The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge

The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge, Great Dunmow: Hours, Address, The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge Reviews: 4/5

The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge

The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Gardens of Easton Lodge is an idyllic (Historic England, 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. These historic gardens date back over 400 years. Their most renowned owner was the Countess of Warwick, mistress of the Prince of Wales before he acceded to the throne as Edward VII. The Countess commissioned leading designer Harold Peto to create stunning formal gardens and a treehouse for her, in 1902. Abandoned in 1950 after the demolition of the house, the gardens were then forgotten. Today the 23 acres of gardens have a magical atmosphere, as the splendour of a century ago is gently revealed through restoration, allowing the visitor to imagine their past glories and enjoy their tranquil present. The Gardens are open to the public on the following Sundays in 2018: 22 April, 20 May, 24 June, 22 July, 19 August, 16 September, 14 October. Please check our website for more details.
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Debby B
Chelmsford, UK45 contributions
Wonderful gardens
Jul 2021
The gardens are beautifully maintained with an enormous variety of plants. The staff are friendly and the map guide and information boards very informative. Parking is plentiful and there are many benches around the site.
Despite the multitude of brown tourist signs in the area, the actual entrance isn't easy to find.
I was disappointed that most plants weren't labelled.
Written 22 July 2021
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Thank you for your positive review. We are working hard to provide plant labelling in the Gardens but sometimes the labels are hidden under leaves or have been knocked out of position by people. Please ask any of the Garden helpers or leave a message at the pay desk and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have.
Written 15 September 2021
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Hannah
Essex, UK49 contributions
A magical place
Aug 2020 • Couples
I’ve been visiting here for many years and love it more each time I go. A little haven away from the real world and a wonderful piece of local history. The cream teas are delicious! Perfect space for families, couples or older people - something for everyone. The hard work the volunteers undertake really shows and it’s nice to see the progress each time I visit.
Written 5 August 2020
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tenspeed21
Cambridge, UK65 contributions
Amazing work by volunteers
Jul 2020 • Couples
I hadn't visited the gardens for about 5 years. It was great then but amazing to see how much more has been developed. Kitchen walled garden is amazing. Fantastic results. Must have been seriously hard work.
Written 22 July 2020
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Terry O
Essex, UK10 contributions
Tranquility
Jun 2020
I took my Niece and Family for a sanctioned private trip round the gardens, A Place to enjoy the stunning views, to walk or just sit and relax for all the family. The Seasons are all different in the gardens, The Italian and Walled Gardens are superbly kept by volunteers who put in tireless hours for the enjoyment of the visitors on scheduled Open days. Obviously the virus has meant the gardens have been closed.... BUT all being well, I gather will re-open on 19th July. So why not pop along and enjoy the experience and Scenery. Have a look at their web site for current information.
Written 27 June 2020
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Omalleys
Great Dunmow, UK3 contributions
amazing day out
Jun 2019
couldn't recommend this beautiful place any more if your stuck for an idea or or just fancy a walk this is the place to go the summer nights are amazing
Written 18 November 2019
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Ruth L
Welwyn Garden City, UK1 contribution
Amazing place
Aug 2019 • Friends
I don't often write reviews but felt I really wanted to in this case...
We visited yesterday and had such a wonderful day. These stunning gardens are just alive with beauty, magic and the deepest sense of peace. There are lovely traditional games laid out for all the family, giant chess, croquet on the lawn, live music (I think it was a brass band of some kind). Then there are the trees...Oh my goodness. They tell a story all of their own. We lunched in an idyllic little corner of the walled garden, surrounded by rosemary, while bees and butterflies buzzed and fluttered around us!! And the restoration of the tree house is nothing but miraculous!! The peace I felt up there was just wonderful, with the wise old oak tree that stands in the middle of the house, an amazing focal point. I think we could see at least 2 animal faces marked out in the tree...and I must touch on the volunteers...this place is so well loved. Everything here is a tribute to the hard work of the volunteers. The grounds are beautifully maintained and cared for and the staff so lovely and friendly. Can't wait to go back! I really felt like I was stepping back in time..what a special, special place!! 😊
