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Classic meets quirky at Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham, reviewed

I’m a big fan of holidaying at home and showing off my local area, but I don’t think I’ve ever holidayed anywhere quite so close to home as the Montpellier Town House. It’s all of five minutes from my house in Cheltenham, in a classic white, Regency town house overlooking the park. But open the door and you enter a quirky wonderland packed with antiques and curios – from the vintage suitcases on top of the wardrobes and Victorian wine cooler to the antler chandelier and pile of top hats (that we may or may not have tried on after a few proseccos…). It’s all a bit like staying at an eccentric rich friend’s pad. But if you don’t happen to have one of those, you can do what we did and rent the house for a weekend or mid-week break. Grab a group of friends, pop open a bottle and prepare yourself for a VIP-style Cheltenham break.

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Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

Vintage suitcases

The location

As you’d guess from the name, the house is in Cheltenham’s Montpellier area, probably the best location in town. It fronts onto Montpellier Gardens, so if you’re visiting when one of the Cheltenham Festivals are on they’ll be right outside your door. Otherwise it’s a great place for a picnic on a sunny day. You’ve got a mix of places to eat and drink as well as independent shops and galleries on both sides of you in Montpellier and the Suffolks. Or it’s an easy 10-minute walk into the centre of town where there are the usual high street shops as well as the Wilson Gallery and the Pittville Pump Rooms. If the sun’s shining the Sandford Park Lido is nearby too (though avoid the school holidays when it’s chaos). Outside town there’s all of the Cotswolds to explore – try Broadway, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Winchcombe and Painswick for postcard-pretty villages, tea and cake. Or just short drive away there are some good Sunday walks on Leckhampton Hill and around Crickley Hill Country Park that are guaranteed to blow any cobwebs away.

Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

The house and Montpellier Gardens

The rooms

The house is spread over four floors, with five en-suite bedrooms – four doubles and one single. Starting on the first floor, the master bedroom (aka the Beau Nash Suite) has some serious wow factor. It’s decorated in pastel turquoise and grey, with silk curtains, chandeliers and a four-poster bed that comes with its own set of velvet-covered steps to help you get in and out of bed (not that you’ll want to leave). The other three doubles, spread across the first and second floors, can be set up with either twin or double beds, depending on which you’d prefer, and each has its own bathroom. Even the dinky single on the top floor has a tiny en-suite shower room. Each bedroom is decorated differently, with tactile fabrics, antique furniture and artwork, and muted, calming colour schemes which contrast with the craziness downstairs.

Bedroom at Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

The wow-factor master suite

The food

The basement level is home to the dining room – complete with a portrait of the Queen and Vivienne Westwood red tartan wallpaper – and the two kitchens. