I find myself in Cheltenham a number of times a year but usually for work, and so never really tend to see this pretty Cotswold town as a weekend break destination. But it really is, ideal for accessing the rolling Cotswolds hills or for those (locals or tourists) looking for a weekend break in an elegant Regency spa town.
Last week I was in Cheltenham again for work, and this time we had a full day meeting at No 38 the Park, a boutique hotel close to the centre of town. I absolutely loved it. The sure way to winning my affection is by having a dog greet you upon arrival. She was the best host possible, and even wanted to come into the meeting with me.
No. 38 the Park is one of the Lucky Onion’s Cotswold ventures (who are known for the equally wonderful Wheatsheaf and No 131). While No 38 is in a stunning Regency Townhouse, it feels more like a home than a hotel (you can in fact take over the whole place privately). There is no reception desk, or staff wandering around constantly. It’s peaceful and homely and very stylish, with a unique art collection.
They don’t have a restaurant as such, but they do have a beautiful ‘dining room’ where you can have a lazy breakfast or a relaxed pre-ordered lunch (the sandwiches were incredible). They also have a wonderful courtyard terrace which will be great in the summer. If you’re thirsty they have a huge honestly bar, where you can help yourself to a selection of their local beers, or make a Fever Tree G&T.
They have 13 bedrooms, all very individual, in different sizes. But all stunning. I loved the different wall papers, and the use of colour. Even the smaller bedrooms have their own charm, often with incredible roll top baths. Each bedroom comes with a Nespresso machine, 100 Acres bath products and HD TV with Sky. Their honeymoon suite is a real show stopped, with the most incredible ‘his ‘n her’ showers.
If you’re looking for a romantic bolthole with affordable prices, No. 38 is ideal. Next time I come here I just hope to stay the night and sample those very comfortable looking beds.
No. 38 the Park
38 Evesham Road,