Owlpen Blog

Christmas parties

We have been busy compiling our new menu for 2017 Christmas parties here at Owlpen.  Our chef Raoul Moore says, "we have something for everyone here.  If you want the traditional Christmas Turkey dinner it's all yours, or for pescatarians I'm offering roasted fillet of sea bass.  And Lady Mander's signature puddings are mouth-watering this year, as always!"  Thanks to our partnership with Tetbury wine merchant Vinotopia, we are offering our house prosecco as a complimentary welcome drink, and our wine list has just bee given a re-vamp too.  Lots to be excited about this Christmas!

Autumn weddings

As the leaves slowly begin to change colour, so does the colour scheme chosen by our lovely brides at the weddings here at Owlpen. Roses give way to sunflowers, emphasis on greenery more than flowers, and of course the backdrop of Owlpen is never quite the same as each beech tree slowly responds to the changing season.  Looking forward to more wonderful celebrations as the evenings draw in, which means more fariy lights, lanterns, fire bowls and, of course, a few blankets!  

Concert at Owlpen

We are delighted to announce a special one- off event here at Owlpen.  In partnership with the Passaglia Duo, we proudly present an evening of baroque music at Owlpen Manor, on Tuesday August 8th!  Local musicians Annabel Knight and Robin Bigwood return to Owlpen on a break from their busy global concert schedule to share with us a double-bill of music by Bach, Handel and Telemann.  

Tickets are available online or through the Owlpen estate office.  See flyer below for more information. See you there!


Owlpen house tours

We have had a great summer so far, largely spent taking private house tours around the manor house and gardens. Thw tours are usually conducted by Sir Nicholas Mander, who bought Owlpen in 1974, and has spent a lifetime restoring, repairing, researching and reinvigorating the estate.  Yesterday we were lucky enough to welcome the Friends of Gloucester Archives, a group of 24 people who, despite the rain, very much enjoyed their trip around the house, conducted by Hugo Mander.  Here is a flavour of their kind words after the visit was over:

Wedding review

We were lucky enough to welcome Jen and Andy to Owlpen, complete with their families and friends, to enjoy their wedding at Owlpen this weekend.  We were so pleased by what they said, that we decided to share it here:

Summer is here!

Although the summer does not officially start until the solstice, it certainly feels as though the season is upon us here in our little valley at Owlpen.  As our wedding guests enjoyed the gardens yesterday the mercury rose to 26 degrees, hotter than Spain or the south of France.  Thankfully there is plenty of shade under the yew trees, some of which were planted over 400 years ago.  

Filming at Owlpen

We had a visit from the BBC today.  They are filming an episode of "Escape to the Country" in the Cotswolds, and asked to come to Owlpen to film a history section for this episode. Sir Nicholas Mander has been busy talking to Nicki Chapman about manor houses, Cotswold gardens adn the Arts and Crafts movement, not to mention the odd ghost siting...  More details to follow!



Painting of Owlpen

We were delighted to receive notice of a recent painting of Owlpen by Mr Ronald Whiting recently.  He began this work many years ago, and only recently rediscovered it and decided to finish it off.  Thank you for your beautiful rendition of Owlpen!

Owlpen Manor by Ronald Whiting