Stoneywell: What to expect from your visit

STWS sundial

The cottage, garden and woodland are open for pre-booked local visits. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, you’ll need to book your visit in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what’s open and what to expect from your visit.

Parking and when you arrive 

If arriving by car, please have your pre-booked tickets/booking confirmation to hand, and if you're members, your National Trust membership cards to show to the team in the car park.

We are using a booking system for visits to manage the visitor numbers across the site and to spread out arrivals throughout the day. Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

Stoneywell is a short distance from the car park and all visitors must take the shuttle for the remainder of the journey, if it isn’t in the car park when you arrive it won’t be too far away.  Our car park shelter is not currently in use - if the weather is less than pleasant please wait in your car until the shuttlebus arrives. 

Swallows on the stable roof
Swallows sitting on the edge of the stables roof at Stoneywell
Swallows on the stable roof

You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until the last return shuttle to the car park at 4.45pm. 

There’s some things we’ll ask you to do before embarking on the bus including using hand sanitiser and, inline with government guidance, wear your face covering unless you are exempt. Please bring one with you. 

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Small campervans that are used for transport are welcome for pre-booked visitors, but are not permitted to stay overnight. Due to the size of the car park we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.

Facilities

Toilets (including baby changing facilities and an accessible toilet) are available in the stable-yard. Please wear a face covering while inside. The toilets are all sanitised by our team throughout the day.

There are no refreshment facilities available at Stoneywell, but we have a picnic area within the meadow where you are welome to enjoy your own picnic in beautiful surroundings.  

Staying safe

We have made some of the narrow paths in the garden one-way to enable appropriate safe social distancing - look out for the signage as you enjoy your walk.

We have hand sanitiser located at key points and hand washing facilities are available in the stables toilets.  

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit and look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

A blanket of bluebells at Stoneywell
Bluebells in the garden at Stoneywell
A blanket of bluebells at Stoneywell

Accessibility 

Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.

Exploring the garden and woodland 

Our grounds are waking up from winter and our team are preparing for spring, but they may not be quite as you’re used to seeing them, due to the limited team on site during the national lockdown in 2020. We have a small team in now, not to the extent that we’re used to, but we're well on the way to getting the garden back to normal - and we're delighted summer is here!

Produce growing in Stoneywell's kitchen garden
STWS kitchen garden
Produce growing in Stoneywell's kitchen garden

Exploring the cottage 

The cottage is open from Friday 28th May. After being wlcomed by one of our hosts you can explore unguided. You'll need to wear a face covering, unless exempt, so please bring one with you. Last entry to the cottage is 4pm and it closes at 4.30pm. 

Summer at Stoneywell
STWS cottage june
Summer at Stoneywell