Some Crazy Cotswolds Traditions near to Oak House No.1
Whilst staying at your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 you might want to take in one of the many rather strange pastimes that Cotswolds country folk get up to !
The Cotswolds is famous for its stunning scenery, its natural attractions and its quirky events and all within reach of your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.
Some of the most weird and wacky events to take place in the Cotswolds include:
The Randwick Wap
The Randwick Wap is a traditional event held in the village of Randwick near Stroud. Usually held on the second Saturday in May, this revived ancient festival includes a costumed procession and the ceremonial ‘dunking’ of the mayor in the village pond.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Randwick Wap has grown to become a major tourist event, attracting visitors from all over the world.
The Mayor-elect is presented with a chain of office by his predecessor and the Wap Queen is crowned before they are both carried through the village to cheers from the crowds!
The Bibury Duck Race
The Bibury Duck Race is one of the Cotswolds’ more unusual traditions which attracts visitors from all over England and beyond.
At 11am two races see over 2,000 ducks being unleashed down the river. Each duck can be sponsored for charity. The first 20 ducks and the last duck receive prizes.
One of the most unusual events in the Cotswolds, the Bibury Duck Race is a major annual attraction in the village.
The Tetbury Woolsack Races
Celebrating its wool heritage, the Tetbury Wool Sack Races date back hundreds of years.
The men’s wool sacks weigh 60lb and the women’s 35lb. The course runs 240 yards and was originally attempted by young drovers showing off to local women by running up the hill carrying a wool sack.
The event is popular with families and also raises money for local causes.
River football at Bourton-on-the-Water
One of the most iconic events in the Cotswolds is the annual football in the river match in Bourton-on-the-Water, held every August Bank Holiday Monday.
The event dates back over 100 years and attracts thousands of spectators to this picturesque Cotswold village. Goalposts are set up in the river and a qualified referee is in charge.
Strangely enough the rules are exactly the same as they are for a normal football match, but the action is much more fun!
Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill
Probably the wackiest event in the Cotswolds, Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill sees competitors hurtling down a very steep hill in pursuit of a 9lb round of Double Gloucester. Not for the faint-hearted, the Spring Bank Holiday Event run, tumble and stumble over the finish line to claim the cheese as their prize.
Competitors from all over the world take part. Due to the steepness and the uneven surface of the hill, a number of injuries are recorded each year.
If you are looking to attend a Cotswolds event in late 2015 or 2016, why not rent a luxury self-catering house with Eventful Stays? We specialise in renting out self-catering houses, apartments and cottages close to events in Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and the UK.
Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 2016
Are us Brits eccentric ? here’s a Cotswolds tradition , cheese rolling. Take a look at the YouTube video and decide for yourself
September 2 – 4th – Blue Grass Festival at Kemble Airfield
The largest festival of its kind in the UK, with folk, blues, rockabilly and more – should be a great festival and just a few minutes away from Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.
|2 to 4 September 2016 – DIDMARTON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Kemble Airfield, Nr Cirencester, Glos
Didmarton is the premier festival of its kind in the UK and incorporates a variety of genres including, folk, blues, rockabilly and all things acoustic.Established 23 years ago, Didmarton is undoubtedly the friendliest festival you will attend all year with two stages, bonfires, banjo’s, great food and the cheapest beer on the festival circuit!
Web: www.didmarton-bluegrass.co.ukFor Places to Stay see –Cirencester Accommodation
August 2016 – Vintage Sports Car Club Meeting
|6 August to 7 August 2016 – Prescott Hill Climb
Vintage Sports Car Club MeetingThis very popular event is organised by the VSCC and for further information please contact the VSCC on tel.no. 01608 644777.The first weekend of August this year sees the Club’s annual Speed Hill Climb at the wonderful Cotswold venue. This much loved event will see 260 cars climb the venues short-course; practicing on the Saturday and racing against the clock on the Sunday. The Orchard will again be full of Pre-war cars, whilst the trade stands and auto jumble will remain in place. The Saturday evening traditionally sees live entertainment in the form of bands, whilst the Sunday morning opens with the annual Bike Race.Web: www.vscc.co.uk/page/events?eventID=1017For Places to Stay see – Winchcombe Accommodation; Cheltenham Accommodation; Broadway Accommodation; Evesham Accommodation
Thursday July 21st Daylesford Farm Cookery School
THURSDAY 21 JULY 2016
9.30am at Daylesford Farm Cookery School
Learn how to improve your cooking and wellbeing at the same time, with Daylesford Cookery School’s inspiring Eat to be…
2 to 24 July 2016 – Cotswolds Beer Festival, Postlip Tithe Barn near Winchcombe
A celebration of the best beer and cider from near and far – a great event in a classic heritage setting.
