The Exton Estate is a large rural estate located in the heart of picturesque Rutland, the smallest historic county in England. The Estate is within easy reach of Oakham, Stamford, Leicester, Peterborough and Nottingham.
Lantern & Larks has established a campsite within the 500 hectares of Exton Park. This beautiful 18th-Century park, which is Grade II listed, contains a sheltered five-acre walled garden which gradually slopes down to an ornamental lake at the southern end, where ospreys have been known to catch their dinner!
Exton Park, 20 minutes by car from Peterborough and less than 10 from the A1, is home to the Gainsborough family. The house and grounds are occasionally used for weddings, and regularly as a location for film and photo shoots. The parkland has existed since the 12th Century, and the gardens witnessed performances by Handel in the 18th Century. The old potting shed now forms the honesty shop where essential items and local produce can be purchased.
Exton Park has a wonderful Gothic Folly, Fort Henry, in the grounds on the edge of a private lake, that can be rented from the estate for weddings and other events, and it is certainly well worth a detour to take in the view. Exton Park has extensive public access throughout the estate along 14 miles of footpaths and bridleways with wonderful scenic views.
A policy of responsible forestry, across many generations, is responsible for the rich habitat and diversity of flora and fauna that can be found throughout. Environmental considerations have been foremost in the planning and stewardship of the estate, creating and maintaining a diverse habitat and haven for all manner of wildlife.
Despite being landlocked, one of Rutland's most distinguishing features is the large body of water right at its centre. Rutland Water is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. It is the Anglian Water's drinking water reservoir and an internationally famous nature reserve that provides a home for over 25,000 waterfowl.