On our way back to London from a quick trip to Dartmouth we decided to make a last minute stop-over in Cheltenham. Set in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse overlooking Pittville Park, No.38 The Park (a product of The Lucky Onion hotel chain) offers interior/Instagram heaven.
We arrived mid-afternoon, just in time to sink into the deep sofas for a cup of tea before we checked in and were shown to our room. It’s so laid back here that you really do feel as if you’re at home away from home.
Expect to find reclaimed wood and antiques, freestanding zinc bathtubs and contemporary art by the likes of Hockney. Few places achieve it, but this place manages to be both elegant and quirky. Each of the 13 bedrooms are individually designed and you can tell every finishing touch has been well considered. The nightly ‘turn-down’ even includes a flask of hot-chocolate and the mini-bar has some tasty treats too. Guests are encouraged to settle in, relax and treat the house as their home, taking advantage of the plush living room, breakfast room and pretty courtyard garden.
The retro style honesty-bar (offering a good range of spirits, wines and locally produced beer) came into great use and we enjoyed playing bartender, even if this did leave us with a slightly sore head the following morning. But don’t worry, as if no.38 would leave you with a sore head – oh no, a ‘pharmacy’ jar is provided at breakfast to resolve any honesty-bar related injuries.
Every little luxury is considered and the bathrooms are just a treat. The hotels 100 Acres range, produced using only natural botanicals comes highly recommended. The shampoo and conditioner has left my hair feeling iiiiiiin-credible. Talking about soft – the Egyptian cotton linen is to die for. Trust me, getting out of bed has never been more difficult.
At 9 am we were delivered a pre-breakfast-breakfast to our door and gorged on freshly baked goodies, fruit and fresh juice. I have since decided that this should happen every day. This brings me on to the ‘main’ breakfast, which was nothing short of a delight – a continental buffet offering a range of cereals, fruits, cheese, meats and croissants. The Brunch menu, serving local produce and cooked by the in-house chef offered a wide range of treats. After some pancakes and eggs we were both feeling more alive and made good use of the DIY bloody-mary set-up. We ate our way through most of the morning and caught up with the morning papers in-front of a glorious fireplace. It was the perfect lazy day set up.
Beyond the hotel there is plenty to explore. The narrow, cobbled streets of Montpelier are worth a visit. Here you’ll find homeware, antiques, quirky little independent boutiques and great grub. It’s been a good (naughty) food weekend. Another baby of The Lucky Onion group and No.38’s sister hotel in Cheltenham is No.131 overlooking the Imperial Gardens. It’s worth a visit. We also enjoyed a stroll through a very autumnal Pittville Park where we saw a dog run away from its owners and steal a child’s ice-cream. It was great.
The friendly and relaxed staff go above and beyond their call of duty. Also, for you lucky dog owners this place gains brownie points for being super dog friendly. The whole house is available to hire for the weekend and would be a dream. If you do book it, don’t forget our invite.
Rooms start at £120 per night and a train from Paddington station takes a little over 2 hours. No. 38 – I’m so glad that we’re acquainted.