The 2016 Cotswold Beer Festival will be the 40th, making it one of the longest running CAMRA events. Taste of real English beer in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside not far from your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, oak House No.1.
WOMAD Festival 28th – 31st July 2016 at Charlton Park near Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
Why not make Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds when visiting WOMAD this year, check out the incredible mixture of talented musicians from all around the world.
Polo at Cirencester Park Polo Club this weekend 8th & 9th July 2016
Remember Cirencester Park Polo Club is just 10 minutes away from us at Oak House No.1 and if you haven’t been to a polo match before it’s a great way to spend a very English Sunday afternoon.
JULY in the Cotswolds near Oak House No.1, Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Here’s a list of up and coming events nearby us at Oak House No.1 in July
Cheltenham Music Festival
Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 17
The Cotswold Show & Food Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, 9am-6pm
2000 Trees Festival
Thursday to Saturday, July 7-9
Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, Glos GL54 4BL
Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford
Friday to Sunday, July 8-10
Cornbury Music Festival
Friday to Sunday, July 8-10
Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10
Pre ’50 American Auto Club Rally of the Giants
Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10
Cheltenham Cricket Festival
Wednesday, July 13, to Sunday, July 24
Pre War Prescott
Organised by Vintage Minors Register
Saturday, July 16
Blenheim Palace Battle Proms
Saturday, July 16
Art Couture Painswick
Sunday, July 17
Guiting Music Festival
Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 31
Cotswold Beer Festival
Friday to Sunday, July 22-24
Tithe Barn, Postlip Hall, near Winchcombe
Three Choirs Festival
Saturday, July 23, to Saturday, July 30
Hosted in 2016 by Gloucester
Thursday to Sunday, July 28-31
Charlton Park, Malmesbury
Cooper 70th Anniversary and Members’ Meeting
Prescott Speed Hill Climb
Saturday, July 30
Westonbirt House & Gardens near Oak House No.1 2016
The Westonbirt Gardens are open this year every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 2.00pm and 5.00pm from April – October. No booking is required but you must report to the reception at Westonbirt House with some visual ID. Entry is £5.00. Last entry 4.00pm. The House and Garden Open Days are April – Sun 1oth, May – Sun 1st, June – Sun 19th, July – Sun 17th, Aug – Sun 7th & 21st, Sept – Sun 25th Oct – Sun 23rd. Westonbirt House & Gardens is situated just ten minutes from Oak House No.1 so why not make us your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds whilst enjoying your visit to the gardens.
Photoshoot for Leo Crabtree of the Prodigy at Oak House No.1
My mate Leo has launched a range of men’s grooming products under the name of Beaufort London, we had a shoot here at Oak House No.1 for his advertising campaign. A luxury hotel in the Cotswolds for a luxury product.
Sculptures at Oak House No.1, luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
We are very happy to be showing sculptures by artist Adam Edwards at Oak House No.1. His latest head sculptures look fantastic in our back garden, though quite modern in style they fit in very well in our traditional Cotswolds garden. Adam studied Fine Art at the famous Saint Martins School of Art in London alongside myself in the late 1970’s.
Wonderful Morgan at Oak House No.1 this Weekend at our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
A first for us at Oak House No.1 this weekend saw a guest bring his Morgan Aero, well the showroom’s car until his was finished being built. The owner was off to Blenheim Palace for a gathering of over 400 Morgans, he told us that Blenheim had requested all owners bring a plastic sheet or piece of cardboard to slip under the cars to stop oil dripping on their grass. Doesn’t say much for Morgans !
Polo at Cirencester Park Polo Club near Oak House No.1
Polo has begun at the Cirencester Park Polo Club near Oak House No.1 and last week saw Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge) playing for the club again. The beautiful park is just 10 minutes away from Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.
The Jerudong Park Trophy Day
Despite the ‘Great’ British Summer wreaking havoc with hail showers, Satnam Dhillon’s Trewsbury Farm team with Ludo Ephson, Tommy Severn and The Maharaja of Jaipur beat CPPC with HRH Prince Hassanal of Pahang, Justo Mourino, Dave Allen and HRH The Duke of Cambridge
Guests visit Kiftsgate not far from Oak House No.1
Guests at our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds usually want to visit some of the special gardens here in this beautiful region. Kiftsgate is certainly one of the best around, just over the road from the more famous Hidcote House. When the sun is shining there could be no place nicer than an exquisite English country garden and the beauty of a trip to Kiftsgate from Oak House no.1 is that there are many other lovely places to stop at along the way.
Hanging Michael Forbes Paintings at Oak House No.1, Luxury Hotel In the Cotswolds
We have been having great fun trying Michael’s paintings in various spots around Oak House No.1 and they tend to look great everywhere ! The final decision was to put the ‘Bride’ painting in the blue sitting room where it will be seen by so many guests taking afternoon tea. It fits in so well with the blue walls and even the classically upholstered armchair, you see old and new, modern and classic can work well together. Our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds just got better and I can’t wait to see more of his work here in the future.
