About us – Gary and Nicola at Oak House No.1
We are a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, with a professional but very personal approach, here’s what one guest says : ” When Alice arrived in wonderland and Doctor Parnassus invented his imaginarium, they must have been here. Where designer opulence collides with creature comforts, where art, creativity, rock and roll and inspiration drips from the walls, where glitz and glamour meet tradition and taste. Receive the warmest of welcomes , A stand alone experience, second to none”. Jon, Uckfield.
Exclusive and discreet
Oak House No.1 has become a favourite with celebrities from rock stars to royalty, including, Miranda Hart, Johnny Vegas, Tim Minchin, Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics, the UK’s favourite tenor Russell Watson and many others, you too will receive a warm welcome and discreet service here at Oak House No.1, your home from home. Food and Drink Magazine readers voted us in the top 4 Boutique places to stay in the UK and Oak House No.1 has appeared in the Guardian, Tatler, 25 Beautiful Homes, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, The Sunday Times ‘Travel’ Magazine, Conde Naste Traveller, Elle Magazine, The Independent and many more magazines as far afield as Italy and Brazil. Esquire magazine (China) recently named Oak House No.1 the best art hotel in the UK. In 2016 The Sunday Times selected Oak House No.1 as one of the 100 ‘Ultimate’ hotels in the UK.
After a lifetime of world travel we decided to settle back in the UK, here in lovely Tetbury. The house is filled from head to toe with things that reflect our interest in art and style, things gathered from far away places as well as special pieces from London galleries. If you are interested in art and decor your eyes will be bombarded with so many interesting pieces, old and new, contemporary and antique.
Customer Satisfaction – 100%
Our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds has been awarded a 5* ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a 100% customer satisfaction rating from Trip Advisor and described as ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Exceptional‘ based on guest reviews. This is not like other luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, our aim is that you to leave Oak House No.1 with a lovely unique experience to remember. Please read our Trip Advisor ‘reviews’ at the top of our web page for a honest cross section of opinions from some of our guests. Oak House No.1 has been named in the top 3% of all world hotels for customer satisfaction, something that we here are extremely proud of.
Your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 is a Georgian townhouse set in Tetbury’s finest square. We are right in the heart of Tetbury (voted the best ‘Market Town in the Cotswolds’) where there’s a choice of independent boutiques, foodie shops and delicatessens, but there is total calm and privacy in the secluded garden at the back of the house. Tetbury also has a diverse selection of antique shops and has long been regarded as the antiques capital of the Cotswolds, so you will have great fun just browsing through the range of antiques on offer, some high end (Lapada) and some more affordable. There are also a fine choice of restaurants, great pubs and country walks, all just a moments walk from our door. In a recent survey Tetbury was voted as the UK’s 3rd best town in which to live. The Highgrove Shop, Prince Charles’ flagship store is just around the corner and there is glorious countryside within walking distance. We have a full size range of Hunter wellies for your use so there’s no excuse for a brisk walk over even the muddiest of fields.
Gary has designed the jewel-like interiors, creating a visual feast featuring a stunning art collection, in the dining/breakfast room alone original Andy Warhol and Grayson Perry works sit side by side along with precious trinkets collected from world travels from Bali to London.
This decor is an irreverent mix of traditional and contemporary styling, where the finest quality antiques and unique bespoke modern furniture sit alongside each other in harmony. Indeed in 2015 Oak House No.1 was named The Best Art Hotel in the UK by Esquire Magazine (China) and Gary has been included in the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Book and has worked on many properties in the UK, the South of France and Australia.
In the dining room elegant bone china, silver cutlery and crystal glasses adorn the bespoke – made dining table, a unique setting for breakfast in this very different luxury Cotswolds hotel.
The sparkling new bathrooms feature the best in designer fittings by Philippe Starck, whilst the bedding is the world’s finest ‘Frette’ Italian linen and super soft Siberian Goose down pillows.
Prince Charles’ Highgrove House – (2 miles away)
Highgrove House is just 5 minutes away from Oak House No.1 and the wonderful Highgrove Garden tour is available each May through to September – you can even book a “Champagne and Afternoon Tea Package” to make the afternoon even more special. We have visited Highgrove and it is a very special tour which gives a great insight into the planning and personal vision of Prince Charles who has created the gardens from bare fields over the past 30 years. Each tour guide has vast knowledge of the gardens and has been personally briefed by Prince Charles himself, tour groups are no larger than 16 people and take around 2 hours. You do need to book at least two months in advance as slots for the tours are taken very quickly.
Westonbirt National Arboretum – (4 miles away)
Westonbirt National Arboretum is close by, just 5 minutes away, the Westonbirt Autumn Colours are said to be the best show of colour outside New England, with the largest Japanese Maple collection anywhere in the UK. The Arboretum also hosts many concerts during the summer months, recent acts have included, Blondie, Paul Weller, Jesse J, Simply Red, Status Quo, Jools Holland and in 2016 Sir Tom Jones . Oak House No.1, your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds is just a few minutes away.
With the beautiful Cotswolds countryside on our doorstep there is plenty to explore and all just 70 minutes from London. If you are thinking of staying for a longer period Oak House No.1 is actually very well placed to get to Bath , only 35 mins, Cheltenham 40 mins, Bristol 40 mins and even Oxford is no more than an hour away. We are happy to help you with advice on small tours of the best villages in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. (see our ‘Sightseeing tours’ at the top of the webpage for some great ideas).
The owner, Gary Kennedy (Ba Hons), studied fine art at Saint Martin’s School of Art and is a celebrated interior designer and art collector (featured on TV and in many magazines in the UK and overseas). Gary is currently working as a creative consultant partner for a prestigious property development company in London.
Oak House No.1 has been involved in many charity fund raising events and are very proud sponsors of the following charities:
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/
Using music to transform lives, Nordoff Robbins is the UK’s leading provider of music therapy services.
Edirisa UK http://www.edirisa.org.uk/
Working to improve the living conditions of the Ugandan people, focussing on education, health and sanitation with the provision of clean water.
Fresh 2o http://www.fresh2ohome.com/