Stow on the Wold
I have just fallen in love with England all over again after my weekend trip to the Cotswold. I spent a lovely lazy, quintessentially British afternoon wondering around Stow on the Wold enjoying the vintage shops, Barbour stores, sweet shops and tearooms which are all surrounded by the famous Cotswold countryside.
As a Events Organiser I can see the potential for wonderful future Cotswolds Corporate events. The structure to a great event is the accommodation, food and entertainment ….. Stow on the Wold offers these in abundance!
Visiting this Cotswold village is an absolute must and I have hand picked my three favourite gems within this village.
Down a pebbled street and hidden within a historic stone building we found a charming bed and breakfast called Stuarts Place. We were welcomed in by a lovely lady called Ali who was clearly very passionate and proud of the hotel and it was easy to see why! This new venture is owned by Rachel and Sue Hawkins and has been open since August.
Stuarts Place consists of 8 double en-suite bedroom all at affordable prices (from £70 a night) The hotel is owned by The Bell, an award winning restaurant which is a two minute walk away. Stuarts Place is a 400 year old, grade II listed townhouse. Although many of the traditional features remain, this hotel has a modern, chic and stylish feel and offers a service that is hard to come by even in a five star hotel:
- DVD Collection
- Mini decanter of complimentary port
- Complimentary bag of delicious hand-made shortbread
- A selection of teas and fresh coffee
- Fresh milk in your mini-fridge
- Complimentary still & sparkling water in your mini-fridge
This hotel is the perfect size and price for exclusive use. The location allows for rural activities such as clay shooting and out-door team building but also gives partners the option of staying in the village and enjoying pampering, tearooms and luxury boutique shopping.
Huffkins Bakery and Tea Rooms
Huffkins is a family business that was established in 1890. They now boast tearooms in Burford, Witney, Stow-on-the-Wold and Cheltenham. It seems like the perfect time of year to visit this quaint village as the days are short and the light from the tearoom shines on to the road enticing you for 4pm treats. You can not help but feel excited as you walk through the door and feast your eyes on cakes, hampers, loose teas, shortbreads, fudge, jams, chutneys and are hit by the smell of freshly ground coffees. This tea room is spread over two floors and has plenty of space making this an ideal location for groups.
Vintage & Paint Shop
This is an Aladdins cave of wonderful treasures from various decades. At Vintage & Paint you will find all kinds of furniture, lighting, childhood toys, collectables and pieces of art. This shop is owned by Nick and Jenny Carr ,a couple with an interest in quirky interior decor, especially the industrial/warehouse style and upcycled period lighting which is restored and rewired for home use.
They bought the building (built circa 1430’s) three and a half years ago. This historic building was previously the Old Toy Museum and Nick and Jenny have lovingly transformed it into their home, three bed and breakfast rooms, a self catering holiday cottage and the shop!
A unique feature is that this vintage shop has a large workshop where Jenny hosts full day painting and restoration workshops so you can learn how to recreate an ageing, vintage look on your furniture at home! The classes are held by Jenny and costs start from £60.
Seeing is believing with ‘Vintage and Paint’ but to give you a taste of what is in store – Three of Jenny’s favourite items in the shop at the moment are:
- 1950’s overhead hairdresser’s shop hairdryer stripped,polished and repurposed into a fabulous standard lamp.
- Enormous hand built sailing boat made in the 1960’s.
- Oak dresser painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint tm waxed and heavily distressed.
The rural informality, luxury bistros and a fine choice of accommodation makes Stow the ideal destination for a Cotswold family break or a corporate winter weekend.