Officially our oldest ever guest at Oak House No.1
We hosted our oldest ever guest this week, Lei from Tokyo an amazing 84, but acted like a flighty young lady, she was great fun. So stylish too.
Artist Michael Forbes To show at Oak House No.1
We are so happy to show some of Michael’s works here at Oak House No.1 and look forward to discussing his wonderful paintings with our many guests. Michael is a self trained ‘Pop Surrealist’, his works fantastical, witty and very playful. Adding even more luxury to our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. Collected by many including Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam who says that Michael’s work is “Choco block with wit and wonder”. Another collector, Ricky Gervais says “He may be a little mental… But in a good way”.
Our Luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 named in the top five 5 star hotels in Gloucestershire
Travelmyth, have named luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 in the top five 5 star hotels in Gloucestershire
The RAF Fairford Airshow 8th -10th July
The RAF Royal International Air Tattoo is back at Fairford again this summer so make our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 your base for the best airshow in the world.
The RAF Fairford Airshow – the world’s greatest airshow 8th – 10th July 2016
Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world’s greatest airshow. The Air Tattoo, one of the UK’s premier outdoor events, returns this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors will be treated to non-stop entertainment on the ground – so whether a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned airshow veteran, the experience is breathtaking. During the thrilling 7.5 hour flying display visitors will get to see fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including the Techno Zone, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters, the Vintage Village, Autodrome and the Adrenalin Zone. http://www.airtattoo.com/airshow
The Cotswolds Show – Cirencester near Oak House No.1, Tetbury, Cotswolds
It’s that time of year again and the 2nd/3rd July sees the Cotswolds show back in the park at the beautiful Cirencester Park, owned by Earl Bathurst. http://www.cirencester.co.uk/the-cotswold-show/
Johnny Vegas visits Stroud
Johnny Vegas was spotted in Stroud visiting an art gallery. He was staying with us at Oak House No.1 with his lovely wife Irish TV presenter Maia Dunphy. A fun weekend for us at Oak House No.1.
Breakfast at Oak House No.1
Breakfast at Oak House No.1 is a communal affair taken in the dining room around one large table. Surrounded by original artworks by some of the world’s most famous artists,our guests have a lovely time exchanging stories, sometimes long after breakfast has ended.
“Fabulous” – Trip Advisor review for Oak House No.1
We think this guest review really does describe the feeling of Oak House No.1
The Paintings at Oak House No.1
The paintings around Oak House No.1 have been collected from our many trips overseas,below are some of the Indian pictures which were found during a road trip around India 20 years ago. We found a painter working out of a cupboard sized room in Udaipur, bought one painting then returned to the UK and continued to sponsor him to send more paintings to us. I’m sure the artist never imagined his work adorning the traditional walls of this luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.
Oak House No.1 appears in Chinese Esquire Magazine
Oak House No.1 has been featured in Esquire magazine (China). Our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds was named the best art hotel in the UK. The accolades for our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds are ever growing, we are so pleased that our Chinese visitors have a great experience with us.
The Polo Season is underway at Cirencester Park Polo Club
The Polo season is underway at the Cirencester Park Polo Club not far from Oak House No.1. Last weekend saw the Warwickshire Cup Final a grand affair at the club with large entertaining marquees for after match revelries, dinner and Champagne, then dancing into the early hours. Oak House No.1 has a long standing relationship with the club and was a sponsor at one time. We are still members and visit as often as we are able, sometimes we loan our membership passes to our guests for a special afternoon in the members area.
Art at Oak House No.1 – Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Oak House No.1 has gained quite a reputation as being more than a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds namely because of the array of original artwork adorning the rooms. There are watercolours from acclaimed artist Christopher Corr, a Grayson Perry Pot and even an original Andy Warhol ‘Queen Elizabeth’ in the dining room. Oak House No.1 isn’t just a place showing off big names but more of an Aladdins cave of hidden treasures found far and wide, there are beautiful paintings found on a drive around India, wonderful pastel drawings by a Cambodian artist found whilst we were living in Bangkok and every corner of the house has yet another gem. No other place could match Oak House No.1 as a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, here the place has grown organically, not interior designed to any formula and it is this which makes it so special.
The Best Art Hotel in the UK – Oak House No.1 to show work by artist Michael Forbes
Oak House No.1 is happy to be showing some of Michael Forbes’ paintings this summer. Michael is a ‘Pop Surrealist’ with a wicked sense of irony and humour. He is already collected by Ricky Gervais and Terry Gilliam amongst many others. I think his work hanging in a classic luxury hotel in the Cotswolds will be a fantastic juxtaposition set against thoroughly English antiques and furnishings. It is a continual theme at Oak House No.1 to change our artworks, keeping the place fresh with new things to see and give artists the opportunity to show their works to our ever changing guest list.
