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.