Peter Andre performs an intimate gig before 300 people, as tension builds to fever pitch.
With the singer splashed across the front pages due to his saucy link to the Wagatha Christie libel trial, it is hard to believe that weeks ago I was enjoying an up-close-and-personal concert in such stunning surroundings.
I went to Warner Leisure Hotels’ stunning Tudor mansion Littlecote House, on the Wiltshire/Berkshire border, for a weekend break.
Amazingly, Peter’s show was included with the purchase.
He kicked off the 75-minute set with a perfect cover of Prince’s I Wanna Be Your Lover, threw in old-school stompers such as Kool & The Gang’s Let’s Go Dancing and slowed things down with Bee Gees ballad How Deep Is Your Love, before unleashing his Nineties hits Flava and Mysterious Girl (shirt on, if you were wondering).
The dancefloor was full, with 16 women from the hen party dancing on it.
This was not the only highlight of the weekend.
The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful since our arrival.
We enjoyed a three-course dinner in the lovely restaurant and guests are free to take their drinks through to the Late Lounge for the evening’s entertainment.
Experimenting with new things
This includes entertainment managers leading fun and games.
A tribute act and a main stage are also part of the Star Break Weekend’s three-night schedule.
Lulu and Jane McDonald, Russell Watson, Sheridan Smith, Jane McDonald, and Russell Watson are some of the other big stars that have performed at Warner hotels this season.
You can then dance the night away while the resident DJ spins the decks or retire to The Kennet Bar, where you’ll find more live music.
After a good night’s sleep in our spacious historic room — in what was originally the stable courtyard — the next morning is focused on exploring the stately home, which is steeped in history
The original house was constructed in the 13th Century. The 34-acres of parkland include a Roman mosaic floor.
A fascinating audio tour takes you through the history of the country. You can do it at your own pace.
Henry VIII courted his third wife Jane Seymour at the estate and there are some spooky tales of curses that plagued the mansion’s former owners.
Here, hundreds of years later, were the D-Day landings.
Our brains had been sufficiently nourished and we were ready to go to the Chinese Room to enjoy afternoon tea.
Don’t go crazy at the delicious breakfast buffet or you will never get through the sandwiches, scones and cakes served up here.
The package includes archery, air rifle shooting, and tennis.
If, however, you are looking for pure relaxation, then the spa is the place for you.
I followed a quick swim in the large indoor pool with a sauna and steam-room session, a dip in the whirl pool and an invigorating back massage in one of the hotel’s treatment rooms.
After a long day, a refreshing cocktail is the perfect pick me up.
The Old House hosts a 5pm Gin Masterclass. There, the knowledgeable bar manager introduces us all to a selection 48 gins.
We’ll learn about how fruits and mixers change the taste of the gin as well as what the distilling process is. It’s educational as well as enjoyable.
It’s quite funny to see that I was awarded a certificate by Gin Club when I arrive for dinner.
It is the perfect interlude in the lead-up to Peter Andre’s big performance.
Although there are some sore heads on the morning of checkout, another hearty breakfast soon makes up for it.
We come away thinking that we packed a lot in . . . You will feel refreshed and energized by our mini-holiday.
GO to Warner, Wilts
STAYING THERE Warner Leisure Hotels offers 14 country and seaside resorts.
Two nights’ half-board are from £139pp, including activities and entertainment.
STAR BREAKS Three nights’ half-board at Littlecote seeing Jane McDonald sing is from £649pp, from June 17; Lulu at Studley Castle from August 12, from £444pp; Sheridan Smith at Thoresby Hall from July 29, from £419pp; and Russell Watson at Studley from September 23, £524pp.
More Information:See warnerleisurehotels.co.uk.