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Holland House Description

Description

Holland House stands in three acres of beautiful gardens alongside the River Avon and is situated in the beautiful Vale of Evesham, an area with a long history of market gardening including some of the best quality apples, plums, pears and, of course, the famous ‘gras’ (asparagus).

 

The oldest part of the House dates from the early seventeenth century. Here you find a comfortable Reception area, Library Room, Drawing Room and a beamed Dining Room with an inglenook fire place. A wonderful feature of the centre is the bespoke chapel, a great place to sing in.

 

All exclusively ours for the weekend, in fact the staff are rarely around and it really feels like we own the place!

There is a reasonably priced honesty bar providing local beers, wines, ciders , fruit juices and presses.

With a lively mixture of learning songs (in 4-part harmony), delicious food, a trek to the river, saturday night cabaret. Why would you want to be anywhere else!

 

Every moment was joyful

…just to say what a wonderful time I had at Sharpham. I just love being there, and for me – every moment was joyful.  Good company, wonderful singing/ song arrangements, fantastic environment. Thanks for making it happen.

Ruth

L-O-V-E-R-L-E-Y

Thank you SO very much for a L-O-V-E-R-L-E-Y singing weekend – you two worked so hard and enthusiastically for us and with us….. love and thanks to you both

Clare

I’m still smiling!

I’m still smiling! Thank you both for such a delightful weekend. It was great fun and the barbershop boys added that extra special dimension!

Christine

gert lush experience

A big big thank you.. What a magnificently stonking brilliant & gert lush experience ..
Jacky

Truly memorable

So many things to thank you both for this weekend! We had such a wonderful time singing with lovely people in a great place- truly memorable.

Linda and Giles

Fantastic weekend

Thanks again for a fantastic weekend, more fun than I dared hope it would be and excellent company.

John

Came away on a high

A big “thank you” to you and Nick for last weekend. What a fantastic venue /food/program/ and not least of all the company ! I think we all came away on a high, the songs were lovely… 

Barbara

What a fabulous experience!

What a fabulous experience! The house and acoustics were inspirational and completely delicious! Not to mention the food. Thanks to you and Nick for all the hard work, it’s great to sing with you both in such a relaxed and enabling way.

Liz

A nourishing bubble

Singing weekends with you two at Othona are always something special and I came away feeling as though I’d been in a nourishing bubble

Lin

Brilliant uplifting time

A brilliant uplifting time, so enjoyed it. I’m up for being ‘SIZZLED’ next year!

Janet

Cost

The price is £245 all inclusive of:

  1. Workshops
  2. All meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Dinners, 2 Lunches)
  3. Cabaret
  4. Trip to the river (weather depending)

Single rooms have a £40 supplement.

To book a room please send a £40 non-refundable deposit. Contact me for details on where to send this.

Food and Diets

Holland House has three fine chefs dedicated to providing the best meals for their guests. They understand that the best hospitality starts in the kitchen, and to that end they work hard to provide top quality meals made with care and attention. They also have an ethos of buying as much local product (some home-grown), free-range, organic, and MSC sourced fish whenever possible and practical. 

If you have any food allergies or intolerances then do tell me so I can let the kitchen know.

They do offer pork, fish and chicken dishes during the weekend but also offer delicious alternatives to these meals if you don't eat any of these.

Let me know at the time of booking.

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Event FAQ

What time does it start

Arrivals are from 4pm on the Friday. First session starts at 6pm with the evening meal.

What time does it finish

The last session finishes around 3pm on the Sunday.

What if I'm going to be late?

Don't worry about being late, let me know and we can put some food aside for you.

What is the nearest train station

The nearest convenient station is Evesham. There is a taxi rank at the station or ring ahead to BR Taxis 01386 303030 or Pat's Taxis 0773 0202299.

One of the retreat attendees may be able to pick you up so let me know if you need me to ask.

Can we bring Alcohol?

No, they are a licensed premises and do provide an honesty bar selling local beers, wines, ciders and juices. Beer is £4 a bottle, wine £4 a glass, £14 a bottle.

When is checkout?

Checkout of rooms is 10am on the Sunday and they request you strip your beds before vacating the rooms.

Do I need to bring bedding?

They provide towels and all bedding so no need to bring these, but do bring house slippers.

What's the Cabaret?

We will be having a self-made cabaret on the Saturday night so if you have a party piece you would like to share then come prepared. If you need a guitar then don't forget to bring it along.

Anything goes, stories, songs, jokes, dance, whatever you would like to share.

There is a piano available and if you would like Nick to accompany you then please provide him with some sheet music beforehand.

There is no requirement to take part, you can just sit and watch.

Do I have to do any chores?

We dont have to do any chores while there, except clearing our own plates after meals and stripping beds before leaving.

Are there any other activities?

We will take a stroll along the river Avon so bring some appropriate footwear.

Is there Sunday Lunch

Sunday lunch is included, though if you are planning on leaving before this then do let us know so we can tell the kitchen.