Oak House No. 1
- At a Glance
- Our Review
A complimentary gift in your room to take home, plus tea and cakes on arrival.
OAK HOUSE NO 1 ROCKS. Step inside this luxurious Georgian townhouse in the Cotswolds, and walk into a Chelsea designer den of jewel colours, lavish artworks and chic furnishings that’s bursting with visual Wow.
Designer collectibles – wacky art, ornate mirrors and eclectic objets d’art – are set against walls in full-on shades of scarlet, pewter and jade. Trad mixes irreverently with contempo-cool in an irresistible mix of rustic and rock star glam. One thing’s for sure – Oak House No 1 is anything but your average B&B.
Interior designer Gary Kennedy and his partner Nicola imbue this anything-but-ordinary Cotswold gem in the market town of Tetbury with a chilled and sociable vibe that makes guests feel they have arrived at a wealthy friend’s hip hideaway for the weekend. While it’s great for twosomes, Oak House No 1 is also tailor made for small groups looking for a sumptuous private homestay.
Huge and glamorous bedrooms – rich in colour and designer detail – are made for privacy and indulgent stays. The most opulent of the four is the Cavalier suite, with its expensively silk-smothered four poster bed, charcoal-grey walls and tartan-clad armchairs. A second bedroom that forms part of this suite – the Library – sports an elegant metropolitan look with its monochrome prints and mirrors.
All come loaded with luxury: Frette linen sheets, cashmere throws, an iPod dock, flatscreen TV with Sky channels, DVD/CD player and silver tea set with home-baked cakes ready to nibble on and a fridge stocked with champers. There’s even a complimentary gift to take home.
Brick-red walls set off the kingsize four poster bed in the Prince’s suite, traditional in style but with an arty twist. The Garden View suite contrasts with soft, creamy tones, a kingsize mahogany sleigh bed and elegant antiques.
Glossy bathrooms made for pamper-time sport the best in glass and chrome designer fittings. Expect power showers, Molton Brown body products, fluffy robes and super-thick towels. Two even have an Aquavision TV for you to watch while soaking beneath the suds.
Dining at Oak House No 1 is en famille around a huge dining table laid in crystal and bone china. Fellow guests – and your hospitable hosts – ensure it’s a sociable time and the cooking is first-rate. Have a drink in the blue-walled, Tibetan-rugged sitting room to start, or enjoy the fabulous secluded rear garden, with its pot plants and parasols, on warm summer days.
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Oak House No. 1 was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mairiona Cotter