Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018
2 guests - 1 room
A lovely Regency Town - check out to see if any of the major festivals are on during your visit - Jazz, Science, Literature, Music
Didn't explore here for too long, but the roads were quite the nuisance with many one way streets and traffic lights.
Once a popular spa getaway for well-heeled Londoners, Cheltenham fell out of favor with the rise of its trendier neighbors Daylesford and Chipping Norton. But with the opening of No. 38 The Park, the historic town in the northern Cotswolds is back in the spotlight. The brainchild of Sam and Georgie Pearman, the Regency building has 13 bedrooms, elegantly done with reclaimed-wood tables, freestanding Victorian bathtubs, and David Hockney prints. For dinner, make your way to sister property No. 131, where locals gather in a buzzy, low-lit dining room for regionally sourced dishes. Beyond the hotel, there’s plenty to explore, including the housewares and antiques shops in the neighborhoods of Montpelier and Suffolk. Don’t miss Guild at 51, full of handmade textiles and silverwork. Or tour the recently renovated Wilson, an art space showcasing both British Arts and Crafts and emerging artists. For lunch, Purslane serves a standout Cornish pollack with wood-roasted celeriac and chanterelles; come nighttime, it’s all about Daffodil, an Art Deco–style restaurant and bar known for its martinis and live jazz.
The downside of Cheltenham is navigating round the one way system if you don't know it but it has some very good shopping and venues for theatre and concerts. Several festivals throughout the year - Literary, Jazz, Science and of course the Racing Festival when the town fills with keen Irish horse lovers.