Explore the garden at Stoneywell
With four acres of garden and 11 acres of woodland, Stoneywell's grounds were designed to produce colour all year round, so there's always something bright to discover as you explore. Find interesting garden features, seasonal highlights and wildlife to spot in the garden here.
Things to see in the garden
The garden at Stoneywell was created with the intention of bringing colour all year round, so you’re bound to see lots of flowers in bloom as you explore the winding paths surrounding the cottage. Here are some interesting features to look out for among the abundance of colour.
Rhododendrons are a principal feature of the gardens at Stoneywell, with around 150 varieties planted around the grounds. Fringing the drive and tennis courts before extending into the woodland, the rhododendrons produce a succession of flowers, and there’s always something in bloom.
With lots of pinks and reds blossoming in spring, look out for less conspicuous but beautiful yellow rhododendrons. Early summer is also a great time to see a bright display.
As you stroll around the garden, pause a while on the neatly kept tennis court, built in 1903–1905. Sydney Gimson was a keen tennis player and had the court built by blasting the rock, levelling it several times, then seeding and erecting the fencing.
Today the tennis court is a great place for a spot of boules, or a picnic on a sunny day.
At the highest point of the garden sits a stone fort, built by Basil Gimson. It provides spectacular views of the city of Leicester and the surrounding countryside, including Bradgate Park with its tower and memorial. Have a peek into the stone fort on your next visit.
Eleven acres of woodland
In addition to the four-acre garden, Stoneywell is home to an 11-acre woodland, perfect for taking a longer stroll through the countryside.
Look out for bluebells in spring, and listen for the soundtrack of birds throughout the year – from the tap-tap of the great spotted woodpecker to the ‘yaffle’ of the green woodpecker. Stoneywell Wood is a haven for birds of all shapes and sizes, from blue tits and nuthatches to buzzards and sparrow hawks.
Guided garden tours
Learn more about Stoneywell’s colourful garden on a guided tour with our passionate team of garden volunteers, who have a wealth of knowledge and passion for Stoneywell.
Enjoy a 45-minute stroll through the four acres, taking in the sights and scents of the plants and trees. To enquire about garden tours, please call before booking your visit.
Discover how one man’s vision changed a summer house into an Arts and Crafts-inspired family home.
Delve into Stoneywell’s collection of Arts and Crafts treasures, from unique handcrafted furniture to a replica cot and a small ceramics collection.
We welcome group visits to Stoneywell, where you can explore an Arts and Crafts home and garden – find out how to book and what to expect from your group visit here.
Volunteers are what make Stoneywell tick. Our team of about 150 volunteers get involved in just about everything we do - welcoming visitors, telling stories, driving the bus, pulling weeds, harvesting veg, painting signs... Find out more about how you can join the team and play your part.
From 18th-century water gardens and Arts and Crafts landscapes to intimate woodland gardens, there are so many places to discover.