Generations of Cholmeleys have managed the Easton Estate since 1561; today it’s Sir Fred who meets guests at the freshly painted duck-egg blue door to the schoolmaster’s house. As for Burton-le-Coggles, it’s the quaintest village you ever did see, on a traditional rural estate in the Lincolnshire Vales: just a church, a farm, a pub. The cottage sits on the corner of the unbusy main road in a garden scented by lavender, alliums, roses, lupins, sweet peas and apple trees, and a veg patch you are welcome to enjoy. Step in to find a dining room with lots of books; a sitting room cosily carpeted; and a sizeable kitchen filled with light, overlooking the front garden. Old and new blend beautifully throughout – and if the bedroom is romantic, the bathroom is a wow! Guests have free access to Easton Walled Gardens during their stay – you can also visit Woolsthorpe Manor and Burghley House, explore the estate’s ‘lost’ walled gardens (they’re stunning), drop in for a pint at the Cholmeley Arms. Return to white-painted beams, original stone flags, Bose sound, a laptop corner, a suave velvet bedhead and a pink sofa.