Oak House No.1 shows Sculptures by Adam Edwards
We are very proud to be able to show these beautiful and strong head sculptures by Adam Edwards. They are carved from concrete at Adams workshop in Devon and once left in the garden for a few months they look very aged and mottled. Even in the Cotswold garden at Oak House No.1 a rather traditional setting the modern sculptures still work very well.
Oak House No.1 to be a sponsor at Karen Millen’s Charity Gala
Our friend Karen Millen (OBE), is not only a fashion designer but also a good samaritan too. Karen started her own charity for young people battling cancer called ‘Teens Unite’. Oak House No.1 is so happy to offer up an auction prize of a stay with us on the charity’s grand gala evening later in the year. Here’s a picture of Karen with Woody at Oak House No.1.
The Sunday Times Travel visited Oak House No.1
Last week the Sunday Times Travel journalist visited Oak House No.1 writing a piece on the top- 100 hotels in the UK, which includes our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. Once we know the date of the publication we will post here on the news page. Oak House No.1 has already appeared in the Sunday Times Style magazine and many other interior design magazines.
Great New Review of Oak House No.1 from our valued guest Robbie da Silva
Oak House No.1 attends the Better World Awards in Monaco
Gary with Jenson Button and wife Jessica at the Better World Awards in Monaco. We donated an auction prize to this great charity of a stay with us at our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1
Sudeley Castle visit from Oak House No.1
Nicola & I were invited to Sudeley Castle today – shame about the driving rain,but a pleasant afternoon spent with great history all around – Henry VIII’s wife Queen Katherine Parr lived and is buried there. It’s less than half an hour from Oak House No.1.
Gatcombe Park Horse Trials
Not long now until Princess Anne opens her gates to the Gatcombe Park horse trials, just up the road at Minchinhampton. It’s usually a sunny affair, just turn up at the gate with a little cash and spend a wonderful afternoon wandering around Princess Annes estate. The just a few minutes back to your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1
Cirencester Park Polo Club – Warwickshire Cup this weekend near Oak House No.1
It’s that time of year again and the Cirencester Park Polo Club is hosting the Warwickshire Cup. It is the most prestigious tournament of the season and a wonderful day out for our guests at Oak House No.1. Just 10 minutes drive away Cirencester Park Polo club is where Prince Charles and William play from time to time and the original rules of Polo originated from the club. If you make Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds we can let a lucky couple borrow our personal memberships to the club for a lovely afternoon. Oak House No.1 has been a chosen partner hotel to Cirencester Park Polo Club and we have spent many lazy Sunday afternoons watching some stunning horses thundering around the pitch. So elegant and graceful as are the riders, many from Argentina but also many of the England national Polo team. If you have never been to a polo match the relaxed atmosphere and sheer spectacle make it a worthwhile trip.
Gloucestershire Festival of Polo near Oak House No.1
The Beaufort Polo Club is just a few minutes from Oak House No.1 and this weekend hosts the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, two days of matches.
A weekend celebration ,impressive top-class polo teamed with fantastic entertainment and a tented shopping village ensures a sociable and fun event for all.
This year’s Festival sees a new programme for matches, with a mix of Charity, International and Celebrity games:
Saturday 18th June – Maserati Charity Polo Trophy + Beaufort International Test Match
So pull up a folding chair and relax in the afternoon sun in the glorious Gloucestershire countryside
Free Highgrove Garden Tour Tickets at Oak House No.1
I have two free Highgrove Garden Tour Tickets worth £50.00 for Wednesday 13th July at 15.25 for anyone booking to stay at Oak House No.1 on the Tuesday or Wednesday 12th or 13th. Please call on o1666 505741 to book your room and reserve your tickets.
We have visited Prince Charles’ amazing creation. Over the past 30 years he has transformed land which was basically farmland into a wonderland of wild flowers and structured formal gardens. Highgrove is just a couple of minutes away from us at Oak House No.1
Oak House No.1 – 25 page feature in Italian design magazine
Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1 has been featured over 25 pages in an Italian design magazine. The magazine wanted to show something quite English in style but with a modern and eclectic twist. A luxury hotel in the Cotswolds to suit Italian visitors with elegance and style, Oak House No.1 See the full feature here : art-house-1-1
Polo season has started at Cirencester Polo club near to Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
The polo season has begun again so why not enjoy an afternoon just up the road at Cirencester polo club. Oak House No.1 has long been the choice of the club for many guests attending matches and needing a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. In the recent past Oak House No.1 was an official partner to the club and we have attended many matches there over the years. It is extra special as both Prince Charles and Prince William play there regularly, what a sight watching them both playing on a Sunday afternoon on beautiful horses in the wonderful setting of the Beaufort estate.
