Like a personal trainer – but lots more fun!

Want to try something different whilst on holiday?

New skills that do us good (and preferably don’t involve press-ups in a muddy field).  And what better skill than cooking, eh?

Our cottages have some wonderful kitchens so we have teamed up with some friends here in The Cotswolds to bring private cookery classes to you in selected Sheepskin properties.  Designed around your interests, these relaxed and entertaining classes take place in the comfort of  your Cotswold Sheepskin cottage and focus on seasonal recipes that are easy to recreate. They’ll even do all the washing up.

Gluts and GluttonyGluts & Gluttony was founded by Kathy who will be your private tutor for the day. She trained at Ashburton Cookery School, works at Daylesford Cookery School and is a jobbing private chef for hire.  Her classes are inspiring and relaxed and are the perfect activity to enjoy whilst on holiday for an alternative learning experience.

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Are we nearly there yet? Planning a stress free journey with kids.

The phrase that many parents know only too well, usually called within the first hour of a four hour journey. But with a bit of planning the journey can be relatively stress free.

sleeping

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Live like a local at Burrell Hill

Places to visit with children

We have now been welcoming visitors since July and so during a recent stay at Burrell Hill in August we wanted to try some of the fabulous local activities with the children….

Kyaking

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Blackberry and Apple Jam – a hedgerow favourite

All you need to make this simple and straightforward fruity favourite is:

Blackblerries

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Wrap up & kick leaves…

Autumn pleasures to share.

As the long hazy days of summer ebb away we can watch autumn creating its dazzling display of warm reds, rusty oranges and chocolate browns, making the time ripe for jumping off the 9-5 treadmill into the rustle of fallen leaves on a weekend autumn escape.

Autumn at Chescombe Lodge

Autumn at Chescombe Lodge

Such rural and rustic pleasures are lent an atmospheric topping by time spent in front of a woodburning stove and Sheepskin have a heart-warming array of properties with tempting firesides to cosy around.

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Win a luxury weekend getaway with BLOOM Gin

696QB on trade Brochure_Cards_BloomKVIf you enjoy a little Gin and tonic now and again, have you experienced BLOOM?

BLOOM is a light, delicate and floral gin with a totally unique slightly sweet taste created by a bespoke blend of 3 botanicals: honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo.

Our friends at BLOOM are running a fabulous competition which we can’t help but get excited about as the main prize is a stay at one of our unique rural holiday homes.

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Unique and quirky style that makes people smile

Tall-Tapered-Dark-Oak-MottlThere is always a fantastic response to the Baa Stool, they literally attract flocks of admirers and never fail to make people smile. Baa Stool is a luxury sheepskin hardwood footstool with a removable cover lovingly created in beautiful North Wales by a traditionally trained upholstress, Michelle Bartleet-Greavey.

Say hello to our new friends at Baa Stool.

 

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Enjoy a Cotswold Picnic created by Kathy Slack from Gluts & Gluttony

Sheepskin has recently moved to the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton and to celebrate the move and enjoy this lovely summer weather that we have been having, Kathy Slack from Gluts and Gluttony has created a delicious picnic celebrating her home-grown Cotswold strawberries.

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Live like a local at Nantwen…

We speak to the owners of Nantwen, Daniel and Jemma who are also  new parents having recently had a baby girl, Elsie.  We ask the couple where they like to go and what they like to do in their spare time.  The couple live next door to Nantwen, in the village of Felindre Farchog and very much enjoy the good-life and why not! Jemma is a wonderful baker and has also started making artisan chocolates, upon your arrival there is nothing more welcoming than a loaf of home baked bread sitting in the kitchen waiting for you.  D & J  kindly share their favourite places locally in and around Pembrokeshire.   You certainly won’t be short of things to do, if anything you will be looking to book a longer stay…

Daniel and jemma walking

Daniel and Jemma walking, a favourite pastime

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Live like a local at Chescombe Lodge…

We got the low down from Clare Mackintosh, local resident and Festival Director of Chipping Norton Literary Festival, on how she and her family like to spend their leisure time in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

The Great Tew Estate, home of the annual Cornbury Music Festival is the perfect place to take a long weekend with a wealth of activities to do nearby including taking one of the many footpaths that take you through the estate where sheep and deer can be found grazing.

The Great Tew Estate lies eight miles north east of the Oxfordshire market town Chipping Norton.

Set within 4,000 acres centered around the picturesque village of Great Tew.

 

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