The Gatehouse Lodge

Grantham, Lincolnshire
+44 (0)1476 550227
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A lodge house in magnificent gardens (which are all yours when visitors leave). A sweet retreat for anyone, but gardeners will adore it


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Since 1561, generations of Cholmeleys have managed the Easton estate in the rolling countryside of the Lincolnshire/Rutland borders, and in 2001 work began to restore the 12 acres of ‘lost’ gardens which originally surrounded the manor house. You stay in the lodge: a light, bright and peaceful space with good furniture, pictures and books, a downstairs sitting room painted cornflower blue and a well-planned kitchen; you’ll feel very happy staying indoors, perhaps just reading or recharging your batteries, but garden lovers will be too excited to stay put – as evening falls and the visitors leave, the gardens are yours to wander at will. Find walled gardens in the Tudor style, a turf maze, a yew tunnel and grand trees. Return to sleep peacefully in a restful, view-filled bedroom up a narrow spiral staircase, splash about happily in a roomy bathroom with wainscoted walls. You’re just under one miles from the A1 (depending on the wind direction you may hear a slight hum in the gardens) but all is quiet and rural-feeling inside. Walk the three miles to the estate pub for lunch or supper, amble around Rutland Water for birdwatching. Lovely.


  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Light lunches, teas & coffees available in tea room on site (only open during Garden opening times - see Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
Short breaks: 2 nights £380, 3 nights £420, 4 nights £460. Dogs £25.
1 House for 2
From £1001 bed1 bedroom


We had the most idyllic stay this spring. Perfect weather, no doubt laid on by the Cholmeleys, and the whole of Easton Walled garden at our sitting room door. The Lodge House was perfectly designed for a great escape for a couple and the conversation of the lovely old building is so stylish and clever. The restoration of the garden has been equally impressive and it has a very personal family style overlaid over its fine old bones. We'll be back again for another escape!

Dougal, Linlithgow

Excellent stay at the Gatehouse. Easy to book and pay. Everyone we met who worked at the state were very friendly and could notbe more helpful. Stunning location and very peaceful. Extras included in the property were first class meaning we could settle down in the evening with a drink and home made cake on the patio at the back. Fantastic bedroom and bathroom area. Our dogs also had a great time with so much open space available to them for walks. We got home and booked for 2019 so no need to say anymore!

Stephen, Innerleithen

We had a fantastic stay in the Gatehouse Lodge. It is a truly special place, not least because of access to the beautiful gardens - literally out of the garden gate from the lodge into the really well maintained grounds. Got to know the gardeners quite well and the family are very much hands on!! The lodge itself is very well equipped and characterful but really, the best bit has to be sitting in the lodge garden while visitors come to see Easton Gardens - I really felt like the lady of the manor for a few days!! Would go back like a shot!!

Alice, Sherborne

Our whole visit was simply magical. The Gatehouse Lodge is an extremely comfortable, beautifully designed and presented property. We were touched by the personal nature of our welcome and generous welcome package. The opportunity to free range over the incredible gardens and to have our dog with us, was also very special. The Staff were a delight, well informed and genuinely interested in us. Sir Fred should take great pride in the way they represented him and the business. We would, and have, recommended a stay there to our friends.

David and Roslyn, Potton, Bedfordshire

We had a wonderful stay at the Gatehouse Lodge, Easton Walled Gardens. We were looking for somewhere special to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and it certainly delivered. The Lodge itself has been beautifully done up; the bedroom and bathroom are very spacious and the kitchen, living area and 'library', although small, are so well designed that they feel deliciously cosy not cramped. We enjoyed the fire on the cooler evenings of our stay and the patio garden on the unexpectedly hot days of our visit as well as, obviously, the freedom to roam the beautiful gardens alone.

Patricia, Hertford

We much enjoyed our stay at The Gatehouse last Easter, which we found advertised in the RHS magazine. The property was snug and warm (if a little quirky!) and well equipped for 2 people, plus one dog. Both our hosts and the staff at Easton were very welcoming and helpful. Lots to do and see, stately homes, gardens and The City of Lincoln well worth a visit. Good local eateries, including an excellent on-site café. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing break.

Michael, Bury St Edmunds

Lovely welcome, as always, at Easton, & The Gatehouse Lodge. Incredibly comfortable, beautifully furnished, & a great place to escape to! Enjoyed my birthday here, with access to the lovely gardens. Highly recommended.

Lindy, Milton Keynes

I wish we could keep it as a hidden secret! This was the most wonderful holiday. My husband and I stayed for the Christmas holidays in 2016. The cottage was just beautiful as in the pictures cozy and modern and the welcome pack made us so happy! The gardens are lovely and we couldn't ask for more. We had a wonderful relaxing time with our puppy. The experience was perfect from booking to arriving. We totality reccomend it!

