Generations of Cholmeleys have managed the Easton Estate since 1561; today it’s Sir Fred who meets you at the door to the schoolmaster’s house. Burton-le-Coggles is the quaintest village on a traditional rural estate: just a church, a farm shop, a butchery and a pub with good food.
The cottage sits on the corner of the road in a garden scented by lavender, alliums, roses, lupins, sweet peas and apple trees, and a veg patch you are welcome to pick from. The light-filled kitchen overlooks the garden, the dining room has hundreds of books and the sitting room is cosy on winter days.
You’ll love the walking round here with plenty of OS routes to join, including a walk into Rutland and around the lake, or hire cycles for some gentle pedals. You have free access to Easton Walled Gardens, which are just up the road; you can have afternoon tea in the café, and sign up to various courses – from willow weaving to chocolate making. Visit Woolsthorpe Manor and Burghley House – both have cafes too.