What an amazing day it was when Indian Chef, Saransh Goila arrived to film me at Secret Cottage.
This had been organised by Visit Britain, Virgin Atlantic and Cotswold Tourism as part of a food related promotional tour starting in London and ending up in Edinburgh.
Little did we know Saransh would include our Cotswold Tour as part of his series!
On route they knew that they’d be going through the Cotswolds and were very excited as they had seen many pictures in books of spectacular houses and cottages, so Saransh started looking on the internet for an opportunity to film the inside of a private home to show all his viewers back at home how an English family lived.
He found Secret Cottage which is my private thatched home. At Secret Cottage we offer a six hour Cotswold tour which includes picturesque hidden villages with an invitation to go inside a private thatched home whilst on the tour for coffee, lunch and a cream tea.
Having looked at our website , he contacted Visit Britain to see if I’d be interested in him coming here to film me cooking scones in the Aga.
Saransh Goila enjoys a Cotswold Tour cream tea!
I was very apprehensive and didn’t want to be filmed because I didn’t have any experience of being in front of the camera, so I refused, but agreed that he could only film in the kitchen and that he’d have to show how the scones were cooked instead.
Whilst waiting for them to arrive I had a sneaking suspicion that they may ask me to be filmed, but I was adamant that this would not happen. However, when the film crew arrived, they made me feel totally at ease and knowing that it would be good for promoting our new tour, I had a change of heart.
So, Saransh and the film crew persuaded me to describe how the Aga worked on the strict understanding that if I didn’t like it when they played it back afterwards, I would not have to continue and they’d revert back to Saransh cooking instead , but slowly my confidence grew and I ended up filming for nearly four hours!
It was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that the ‘Cream Tea Party’ episode is out, future visitors will have an insight into where they’ll have coffee, lunch and a traditional English cream tea, whilst I take them to the most amazing Cotswold villages during the day.
Take a look at some of the pictures from our filming and enjoy the seven minute video at the end!