J, London

Easton Gatehouse Lodge is comfortable, warm and pleasantly appointed. It is ideal for a couple and a dog. We visited early December to view the gardens, talk to the gardener about sweet pea sowing and growing on. Also to observe ideas that we could maybe incorporate in our own half acre garden. There are lovely walks surrounding the area and plenty of Inns for lunch and/or supper. We and our dog were made welcome wherever we ate. Stamford, Oakham and other towns are well worth visiting. Penny and myself would strongly recommend a stay at The Gatehouse Lodge.


We were welcomed very warmly and given a tour of the cottage. The cottage had an instruction folder for all of the appliances. A perfect combination of cosiness and modern features makes this cottage a real gem. Having the gardens all to ourselves was an absolute delight. We had the best tea and scones at the tea room. Everyone at the garden were warm and friendly. The location is fantastic as it is close to Belton House and Burghley House. We will definately be visiting again.

Mohamad, Leicester

The gatehouse was a delightful place for two. Impeccable attention to detail, couldn't fault. We loved having the grounds to wander round when not open to the public, they have been beautifully restored ....a labour of love!

Josephine, Birmingham

This 2 night stay was a birthday present for myself and my other half. We were very impressed with this small but beautiful gatehouse, from the lovely, comfortable bed and the spotlessly clean bathroom to the well equipped kitchen. Not to mention the wine, chocolate cake, sloe gin, bread etc etc that were there for us to enjoy. It was lovely to have the gardens to ourselves and have a chat to the gardeners. I can highly recommend a stay here - you will not be disappointed. Our only low spot was the weather, sadly nothing we could do about that.

Lin, Lincoln

The lodge is absolutely beautiful and the out of hours access to the gardens was a real treat. We were beautifully looked after and I could not recommend this as a place to stay highly enough.

Peta, Norwich

Without doubt the best self-catering holiday cottage we have had in the UK. The attention to detail was excellent - a beautifully designed interior with everything you could possibly need. The welcome pack, complete with gluten free cake, was much appreciated. Easton is well situated for historic houses and landscapes - Burghley, Belvoir and Grimsthorpe are all close by. Stamford has places to eat but we enjoyed the Cholmley Arms and the Olive Branch. Being able to explore the lovely gardens at Easton in the evening when everyone had gone home was a real treat. Thoroughly recommended.

Caroline, Sherborne

Having visited Easton Walled Gardens on a number of occasions our expectations of the Gatehouse Lodge were high - and we were not disappointed. Exceptional attention to detail and we would certainly recommend to friends.

Linda, Bedford

We stayed a few days at the Lodge which was delightful,very clean and well equipped with a generous welcome pack. It was adjacent to the gardens with own private patio. We were so pleased with our stay that we have booked again for a week this time.

Gillian, Chester

After traveling over 3000 miles then a couple of weeks with different beds the ambiance of Easton walled gardens 'cottage' greeted me with a warm and luxury welcome. As I walked through the heavy castle studded door I instantly felt an overall welcome. Very cozy. Extremley clean, environmentally themed with recycle facilities this little piece of heaven was a complete escape from the maddening crowd. Lucious linens, beautiful beds, pretty view from the bedroom window. Then to top it all a marvelous outstanding modern bathroom. I highly recommend this beautiful cottage and it's unique grounds

Cheri, Missouri

My wife and I were looking for somewhere tranquil with a touch of quality. The Gatehouse, at the end of a single track road to the estate, gave us that. It has a unique turret look and its' interior has been restored to a high quality. The downstairs accommodation is perfect for two and at the top of the turret spiral stairs is a lovely bedroom and sizable en-suite. For two people it is the ideal getaway pad and yet handy, by car, for the local towns and restaurants. If you just want to chill out then having access to the beautiful restored gardens will do it for you, as it did for us.

John, Repton

The Gatehouse Lodge is a unique and welcoming holiday cottage. Luxurious yet comfortable, it is perfect, and we felt at home yet pampered from the moment we arrived. I won't spoil the pleasure of finding out what yummy treats await your arrival, suffice to say they are absolutely delicious. The simple things that matter include a huge and very comfortable bed and the lovely big and beautiful bathroom with underfloor heating. The Gardens are literally a step outside the door and can be enjoyed at all times. The gardens are special, the history fascinating and the cafe is not to be missed.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sir Fred Cholmeley

  • The Gatehouse 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We are an easy drive from many parts of the UK - just over 100 miles from each of London, Cheltenham, , Manchester and York
  • FD Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States) and his wife, Eleanor, spent their honeymoon at Easton Hall, as guests of the Cholmeley Family.
  • 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.