May Lodge

Grantham, Lincolnshire
+44 (0)1476 550227

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. You can also do courses in willow weaving and botanical art. 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


  • 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
  • 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 £80
Weekly price
from £560
1 House for 2
From £801 bed1 bedroom


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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 since 1561. Sir Fred and his wife, keen to introduce guests to the beauty and tranquillity of country life, have been running Easton Walled Gardens as a visitor attraction since the early 2000s. They live close by.