Christmas in the Cotswolds
Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1 is perfectly situated to visit some of the most spectacular displays of Christmas/winter lights in the country, from ‘The Enchanted Christmas’ at Westonbirt Arboretum to the magnificent Blenheim Palace lights trail from the 23rd Nov 2018. The Blenheim Palace winter trail will be brighter than ever before with lasers, projections, and thousands of pea-lights. From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, the Formal Gardens will light up once again for a festive journey of exploration and wonder. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour, shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and glistening baubles, and catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves along the way. Highlights include a new Field of Light, scented Fire Garden, Canopy of Light, and the mesmerising voices of the Singing Trees. Truly a magical winter wonderland awaits, this spectacular sight is not just the children but adults too, so get your season’s celebrations off to a great start and get into the spirit of this magical time of year.
Festival of light at Sudeley Castle
Experience the night-time magic of Sudeley through this beautiful new illuminated trail. Follow the White Rabbit and discover some of the amazing characters from Alice in Wonderland. You will be delighted at the glorious Field of Poppies, Meteors, Moroccan Lanterns and much more.
Explore the new illuminated trail around the castle’s stunning grounds, with the majestic trees and romantic ruins all lit under the stars.
Try traditional festive warmers of Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate and tuck into festive food on the castle terrace.
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Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site set in more than 2000 acres of landscaped parkland and Formal Gardens boasting over 300 years of history. Christmas at Blenheim Palace returns from 23 November, 2018 – 1 January 2019, illuminating England’s finest view with a bigger, brighter and more spectacular evening trail than ever before.
New for 2018, visitors can expect over a million pea-lights, lasers and projections. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with silvery shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles.
Open from 23 November 2018 – 1 January 2019*. Trail opens 4.40pm – 10pm with last entry at 8pm. Exclusive VIP slots are available at 4.20pm. For 25, 29 Nov; 10, 11, 31 Dec; 1
The Guardian – Tetbury, a classic unspoilt Cotswolds market town
Here’s what the Gaurdian says :
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.
Award winning Cotswolds Farmers Markets
The Cotswold’s produces lots of great local foods and has more than its fair share of passionate artisans. A great way to spend a morning whilst on a holiday in the Cotswolds is the head to one of the markets and meet these producers, try some tastings and bring a few ingredients back. A top choice is the award winning Stroud Farmers Market every Saturday 9am – 2pm. Picking up Radio 4’s Best Farmers Market in the Country Award speaks for itself. Look out for our favourites stalls that include Cotswold cheeses and locally made pies! Then head back to your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 for some more pampering.
A full list of markets and days can be found in the ‘Food and Drink’ section of our travel guide: Cotswold Holiday Guide.
Tetbury at Christmas
Oak House No.1 is perfectly situated in the very heart of Tetbury, just moments away from the many restaurants and independent boutiques. During the winter season this small market town is transformed with glittering white fairy lights giving the place a cosy warm glow. Indeed our famous neighbours Prince Charles and Camilla came just five minutes up the road at Highgrove House to turn on the lights just a few years ago.
ChristmasWinter breaks at Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
If you are looking for a special winter break in the Cotswolds, Cotswolds luxury Hotel Oak House no.1 is the perfect place. We are situated just 35 minutes from Bath with it’s wonderful Christmas market and only 10 minutes from Prince Charles Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum. There’s nothing quite like the charm of the honey coloured buildings on a cold and wintery day in the Cotswolds, just imagine wandering through stunning villages, dropping into warm cosy pubs and ending up in the evening at your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1.
Christmas in the Cotswolds
Bath Christmas market is a must, so why not come stay at luxury hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1, from here you can visit all of the most lovely Cotswolds villages and are just 35 minutes from Bath.
Cotswolds Luxury hotel Oak House No.1 , awarded ‘Recognition of Excellence’ for 2018
Oak House No.1 has been given the Recognition of Excellence Award by the worlds leading hotel comparison website Hotels Combined, with an amazing 9.9/10 customer rating.
More Lovely Guests from China at Oak House No.1
Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1 is quite well known in China and we find it so interesting conversing with our Chinese guests. This week end we spent an especially nice time with mother and daughter Lann and Laura from Shanghai.
Highgrove Garden Tours
There are s some beautiful colours in the gardens at the moment as the seasons begin to change. Cotswolds luxury hotel. Oak House No.1 is just 5 minutes away from Prince Charles’s Highgrove House, so do come stay and make your visit even more special..
Experience these stunning autumn scenes with one of the weekend tours, click here to book: highgrovegardens.com/events-at-hi…/autumn-winter-events-2018
Westonbirt Arboretum – Autumn Colour 2018
Westonbirt Arboretum is on fire with splendid reds , yellows and oranges, yes the largest Japanese Maple collection in the UK has sprung into life. Westonbirt Arboretum has had a major revamp over the past few years to include a spectacular new sky walk through the trees. Our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 is just a few minutes away so do make your visit even more special and treat yourself to some ultimate luxury.
Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1 attracts luxury cars
Our Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1 tends to attract clients with luxury cars, here’s some of the latest to arrive outside the house. Over the years every brand of luxury car has adorned our car park, from Aston Martin and Bentley to Rolls Royce Phantoms and Porsche Turbo’s.
The Telegraph features our Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1 as one of The Cotswolds best hotels
The Garden at Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury Hotel
Some wonderful shadows over the garden at Oak House No.1 today. The long evening shadows make the garden so atmospheric.
Luxuria Lifestyle Feature this month for Oak House No.1 – your Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Thanks to Jessica Patterson for a wonderful piece on the Luxuria Lifestyle website this week.
Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Feature for Oak House No.1
Westonbirt Arboretum – Best Autumn colour outside New England !
Westonbirt Arboretum just 5 minutes from Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1. The trees have already started turning and a truly memorable show of intense colour will shine through soon. Westonbirt Arboretum is just 5 minutes away from Oak House No.1 and makes for a wonderful afternoon walking through the splendour of the park. The main attraction is the Japanese Maple collection, the largest in the whole of the UK. So come make your visit even more special with a stay at our Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1.
Christmas time in the Cotswolds and Oak House No.1 luxury hotel
Bustling Christmas markets, stunning stately homes covered in twinkling lights and cosy pubs boasting roaring log fires – there’s no better place to be than the Cotswolds at Christmas.
The Arboretum is holding an Enchanted Christmas event to celebrate the beauty of Westonbirt’s trees. Visitors can walk a one-mile illuminated trail and Father Christmas and his wife will be in attendance each evening to hand out gifts and tell seasonal stories. The event is running on the evenings of December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and trails start from either 5pm, 6pm or 7pm, with each trail lasting one hour. Westonbirt Arboretum is just 5 minutes from Oak House No.1, so why not take a thrilling stroll around the illuminated grounds then head back to Tetbury and spend a luxurious evening at our Cotswolds luxury hotel.
Bath Christmas Market is just 35 minutes away from Luxury Cotswolds hotel Oak House No.1
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The Telegraph Travel selects Luxury Cotswolds hotel Oak House No.1 as one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds
The Telegraph Travel selects Luxury Cotswolds hotel Oak House No.1 as one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds. We are so pleased that the Telegraph has chosen Oak House No,1 as one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds especially as we respect their opinion and the way that they conduct their reviews.
Cotswolds Luxury Hotel, Oak House No.1 magazine new features
Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1 is to be featured in some very high end magazines this coming month, including, Town and Country, Luxury Lifestyle Magazine and Upscale Living Magazine. Over the years Oak House No.1 has featured in many Lifestyle and Interior design magazines from the UK to China.
Garden Tour & Supper at Prince Charles’s Highgrove House near Tetbury, Friday 24th August 2018
Early evening guided tour through the gardens followed by Pimm’s and a two-course dinner. A great chance to see around Prince Charles’s wonderful gardens created largely by his own design over the past 30 years together with the help of experts from around the globe. Of all Cotswolds luxury hotels, Oak House No.1 is the nearest being just a few minutes away from Highgrove House and the perfect place to make your visit even more special.
The BIG Feastival 24th – 26th August 2018
The Big Feastival at Alex James farm here in the Cotswolds is on again and this year has an exciting line up of musicians, chefs and entertainers for all the family, do take a look at the official website. Why not make it an even more special weekend break with a visit to award winning Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1.
Here’s the official poster line up :
The Cheltenham Literary Festival 5th – 14th October
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival promises to be a world renowned 10-day celebration of reading, writing and authors once again this autumn – with guest speakers set to include literary legends, politicians, designers, comedians and stars of the stage and screen.
For book lovers, Cheltenham is the only one place to be this autumn. Whether you’re looking for the biggest names in fiction, politics, television, art, food or sport, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has it all, so why not make it an even more special trip with a stay at our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1.
The Jane Austen Festival in Bath 14th – 23rd September
Bath is just 35 minutes drive from Oak House No.1 and a great place to visit any time, but particularly special if you are a Jane Austen fan.
We expect nearly 4000 people to attend over 80 events, opening with our world-record setting Regency Costumed Promenade, raising money for the Cancer Care Campaign at the Royal United Hospital here in Bath.
We have a huge range of events for film fans and book buffs alike, including workshops, dances, balls, readings, talks, concerts and theatricals.
Our theme book for this year is Northanger Abbey (first published in December 1817 and set in our very own city of Bath), so expect a touch of the gothic about the Festival this year! We have Northanger Abbey themed tours, a theatrical production and will be reading through the book every day in Bath Central Library.
Lizzy Bennet loved walking and there are plenty of walking tours – both serious and scandalous – that allow everyone to enjoy Bath’s beautiful architecture and scenery while celebrating all things Austen.
