The college is set in 42 acres of beautiful gardens, woods and fields, with its own spring water, and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All guests are free to wander the grounds at their leisure. There are footpaths in the woodlands, with further trails for the hiking enthusiasts through the scenic Painswick and Slad valleys.
Care for the environment is an important part of the Hawkwood ethos, with the cultivation of gardens and pastures as well as the animal husbandry, following organic and bio-dynamic practices.
The Groups Who Use Hawkwood
More than 3000 people pass through Hawkwood's doors each year. A third of these are groups coming for their away days, special themed conferences or team building retreats. These groups include many well-known local and national organisations, including: Sutherland Cranial College osteopathic training events, The Soil Association, The National Trust, Wiltshire College, writers' groups, yoga retreats and many more. They enjoy Hawkwood for its peacefulness, the beautiful site, the friendly service and the ethos - not to mention its reputation for delicious food! Many comment that there is no other place like Hawkwood in the region. One local government group, on an away day, said it was "the best venue in town!"
We can currently accommodate up to 50 guests on site, with 14 single, 12 twin, 1 double and 3 triple rooms. A ground floor, wheelchair accessible twin room is available for people with mobility difficulties. Additional camping spaces are available- tents only as we are unable to accommodate campervans/caravans). Whatever your needs, we will do our best to find a mix of accommodation which best suits your requirements.
We have six rooms which offer a range of facilities, including comfortable meeting rooms, lecture hall and studios. We are happy to accommodate outside courses where appropriate. Inside facilities include:
Main Hall (45' x 22' or 13.7 x 6.7 m) - a large room with wonderful views across the water garden and grounds. It is ideal if you need an area to "spread out". It holds up to 95 people in a lecture format.
Studio One (32' x 17' or 9.7 x 5.2 m) - holds up to 40 people in lecture format. with running water available, It is also ideal for craft activities.
Studio Two (20' x 18' or 6.1 x 5.5 m) - holds up to 20 people in lecture format. The decor and optional lounge chairs make it a comfortable, informal meeting space.
Sitting Room (size 24' x 19' or 7.3 x 5.8 m) - has the character of the original house, with a gothic fireplace and striking architectural features. Ideal for medium-sized study groups. Holds up to 15-20 people.
Blue Room (size 22' x 18' 6.7 x 5.5 m) - the perfect setting for smaller discussion groups. Holds up to 25 people in lecture format.
Library (size 22' x 18') - a spacious room, lined with books. Comfortable chairs and a period fireplace make this the ideal place to study in comfort, or to simply sit and read. It may also be booked as a meeting room. On colder days, our log burner provides warmth and a cosy ambience.
Hawkwood has a well-known reputation for delicious wholesome food. The catering staff take pride in creating meals composed of fresh vegetables, meats and fruits. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for. A large percentage of food served is organic, some from our own gardens.
Sixty people can easily be accommodated in the dining room, and provision can be made for additional numbers on special arrangement.
Warm comfortable rooms and good food are all part of Hawkwood's hospitality. The friendly and dedicated staff aim to meet your particular needs and ensure that you enjoy your stay.
Ways you can support our work
Volunteering Are you interested in meeting like-minded people and supporting the work of Hawkwood College? We are fortunate to have the support of volunteers who assist in various ways. If you are interested in volunteering or if you have particular skills which we may be able to utilise, then please let us know!
Can you help run events? Welcoming visitors to our cultural events and Open Day gives you the opportunity to meet a warm community of people and attend our events for free. All we ask in return is that you five outstanding customer service and be vigilant with regards to our customers welfare and safety.
Can you help spread the word? We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would be happy to distribute our brochure, flyers and posters around the local area.
Are you interested in nature and wildlife and/or learning about land management? We have a regular volunteer team who work in the walled garden and on the wider estate. The team is led by Bernard Jarman, estate manager and longest serving member of Hawkwood staff.
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