THE GROUNDS

Explore our grounds, find peace in the stone Circle, and turn away awhile from the world of busyness and interruption

There are four acres to explore, through tree-lined lanes, gardens and the rolling hillside of the grounds. A stroll around the perimeter provides fresh air and ample exercise. Sit in the meadow with wine, cheeses and other treasures from our local markets.

 

Watch eagles, hawks and other raptors float upon the updrafts while ravens croak, cluck and kraa. Deer will be seen grazing the yard mornings and evenings.

STANDING STONE CIRCLE

The Standing Stone Circle is our monument to stillness, endurance and mystery

The Standing Stone Circle, created for Stonehouse by artist and master mason Ron Crawford, is located in our field that slopes gently towards the sea.

Sitting among the standing stones, whether reading, writing, painting or just taking in the day, you find yourself returning to a pace of life too often undervalued by the urban busyness of modern society.

There are 13 stone columns each between four and five meters in height, erected on a 13-meter radius. Within the circle, but not centered in it, stands a smaller circle of eight standing stones each between two and three meters tall, on a three meter radius.

The stones of the smaller inner circle are called The Witnesses. From a distance, they seem tiny compared to the stones of the main circle but as one approaches, it becomes apparent that these “tiny” stones are bigger than us, bearing witness to the magnitude of the main circle.