Best Boutique Hotels in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1
This luxury hotel in the Cotswolds has not only been awarded the honour of being one of the best luxury boutique hotels in the Cotswolds but has also been invited to join the prestigious ‘best boutique hotels of the world’ collection.
Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1 featured in Esquire Magazine (China)
Oak House No.1 restaurant recommendations
We really want our guests to have a great time whilst staying with us and that goes for eating too. We have chosen the best restaurants locally for you to visit based on our own recent guest reviews. We hope that your eating experiences will match your stay at our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. Here’s a few restaurants, everything from a good Gastro pub’ to Michelin starred fine dining. The Ormond in Tetbury a gastro pub – a one minute walk Whatley Manor, Michelin starred fine dining – try the ‘Tasting Menu’ – a 10 minute drive The Potting shed in Crudwell a Gastro Pub – a 10 minute drive
A luxury hotel in the Cotswolds adorned with Grayson Perry pots and Andy Warhol original paintings
Oak House No.1 is no run of the mill luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, sure there are luxurious bedrooms with Frette sheets and goose down pillows, flat screen tv’s and ipod docks but this is pretty much standard at this level of hotel. Where Oak House No.1 is very different is that every room has wonderful original artworks and antique furniture,indeed at which other luxury hotel in the Cotswolds would you find a £30,000.00, collectable Mark Brazier Jones chair in your bedroom !? The opulence continues throughout the place with an Andy Warhol ‘Queen Elizabeth’ in the dining room along with a Grayson Perry pot. Oak House No.1 has been named ‘the best Art Hotel’ in the UK by Esquire Magazine (China).
Oak House No.1 appears in Esquire Magazine (China)
Oak House No.1 – wonderful review for this luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
We just had to post this Trip Advisor review as we feel it sums up all that is special about oak House No.1 and written so beautifully. It does help that the guest in question was a professional writer.
Breakfast time at Oak House No.1
You can be sure of a bright and happy table for breakfast at Oak House No.1, unlike many luxury hotels in the Cotswolds breakfast is a communal affair taken with other guests. More often than not guests enjoy their time chatting with others and usually once breakfast is over they remain talking and laughing at the table for some time afterwards. Many write in their reviews that this makes a stay here even more special and take something extra away with them – a memory unlike that of many other luxury hotels in the Cotswolds. Here’s the breakfast table at Oak House No.1
Oak House No.1 hosts Bollywood Royalty, Said Ali Khan & Karina Kapoor
Luxury Hotel in The Cotswolds , Oak House No.1
As a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 redefines opulence and luxury. Where else would you find original andy Warhol pictures on the walls or Grayson Perry pots just sitting proudly on tables for all to enjoy. There are an array of original artworks in all public rooms and bedrooms, not to mention the quality of everything from original antique furniture,silver cutlery and the finest Frette bed linen the world has to offer. Combine all this with a 100% customer satisfaction rating and Oak House No.1 is the true meaning of a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, well deserving of it’s award to be included in the top 3% of the world’s hotels for customer satisfaction.
Garden Makeover for Oak House No.1
Badminton Horse Trials near Oak House No.1
Sir Tom Jones at Westonbirt Arboretum this summer
Just up the road from Oak House No.1, the luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Westonbirt Arboretum is the venue for many concerts this summer including Sir Tom Jones
Garden blossoming at Oak House No.1, Tetbury, the Cotswolds best Boutique Hotel
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor , Bollywood royalty at Oak House No.1, Tetbury
‘The Best Art Hotel in the UK’ – Oak House No.1, Tetbury, The Cotswolds says Esquire Magazine (China)
Away from Tetbury and Oak House No.1 for an evening with friends and relatives in London to attend the preview night of the new exhibition ‘About the Young Idea’ covering the early years of the band in the 1970’s.
Oak House No.1, Hotel, Tetbury in Monaco
Oak House No.1, Tetbury,the Cotswolds welcomes Johnny Vegas & Maia Dunphy
Cosy in the Dining Room at Oak House No.1
Cosy in the dining room for brekky at Oak House No.1 and lots of laughs with James Johnson from the band Biffy Clyro.Good conversation,darts,snooker,footy and music – yep that just about covers all interest groups.Getting right into their stuff,harkening back to Nirvana days past. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpFfoJdvbsQ Just the start of the new year and looking forward to some fun at Oak House No.1, hotel, Tetbury,The Cotswolds.
