May Lodge

Grantham, Lincolnshire
+44 (0)1476 550227
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Ease yourself into a rather more gracious lifestyle from this sweet retreat on a historic estate with gorgeous walled gardens


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A huge privilege to stay here surrounded by much history and private access to the gardens once visitors have gone for the day. Your home from home was once the singeing house for the groom and is prettily Victorian with stone mullions and a fabulous vaulted ceiling in the upstairs sitting room.

Walk straight into the kitchen, which has a drinks cooler and all the stuff you need to cook up a storm – you’ll also find milk, butter, a loaf of bread from the nearby Hambleton bakery, a home-baked cake by Fred’s sister Davina and some sloe gin. Workaholics will appreciate the desk in the sitting room and those who prefer to switch off can choose a book and find a place in the garden or by the wood-burner when it’s chilly.

Pack up a picnic on sunny days and find your own spot, hire bikes and enjoy relatively flat paths, chat to the gardeners and get tips for your own patch.

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We think you'll love

  • Exploring the walled gardens
  • Spending a day sailing, fishing or kayaking on Rutland Water
  • Stocking up at the farm shop in Burton-le-Coggles and coming home to cook
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You should know

  • You need to keep dogs on leads in the public gardens
  • Depending on the wind direction, you may hear the hum of the A1


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 8-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
1 House for 2
From £1001 bed1 bedroom


Spent a lovely week enjoying the tranquility. The lodge is everything you could wish for and will not be disappointed. This is our second visit and we will be back. Love the place and gardens and everyone is so friendly.

Audrey, Hockley Essex

Very pleasant cottage in a beautiful setting.

Trish, Bristol

Lovely little cottage. Very well designed and equipped and excellent welcome goodies. Fully enclosed garden for a dog. Access to Easton Walled Gardens out of hours is a bonus. All staff very friendly and helpful and excellent cake and coffee in the Courtyard and Applestore. We have also stayed at the School House which is equally as good.

Sandra, Spalding

Pricey but well furnished cottage with a small en-suite. Some attractive features but the major interest is the gardens. We took our dog which meant that first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon you could take your dog round the gardens. In our case we had the gardens to ourselves first thing in the morning. Staff very friendly and helpful. Gardens probably at their best in late June when the sweet peas are in full bloom.

Steve, Hull

Would recommend. Very comfortable cottage with all amenities and lovely sunny patio area. A nice welcome pack of wine, bread,cake,milk and butter. The gardens are fantastic, a delight to stroll around and it was great to be able to tour the gardens out of hours. Very peaceful. Courtyard cafe and shop worth a visit too. Plan to return.

Dawn, Halsted, Essex

This was our 3rd stay on the Easton Estate but 1st in May Lodge. It was renovated to a very high standard and we were very impressed and would give it 5 stars. The private patio and garden were especially nice to have a drink or tea late afternoon with the sun out so it was lovely and warm. We will definitely book it again as it is one of the nicest accommodation we have ever stayed in

Sally, Portslade, Brighton

What heaven for gardeners, peace-seekers and nature lovers. You're bang in the middle of the most gorgeous Walled Gardens and when the visitors have gone home you have it all to yourselves. Bring your binoculars, pack up a picnic, wander at will.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's quiet here - just lots of birdsong and the odd lawn mower. Some of the prettiest walks - or cycles - can be had from the cottage in this gently rolling countryside. Try a route around Denton Reservoir stopping in the Welby Arms in Denton. Spend a day in Lincoln exploring the magnificent cathedral or potter round Stamford with its pretty Georgian houses.

Local points of interest from Sir Fred Cholmeley

  • May Lodge is in Easton Walled Gardens, the gardens of the former Easton Hall which have been lovingly brought back to life by the Cholmeley family. Guests have free, unlimited access to the Gardens during their stay.
  • We are an easy drive from many parts of the UK - just over 100 miles from each of London, Cheltenham, , Manchester and York
  • The Lodge is on the Easton Estate, owned by the Cholmeley Family since 1561. The Estate's pub, the Cholmeley Arms, is just over 3 miles away and serves the most delicious food.
  • FD Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States) and his wife, Eleanor, spent their honeymoon at Easton Hall, as guests of the Cholmeley Family.
  • The lovely market towns of Stamford and Oakham are within easy driving distance, as is Rutland Water. See Our Local Guide on our website for more things to do and see when staying with us.
  • Sir Isaac Newton was born just across the road at Woolsthorpe Manor, now a National Trust property and open to the public.


Sir Fred Cholmeley

Generations of Cholmeleys have managed The Easton Estate in Lincolnshire since 1561. Sir Fred and his wife, keen to introduce guests to the beauty and tranquillity of country life, have been running their Walled Gardens as a visitor attraction since the early 2000s. They live on The Easton Estate, and have holidayed in their Norfolk Yellow House since 2004 too.