History

Easton Lodge

Essex - Great Dunmow

United Kingdom

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CONTACT INFO

01371 876979
enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk
Easton Lodge
Little Easton
Great Dunmow
Essex
CM6 2BB
United Kingdom

ON PEAK WORKING HOURS

START END
Sunday 09:00 - 17:30
Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 17:30

ADMISSIONS

Entry

Adult Price ( £ 4.00 )
Free for Children
Group Prices
  • Groups need to be of 10 or more people or a minimum charge will apply ( £ 60.00 )

Parking & Other

Free parking
Other Fees
  • 12 Month season tickets per adult ( £ 12.00 )

DESCRIPTION

Welcome to The Gardens of Easton Lodge an idyllic (English Heritage, Grade II) listed haven which has been partially restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.

The Gardens, grounds and whole estate of Easton Lodge date back to Tudor times. It is believed that, in 1590, Elizabeth I granted the 10,000 acre Manor of Estaines to Henry Maynard as a reward for his duties as Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Treasurer to the Queen. After demolishing a hunting lodge in the deer park, known as Easton Lodge, Maynard constructed an Elizabethan ‘H’ ground-plan mansion, similar to but smaller than Blickling Hall in Norfolk.From the early 17th century onwards, the grounds and the house developed more or less with the fashion of the times and bore strong influences from the Continent. For example, the pastureland became a late example of a ‘patte d’oie’ design, where three tree-lined avenues radiate out from a central point, in the manner of a ‘goose-foot’. It was really only in the 19th century that further significant alterations were carried out.In 1847, almost the whole of the Elizabethan part of the mansion was destroyed by fire. Although uninsured, the property was rebuilt in Victorian Gothic style at a cost of £12,000. This project was to be the last, before his death, of Thomas Hopper, architect of Wivenhoe Park in Essex.

Guided Tours:
Guided tours leave from the croquet lawn twice on each open day, usually at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  If there are other attractions on then these times may change - check your "What's On" for futher information.  Tours cost £1.50 per person and tickets are available on the gate or from the tea pavilion and the archive building.

Children's Activities: 
We have a dedicated Children's Area near the Italian Garden where we offer some simple but fun wildlife activities for our younger visitors.  There are also various crafts for children to do, most of these are free of charge although there may be a small charge for some activities.  Donations for activities are gratefully receivied.There is also a log trail for children to play on in the Children's Area and we are building another in the Glade.


Snowdrop Sundays 2016: 
21 February & 6 March

Snowdrop Opening Times
Strictly 11.30am to 4pm with last entry at 3pm

Main Season Open Days 2016:
(NB we are not open to the general public at any other time )
24 April, 22 May, 26 June, 24 July, 21 August, 18 September, 16 October

Main Season Opening Times
Strictly 11.30am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm

Please note the gardens shut promptly and visitors will be asked to leave at this time. If the weather is very bad the gardens may be forced to close early.

ONSITE FACILITIES

  • Car Parking
  • Mobility Access
  • Toilets
  • School Deals

DIRECTIONS

The Gardens are situated a few minutes outside the historic market town of Great Dunmow, connected to the M11 by the A120. We are off the B184 Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road. Once you are in Great Dunmow, The Gardens are well sign-posted by Brown Heritage signs.

Parking:

In order to allow access to residents and emergency vehicles, please note that car parking is not permitted along Park Road (the approach road to the Gardens). There is ample on-site parking so please follow the instructions of the stewards - thank you for your co-operation.

Public Transport:
Nearest railway stations are Stansted Airport & Braintree.
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