A Very Merry Cotswold Christmas Is Here!
The crispy crunch of gravel on the drive leading to the front of the grand old Manor House that is Lords of the Manor heralds the arrival of the first Christmas guests! They are greeted at the door with warm smiles whilst suitcases and bags overflowing with gifts are concierged to bedrooms past the 10 ft tall Christmas tree in the Reception Hall. The eyes of the ten year old child widen as he spots colourfully wrapped presents at the base. Christmas has arrived in the Cotswolds…..and what a wonderful Christmas it will be for our special guests who will be treated like Lords and Ladies over the next 4 days.
At reception more guests begin to check in whilst earlier arrivals settle into comfy sofas in the glow of open log fires in the Drawing Room and enjoy a traditional cream tea, the first of many tasty treats to come.
The Drawing Room, Lounge Bar and Restaurant have already been decorated with “baubled” Trees, wreaths and glittering garlands. Bowls of chocolates, nuts and satsumas are dotted around within easy reach for little in-between indulgences.
Behind the scene the teams in each department are all working hard with one goal in mind, to ensure each Christmas guest has the most magical festive holiday. Mince pies are filled and short pastry baked, mulled wine is brewed (strictly according to Lords secret recipe!) filling the air with that unmistakable aroma only associated with this time of year. Gifts are being wrapped ready for guests to open on Christmas Day. The sommelier checks one last time that cellar is well stocked with wine varieties to please all tastes. Head Housekeeper squares away each bedroom adding the final comforting touches and making sure Christmas stockings are hung on every door waiting for Santa to fill with surprises.
Of course, there is the incredible food to look forward to as Head Chef Charles Smith briefs the kitchen brigade on each menu to be served over the coming days. Details of recipes are discussed so that every dish will be served to perfection. This guarantees that the variety of meals served at Lords of the Manor this Christmas will all have one thing in common, mouth-watering! Christmas Day luncheon will be a traditional 5 course feast while Boxing Day dinner promises to be an elegant affair with Black Tie and evening gowns.
By the 27th December our Christmas guests have departed feeling pampered and relaxed but though the festivities may be over for another year, one thing will remain, the memories of a wonderfully indulgent Christmas at Lords of the Manor!