As evening falls, and Easton Walled Gardens’ visitors leave, these 12 historic acres are yours. Enjoy the turf maze, the vegetable garden, the orchards, the roses, the snowdrops in February and the sweet peas in July – 50 varieties! You can even chat with the gardeners.
The old coach house, alongside the entrance, holds three new apartments upstairs. The largest is the Hay Loft (with a huge vaulted ceiling and stylish white beams) and the smallest is Coach House 2, in the middle. All are open-plan and ideal for two, with fold-away kitchenettes and beds dressed in fine linen. On summer mornings you can bask in the sun in the stable courtyard below.
Book a workshop (they have some great offerings) or get sporty on Rutland Water. Eat brilliantly at the Olive Branch in Clipsham, or at the Cholmeley Arms, a three-mile drive.