Football in the river at Bourton on the Water
Monday 27 August 2018 – Bourton Football in the River
It happens every Bank Holiday Monday in August in the River Windrush in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, dating back to the 1920’s. (see photo’s)
Two teams of players from Bourton Rovers Football Club indulge themselves in the crazy ‘sport’ of trying to get a ball through the water and past each other into the goal.
Despite the huge amount of splashes, large numbers of spectators turn up – some carrying umbrellas to try to stay dry.
A fete will be held from 11am, with the football match kicking-off at 4pm.
If you are visiting the Cotswolds make your stay even more special at the most glamorous of all Cotswolds luxury hotels, Oak House No.1. You can take a quick tour from Oak House No.1 which takes in most of the beautiful Cotswolds villages and end up at Bourton on the Water for the spectacle of football played in the river.
Blenheim International Horse Trials 13th to 16th September 2018
The Blenheim International Horse Trials
One of the world’s premier five day events. Set in the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace, at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and with the Palace as the back drop for all main arena action, the horse trials offers a fabulous opportunity to see some of the world’s finest riders and their horses compete against one another in a truly spectacular environment.
WOMAD Festival 28th & 29th July 2018
It’s time for the fantastic Womad festival this weekend at Charlton Park, so come stay at Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1 and have a sensational weekend.
Whats On in The Cotswolds – so much to see and do this summer near Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1
The Cotswolds’ year is packed with events, ranging from world famous international festivals like Cheltenham Literature Festival or Cheltenham Gold Cup Week to quirky events like the Cotswold Olimpick Games or Tetbury Wool Sack Races. There are major musical events like the Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Festival or the Big Feastival, as well a packed events calender featuring music, exhibitions, arts and literature festivals, theatrical productions.
Tetbury Woolsack Races
The Tetbury Woolsack Races take place on Gumstool Hill just behind Oak House No.1. The weekend of the races is a full on celebration here in Tetbury with street markets, food stalls and street entertainment as well as the totally crazy spectacle that is the Woolsack races themselves. Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House is situated just one minute away.
The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park 3rd August – 5th August 2018
The Festival of British Eventing takes place at Gatcombe Park, the spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships, as well as the Amateur Championship. Gatcombe Park is only 10 minutes away from Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1.
Gifford’s Circus 26th July 2018 to 6th August 2018
The much loved Giﬀords Circus returns to The Barringtons in 2018 with a brand new tour – My Beautiful Circus.
The Circus as an art form is 250 years old and Giﬀord’s Circus is celebrating! Expect to gasp at gravity defying acrobats, enjoy.
Moreton in Marsh Outdoor Market
The largest street market in the Cotswolds with many stalls selling virtually anything, leather goods, purses, books, fish, produce, pet products, clothing, cookware, etc. Market day is every Tuesday on the High Street
The BIG Festival at Alex James Farm in the Cotswolds 24th – 26th August
Once again The BIG Festival is here again with an amazing line up of music, but that’s just the start as there are workshops, food stalls, craft stands, roaming performers and so much more. See the official website for more details and make your visit special with a stay at Oak House No.1 the most ‘rock ‘n roll’ of all Cotswolds luxury hotels.
WOMAD Festival 26th – 29th July 2018 near Tetbury and Cotswolds Luxury Hotel Oak House No.1
WOMAD’s UK home is in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, where every year, during the last weekend of July, you’ll discover a world without borders, a global fiesta of music, food, dance & art, and a place where everyone is welcome. Our first festival took place in 1982, and since then we’ve taken the party to over 27 countries and held over 250 festivals. We’re currently in Australia, Caceres, Chile, Las Palmas, New Zealand, and of course the UK, so join our global community and celebrate the world on your doorstep. Over the years many guests staying at Oak House No.1 have been performing at the WOMAD Festival including the amazing ‘Beardy Man’, our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds is the perfect place to relax after a long fun day at the festival. Surely,of all the Cotswolds luxury hotels, Oak House No.1 must be the most ‘rock and roll’.
Blenheim Palace – Battle of the Proms
21st July 2018 – The Battle Proms Concerts at Blenheim Palace
Every summer thousands of concert-goers pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace for the Battle Proms Concert. Come stay at Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1 and make a special weekend even more special.
In a very special Blenheim Palace Battle Proms event, 150 re-enactors will participate in a skirmish as part of the Road to Waterloo programme of events marking 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo.
