Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 36)

The latest news from around both counties THE LAKES BY YOO IN LECHLADE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE OPENS Nine waterside cabins and 18 apartments debuted this summer on the 850-acre estate at The Lakes by YOO in the Cotswolds, located outside the small town of Lechlade. The OMNI Wellness Retreats has also launched at the property, during which guests can relax and recharge in beautiful surroundings. Retreats include outdoor activities such as lake sailing, paddle boarding, rock climbing and trapezing, all of which allow guests to be at one with nature. OMNI will also offer at least two fitness classes per day with expert trainers ranging from Strength & Conditioning to Pilates and Barre, alongside delicious Michelin-starred dining. The Lakes by YOO are also popular for those in pursuit of wild swimming. The freshwater lakes are surprisingly at their warmest in the early autumn when they’ve been heating up all summer. Guests can experience an entirely new way of exploring the outdoors from the water or perfect their dive from the floating jetties. To book, visit PAXTON & WHITFIELD CELEBRATE 225 YEARS WITH CHRISTMAS CHEESE VARIETIES 2022 marks Paxton & Whitfield’s 225th birthday and to celebrate, they have launched a collection of Christmas treats. Dan Bliss, the cheese buyer for Paxton & Whitfield, said: “Our cheeseboard selection for Christmas 2022 celebrates 225 years of Paxton & Whitfield. It features three of the most iconic cheeses from our heritage and two of our most recent innovations that have been developed at our new cheese maturation facility. These cheeses not only help to celebrate and tell our story, but they taste incredible too, either as a collection on the festive cheeseboard or as individual cheeses.” Still shopping for that perfect festive gift? Paxton & Whitfield has a treat for all budgets in its 2022 Christmas hamper collection. These thoughtful gifts feature the finest artisan cheese, expertly paired with crackers, accompaniments and some with wines, to create collections of luxuriously festive fayre. Dan Bliss explains: “Our Christmas 2022 gift collections compile the finest cheeses and paired accompaniments for a delicious unwrapping experience. As the company celebrates its 225th birthday, we have given a nod to the past with our Georgian-inspired photography styling and gifts such as our ‘Historic Gourmet Feast Box’ and ‘Cheese for Honey’ collections. We also look forward to the future with items such as a sustainability-focused ‘Planting Trees and Eating Cheese – Edible Christmas Card’ and innovative new artisan elements such as the allnew British Cheese ‘Cullum’ and new hand-baked Paxton & Whitfield Sourdough Crispbreads.” All of the hampers feature reusable ice packs and 100% sheep’s wool insulation for a chilled delivery and a free Paxton & Whitfield gift card; printed with the customer’s personal message. As the UK’s oldest cheesemonger, Paxton & Whitfield not only sources the finest in artisan cheese, but its cheese experts also source and sell the ideal accompaniments and cheese homewares for customers to get the most out of their cheese experience. From hand-baked biscuits to handprepared chutneys and even cheese knives, cheese boards and other homewares to serve the cheese. The original cheese subscription - Paxton & Whitfield launched its Cheese Club in the 1980s and the club is still going strong today with many long-standing, loyal members. Paxton’s Cheese Club has been upgraded for Christmas 2022 and now includes four specially selected artisan varieties, together with printed tasting notes included in the parcel and a box of Paxton & Whitfield Artisan Biscuits for Cheese. Each monthly cheese club delivery is carefully hand-cut, wrapped and packed by Paxton’s cheesemongers into a Paxton & Whitfield branded transit box – insulated with compostable and biodegradable sheep’s wool insulation and chilled with fully recyclable and re-usable ice packs. Dan Bliss comments: “Paxton’s Cheese Club is designed as an exploration of artisan cheese. We enjoy selecting the cheeses each month and aim never to repeat a cheese within 24 months. Our members can experience a wide variety of cheese that they would only be able to find in specialist cheesemongers - delivered to their door. Cheese Club members often get the first taste of brand-new cheeses and sometimes receive limited-edition batches that cheesemakers make just for the club. The new and improved factsheets in the parcel add to the experience.” To shop, visit COTSWOLDS DISTILLERY LAUNCHES HEARTS & CRAFTS RUM CASK SINGLE MALT WHISKY The limited-edition Rum Cask Single Malt Whisky is the third expression in Cotswolds Distillery’s Hearts & Crafts collection. This yearly limited-edition series celebrates the Arts & Crafts movement which flourished in the Cotswolds and stood for the importance of traditional craftsmanship - the same values upon which the rural distillery was built. This limited-release has been aged in rejuvenated French oak ex-red wine casks seasoned with fine Caribbean rum, resulting in a well-balanced single malt with notes of soft brown sugar and ripe pears. All bottles come with a limited-edition William Morris design presentation tube. RRP: £74.95 for 70cl. ABV: 55.6%. Available from NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9