Palms Hill - stunning Shropshire house and garden opens as a stylish events venue

Together the enterprising mother and daughter team of Sue and Meg Wilton-Morgan, will be opening the gates to Palms Hill on Saturday September 15th. Their home will be a new venue for events in a stunning setting - where excellent service is top of their list. Palms Hill will come with a Victorian house backdrop, marquee lawn with breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside, a beautifully restored walled garden - complete with a crèche for children...

School, University and a New Home

Meg has been involved in business from a young age with her parents working around her. She put her own skills into practice at Liverpool University. Meg won an award of investment for her business concept in the University's 'Big Pitch' - leading her to set-up her first business. Supply Our Society provided personalised clothing for everything from choirs at University to the Pengwern Rowing Club back home in Shrewsbury. Sue, with her husband Tim, built up Timstar - the second largest supplier of laboratory and educational science related products to schools throughout the UK. After repeated offers to buy this business, they decided to sell in 2009 and had the opportunity to buy Palms Hill House.
This led to the careful restoration of this historic house near Wem in Shropshire. Sue had fallen in love with the house two years previously, so the opportunity to purchase was too good to miss. They made the move across the county border from Cheshire and the work began. The house was beautiful but needed some care and attention to bring it back to its former beauty and to fill it once again with people and parties. This is exactly what Meg and Sue set out to do and following their launch on September 15th, the plan is for it to be the location for many weddings, events and parties.

From The Domesday Book to 2013

The original dwelling at Palms Hill is thought to have been listed in the Domesday Book. The design and build of the current house was commissioned in 1890 by James Arthur Clegg from Lancashire. The architect was Mr H. Macpherson of Derby, who later won a prize for his design. The Wilton-Morgan family have been working on the careful restoration since 2009. The Victorian craftsmanship has been revealed, the garden has been landscaped, with croquet lawn and walled garden. The fabulous views across to the Welsh Hills can be enjoyed, from what was originally a defensive hill-top position.

Palms Hill is open for events with a purpose-built marquee to fit the marquee lawn, accommodating up to 180 for banquets with a dance floor and bar and up to 250 with buffet-style catering. The extensive gardens, including the walled garden, are part of this unique location. Local suppliers have been selected to work with including; Tipples bar, photography from PB Artworks, catering from Oak Apple and Caroline Morgan. September 15th provides an opportunity to look inside the gates of this hidden gem - situated between the A49 and Wem.

Meg explained; "We have enjoyed bringing Palms Hill back to life and look forward to sharing this. We hope that our guests - whether for private or corporate events - will enjoy the beauty and space of our gardens and the backdrop of our home, as much as we do!"

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