Stoneywell is a place of enchantment that seems to capture the hearts of everyone that enters its gates.
This Arts and Crafts cottage, set in the Charnwood Forest, was designed by Ernest Gimpson for his brother Sydney as a holiday retreat away from the intensive industry and dense population of the city at the end of the 19th Century. This place continues to give a feeling of escape from the hustler and bustle of modern life.
The Cottage remained in the family until 2012 during which time much of the original building and its contents have remained preserved. The National Trust took the opportunity to buy the property from Donald, great-nephew of Ernest Gimpson, to keep its unique heritage for all of us.
Donald and his wife made this cottage their family home in the 1950’s and devoted the rest of their lives to creating the garden that we see today. I worked in the gardens as a volunteer from May 2013, through heat wave, gales and persistent rain to prepare its opening to the public in the Spring of 2015
I often wandered around the gardens delighting at the changes each month and attempted to capture its glory in photograph…..