Tetbury Music Festival coming soon
Tetbury Music Festival this year will feature Julian Bliss, one of today’s finest clarinettists. Julian formed the Julian Bliss Septet from a selection of the best musicians on the jazz scene, creating programmes inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and incorporating Latin music from Brazil and Cuba, they have performed to packed houses at festivals and the most famous jazz clubs and concert halls across the world. On this, Julian’s third appearance at the Tetbury Music Festival, team up with friends at a table for four or relax with a refreshing drink in the stalls and enjoy a special improvisatory programme that will bridge classical and jazz in a uniquely Tetfestian way. Make it a special weekend with a stay here in Tetbury at Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1
Hot Air Ballooning near Bristol 40 minutes away fro Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1
Guests can make their special weekend at Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel even more special by taking a hot air balloon flight. Just 40 minutes away guests can take the flight of their lives in a hot air balloon, gently floating over the undulating glorious local countryside. Just a day ago we spotted another hot air balloon flying over Tetbury opposite Oak House No.1 (see photo just between the church and the tree).
Cotswolds in the Summer – Places to visit near Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel
The Cotswolds in the summer months is such a special place to be, a designated ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’. There are some wonderful places to visit from stunning sublime gardens at the quintessential Country House garden at Hidcote to the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Of course many visitors to Oak House No.1 just want to walk across the local countryside (some Prince Charle’s land), or we provide a day driving tour which takes in the ‘must see’ Cotswolds villages. It would be easy to spend a week touring all there is to see around the area, but in just a couple of days it is possible to get a good feel of this traditional English setting. If you book early you could take a tour around Prince Charles’s Highgrove House gardens, a very special place created by HRH over a 30 year period and just 5 minutes away from your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1
What a beautiful weekend in the Cotswolds – time for polo at the Cirencester Park Polo Club
What a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in the glorious Cotswolds countryside watch polo at the nearby Cirencester Park Polo Club, just a few miles from Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel.
Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park 3rd – 5th August 2018 near luxury hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1
The Festival of British Eventing 2018 is at Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park between 3rd – 5th August. Gatcombe Park is just a few miles away from Oak House No.1 and our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds would make the perfect base for a great weekend of eventing. https://www.festivalofbritisheventing.com/
Tetbury Classic Car Show 18th August, 2018
The Tetbury Classic Car Show is on at the Sir William Romney School on the 18th August, raising money for many local good causes. Come stay at Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds and bring along your classic car.
Prince Charles’s Highgrove Shop Tetbury
Prince Charles’s Highgrove shop in Tetbury is just around the corner from Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. The Highgrove shop is Prince Charles’s flagship store and was the very first to open, just around the time we moved to Tetbury ourselves. The store has an amazing range of products to cater for all, including things for the home and garden such as a stylish collection of textiles, kitchenware and garden accessories, inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove. Featuring unique and exclusive pieces, our range includes luxurious soft furnishings, elegant glassware and scented candles infused with the gardens’ evocative fragrances. You can also enhance your outdoor space with our plant and flower collections. There are also a range of things from stationary to food and drink, clothes and even jewellery.
Wacky Races and Fun Fair in Tetbury
The annual Wacky Races and Fun Fair are back in Tetbury, in the Chipping right next to Oak House No.1, luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. The Wacky Races is a great charity fund raising event for local charities and good causes. The town is boosted by 5000 visitors over the weekend, coming not only to take part in the event but also for the food stalls, French market in the high street and many forms of street entertainment.
Falconry nearby Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1
Why not try out falconry during your stay with us at Oak House No.1. Not too far away you can get close up to a range of birds of prey and even try out ‘falconry’ yourself. I tried myself and what an amazing feeling watching a large owl silently glide from high atop a tree and land on your glove.
The best Black Pudding in the UK at Luxury hotel in the Cotswolds – Oak House No.1
The black pudding at Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel we think is the best in the UK. Whilst many Michelin starred chefs tend to favour Stornaway black pudding we prefer one from Dornoch in Scotland. In fact we have run our own test here at Oak House No.1 providing our guests with a taste of each type and 90% of them have agreed that the Dornoch black pudding is their choice. We even had Jimmy Docherty, a great foodie, here (TV’s FOOD UNWRAPPED and Friday Night Feast with Jamie Oliver) and he too agreed that the Oak House No.1 black pudding was excellent.
Photo shoot at Oak House No.1 with Leo Crabtree of the Prodigy
Photoshoot with Leo Crabtree drummer of the Prodigy at Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1
Beautiful new Bentley Continental at luxury hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1
Yet another beautiful car at Oak House No.1 this weekend, a black and red Bentley Continental, a first ! Glad to see that our guests cars are as luxurious as Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott of the Beautiful South playing at Westonbirt Arboretum this weekend 15th & 16th June 2018
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are playing at Westonbirt Arboretum this weekend as part of the ‘Forest tour’, why not combine a great concert with a stay at Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1. Oak House No.1 is very close to Westonbirt Arboretum and is the perfect place for a special weekend treat and there are still some tickets available.
Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1 – interior design, lighting
At Oak house No.1 we feel that lighting is an especially important factor in creating the right atmosphere around the house, whether it be a special spot light for a painting or general ambient lights it really matters. Here’s a few of the special lights around the place. The bespoke chandelier in the entrance hall is a unique piece made by two ex Royal College of Art students bought in London more than 30 years ago. Other Cotswolds luxury hotels simply aren’t anything like Oak House No.1
Never bland or dull here ! Intense colours around and about Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1
It’s never bland here at Oak House No.1, the decor here is sumptuous and vibrant with plenty of colourful fresh flowers to compliment the rooms. Breakfast each morning is taken sitting at a stunning bespoke made dining table festooned with crystal glasses and silver trinkets, it truly is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly.
