Welcome to Cotswold Essence magazine
The Christmas issue of Cotswold Essence is one of my favourites and this one is no exception, filled as it is, from cover to cover with some great ideas for the festive season. Whether looking for ideas for gifts,
places to eat, suppliers of all those festive favourites or even a touch of escapism from the madness in the form of a long country walk, we have got plenty to tempt you.
I never tire of marvelling at the skills we have on our doorstep and the air of entrepreneurship that wafts around our Cotswold hills is tangible. from a couple of graduates who have turned a brilliant idea into a going
business concern to a high-flying corporate lawyer who took a gamble and focused on one of the messier sides of childcare, successful businesses are all here, right on our doorstep.
Obsessions can throw up some pretty creative ideas. Artist Luke hollingworth has turned his shed at the bottom of the garden not only into a refuge from the daily grind but a veritable home from home
complete with its own bijou cider bar and his own version of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling.
Collector of English arts and crafts memorabilia, John Beer was similarly driven to open his own William morris museum in painswick following a life-long love of the work of founder of our Arts & Craft movement which along with the work of some of greatest designers can
now be seen here in the Cotswolds where it all began.
This is a great time of year to catch up on all those books we’ve been meaning to read and most of us love to find a new book under the tree. We’ve suggested a few titles for those with an interest in local history and
there’s also a chance to win two fabulous glossy table books guaranteed to keep your guest enthralled while you slip out to baste the turkey.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new Year. We hope to see you all again in 2014.