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Art Inspired by Stoneywell Cottage

An Arts and Crafts National Trust property set in the Charnwood Forest, Stoneywell Cottage was designed by Ernest Gimson and completed in 1898 for his brother Sydney, as a summer residence away from the intensive industry and dense population of Leicester at the end of the 19th Century.

Donald Gimson, Great-nephew to Ernest, with his wife Anne made this cottage their full time family home in the 1950’s and devoted the rest of their lives to creating much of the garden as we see it today. Stoneywell Cottage remained in the Gimson family until 2012 at which point the National Trust took the opportunity to purchase it from Donald, thereby preserving its unique heritage for us all.

In the Spring of 2012 the National Trust put a call out for willing volunteers to help restore the gardens to an earlier glory. I was one of those fortunate to be selected to join this honored team. We immediately set to work with gusto working non stop through heat wave, gales, snow and persistent rain to prepare its opening to the public in the Spring of 2015.

During my time there I often wandered around the gardens at tea breaks, delighting at the changes each month and attempting to capture its glory in photograph. Over this time my new creative business was also growing and eventually I made the difficult decision to hang up my gardening fork and devote more time to this personal venture.

Stoneywell Cottage continues to give a sense of escape and peace from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It is a place of enchantment that seems to capture the hearts of all those who enter it’s gates. It will certainly always be in my heart and I like to think I left a bit of myself there too.

You can find Stoneywell just off  Junction 22 of the M1. Please note you will need to pre-book your visit at least 24 hrs in advance. 

National Trust Website 

Stoneywell Prints

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