Guests from all over the world descend upon Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel
Nice social times at Oak House No.1 with guests descending here from Singapore, Los Angeles, Dallas and Bombay/Mumbai. Great swapping tales with such interesting and diverse people, not all Cotswolds luxury hotels are like Oak House No.1, a place where you can feel like a treasured house guest in what is truly a home from home environment. Whilst we have hosted billionaires, celebrities, Lords and Ladies at Oak House No.1 everyone is treated just the same and people from all walks of life generally have a nice time together.
Westonbirt Arboretum close to Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel
Westonbirt Arboretum is just a few minutes away from Oak House No.1 and this is the perfect time of year to see the wonderful splendour of the UK’s largest Japanese Maple collection.
Afternoon Tea at Oak House No.1 your Cotswolds luxury hotel is better than Claridges in London
High praise indeed from two intrepid world travellers – Oak House No.1’s afternoon tea beats Claridges !!! Well can’t argue with that, guests Rachel & Sivi from Singapore stayed at Claridges the day before and tried their afternoon tea but said that ours at Oak House No.1 was better. All home made by Nicola from delicious cakes to sumptuous savouries.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markel copy Oak House No.1’s Gary & Nicola
Prince Harry & Meghan Markel copy Gary & Nicola’s party outfits from some years earlier. Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1’s owners ahead of style again !! Gary & Nicola wearing the same outfits some 3 years earlier at the Better World Awards in Monaco.
The ‘Blue Sitting Room’ at Oak House No.1 Cotswolds luxury hotel
The Blue Sitting Room at Oak House No.1 has been featured in many interior design magazines from the UK to China, probably the most glamorous of all Cotswolds luxury hotels.
Famous Swedish TV travel journalist Lottie Knutson at Oak House No.1
Famous TV travel journalist visited Oak House No.1 recently and has featured our Cotswolds luxury hotel in high end Swedish magazine ‘Connoisseur’.
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The Royal International Air Tattoo – the world’s greatest air show is back again in the Cotswolds 13th July 2018
The Royal International Air Tattoo commences on the 13th July. Combine a stay at Oak House No.1 our Cotswolds luxury hotel just a few miles away.
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 on 13-15 July and will be marking a very special occasion in 2018, the centenary of the Royal Air Force. As well as commemorating the past achievements, we’ll also be celebrating the present and helping to inspire the future of the RAF.
Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds – Oak House No.1 nominated for World Boutique Hotels Award
Not all Cotswolds luxury hotels can say that year after year they are nominated for awards. This year Oak House No.1 has been nominated for a prestigious World Boutique Hotel Award in the category of ‘Inspired Design’. Last year, 2017 Oak House No.1 was shortlisted as the ‘Quirkiest place to stay’ in the UK and the year before the Sunday Times included Oak House No.1, luxury Cotswolds hotel in their 100 ‘Ultimate’ places to stay in the UK.
Princes William and Harry at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo near Cotswolds luxury hotel – Oak House No.1
This weekend should be a right royal affair in the Cotswolds,Prince William and Prince Harry are expected to play Polo at The Beaufort Polo Club as part of the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo. Oak House No.1 your luxury 5 star hotel in the Cotswolds is just a few minutes away so make your break special with a little luxury.
Gloucestershire Festival of Polo near Oak House No.1 – luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
The Gloucestershire Festival of Polo is once again on the calendar just 1 mile down the road from Cotswolds luxury hotel Oak House No.1.
The two-day spectacle, held at the Beaufort Polo Club, includes impressive top class polo, a tented shopping village plus arena attractions and a traditional funfair. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or simply enjoy a great social day out, the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo is not to be missed.
Get the date in your diary : Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018.
Afternoon Tea in the garden at Oak House No.1 – luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
Afternoon tea can be take in the garden at Oak House No.1, nothing better than relaxing in the Cotswolds on a sunny afternoon.
A luxury afternoon tea at a luxury boutique hotel in the Cotswolds – Oak House No.1
Boutique Hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 – Fantastic Aston Martin
Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in the Cotswolds has seen many fantastic guests cars over the years, but this week saw a very rare Aston Martin indeed. Our latest guest came with his family in one of only three Aston Martin DB6 Estates ever made (he also owned another in the US). I mentioned that we also used to own an interesting Aston Martin Lagonda some 30 years ago to which he replied ” I have a brand new version of the Lagonda waiting to be collected from the factory at Newport Pagnell ( a mere £750,000.00).
