Since 1993, this beautiful old Oxfordshire Country House has been significantly extended, and is now a small Country House Hotel, and is a wedding and conference venue, with 10 gorgeous bedrooms and a superb brasserie style restaurant. In 12 acres of our own grounds, surrounded by thousands of acres farmland, yet near Oxford, tranquility and peace are assured.
Situated in the Vale of the White Horse, between Abingdon, Faringdon, Shrivenham, Wantage and Witney, on the edge of the village of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, 20 minutes from Oxford with so much for you to to do in the county of Oxfordshire.
In December 2007 we started rearing our own livestock on the immediate 12 acres surrounding the hotel. Now, quail, traditional Sussex chickens, Aylesbury ducks, Dexter cattle, Tamworth and Oxford Sandy Black rare breed pigs are reared for the restaurant table, complemented by produce from the 2 acre vegetable garden and orchards. We are not organic, do not want to be, but grow and rear everything as naturally as possible, with minimum intervention from pesticides etc. A significant proportion of our restaurant menus have only travelled 100 yards or so from our fields to your fork.
Flying in the Royal Air Force, was my first love, Varsities and Valettas [both training aircraft], Meteors [Night Fighter], then the Canberra [Light Bomber] and finally the Vulcan [Medium Bomber]. The only Vulcan currently flying, namely XH 558, was the first Vulcan in my flying logbook too many years ago for me to wish to remember too often.
Became tired of living out of a suitcase, decided to join IBM and then, continued living out of a suitcase for another 23 years - they say IBM stands for "I've been moved" and they are not wrong.
In 1993 Peta and I bought Fallowfields to retire, a lovely old country house with 12 acres. They say life has its mysterious ways, and a decision to extend the house, turned it into a leading country house hotel, wedding and conference venue in Oxfordshire, with a fine restaurant and, more recently a working farm.
From all of this, four of the greatest kids have somehow emerged. all of whom rather like their father, enjoy great food, the odd beverage and conviviality.
Although the hotel business takes up a great deal of time, I sit on one committee - the BBO [Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire] committee for Tourism South East, and two Boards of Directors - OEP; the Oxford Economic Partnership is a public/private sector partnership with the remit of leveraging Oxfordshire's economy and, on the Shadow Board of "Visit Oxfordshire" committed to the County's tourism industry.
My mum is notoriously difficult to buy for, so last Xmas I gave her a gift voucher for afternoon tea for two at Fallowfields. She went with a couple of friends last week and had a fantastic time, she reported that the service was great, the food (sandwiches, cakes, scones etc) were delicious and there was so much of it they brought a couple of slices of cake home with them! So that was definitely a successful present. I've held a couple of team meetings at Fallowfields and have had a good experience too. On both occasions the meeting room has been ready on arrival and there has been plenty of tea/coffee/water and delicious shortbread available, with staff on hand but not overbearing. Having had pie at the restaurant on a Twitter meet up too, I can vouch for the food being fab. Anthony is doing a great job at Fallowfields - it's a smart yet comfortable hotel with friendly staff and most of the food there is home grown or sourced locally.
|Last online||17th May 2011|
|Member since||25th Jul 2009|
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