I loved my day out with the the Antiques Day Trip. The whole day was brilliant. We all met at the Sherlock Holmes Hotel in Baker Street, our very comfortable mini bus from Anderson Travel chauffeured us to Tetsworth and then the fun began.
The day is exactly as they say on the brochure – an Antiques Day Trip; The Swan at Tetsworth is a large old Tudor, possibly earlier, coaching inn which houses an auction room and numerous showrooms housing differing and often specialist antique items.
We arrive to tea or coffee and scones and cream with homemade jam (delicious) while being regaled with stories by Tom Keane of Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt fame. After our refreshment we moved to the supposedly haunted room 21, where (allegedly) Queen Victoria and possibly Queen Elizabeth the First slept, while carefully making sure that we didn’t knock or scratch the pair of Russian matching 17th Century sideboards (worth a mere £50K). Eric Knowles of Antiques Roadshow expertise, then entertained us with stories, reminisces and tit bits of antique information from his long career in the trade – we won’t mention the piano moving incident!
Listening to entertaining and interesting people is hard work so we had to return to the dining room to eat a delicious lunch – a light cous cous salad, followed by lightly grilled lemon sole. I would go for the food alone, even if I wasn’t interested in antiques or decorative items!
After lunch we had time to browse the rooms, looking at odd and varied items from designer decorative large glass fishermen floats, old Chinese Gods, French seed packets (who knew these were worth selling) to interesting pieces of mahogany furniture (sadly under-priced for the detail and level of craftsmanship). We saw shrunken heads, old photographs, blue and white china, silver cutlery, French limed furniture, all the items you find in a good antiques shop, while looking for that special something that no one has noticed. For designers and collectors alike a great place to visit and learn something along the way. On the way back to London we discussed the items we’d seen, antique fairs we’d been to and places to visit. All agreed this was one for the ‘must return to’ list.
Thanks to Jeannie Shapiro and to all at the Antiques Day Trip for a wonderful day, delicious, informative and entertaining.