Photo Shoot at Oak House No.1, Hotel, Tetbury, The Cotswolds, for a new feature in Esquire Magazine (China)
Oak House No.1 called the ‘Best art hotel in the UK’ by Esquire Magazine (China)
The Princes Suite at Oak House No.1 gets a small makeover
Guests staying at Oak House No.1 hotel in Tetbury are visiting Westonbirt Arboretum 2014 – Autumn Colours
It’s that time of year again and guests staying at Oak House No.1, hotel, Tetbury are flocking to Westonbirt just a few miles down the road. As a boutique hotel,Oak House No.1 generally attracts guests interested in design and art (Oak House No.1, Tetbury was recently named the ‘Best Art Hotel in the UK’ by Esquire Magazine,China), but during the Autumn months most are visitors to Westonbirt. A really nice change for us to meet a very different sort of guest and to talk about something other than the usual ! The Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum this year are particularly spectacular and all guests are returning thoroughly pleased having visited.
Oak House No.1 hosts Karen Millen
Guests at Oak House No.1,Tetbury tour of Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Two of our guests took a tour around the beautiful Cotswolds villages ending up near Chipping Campden and Kiftsgate Court Gardens.Only 45 mins drive from Oak House No.1 and Tetbury,Kiftsgate is truly a stunning place on a warm sunny English afternoon.
Wonderful times at Oak House No.1,Tetbury,Cotswolds
We have loved meeting some fun guests the past couple of weeks at Oak House No.1,from Pam and Frank from sunny Santa Barbara CA, to Martin and Chris from Zurich and then the amazing ‘Beardyman’ – what a talent with his wife Hannah and baby Theo
Oak House No.1’s Bentley Day Out
Oh what fun we had … I was gifted a chance to take 7 guests and friends of Oak House No.1 to a tour of the Bentley factory in Crewe to see the actual production line. Bentley kindly gave us 5 new Bentleys to drive there and back and provided a wonderful lunch at their HQ.
Big Polo Day today Great Britain v Hong Kong at Beaufort Polo club
Americans in Tetbury – no not tourists
Last week to celebrate the D Day landings a plaque was unveiled by the Mayor just outside Oak House No.1 in the square. It turns out that over 300 US GI’s were stationed in Tetbury during the months leading up to the landings,why, well amazingly just two doors up from us there is a hut called The Maltings’ just in the back garden (now used as a scout hut) where several officers worked in secret on over 200 maps/plans identifying landing points for the invasion.Who would have thought it, a major part of the planning for that day was made right here in Tetbury.
The Cotswolds are Rocking and Oak House No.1 is a ‘ROCKER’
What a fantastic party,arranged by Oli Christie last Friday.The event was the official launch of Rock The Cotswolds – thanks Oli The lovely lady and snake were from Seville. The idea,brainchild of Oli Christie of Neon Play in Cirencester (Queen’s Award winner for industry no less) was to highlight the interesting business and people in the region and to hopefully change the preconceptions that the Cotswolds is just a place for red trousered tweedy estate agents ! Candidates were chosen from over 300 nominations for people, businesses and events that Rock the Cotswolds. From these we selected 75, representing some of the cool, creative, innovative and un-Cotswoldy things that you perhaps wouldn’t expect to be happening in the Cotswolds. And this is just the start. Keep nominating and we’ll continue championing the diversity of the Cotswolds where we live, work and play. You can’t pay to be a Rocker. They are chosen because they are great Cotswold ambassadors.
Thanks For All of Your Guest Reviews – Here’s our 2014 Trip Advisor Award ‘Certificate of Excellence’
‘The Sexiest Hotel Room In The World’ ,at Oak House No.1 – THE LUXURY TRAVEL SHOW
Varun Sharma presenter of The ‘Luxury Travel Show’ stayed with us recently. We had a lovely time with him,good wine,exchanged some great tales and heard of his exhaustive travel schedule. Happily he said he would definitely feature Oak House No.1 on one of his TV programmes and also arranged a feature in this Spring’s ‘Asian Wealth Magazine’ – thanks so much Varun.
A Nice Break in Monaco for the Rolex Masters Tennis
Westonbirt Arboretum – Forest Tour – Suede Saturday 21st June
Suede announce a gig at Westonbirt Arboretum, 5 minutes from Oak House No. 1. To book tickets tel. 03000 680400 http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-9FUGSH
Just Launched – The Luxury Afternoon Tea Package included only with the Cavalier Suite
Oak House No.1 has become synonymous with luxury and the new afternoon tea package is the ultimate in luxury with delicious home baked cakes,a selection of sandwiches,quiche, fresh fruit tarts and scones with clotted cream and jam.
The Cavalier Suite gets a Makeover at Oak House No.1 Hotel, Tetbury
What could be more delightful than spending Christmas right here in the Cotswolds? Idyllic villages covered in a dusting of frost or snow (see Tetbury below), with regular Christmas markets, twinkling lights and a fabulous array of country pubs offering a festive themed beverage and a roaring log fire. In short, the Cotswolds at Christmas are blissful! Oak House No.1 Hotel, Tetbury can provide you with the perfect escape for the festive period. Throughout December there is plenty to do right here in the Cotswolds. So even if you won’t be stopping in the area for Christmas Day itself, you’ll be able to experience the festivity in the air.
A Dickensian Christmas at Blenheim Palace, 9 November- 13 December, click here for more information Craft at Christmas at New Brewery Arts, 23 November- 4 January, click here for more information Cirencester Christmas Art and Craft Trail, 28 November, Click here for more information Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, 29 November- 22 December, click here for more information Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols at Gloucester Cathedral, 8 December, click here for more information Santa Cruises, Gloucester Waterways Museum, 7-8 and 14-24 December, click here fore more information Aladdin at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 29 November- 5 January, click here for more information Santa Specials on Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, selected dates, click here for more information Winchcombe Christmas Festival, 3 December, click here for more information Christmas Crooners at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 5 December, click here for more information Boxing Day Walks at Batsford Arboretum, 26 December, click here for more information Cotswold Craftsmen, Christmas Exhibition at the Corinium Museum,15 November- 5 January, click here for more information Living Nativity at Cotswolds Farm Park, 1- 22 December, click here for more information Festive Fridays at Batsford Arboretum, 29 November and 6, 13, 20 December, click here for more information Noёl Noёl- a magical evening of classical Christmas favourites, 19 December, click here for more information Santa’s Grotto and real Reindeer at Cotswold Wildlife Park, 14-15 December and 21-24 December, click here for more information Bath Christmas Market This weekend saw guests venturing off to Bath Christmas Market. just 45 minutes from Tetbury. It’s especially Christmassy when it gets dark around 5pm when the beautiful setting of Georgian Bath is lit with colourful Christmas lights. http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/ Christmas lights switched on in Cirencester 2013 30/11/2013 Keith Chegwin will be turning on the Cirencester Christmas Lights in the Market Place, Cirencester Cheltenham Fashion Week 2013 – Monday 2nd December – Saturday 7th December Cheltenham Fashion Week is back for its second year. Lasting for a whole week it will showcase what Cheltenham has to offer in fashion, hair and beauty as we plug our local talent, independant boutiques, prestigious beauty and hair salons. All whilst allowing Gloucestershire women to come together to watch innovative and exciting catwalk shows, attend VIP parties, drink champagne and shop! http://www.cheltenhamfashionweek.co.uk/ There will be events for all ages and all styles. http://vimeo.com/60083400 Christmas Events at the Corinium Museum Cirencester 2013 Friday 15 November – Sunday 5 January: Cotswold Craftsmen – Christmas Exhibition Explore the wonders of local art and craft in this stunning Christmas exhibition by the Cotswold Craftsmen. The Cotswold craftsmen are a well established group started in the late 1960’s, whose membership is drawn from all around the Cotswolds. The group includes a rich cross section of craftsmen, designers and artists who value the traditions and skills of the past and wish to embrace contemporary techniques and ideas. The aim of the Cotswold Craftsmen is to encourage the making of individual items to a professional standard of design and finish. They value the unique qualities that handmade individually crafted objects possess and recognise the lasting pleasure they bring. This selling exhibition offers the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique gift for family and friends at this seasonal time of year. Tickets: Entry to our temporary exhibition space is free Thursday 5 December: Medieval Christmas Happenings – An afternoon talk with Tim Porter Just because life was hard in the Middle Ages didn’t mean it ground to a halt in the winter. Some of the most important events of the period happened during the festive season – the murder of Becket, the plot to restore Richard II, the coronation of William the Conqueror. This talk by Tim Porter will split equally between some shocking events and the nice ones that took place at Christmas time. Tim will highlight the fact that kings came to Gloucester to celebrate Christmas and the Holy Thorn blossomed at Glastonbury, that’s besides the string of Saint’s days that led to great rejoicing at winter time. Time: 2 – 4pm Tickets: £6 adult or £5.50 for season ticket holders. Includes a hot drink and seasonal mince pie. Booking required. This why we are in Tetbury A recent feature in the Guardian newspaper goes a long way to explain why we feel Tetbury is a great place not only to visit but also to live. “What’s going for it? As a vision of Britain, Tetbury is terribly seductive. I could fall for Tetbury. We could all fall for Tetbury. A town like they used to make them. A town untroubled much by the travails of modern life, like suburbs. A town seemingly composed entirely of the kind of picturesque, biscuit/fudge-coloured Cotswold buildings you see on biscuit tins and fudge packets. A town seemingly