If you love nature and are looking for a peaceful retreat for the day, then this is It!! Highly recommended!!
Written 19 August 2019
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geoffreytt43
1 contribution
Rural Idyll
Aug 2019
This was a group visit receiving a warm welcome. The party was divided into three, each given a knowledgeable guide. The detailed history of the house and estate was fascinating and the grounds a delight to walk around.We even managed to push three wheelchairs around. All the volunteers were helpful and served up excellent cake and drinks at the end of the tour. We only had 2 hours available and would have welcomed more. The visit was considered a very worthwhile experience.
Written 18 August 2019
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Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.
Written 19 August 2019
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,092 contributions
Glorious summer day at Easton Lodge
Jul 2019 • Friends
Easton Lodge gardens opens once a month on a Sunday. In July we had all things 40s - to link to the important history of the grounds and airfield opposite during WWII. As well as local craft and plant stalls and live music there was plenty of opportunity to explore the large gardens. On the lawn by the house, the sundial garden was recreated for the millennium. Only a small part of the house remains and is in private ownership. Directly in front of the house is a flower border with a lily pond and pavilion at the end. Very popular with bees and butterflies. The Kitchen garden has been brought back into use since 2014 and remains a work in progress. It has been planted with fruit trees local to the region as well as vegetables and flowers to cut. A long avenue leads down to the lake at the far end of the lawn. There are a number of unusual trees here and on the lawn by the house. The most striking feature, and undergoing some much needed restoration, is the Italian garden designed in the 1900s by Harold Peto. The planting is lovely but there is much more restoration on the stonework still to do. The most popular feature for children is the re-created tree house. A lovely afternoon out for all ages.
Written 21 July 2019
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Thank you for such a lovely review, the tree house is always a hit with the children! The Italian garden is still a work in progress but we hope that once the restoration work is complete it will be back to its former glory. We look forward to welcoming you back to the gardens in the near future.
Written 25 July 2019
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thimble
Hertfordshire, UK328 contributions
visit
May 2019 • Couples
Wow this place is amazing... steeped in history... walled garden has been and is being restored in fact a lot of it has been or is in the process of being restored.. little craft stalls in the grounds as well plenty of picnic tables and chairs scattered around the grounds as well, there is a café with light refreshments and tables with umbrella's so if you get a hot day you can sit in the shade.
Written 19 May 2019
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Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed the gardens and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 21 May 2019
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,092 contributions
Wonderful spring garden full of history
Feb 2019 • Friends
Easton Lodge is a beautiful garden full of fascinating history. We visited on the Snowdrop open day and took the guided tour. This unravelled the close connections between its most famous owner Daisy countess or Warwick and the gardens she loved. Most of the gardens we see today were designed by Harold Peto in the early 20th C and are listed by English Heritage. A wealthy and well travelled designer, he brought his experiences from the continent, especially Italy to this corner of Essex. As well as formal areas, Daisy also introduced snowdrops to the woodland, which now form a carpet of white. Daisy herself was quite a character, inheriting a fortune at the age of three, equal to in today's money to 80 million pounds a year. She turned overnight from one of the country's leading socialites to one of its leading socialists. Her son was less keen on her socialism and garden design. When he inherited, his main contribution was planting many of the unusual trees now in the grounds towards the lake. After the guided tour we explored at our leisure, making the most of the lovely spring day.

If you are used to visiting gardens and parks that are either owned by the National Trust or have recently had millions in Lottery money spent on them, Easton will come as a surprise. While the crumbling stonework has some photographic charm it would be much better to see the gardens begin to return to their former glory and know that their future was secure for visitors to enjoy for years to come. I hope the Trust that manages the garden have every success in their future funding applications.
Written 17 February 2019
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Thank you for such a lovely review, we are so pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the gardens in the near future.
Written 18 February 2019
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