Easton Walled Gardens nestle in a beautiful, rolling valley in South West Lincolnshire. They have been owned by the Cholmeley family for over 400 years. President Franklin D Roosevelt considered them one of the best gardens in the UK, writing home to his mother that the gardens were “A dream of Nirvana…almost too good to be true.”
The original gardens contained several walled enclosures around a mediaeval manor house. Over the centuries the design of the gardens changed and by the Victorian era the gardens were filled with bedding and borders, ornamental stonework, glasshouses, fine trees and even melon pits. All of this changed when the house was requisitioned during World War II, used as a barracks and subsequently demolished. For 50 years nature enveloped the old site until we started restoration work in 2001.
The gardens lie in a particularly beautiful valley. When they first moved in 1993, the layout of the gardens was still recognisably Tudor and Jacobean. Over the centuries, the Cholmeley family and their gardeners have created a park, moved a river and built bridges, walls and ornamental outbuildings. Despite the presence of modern life – the A1 rumbles along behind a belt of trees – this garden feels ancient, settled and full of atmosphere. In 2001, when most of the area was swamped by sycamores, elder, brambles and ragwort, its extraordinary setting was one of the key reasons for clearing the site.
Work began that year and since then they have been working to re-establish the gardens. This is an ongoing process and some of our planting will take many years to reach maturity. In other areas, plants have grown quickly and they are able to work with colour and form to create interesting vistas and plant combinations. For many of our visitors this slow revival is part of the beauty of their visit.
Because the layout of this very English garden owes so much to the Tudor and Jacobean period, almost everything can be seen from the site of the old house. The walled gardens were designed to be overlooked so they had to be beautiful as well as productive. I keep this in mind when designing new areas.
Over the past 16 years they have developed: a turf maze, yew tunnel, shrubberies, meadows including an unusual rose garden, cutflower and vegetable gardens, a cottage garden, long borders, orchards and the White Space Garden. Throughout the gardens they try to include small details or plantings (such as the water feature in the cottage garden or the little bank of primroses in the White Space Garden) to inspire our visitors with manageable ideas. As you can imagine, the garden never stands still so they are always looking for ways to improve the complexity of the planting.
Stamford is widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England. The pretty facades of the town are favourites with film and television producers – Stamford was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film and has also appeared in Middlemarch, The Da Vinci Code and the Golden Bowl. It’s no wonder that visitors come from far and wide to experience Stamford’s charm, character and outstanding shopping and restaurants.
The majority of trips return from destination between 16:30 and 17:30. The driver will inform you of the exact time on the day, dependant on outward travel times. Whilst we do not guarantee a W/C on board most of our excursion fleet do have toilet facilities. For your comfort we allocate seating at time of booking, however reserve the right to alter or amend your seat allocation for utilisation purposes; If you have a seating preference please make a note in the booking section when placing your order and we will try to accommodate. Once you have booked with us you will be emailed with a travel ticket containing seat numbers, this will be sent within 24 hours of placing the booking, if after this time you have not received your travel ticket please email email@example.com for confirmation.
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|Harrogate- 08:00 +£0.00*|
|Kings Road- 08:05 +£0.00*|
|Knaresborough Road- 08:10 +£0.00*|
|Starbeck- 08:15 +£0.00*|
|Knaresborough- 08:20 +£0.00*|
|Wetherby- 08:40 +£0.00*|