Well at least we at Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in the Cotswolds has some things in common with the royals, 1. Prince Harry lived just up the road at Highgrove House and 2. the naughty couple copied our outfits for the after party !
Prince Harry & Meghan Markell’s wedding
The royal wedding excitement hits Tetbury with the BBC filming right outside Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. As Prince Charles lives just up the road at Highgrove House, both Harry and William are visitors to Tetbury, indeed Princess Diana would bring them both as young children to visit the sweetie shops here !
Luxury hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1 hosts Celebrity guests
Oak House No.1 here in Tetbury has hosted many well known faces, celebrity guests have included Miranda Hart, Tim Minchin, Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics, Johnny Vegas, Oscar winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, Marc Warren (Mad Dogs) and many others.
The Garden at Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
Summer is on it’s way and the garden at Oak House No.1 is looking beautiful, ready to welcome our guests. Here are a few pictures of the garden and some of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside nearby Oak House No.1
Luxury Hotels in the Cotswolds – Oak House No.1 fantastic Afternoon Tea
High praise indeed from two intrepid travellers – Oak House No.1’s afternoon tea beats Claridge’s !!! Well can’t argue with that, thanks from guests Rachel & Sivi from Singapore. Having stayed with us for a few days they left for a week at Claridge’s and came to the conclusion that our afternoon tea and breakfast was superior ! All home made by Nicola from delicious cakes to sumptuous savouries. www.oakhouseno1.com
Swedish ‘Connoisseur Magazine’ selects Oak House No.1 as a special Boutique place to stay in the Cotswolds
Selected as a luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House no.1 is included in the very high end luxury Connoisseur Magazine in Sweden.
Oak House No.1, one of the best Boutique hotels in the Cotswolds
Food and Travel Magazine named Oak House No.1 as one of the best boutique hotels in the Cotswolds. Situated in the heart of lovely Tetbury, just moments from a choice of good restaurants and known as the antiques centre of the Cotswolds.
Badminton Horse Trials in May 2018 – HRH The Princess Royal attending
Princess Anne will present the prizes at The Badminton Horse trials this year. Oak House No.1, your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds is just 15 minutes from Badminton and the perfect destination for this special occasion.
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials are delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be attending the Event on Sunday May 6th to present the prizes for the world’s greatest Three Day Event. The Princess Royal was a successful competitor at Badminton herself and was followed by her daughter Zara Tindall.
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Prince Charles’ Highgrove House Garden Tours dates announced – book online now
If you are thinking of a short luxury break in the beautiful Cotswolds, dates have been announced for you to visit Prince Charles’ Highgrove House and the Highgrove Garden Tour , visit https://www.highgrovegardens.com/visiting-highgrove-gardens/ Our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 is ideally placed here in Tetbury just minutes away from Prince Charles’ wonderful gardens.
Highgrove Garden Tour Dates soon to be available
Prince Charles’ Highgrove Garden Tours will very soon be announced so be quick to book your tickets
Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in Tetbury – New Spa Facilities
Lucky Tetbury, a new spa ‘Mayfair & Grace’ has opened www.mayfairandgrace.co.uk ideal for our guests at Oak House No.1 as the spa is a few moments from our door. For a full list of products and treatments please visit their site.
Badminton Horse Trials 2018 Stay at nearby Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1
From 3rd – 6th May the world class Badminton Horse Trials gets underway just a few minutes down the road for Oak House No.1, luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. Oak House No.1 was recently include in the Sunday Time Travel list as one of the 100 ‘Ultimate’ places to stay in the UK.
Badminton Horse Trials 2018 – stay at nearby Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in Tetbury
Better book early for the ever popular Badminton Horse Trials this coming Spring, 3rd – 6th May. Oak House No.1 hotel is ideally placed just 10 minutes away from Badminton.
Spend your Valentine’s Day at Oak House No.1 – Highgrove Gardens near to Oak House No.1 hotel in the Cotswolds – Welcomes the Royal Wedding fl0rist – Shane Connolly
With the excitement surrounding Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding, we can’t wait to welcome back Royal wedding florist, Shane Connolly to Highgrove this Spring!
Shane holds a Royal Warrant for The Prince of Wales, making him an official supplier of flowers for Royal events – including HRH’s own wedding to The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005, and The Duke and TheDuchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2011.
So, what better way to spend Valentine’s Day this year than be taught how to ‘Style Your Home for Spring’ by the man who helped to create some of the most romantic moments in Royal history?
Find out more about this inspiring one-day course held on the 14th February at Highgrove: www.highgrovegardens.com/style-your-home-for-spring.html
Oak House No.1 , boutique hotel in the Cotswolds – Happy New Year
We would like to wish all of our guests,new and returning a very happy New Year. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Oak House No.1, our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds. For that extra touch of luxury a brand new spa has opened in Tetbury, just a hundred yards away, so why not spoil yourself whilst you are staying with us.
