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Hundred House Hotel in Shropshire Wins National Award (26th September 2013)

Hundred House Hotel in Shropshire Wins National Award

The Hundred House Hotel near Shifnal is celebrating after winning Best Kept Secret Awards 2013 in the Gardens category.

Judging this category, Fergus Collins, Countryfile Magazine Editor said, "For sheer romance and endless hidden delights, Hundred House pips its rivals to the prize. The maze gardens full of tumbling roses and shrubs and threaded with water features provide a restful sanctuary – as well as the freshest of vegetables and herbs for the hotel's restaurant. The gardens are the perfect accompaniment to the charming rooms – each uniquely furnished with antiques."

The Secret Gardens at The Hundred House were designed by Sylvia Philips, who, together with husband Henry, has spent the last 27 years collecting interesting and unusual pieces to place in hidden away corners for visitors to discover.

The hotel has a working Herb Garden with over 50 different varieties of herbs which are all used seasonally in their cooking, to dress desserts, or for our guests to garnish their drinks as they wish. The vegetable patch and fruit trees keep Chef Stuart Phillips and the team well stocked with Beetroot, Potatoes, Beans, Crab Apples, Gooseberries, Blackberries and Raspberries, none of which go to waste! Customer and visitors to can also see recipes detailing how they make some of their favourite dishes, for them to try at home.

Chloe Wright from The Hundred House said, "Winning is a reward and reflection of the amazing foresight of Sylvia all those years ago and gives us further inspiration for the future of the garden."

Click here to read more about The Hundred House garden and get their recipe for Hundred House Crab Apple Jelly.