Friday, 25 May 2018

Stoneywell Cottage An Arts And Crafts Gem

Arts and Crafts is honest and simple and harks back to simpler times and is honest in its making.Life is fast paced and to have a house and garden in harmony is a rare treasure indeed.










The cottage which was designed by Ernest Grimson so it appeared as if organically grown among the rocky outcrops of Charnwood Forest and he succeeded and even Gertrude Jekyll approved. There are even rooms within the cottage and they are barely split on seven different levels.We found there it was best to go with the information and captivating National Trust Guide when we were looking round as they offer an unique insight into the property.





The cottage has a a slate roof originally it had a thatch roof but due to a fire which destroyed it in 1939, Stoneywell has so much magic and it is a quirky honest property.The cottage was first turned into a summer house to escape far away from the ravishes of city life and industry in Leicester, it went on to become a family home in the 1950's.Stoneywell was always adapted rather than be changed in any way.











The property was acquired by the National Trust in 2012 and you can only visit by booking on line , while visiting you can always partake in soup ,sandwiches or even cake and of course tea no National trust visit is ever completed without a that very British stable of a cup of tea.

The cottage is furnished still  with original pieces made by Ernest and his circle of Artisan craftsman. Just beyond the front door stands a beautiful dining table which top is made from one single plank of wood and today is well worth over £20,000 



All the books and toys that are around allude to a mush loved family home we were told on our tour that the children loved climbing through windows and running through the house.














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