Since 2001, Ursula and Fred Cholmeley have restored this ancient garden from an overgrown wilderness to the nationally important garden it once was.
The restoration continues year on year with innovative new planting schemes and currently includes herbaceous borders, roses, sweet peas, spring bulbs, cutflower and vegetable gardens set off by limestone buildings and surrounded by beautiful parkland.
Highlights include Snowdrop Week, Sweet Pea Week and David Austin Roses and The White Space garden. Meadow areas increase in diversity each year, it is intended that this should be a garden that works for humans and wildlife.
The gift shop sells carefully chosen products and the courtyard has a good variety of plants for sale. Venue hire is available and can cater for large parties and corporate meetings in the sensitively restored Coach House and for smaller parties of up to 6 people in the luxury cedar lodge, The Meadow Retreat.
2 March to 28 October: Wednesday to Friday, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am to 4pm.
Seven miles south of Grantham, just off the A1. Follow the B6403 and signs to Easton. Postcode is NG33 5AP. However, sat nav will try and bring you into the gardens from the A1. This is not possible, you need to come in off the B6403.
There are train stations at Grantham or Stamford, take a taxi from either.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
We welcome groups to the gardens throughout the open season. Angela Marshall deals with all group and tour bookings and can tailor your visit to suit you.
Groups of more than 15+ should book in with Angela, please call 01476 530 063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that discount cards do not apply to individuals visiting as part of a group.
Coach drivers are offered free entry, tea and cake!
A word from the owner
In 1901 there were 8 full-time gardeners helped by up to 20 labourers. Today there are 3 full-time gardeners and 1 part-time gardener, led by me. We hope you enjoy your visit!
- The name Easton is late anglo-saxon and means 'Enclosure to the East.' By the time the settlement was recorded in the Domesday Book it had roughly 100 residents (as it still does today.)
- The family connection began in 1592 towards the end of the reign of Elizabeth I, when Sir Henry Cholmeley (1562-1620) bought the manor of Easton. The ancient conveyance - written on parchment - mentions orchards, meadows and gardens.
- In the 1900s, the gardens had been photographed for Country Life and the future President Franklin D Roosevelt had fallen in love with Easton. Visiting as a family friend and then as part of his honeymoon, he described it as 'a dream of Nirvana...almost too good to be true.’
- Easton Hall was requisitioned at the start of the Second World War. It became home to units of the Royal Artillery and of the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, for four years.
We have two walks around the beautiful gardens.
Woodland Walk - short walk, approx 5 mins
Wren Trail - covers the 12-acre site
We have two wonderful Holiday Cottages, The Gatehouse Lodge in Easton Walled Gardens and The School House in Burton-le-Coggles, both have been renovated to an exceptional standard and are real homes-from-home.
Both of our cottages have been selected as Special Places to Stay by Sawday's. Both are dog-friendly, rural retreats for garden and country lovers.
From May 2018, we are offering more overnight accommodation in the form of our exciting new loft conversions. Overlooking the beautiful Victorian Stable Courtyard, we are creating three loft apartments, each sleeping 2 people, offering the same standard of finish as our Holiday Cottages, but with the flexibility of being able to stay for single nights and with the choice of three different room sizes.
The Hay Loft blends traditional country style with modern comfort to make the perfect place to stay when away from home. It is the biggest of the three lofts, with a bathroom with bath and separate shower and its own access via stone steps.
There are two Coach House lofts, each is available separately or they can be combined as a whole, giving flexibility to guests travelling with extended family, or with friends.
The Grade II listed Gatehouse Lodge has been recently rescued from dereliction and has been sensitively restored with a mix of original features and contemporary style. The Lodge blends traditional country style with modern comfort to make the perfect place to stay when away from home.
With its beautiful barley-twist chimneys and original beams, this is the perfect retreat for anyone looking for a cosy, dog friendly getaway. There is a fully fitted kitchen, a lovely sitting room with a woodburning stove, unlimited wireless internet, cosy double bedroom and a huge bathroom.
The indoor space is divided into 3 rooms - The main Coach House, The Shoeing Box, and The Harness Room.
We can cater for 70 people for a buffet or drinks, or up to 50 people seated. The Harness Room provides a smaller room for up to 10 and the Shoeing Box can seat 20. Double doors link the Shoeing Box to the Coach House so the two rooms can work together. An internal door links to the Harness Room so that the three rooms can be hired for one event.
We offer a range of catering options to suit individual needs. Rooms are available for full day or 3 hour meetings. The gardens are available as a break out space to all our corporate clients.
Our sympathetically restored Coach House offers the perfect opportunity to host meetings or training days in a beautiful setting. We hope you'll choose us for your occasion.
We welcome visits from primary and seconday schools.
We focus on nature, biodiversity, and horticulture history.