without troublesome poor people: Tetbury has been rich since the 15th-century wool trade. A town of antiques shops, boutique B&Bs and purveyors of chutneys and biccies: with cheese shops, butchers, bakers – is that a candlestick maker? – they don’t seem to be in need of Mary Portas round these parts. Yes, that’s Prince Charles’s shop, the Highgrove deli, over there. HRH Charlie is lord of the manor, though, alas, rarely on the tills at the shop. Some say Tetbury inspired Poundbury: both seem to exist in some kind of lovely la-la land”. Tetbury Christmas Lights 2013 Switch On Tetbury Christmas lights will be switched on this year on from 6pm on Thursday 5th December. There will be a torch light procession and community carols filling the streets of Tetbury on the evening of the Christmas Lights Switch On, with live music from The Big Brunch Band, Swindon Brass and Avening Silver band, plus market stalls and late night Christmas shopping. Last year the lights were switched on by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla and this year The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, will be flicking the switch this year, filling the streets of Tetbury with twinkly, festive lights. – See more at: http://www.soglos.com/children-family/29572/Tetbury-Christmas-Lights-Switch-On#sthash.K6UuJfMl.dpuf Westonbirt Arboretum near Oak House No.1 presents The Enchanted Christmas A great you Tube video of the Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, we’ve visited in the past and it is truly magical. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpPubH5ji8U Oak House No.1 Hotel Tetbury – Supports the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at the Hilton Washington D.C Nov 11th 2013 Oak House No.1 Hotel was happy to support the great cause that is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at the Hilton in Washington D.C. The host for the evening was the legendary comedian Bill Cosby. Oak House No.1 joins a wonderful group of sponsors at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Gala Event in Washington D.C pdf Highgrove House Christmas Supper from 2nd December 2013 – £55 Highgrove House, Prince Charles’ country home is offering a fabulous festive evening in the beautiful surroundings of the Orchard Room restaurant on Tuesday 10th December. You will be welcomed with warming organic mulled wine and the Highgrove Christmas Shop will be open with some great gift ideas. You will then be invited through to the Orchard Room to enjoy a delicious hearty two-course supper served with mince pies and coffee. Throughout the evening there will be musical entertainment and you will be able to join in singing some favourite Christmas carols. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase during the evening. Dress: smart casual. Our Christmas shop will be open between 6 and 6.30pm, with the supper beginning at 6.45pm. Places are limited to 80 per event. Tickets per booking are limited to a maximum of 10 guests. Tables consist of 6 or 10 places. If there are less than six in your party please be aware you will be seated with other guests. After placing your order you will receive admission tickets together with arrival and access information. What a fantastic way to start the Christmas period. The Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum The Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum is a sight to behold. Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas features a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky. A new route is created each year to take in different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection. Oak House No.1 is just a few minutes away from Westonbirt Arboretum and what has become a yearly favourite event. We have walked the trail with our dog Woody at Christmas when there was snow lining the edges of the magnificent trees and thick on the ground,where the huge coloured beams of light flood the trees in colours ranging from pinks to vibrant oranges and greens the spectacle is magical. We likened it to a magical film set, Narnia came to mind. It makes for a really atmospheric evening out, joining the rest of the Winter revellers, listening to choirs and smelling roasted chestnuts as you go, all so Christmassy. What could be a better way to get in to the spirit of Christmas. Then there’s the restaurant serving all manner of Christmas goodies, just look at the menu below : The Menu… Scrumptious starters: Spiced Carrot, Parsnip & Chestnut Soup. Pork Terrine, homemade chutney and toasted bread. Salmon and horseradish pate with melba toast. Moreish mains: Local Venison & Game suet pudding, mashed potato and braised red cabbage. Escalope of Turkey wrapped in bacon with chipolata sausage, homemade stuffing, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts and turkey gravy. Fillet of Seabass, pan fried and served with new potatoes, pepperonata and balsamic reduction. Homemade gnocchi with creamy forest mushrooms and spinach, finished with crumbled stilton. Vegetables and potatoes will be served per table Perfect puddings: Homemade individual Christmas pudding finished with brandy custard. Chocolate and orange iced parfait with spiced orange compote. Lemon & passionfruit tart with fresh raspberry sauce. Topping it all off with fresh coffees and warm mince pies to finish! The restaurant menu is available at £20 per head. What better way to get that Christmas spirit underway than a perfect Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt. Autumn Colours 2013 at Westonbirt Arboretum Autumn Colours 2013 at Westonbirt Arboretum has begun, the trees are already ablaze with colour, but be quick what with the heavy winds and storms the fall may be earlier this year. We walk Woody ,our dog, at Westonbirt most days and it is truly beautiful right now, especially the Japanese Maple collection.