bedroom with double bed,
  • Large living room with sleeper sofa,
  • Full kitchen and dining area equipped for preparing meals,
  • Large bathroom,
  • Private washer and dryer,
  • Wi-Fi access, and
  • Private outdoor patio.

You will also enjoy access to Harlaxton College’s grounds, library, computer resource facilities, fitness center, dining options, and cultural programs.  Photos of the Gatehouse apartment are in the slideshow below:


Explore Europe

Just three miles away is the ancient market town of Grantham, home of Sir Isaac Newtown and Lady Margaret Thatcher.  Grantham also serves as a rail and bus hub for Britain and beyond.  You will enjoy:

  • Access to “The Bistro” college pub (on campus) and “The Gregory Arms” upscale gastropub (in Grantham).
  • Bus service at the end of the lane at Gregory Pub, taking you wherever you need to go.
  • One hour by rail to London and Nottingham East Midlands Airport.
  • Grantham is just thirty miles from the University of Leicester, forty miles from the University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln, seventy-five miles from Cambridge, and eighty-five miles from Oxford.


“This setting provides the ideal respite while researching, studying and rejuvenating.  However, should a resident want to explore beyond Harlaxton, all of England is a train ride away from the ancient market town of Grantham and of course the resources of Europe are a relatively short trip away.”

          -  Dr. Clay Motley, former Associate Director for Academics for the Honors College.


For more information or to rent the Gatehouse, please contact Tiffany R. Isselhardt, Administrative Assistant, at or call 270-745-4258.

FAQs for Visitors

General Information

The Gatehouse is not a hotel; it is an historic structure.  Occupants are expected to keep the apartment clean and tidy while in use.  For those that would prefer to contract out this responsibility, a cleaning service is available at an additional charge.

The Gatehouse is not ADA accessible.  It is an historic structure, and includes steep and narrow stairways. 

When to Visit

Parents of scholars studying at Harlaxton are advised to check Harlaxton’s academic calendar to better understand your scholar’s academic, travel, and exam schedules.  A 7-day limit applies for guests or family members of scholars, to permit scholars to focus on their studies.  Guests will normally not be accommodated during the first week of a term or during final examinations.

WKU employees may rent the Gatehouse for short- or long-term trips, including semester-long teaching at Harlaxton College, sabbaticals, research trips, and personal vacations. Please inquire directly with the Mahurin Honors College to discuss your needs and Gatehouse availability.

WKU alumni are welcome to reserve the Gatehouse at any time.

Checking In

Check-in time is 2:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am, though there is some flexibility.  Main Reception is open 24 hours a day.  Upon arrival, please make your way to the Pegasus Courtyard.  As you approach the Manor, turn left towards “Goods In.”  The Reception area is clearly marked and guests need to park, walk up the ramp, and press the buzzer to gain entry.


At Main Reception, you will receive the key to the Gatehouse and some basic information about Harlaxton’s policies and procedures.  You can also make arrangements to take your meals in the Refectory, for an additional charge.  Note that the Gatehouse key is quite large and weighs almost a pound.  You may want to drop it off at Main Reception when you go out!

A guidebook for your stay will be provided upon booking the Gatehouse, with information about traveling in Britain, what to pack, and other concerns.

Appliances and Linens

The Gatehouse features a kitchen with the basic complement of dishes and cooking utensils.  This includes a coffee maker, electric kettle, stove, oven, and refrigerator.  There is a trash bin outside the flat which is emptied regularly.  A private washer and dryer are in the apartment for your use.  Detergent is not provided by Harlaxton.  The flat also comes with an iron, ironing board, and hairdryer.

Towels and linens are provided.  A spare set of bed linens is kept in the flat.  Guests have responsibility for laundering their own towels during their stay, as towels are not exchanged like in a hotel.

The Gatehouse also features a wood stove and outdoor chimney, with a supply of logs in the basement of the flat.  Please inquire at Reception if you are unsure how to operate these safely.  Never leave a fire unattended.


Electricity is 230 volts (double what we use in the United States), and they use a Type G plug and outlet system.  Many appliances are not dual voltage and will be destroyed if you plug them in.  Check your laptop, phone chargers, and other electronics to see whether yours can handle “Input: 100-240V” (see picture below).


If your electronics are dual voltage, you can juse use an adaptor plug.  You can find them online and they are sold at Main Reception and the Harlaxton Boutique.


Taxi Service

Grantham is easily accessed by rail and bus from the major airports of Britain.  All local taxi firms know where to drop guests at the Gatehouse. 

Harlaxton recommends using Street Cars Taxi, phone number 01476 590008.  Street Cars Taxi provides a discount for trips from the Grantham train station to Harlaxton.  You can call them from the train and they will be waiting for you. 

Another local service is Premier Cabs, which provides service to various airports and seaports from Grantham, website and phone number 01476 822 822.

Be sure to ask the taxi driver to wait while you collect your keys, as the Gatehouse is half a mile down the drive. 

Additional details about traveling throughout Britain from Grantham will be provided in your guidebook.


Information on this page was last updated on May 15, 2017.  Such information may have changed, so please double check with Mahurin Honors College and/or Harlaxton College staff regarding your specific needs.



For more information and to check availability, please contact:

Tiffany R. Isselhardt, Administrative Assistant

Rate: $185 per night*

*Discounts available for extended stays and WKU employees.

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