The Garden Guide

Hawkstone Hall and Gardens

Hawkstone Hall is a Georgian mansion with park and garden. The terraced gardens have lawns, a rose garden and a lily pond. Hawkstone was bought by a group of Roman Catholic redemptorists in 1926 and became a pastoral centre in 1973 until the hall was sold in 2017. It is now a luxury hotel and events venue.

Wedding venue

Each of the spaces at Hawkstone Hall offers a completely unique experience for you and your guests to enjoy. From the intricately detailed ceiling of the Ballroom and the huge arched windows of The Saloon. To the grandeur of The Chapel and the abundance of light in the Wintergarden, each individual space provides its very own highlight. You can see all of the available spaces listed below, along with their varying uses and capacities.

We provide an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one to marry in a truly stunning setting.

Head Gardener's Comment

Nestled within the hills of the rolling Shropshire countryside, you will find the magnificent Grade 1 listed, Hawkstone Hall & Gardens Estate. With ceilings gilded in gold, sweeping staircases, four-poster luxury suites with roll-top tubs and 88 acres of pristine gardens, we invite you to marry, eat, sleep and retreat.

Hawkstone Hall & Gardens offers the perfect combination of heritage and modern luxury, with natural beauty and charm. The 18th-century mansion is now a breathtakingly beautiful hotel, wedding and events venue, with a chiefly British restaurant serving afternoon tea and evening a la carte dining daily, along with a delicious Sunday lunch menu. Our 88 acres of magnificent gardens have been lovingly nurtured by our in-house gardening team for a number of years. Perfectly pruned and kept, to the standard you would expect on the grounds of such a prestigious building, our gardens provide a wonderful setting. The Lily Pond
The Orchard
The Walled Garden
The Stew Pond
The Secret Garden

Photograph © Hawkstone Hall & Gardens
Photograph © Hawkstone Hall & Gardens
Photograph © Hawkstone Hall & Gardens


Every House has its own story to tell, as we look forward to a bright and shiny future, let’s take a moment to travel back in time and peek into the memory vaults of this house, to find out where it all began.

In 1492, at the court of Hill, in Burford, England, Rowland Hill is born.
As he grows, he earns his fortune in textiles and becomes a very wealthy man.
In 1549 he is appointed Lord Mayor of London, and is a good friend of Henry 8th.
A few years later, in 1556, he purchased the Manor of Hawkstone Hall.
He was a wise, caring and hospitable man, many people sought his advice and friendship.
The Estate now becomes the ancestral seat of the Hill family for more than 300 years.
During this time, it becomes the showpiece place to visit in England, it’s dramatic terrain and legion of curiosities drawing hoards of visitors from near and far.
But alas, the succession ended when the 3rd viscount Rowland Clegg Hill passed away
In 1895, the fortune his ancestors built gone, he died a bankrupt man.
After an auction selling the entire contents to appease the creditors, The house subsequently lay silent and empty for 11 years.

In 1906, Mr George Whiteley MP, who later became Lord Marchamley, purchased the house, leaving it as he found it 9 years later.

In 1915, Mr Creswell Grey became the 3rd owner and offered Hawkstone Hall to the government as a convalescence home for injured officers.
As the roaring 20s approach, the young, beautiful, wealthy and privelaged of the land enjoy decadent parties.

In 1926, amidst all the revelry, The Hall sits refined, in its elegant and tranquil setting, And is attracting the attention of a group of Roman Catholic redemptorist Fathers who subsequently purchase it in 1926, for the purpose of higher studies. Many dignitaries and several popes visit.

In 1973, the redemptorists relocate and the Hall becomes a pastoral and renewal centre for all faiths.

It’s 2017, the Hall is for sale, it has many admirers, but it has captured the hearts of the Distinctly hospitable group, and 2 years on, a new era is dawning for this magnificent house and it’s gardens, and the ancient rare trees are rustling in anticipation of what’s to come.

The pillows are plumped, the chandeliers are sparkling, the staff are poised to serve you, resplendent in their uniforms, cocktail shakers at the ready, and now, we cordially invite you to celebrate, sing, dance, eat, drink, rest, retreat and enjoy all that Hawkstone Hall and gardens has to offer.

Plants of note

The Lily Pond, The Apple Orchard, The Walled Garden, The Stew Pond, The Secret Garden, The Rose Garden, The Azalea Lawn, The Forest Path, The Temple Path

Marchamley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY4 5UZ

All year round, 9am - 6pm. Please ring ahead to ensure a wedding isn't taking place on the day you would like to visit.


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