Oak House No.1 at the Eviivo Awards Ceremony at the Cafe de Paris, London
Oak House no.1 was shortlisted as the Quirkiest Hotel in the UK for 2017.
Award winning Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds Oak House No.1 – Quirkiest place to stay ?
From hundreds of hotels Oak House No.1 has been shortlisted by Eviivo as ‘the Quirkiest place to stay for 2017.
Luxury bathrooms at Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds – Oak House No.1
Come stay in luxury at Oak House no.1 boutique hotel. Our bathrooms are second to none, all thoroughly modern and cosy but with a huge serving of style. The Cavalier suite with it’s own Library Sitting Room has the most glamorous of all bathrooms with separate rain shower and bath with in wall television, possibly the most glamorous hotel room in the Cotswolds.
Westonbirt Arboretum near Oak House No.1, Tetbury
The trees are already turning at Westonbirt Arboretum and in the coming weeks will begin to show their full Autumn colours. This is a spectacular sight and worthy of a visit, Oak House No.1 is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a luxury hotel near Westonbirt, we are just 10 minutes away right in the heart of lovely Tetbury.
Olympic Golds at Oak House No.1 Boutique Hotel in the Cotswolds
Last week saw Gold medalists and Olympic Champions Kate & Helen Richardson Walsh staying at Oak House No.1. I asked Kate if she would bring their medals along, the girls gladly let guests hold them around the breakfast table one morning.
!Oak House No.1 hosts a right royal weekend !
Oak House No.1 may be only a small luxury hotel in the Cotswolds but this weekend hosted some larger than life characters, a Knight of the Realm, a Lady, a Supermodel and an Earl.
The wonderful Sir Tom and Lady Stoppard , art dealer Ivor Braka and wife supermodel Kristen Mcmenamy and David, the Earl of Cholmondely.
Oak House No.1 selected for Interior Design in the Hilden Style Guide
The hospitality textile industry specialist Vision has selected Oak House No.1 for inclusion in this years style guide. Our small luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 featured under the category of ‘COLOUR POP’ – not convinced on that title but thanks for the accolade.
New Award for Oak House No.1 Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Our award winning luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1, has just been honoured again. Hotels Combined have awarded us the ‘Recognition of Excellence’ certificate with a customer satisfaction rating of 9.9.
Fairford Airshow 2017 – Luxury Hotel Oak House No.1 , Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Fairford air show,the world’s largest military air tattoo is here again, why not make your visit even more special with a stay at Oak House No.1 http://www.airtattoo.com/airshow
Luxury in the Cotswolds at Oak House No.1 boutique hotel
Luxury hotels in the Cotswolds are just not like Oak House No.1, we pride ourselves on a bespoke service to each client in opulent yet homely surroundings. You will not find anywhere to match the levels of luxury in the Cotswolds from luxury bathrobes to silver cutlery and crystal glasses, only the very best will do.
A Cotswolds Tour from Oak House No.1 your Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Here’s a handwritten tour from us at Oak House No.1 for guests wishing to take in a day trip around the beautiful Cotswolds. From Oak House No.1 here in Tetbury you can take a leisurely drive in a day and see most of what’s so special about the Cotswolds.
Highgrove House near to Oak House No.1 Boutique Hotel in the Cotswolds
Prince Charles’s Highgrove House Garden Tour is bookable now, you can choose from a standard tour of his beautiful gardens or make the occasion even more special with the special ‘Champagne afternoon tea tour’. Oak House No.1 is just a few minutes from Highgrove House and is the perfect luxury hotel in the Cotswolds to make your visit extra special.
The Garden at Oak House No.1 – Luxury Boutique Hotel in the Cotswolds
Spring has sprung and the garden at Oak House No.1 is looking splendid. Of course we can’t compete with our neighbour Prince Charles’s Highgrove Gardens, but we have a small oasis here right in the middle of Tetbury. Prince Charles’s Highgrove House is a few minutes away from Oak House No.1 luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.
The Polo season has begun at Cirencester park Polo Club near to Oak House No.1, luxury boutique hotel in the Cotswolds
The polo season is underway at Cirencester Park Polo Club just a few minutes away, our membership arrived today and we are looking forward to a great summer at the club. Oak House No.1 guests can visit the club at any time. Your luxury boutique hotel in the Cotswold’s, Oak House no.1 is perfectly placed here in Tetbury.
New Audi R8 at Oak House No.1 Luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
We have some fantastic cars arriving at Oak House No.1, this week was no exception with our guest Luke’s wonderful new Audi R8. Over the years Oak House no.1 has become synonymous with luxury breaks in the Cotswolds and a known destination for guests with super luxury cars. Long may the the tradition continue, here’s few other guests cars which have graced Oak House No.1.
Cirencester Park Polo Club heralds the start of the new season.
Oak House No.1 has been a sponsor of the Cirencester Park Polo Club and we are members too, just a few miles from the beautiful grounds of the Duke Bathurst, Oak House No.1 is a perfectly placed luxury hotel in the Cotswolds to make your visit extra special.
