Stoneywell through the Lens

A butterfly perched on a magnolia at Stoneywell, Leicestershire

The cottage at Stoneywell is often described as the epitome of a chocolate box and, with sweeping vistas, quirky nooks and crannies and intricate details, it is no wonder that Stoneywell has become a photographer's paradise. This February, come along and take part in Stoneywell's first ever photography competition.

Following on from a successful photography day on Sunday 5th Februay, the “Stoneywell through the Lens” photography competition is now running throughout the month of February. The theme is ‘Capturing a hidden gem’ and entries of any moment or subject captured at Stoneywell will be accepted but must be taken at Stoneywell. Photographs of the garden will be accepted as well as photographs of the cottage, stables and well house. 

" An enjoyable day spent with like minded people all looking for an alternative angle of Stoneywell. It was lovely to see how other people see the property. Photogenic opportunities are around every corner, there is something for everyone ... nature, architecture, plants and superb craftsmanship."
- Susan Guy
The view of Stoneywell Cottage from the rowan tree
Stoneywell Cottage sits beyond the rowan tree in the garden

When Donald and Anne Gimson started to significantly develop and grow the gardens at Stoneywell, they had one specific goal in mind: to ensure that there was always something in colour, every week of the year. With an abundance of flora (including over 150 species of rhododendron) and fauna they certainly succeeded, and now the seasonal changes offer budding photographers a reason to return time and time again.

Looking through the gate to the walled garden at Stoneywell

But it's not just the garden and woodland that inspire visitors to get trigger happy behind a lens: the cottage itself, with its winding staircases, handcrafted furniture and nostalgic furnishings, offers an unusual backdrop for photographs.

An early-twentieth century typewriter
An Underwood typewriter

While you may be spoilt for choice over the best photography spots at Stoneywell, don't miss the most iconic image of them all - looking down at the cottage from the rowan tree on the sheep track.

Entrants to the competition can submit two photos in total as prints, in colour or black and white. These must be marked on the reverse with the title of their image and their name, address, contact telephone (both daytime and evening) and email address. Entries should be sent by post to: Stoneywell Photographic Competition, Stoneywell, Polly Botts Lane, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire, LE67 9QE. Alternatively entrants can submit their photographs in person in an envelope to the Stables at Stoneywell during property opening hours (10am – 4.00pm), all visits to Stoneywell must be prebooked. We regret that we are unable to accept submissions by email or other electronic means.

The drawer detail on a Chinese cabinet
The drawer detail on a Chinese cabinet

There will be 2 entry categories: one for under 16’s and 16 and over (with one winner in each category). The competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017. For the complete list of Terms and Conditions please see Terms and Conditions 2017 (PDF / 0.0625MB) download .