Both apartments look directly onto Manton Lodge’s stepped gardens and guests are invited to relax on the terrace or explore the tranquil setting below. They extend to more than an acre of lawns, shrubberies, flowerbeds, walkways, yorkstone terraces and kitchen gardens, with features including specimen trees and shrubs, rose gardens and a pretty ornamental pond with fountain. The gardens have been a labour of love for the present owners, who designed and developed them over the course of more than forty years. They are open regularly for the National Garden Scheme and were recently featured in Rutland Pride magazine.
Beyond the gardens, the house is surrounded by more than 100 acres of private pasture grazed by sheep and horses. The landscape rolls down to the little Chator River, a tributary of the River Welland, with views to the Ridlington ridge beyond. Over the past decade several thousand trees have been planted and guests are invited to explore the spinneys around the house. As well as these walks, Rutland Water is easily accessible from the house, either on foot through Manton Village (15 minute walk) or by bicycle. For those with longer legs – or on two wheels – the Rutland Water Bird Centre, the Lyndon Top Nature Reserve and the Osprey Centre are approximately two miles away along the water’s edge.