Badminton Horse Trials near Oak House No.1, Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds – Latest News – The Duchess of Cornwall to present prizes
Great news Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall is to present prizes at the Badminton Horse Trials. Badminton signs are already going up around Tetbury and Oak House No.1 will soon be welcoming guests from around the globe drawn to the wonderful spectacle. Of all the Luxury Hotels in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 is the most conveniently placed for your visit to the Badminton Horse Trials.
Badminton Horse trials – near to Oak House No.1, Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Badminton Horse Trials are nearly upon us again , starting on the 3rd of May. Oak House No.1 is one of the nearest Luxury Hotels to Badminton and is extremely convenient as early morning queues of traffic generally form from the opposite M4 motorway direction, which means much easier access. firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring in Tetbury
Spring has sprung, nice to see Tetbury and the countryside around Oak House No.1 in the sun again ! Strong shadows in the garden – summer’s nearly here. We are again looking forward to welcoming clients to our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1. Here are some lovely pictures of Tetbury and the beautiful countryside just a minute’s walk from our door.
The famous Chipping Steps, next door to Oak House No.1
Back Garden at Oak House No.1 – luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
Countryside walk a minute from Oak House no.1 in Tetbury
Tetbury town centre just a minute from Oak House No.1, boutique hotel in the Cotswolds
Shadows in the garden at Oak House no.1, Tetbury
Tetbury in bloom
Oak House No.1 – Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds – Trip Advisor Reviews
It is the measure of any business that your customers are happy and Trip Advisor is the trusted review site that most travellers find helpful in making a decision where to choose. We are so happy that our customers have a good time at Oak House No.1 and think that the few reviews below help sum up what Oak House No.1 is all about.
Badminton Horse Trials 2017 – just up the road from your Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds – Oak House No.1, Tetbury
It’s time to book your accommodation for Badminton Horse Trials, don’t wait as hotels in Tetbury and the nearby villages do get booked up very quickly. We look forward to welcoming you to Oak House No.1.
Highgrove House Garden Tours 2017 – just up the road from Oak House No.1 in Tetbury, your Luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
Oak House No.1 is the most luxurious hotel in Tetbury and just minutes away from Highgrove House. Dates have been released for the garden tours, so be quick before they all sell out. Having visited Prince Charles’ gardens in the past, I can really say that this is a special place full of personal memories of Charles and Diana and the children.
New images at Oak House No.1, Luxury Hotel in the Cotswolds
Many reflections from just one mirror in the hallway at Oak House No.1. So much to see at your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.
Oak House No.1 attends Karen Millen’s Charity Gala in Covent Garden
Oak House No.1 was proud to donate free nights stays at the Teens Unite charity gala in Covent Garden, London. Our friend Karen Millen (OBE) has worked tirelessly with so many others to help raise funds to assist teenagers coping with cancer.
Very Special Aston Martin at Oak House No.1 – out for a run through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside
We see a lot of wonderful guests cars here at Oak House No.1 and the Aston Martin Vanquish this week was very special indeed. One of only 6 made with unique features such as gold wheels and trim and even some of the dashboard instruments were made from recycled vintage Aston Martin parts.
Oak House No.1 Hotel in the Cotswolds – Sunday Times Travel Feature
Oak House No.1 was recently featured in the Sunday Times Travel section, selected as one of the 100 “Ultimate’ hotels in the UK. As one of the few luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1 is included under the heading of Romantic places to stay.
What’s Happening in the Cotswolds in August
Here are some of the great events happening this August not too far from Oak House No.1, your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds
Thursday to Sunday, August 4-7
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
BBC Countryfile Live
Thursday to Sunday, August 4-7
Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park just a few minutes from Oak House No.1
When visiting the Festival of British Eventing do stay at Oak House No.1 your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, we are just a few minutes away in Tetbury.
Friday to Sunday, August 5-7
Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton, near Stroud
Vintage Sports Car Club
Prescott Speed Hill Climb
Friday to Sunday, August 5-7
Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza
Friday to Sunday, August 5-7
The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club stage their
42nd Annual show at South Cerney Airfield
NAF Hartpury Horse Trials
Wednesday to Sunday, August 10-14
The Cotswolds Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair
Friday to Sunday, August 12-14, 11am-5pm
Westonbirt School, Tetbury
Steam & Real Ale Weekend, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21
Toddington and Winchcombe
Frocester Beer Festival
Friday to Saturday, August 26-27
Tewkesbury Vintage Fair
Saturday, August 27, 10.30am to 4.30pm
George Watson Memorial Hall
Football in the River
Monday, August 29, 2pm
67th Winchcombe Country Show
Monday, August 29, 12 noon to 5.30pm
Winchcombe Senior School Playing Fields, Greet Road, Winchcombe, GL54 5LB
Monday, August 29
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.
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.