Staycation: Hawkstone Hall

Live out your most opulent fantasies at this 18th century mansion.

The Grade I-listed stately home Hawkstone Hall & Gardens in Shropshire opened in April earlier this year. Set within 88 acres of manicured gardens, the spectacular Georgian property has been restored to its former splendour and now for the first time in its 550 year history, opened as a luxury hotel and an exclusive wedding venue.
The main building is reached via a mile-long driveway (which sparkles with anticipation), features 12 decadent suites, while the adjacent Orangery wing (the most modern component in the estate) comprises a further 25 bedrooms. Originally built as a stately family home, Hawkstone Hall’s past comprises of housing the Duke of Wellington and writer Samuel Johnson and has previously been owned by Members of Parliament.

The 12 luxury suites have been designed with the utmost design detail at heart; each
accommodates free-standing bathtubs with stunning views – which, in my humble opinion was a personal highlight, plus intricate coving and character features. All are named after iconic writers or poets in varying eras of the Hall’s history, featuring amenities such as an in-room vintage cocktail tray, Nespresso coffee machines & world-famous Burleigh tea trays.

If you can drag yourself out of the bathtub, skip downstairs to the Saloon; a stunning backdrop for dinner, in one of the oldest parts of the original Main House. Showcasing a luxurious feel with artworks adorning the walls and rich, plush fabrics throughout. Executive chef Andrew Watts offers chiefly British dishes with bold flavours, using locally sourced ingredients inspired by the seasons. We were lucky enough to try the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea; a delicious savoury alternative to finger sandwiches and cream scones consisting of Parma ham with garlic & olive oil infused bruschetta and a crispy beef scotch egg, delicious. The Saloon also offers a ‘Guilt Free’ afternoon tea without gluten, grains or refined sugar and of course, there’s always the traditional route.

After you’ve had your fill, guests can walk off the calories through the gardens with
borrowed Hunter wellies. Within its grounds the estate boasts a rose garden, croquet lawn, apple orchard, ancient cemetery, original 18th Century lily pond, walled garden, river with a quaint stone bridge, forested areas, over half a mile of footpaths and a wonderfully romantic ‘secret garden’. There’s also a garden map readily available for those without a sense of direction, much like myself.

Once you’re done exploring the grounds and the entire estate, including the beautiful
library which houses all works by Proust, Keats and Shakespeare. Feel free to sink back into the tub, maybe even with a borrowed book.

Hawkstone Hall & Gardens, Weston, Shrewsbury SY4 5UZ
01630 685 242

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