May Lodge

Grantham, Lincolnshire
+44 (0)1476 550227
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£114 - £250
per night
per week

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

£114 - £250 per night

£800 per week

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.

May Lodge - Gallery

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
May Lodge - Gallery

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


Nightly price
from £114
Weekly price
1 House for 2
From £1141 bed1 bedroom


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 8-minute drive.


Fantastic stay. Cottage is beautiful and spotless. Having access to the wonderful gardens at any time is a real bonus. The gardens are staggering and a real labour of love. Great pub and farm shop in village. Will definitely visit again.

Mark, Chipping Campden

May Lodge was very clean and the standard of decoration good. However, the property is very small and I don't think that we could comfortably stay there for a full week. May Lodge is opposite the gift shop and coffee shop which is convenient but not ideal for our dogs who occasionally barked at customers and staff. The staff were all very kind and told me not to worry about the dogs, a big thank you to all of them for their help in several instances. The gardens are simply beautiful, we really enjoyed our stay and have booked a larger cottage away from the shop for a few days in July

Tracey, Worksop

Lovely cottage. Well equipped and welcoming.

Tricia, Letchworth

Excellent place to stay for a totally relaxing escape. The accommodation was very comfortable- the lodge had been thoughtfully decorated and furnished - stylish and well equipped.

Carole, Dorchester

Second time at May Lodge and will definitely be back - it’s so peaceful and relaxing - a real get away from it all in the most beautiful surroundings and lovely comfortable accommodation. Even the dog feels at home


Very pleasant stay indeed.

Christopher, Greenwich

This was our 5th visit to Easton we have only stayed in May Lodge and Hayloft as we like those two. We like the fact that there are no families and noisy children staying and that it is lovely to wander in the gardens and around the estate in the evening. There are lots of places to visit in the area and we are still finding these.

Sally, Brighton

A lovely stay in a beautiful peaceful location. Accommodation was clean and well equipped. The generous welcome pack including wine and home made cake was a lovely touch. I found the duvet too heavy and hot however and suggest a sheet is additionally provided for summer visitors. Otherwise it was delightful. There are lots of places to visit nearby too, including Isaac Newton's birthplace about a mile away.

Susan, Lichfield UK

An excellent cottage. Compact for sure, but plenty of room for 2 and exceptionally well appointed, with high end fittings and items you wouldn't normally expect to find in a holiday cottage. Generous extras too, such as a lovely welcome pack, including a bottle of wine, soft drinks, sloe gin, artisan bread, milk and butter, free unlimited logs and a free EV charger. The cottage also includes access to the gardens, even when it is closed to the public. Walking around the gardens after dinner, with the place to ourselves, was a real treat.

Stephen, Tunbridge Wells

Easton Walled Gardens is a real find. We stayed in May Lodge for my birthday and enjoyed the privilege of experiencing the beautiful gardens and landscape in the evenings as well as during public opening times during the day, The cottage was idyllic and well stocked with thoughtful touches such as the provisions supplied on our arrival. I am happy to recommend this lovely place to anyone who appreciates gardens and tranquillity.

Janet, Kenilworth

This was the best of holiday cottage . Well equipped, comfortable, generous welcome pack, all in all a perfect retreat for two. An added bonus was having access to the gardens after house- Easton Walled Gardens are delightful .

Carol, Salisbury

Very comfortable, well furnished cottage in beautiful grounds. Lovely to be able to walk in them out of hours when they were peaceful. A welcome pack including wine and cake was generous and appreciated. Staff we met whilst there were very pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed our stay, despite poor weather.

Lynne, Alnwick

Enjoyed our stay at Eastern walled gardens especially having the opportunity to wonder about the gardens during the evening

Arthur, Skipton

For us a return to luxurious self catering accommodation. Most relaxed. Lovely people. A beautiful place.

David, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

Very comfortable accommodation set in several acres of beautiful gardens. Extremely peaceful and within striking distance of Burleigh House, Belvoir Castle, Grimsthorpe Castle, Rutland Water, Bolton and Woolsthorpe Manor. We are returning to May Lodge for the third time in 2024.

Christopher, Leatherhead

Relaxing stay in a well appointed cottage for two people

Angela, Peterborough

Our 2nd stay at May Lodge within Easton Walled Gardens. Tastefully decorated and very clean. Lovely private garden which our dog enjoyed and the magnificent Walled Gardens that you can visit whenever you like. We had sunny weather and spent each evening wandering in them. Highly recommended.

Sarah, Saltash

We had a truly lovely week. The welcome hamper was very thoughtful and delicious. The aim of our stay was to de-compress, and that was achieved. Being able to walk round the grounds after closing time, was just delightful, and I returned home feeling very inspired. The accomodation was wonderfully comfortable and clean, and I really enjoyed the decor. Everyone we met from the staff team was very friendly and helpful.

Lindsey, Ely

Amazing with everything being of such a high spec. The welcome pack was very generous. We had such a relaxing time and lovely to wander in the gardens after hours. Would very highly recommend.

Julie, Rushton

A truly delightful treasure, May Lodge is perfect tranquil retreat for two. Our visit coincided with the snowdrops which, at Easton, are truly impressive. The home has been reconstructed beautifully with lovely furnishings and pictures, comfy bed etc, peaceful upstairs space for sitting and reading and music. Kitchen has everything though take some time trying to understand the very modern cooker. Our main purpose in choosing this corner of the country was to visit Lincoln Cathedral which is truly spectacular - though Peterborough Cathedral is a must visit too. Thank you!

Mark & Susanna, Basingstoke, Hampshire

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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.