OUR LOCAL AREA
"I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand" Leonardo da Vinci
Welcome to our local area
Our area is called South Kesteven which is a Viking word and many of the woods and settlements around us still have Norse names. Traditionally the landscape was part of the great hunting country that includes Rutland and Leicestershire. The rolling hillsides and wooded valleys are often a surprise to many visitors who may think that all of Lincolnshire is flat like the Fenland to the East. The countryside and villages looks like the Cotswolds because the same local limestone is the main building material.
Transport links are excellent and you can reach the Estate and cottages by car (usually via the A1) or train (1 hour 10 mins on the East Coast mainline) to Grantham. To explore our area you will need a car (or a bike if you are really fit) as buses are a rare sighting.
The Easton Estate
All of our cottages are part of the Easton Estate, owned by the Cholmeley family for over 400 years. Whether you are staying in the School House at Burton-le-Coggles or the apartments or cottage at Easton you will find that Easton Walled Gardens, The Cholmeley Arms (pub) and the farm shop and the Grade 1 listed church are all part of the estate. (Please note the Estate covers both villages which are about 3 miles apart so you will need to walk or drive to one or the other.) There is a quiet road between the villages for walking or cycling. The nearby village of Corby Glen has a couple of shops, pubs and a delicatessen.
We are in South West Lincolnshire, which is in east central England. Lincolnshire borders eight other counties including Northamptonshire in the south for just 20 yards, England's shortest county boundary. The county town is Lincoln, roughly in the middle of the county. We found this irreverent video showcasing Lincoln but you will need to bring your sense of humour with you if you watch it!
Just across the border, Rutland is the smallest historic county in England. Its greatest length north to south is only 18 miles and its greatest breadth east to west is 17 miles. The only towns in Rutland are Oakham, the county town, and Uppingham. At the centre of the county is the large artificial reservoir, Rutland Water, which is an important nature reserve serving as an overwintering site for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys.
We hope you find this guide useful and that we inspire you to make the most of your stay with us.
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