Striking ‘new’ view uncovered at the Maynard

July 20, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
AA rosette restaurant The Maynard in Grindleford is offering diners a completely different panoramic view from the restaurant from next week. Before the trees were so mature outside the front of The Maynard, a wonderful view could be seen across the valley towards Hathersage. That view is now being recreated in glorious technicolour, by local artist Georgina Watkinson of Giant Minds.

Gina has referred to a recent aerial photograph taken from above The Maynard looking towards Hathersage, and is in the process of painting a mural on The Maynard’s restaurant wall that reflects the view.

The Maynard director, Paul Downing, said: “I love art and we have local art all around the place at The Maynard. We have been struggling to decide what to do with one wall in our restaurant, which was probably a bit dark and needed a bit of a lift. I suddenly realised that there used to be a great view from that side of The Maynard, before the trees grew so tall, and the idea was born. I already knew about Georgina’s talents and called her in to see if she would be interested in painting a mural of the view towards Hathersage. It’s not quite finished, but already the mural is stunning and has surpassed even my own expectations. It should be completed within the next week or so and then diners will be able to enjoy the panoramic view towards Hathersage for the fist time in years.”

The Maynard is well known for its amazing views; notably the view across its lawn and gardens from the restaurant down the Hope Valley towards Bakewell is famous for miles around, and the location of choice for many a wedding photograph.

Giant Minds is an Art and Design partnership based at Willowbath Mill in Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
Georgina’s creative passions are in Fine Art paintings of the female form, Landscape, trees and also portrait commissions not forgetting her mural work where she transforms walls of private homes and business premises into works of art. Her work has been featured in national magazines: Real homes and Homes and Gardens. Georgina’s work can also be seen locally in Franc women’s wear Bakewell and Espresso coffee shop in Darley Dale.

Daniel, her partner focuses his creative talents on visual arts and design with strong interests in three dimensional natural form. Recently the pair have supplied a full design and creative solution for a new state of the art dental practice (Dental Dimensions) in Cornwall. This project included the brand design through to the interior design, bespoke furniture design and build.

They will be having an open studio at Willowbath mill from September 22-23 as a
Part of the Wirksworth festival. For further information on Giant Minds, call 01629 826808 or e-mail

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