We are a small family run business consisting of Cheryl, Peter, daughter Rachael and son Richard running the 8 acre gardens, tearooms, wedding venue, camping and various events throughout the year.
Peter and Cheryl bought Hilton in 1977 and after having spent years making the house habitual they started on the gardens in 1990.
Everything had to fit in with what they had- a blank canvas with a 300 year old woodland as a back-drop. So the transformation from fields and bog to tranquil gardens began. After digging out 3 large ponds, planting 3500 trees, numerous shrubs, plants and bulbs we feel that we have created not just a natural haven to all wildlife but also a place to escape within nature and enjoy it’s beauty.
Over the years Hilton has expanded and grown and the gardens have changed dramatically to the present day which now look as if they have always been there. It is amazing what can be achieved in a relatively short time and hopefully we will inspire more people to look at their own gardens and habitats encouraging them to preserve and enhance what they have.
We as a family feel passionately about our natural environment and want to encourage as many people and children as we can to enjoy woodlands, gardens and the natural world. We have invested a lot of time and effort into enhancing the gardens and making them interesting and fun for all ages. We have created some enchanting wooden structures within the woodlands for children to play and get lost within nature and generally have lots of fun.
We evolve and extend each year always working alongside the natural environment and enhancing what we have. So from a run down Manor House to a rebuilt victorian courtyard, woodland tearoom, licensed wedding venue and events, campsite and 8 acres of woodlands and gardens I think it is fair to say we have worked hard but achieved a lot.