THE EASTON ESTATE
The Easton Estate is a traditional rural estate, set in the rolling countryside of the Lincolnshire/Rutland borders, between Stamford and Grantham. Owned and managed by the Cholmeley family since 1561, Easton is a contemporary estate run on traditional lines, incorporating arable and livestock farming; ancient woodlands; a fabulous garden open to the public; a new holiday cottage within the gardens; a thriving village pub and farm shop; and honey-coloured limestone cottages, many of which are available to rent on the open market.
In the early 1900s, the future US President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it as "a dream of Nirvana……almost too good to be true". The 20th century was brutal to many Estates and their families. World War I claimed the lives of six Cholmeleys and in World War II Easton Hall was requisitioned by the army and demolished shortly afterwards.
An uncertain economic climate meant the Estate hovered on the brink in the 1970s, but careful stewardship, new opportunities and a growing sense of community pride mean that the Estate now flourishes.
The site of the old Hall and its surviving buildings (on the highest level of the English Heritage At Risk register for decades) is now a thriving tourist attraction as Easton Walled Gardens, which incorporates one of our holiday cottages, The Gatehouse Lodge. Our second holiday cottage, The School House in Burton-le-Coggles is now up-and-running. The Pub, The Cholmeley Arms, offers a farm shop, accommodation and quality food and has become the heart of a village community. Many of the cottages are now let on the open market, but a significant number are still home to Estate workers.
A member of the family is involved in every aspect of the Estate from cottage letting to farming, forestry and catering. Since 1561, fifteen generations of Cholmeleys have farmed, built and developed this beautiful land.
Ursula Cholmeley is a passionate gardener and has restored the gardens from dereliction, a labour of love that has been going on since 2001.
The Estate is managed from the Estate Office in Burton-le-Coggles, which can be contacted via the Contact page.
If you want directions to the Estate Office in Burton-le-Coggles, click here to download them.