Forget all the hotel beds you’ve stayed in. I’m confident that they all pale into insignificance next to this four poster beaut of a bed in kate & tom’s Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham. It even has its own set of steps it’s that big. Just looking at again makes me swoon and in person it’s even more stylish. Sleeping on it is like sinking into a giant marshmallow. It’s seriously soft and squidgy.
The best thing about this place is that it has five bedrooms, all of which have a wow factor in their own unique way. Admittedly Beau Nash is probably the best; it’s the biggest, has three enormous floor to ceiling sash windows that look out onto Montpellier Gardens, and it has a dressing area fit for an A-Lister.
It’s not surprising this place is hired out for glam parties and used as a film set. You only have to glance in the guest book to find out the who and when.
Whilst the other bedrooms don’t have four poster beds, some have lovely big baths. They all have their own en suites (even the one single room) and they are all filled with Neal’s Yard Remedies products.
I’d say that this is what makes Montpellier Town House so perfect for big family get togethers; everyone gets an amazing room and their own bathroom space. However, it’s more than that. So much more.
On the ground floor there’s an amazing reception room that’s full of trinkets and furnishings to suit all tastes. You’ll find glam cocktail books, board games and incense cones to name just a few of the eclectic belongings. This quirky room leads to an equally unusual, but strangely homely room. There’s a hidden TV, an honesty bar (with contributions going to a well-deserving charity) and of course, a bird display.
Montpellier Town House is like that stylish, zany celebrity that you’ve always admired from afar. A stay at this place is like stepping into someone else’s shoes for a few nights. You can be whoever you want to be and somehow it feels normal, like a new normal.
The house is huge (enough space to escape your family!); it’s spread over four floors, has high ceilings and there are lots of doors leading to seemingly endless rooms and storage spots. However, it instantly feels welcoming and homely, and there are enough lounging spaces to hang out all together (rather than in your bedrooms).
Downstairs in the basement is a huge round table for epic family feasts (or fun drinking games once the little ones are in bed) and an impressive kitchen with every gadget going. It’s fancy, but somehow feels inviting or maybe it’s the kind of place that makes you feel like you’re fancy too (even if you are only eating pizza).
The walls are adorned with old portraits, the kind where anywhere else you’d feel their eyes might be following you, but here they just feel like friendly guardians watching on as you have fun.
One of the nights I stayed in the property with just Nova (my 18-month old son) for company. Before arriving I was dreading the night, thinking I’d be terrified, but it was actually quite the opposite. It must be that homely welcoming magic (or maybe I’m destined to be a lady of the manor type!). I soaked in one of the baths and then accidentally fell asleep on that gorgeous bed at a stupidly early time – it’s just too inviting.
Things to Do in Cheltenham
As much as it’s about the beautiful house, it’s also in a perfect location. It looks onto Montpellier Gardens, which has a lovely little park for the little ones and is also used for things like the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We watched them set up, but sadly had to leave before it opened. However, I went last year with some friends and would highly recommend it.
A two-minute walk leads you to a small Co-Op where you can pick up supplies. From there you have restaurants, boutiques, hairdressers and pretty much everything else on your doorstep. Simply follow the road down and you’ll reach the city centre high street shops (Primark, Gap, Hobbs, M&S etc etc) and restaurants (Prezzo, Pizza Express, Ask etc etc). The shopping in this city is immense. You could literally spend your whole time maxing out your credit card.
If independent boutique shopping is more your style take a right when you leave the house and head to Suffolk Parade and Bath Road. Here you’ll find those cute kinda stores and stylish coffee shops like Brew and Bake, who also happen to serve an epic rocky road (tried and tasted by yours truly).
If you’re into architecture and history you won’t be disappointed. You’ll spy Cheltenham College on Bath Road and if you have your car with you head to Sudeley Castle. It’s only twenty-minutes away and is surrounded by a 1,200 acre estate, including ten award-winning gardens. It’s home to 16 rare and endangered species of birds, as well as Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. See, there really is something for everyone.
We only stayed a few nights and managed to cover all of that with ease, but the city offers plenty more things to do, including the highly recommended play area at Pitville Park. Fellow travel bloggers, On the Luce and Weekend Candy live in Cheltenham so it’s worth checking their sites for other ideas too.
Oh and it’s worth mentioning that you can enjoy affordable luxury spa treatments courtesy of Neal’s Yard Remedies at the house too – you’ll find the treatment list and details in the hallway. Definitely worth keeping an evening free for a little parent wind down don’t you think?
We loved our family getaway at this gorgeous place, though we did admit that it would make an amazing party house for a parent escape. An excuse to go back, right?!
The Low-Down on Montpellier Town House
- Sleeps up to nine guests, with an additional five spaces available at a nearby apartment for an extra cost
- Five bedrooms in total, all with ensuite bathrooms; three double/twin rooms with zip and link beds, one double room, one single room. Good quality travel cot available.
- Downstairs toilet
- Dining room can be configured to seat 18, with one high chair available
- Chef available for a special meal or throughout the weekend
- Drop-off meals available
- Two ovens and a large induction hob
- Free wi-fi
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Big thanks to kate & tom’s for hosting my lovely stay.