Cottages near Cheltenham
Regency Cheltenham is home to fabulous festivals, celebrated racing, and is the cultural centre of the Cotswolds
Cheltenham’s claim to fame stretches back through the years to 1716 and the discovery of mineral-laden springs beneath the town. A visit by the ailing monarch, King George III to ‘take the waters’ put Cheltenham well and truly on the map and it quickly became a favoured haunt of the ‘smart set’. More than 300 years later, it is regarded as one the most complete Regency towns in the country.
This vibrant town is bursting with history, but it’s also jam-packed with culture, the arts, and an impeccable racing pedigree. From a much-celebrated annual literary festival attracting authors from across the globe to fabulous music, jazz and science events, Cheltenham is a place to refresh the mind and the soul.
Lying on the edge of town, within the embrace of the Cotswolds, is Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the legendary Cheltenham Festival, the most prestigious jump racing event of the year. Surrounded by gently rolling green hills, this much-loved course is one of the prettiest in the country and its hospitality is renowned.
Alongside the festivals, sporting events and glorious architecture, this is a place filled with independent shops and boutiques, as well as the usual high street suspects. You’ll also find an abundance of dining spots to tempt every palate from artisan coffee roasters, fresh-from-the grill street food to elegant gastro-pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Cheltenham was voted the best place to live in the South West in 2020. Why not experience it for yourself with a stay at one of our Bolthole Retreats below.