They’re the perfect place to unwind morning, noon and night.
Overlooking the rolling tree strewn hills of the North Shropshire countryside, the mature and immaculate award winning 5 acre grounds and gardens are managed by the Cushing family and head gardener, Nick Huxley.
The Goldstone Hall Garden haven can be enjoyed from March to October annually and includes a diverse and wide variety of flowering plants and trees, chosen for their suitability to climate and soil type, as well as their individual qualities such as fragrance, colour and stature.
From March, visitors can enjoy a walled garden with a long, double tiered herbaceous borders including seasonal perennial planting schemes and a sweeping lawn which leads down to the beginnings of a wild flower garden.
From June, the rose terrace provides a well protected Summer lunch spot which overlooks the walled garden. The rose bushes are a mix of old varieties which give continuation of flowering through to September.
Summer heralds the bounty of Goldstone’s one acre kitchen garden – one of the largest and most productive hotel kitchen gardens in the U.K., & which underpins the delivery of a restaurant celebrating the best of seasonally grown, preserved and locally sourced produce.
Also the later summer cutting garden and short woodland walk are enjoyable elements to the garden.
The gardens were initially conceived by the first owner, Helen Ward, who transformed the wilderness that was into the award winning, garden it is today. The garden is testimony to her fascination of collecting all sorts of seeds and plants and finding just the right spot for them to thrive and grow.
The gardens have been designed for pollination, cultivation, relaxation, enjoyment and is the perfect setting for admiring the well thought out planting followed by afternoon tea, a game of croquet or perhaps a special celebration.
There is no right or wrong way to explore the Goldstone garden; the secret is to assess it according to where the winds prevail.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Meet the team
The Goldstone garden’s foundations are due to the vision and drive of one woman – Helen Ward. Her passion in life was the Goldstone Garden which she was instrumental in laying out and collecting plants for. Latterly she toured, in her golf buggy, the grounds several times a day and knew every square inch of the garden.
It is a passion she passed to her son John Cushing. Not only is he fascinated with the unusual crops we can grow in our vegetable garden but also always considering how guests can enjoy more and more of our 5 acre plot.
Nick Huxley, Head Gardener, has been at Goldstone for over 10 years. He came to us from the award winning Wollerton Old Hall Garden. Nick has turned Goldstone’s kitchen garden into extensive plot it now is. Often you will find him in the caged kitchen gardens tending some vital part of your dinner.
It is Danny Allman that brings the sense of order to the place and although we’ve never seen the ruler he promises that throughout the summer the Great Lawn in our Walled Garden is cut at 9mm with perfect stripes.