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Picture this. A luxuriously grand Grade II listed mansion tucked away amongst the rolling hills of Stroud in Gloucestershire – a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds villages where the likes of Victoria Beckham and co like to retreat. While daylight hours pave the way for woodland walks and hearty lunches, after dark tells an entirely different and more risqué story…

Behind the imposing iron gates of Elmore Court lies a Cabaret extravaganza guaranteed to get your pulses racing. For 7 nights throughout December their Gillyflower ballroom will be transformed into a modern-day Moulin Rouge called The Parrot Cage. So, if you’re looking to lose your inhibitions and escape from reality, or to embrace your inner Satine – this is just the ticket.

Photo: James Fear

The entertainment is headlined by world-renowned Burlesque dancer, Missy Fatale, and she will be shaking her tail feathers as well as ruffling yours. Her repertoire of moves include classic Burlesque, swing dancing and the 1920s Charleston – and along with Vicky Butterly and Cabaret Rouge there’s no doubt they will entice you to do the same.

They are joined by the likes of comedians Marcel Lucont and Desmond O’ Connor who will be providing all the laughs, hola-hooper Amy Hooplovin will be wowing the audience while the Curious LITTLE Big Band will be supplying an eclectic music mix and plenty of unforgettable theatre.

Headlined by world-renowned Burlesque dancer, Missy Fatale, she will be shaking her tail feathers as well as ruffling yours...

To whet your appetite, Head Chef Matt Greene will be dishing out the likes of seared scallops and celeriac purée with apple and hazelnuts to start with produce freshly plucked from the onsite walled garden. Roast lamb fillet, slow cooked shoulder, dauphinoise potato, squash purée and winter greens for mains, and a delightfully naughty chocolate ganache cheesecake with griottines for dessert. Griottines are cherries macerated in liqueur, in case you were wondering.

Wooden panelled walls and a four poster bed dating back to 1636...

Obviously no night is complete without a few decadent cocktails so channel the Roaring ‘20s with French 75 and a signature Parrot Cage Martini? Or, if a large glass wine is more your thing, there’s a lengthy list that won’t disappoint.

Looking for a pillow for the night? Bed down in one of the grand bedrooms. A copper bath, wooden panelled walls and a four poster bed dating back to 1636 will bolster your era-bygone mood, and give you a stylish sanctuary in which to kick off your dancing shoes.

What better way to spend the end of lockdown? Now, where to hire a 1920s Rolls Royce to get us there?!

Tickets are £180 Dinner and Cabaret for two.

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Photo: Rob Tarren

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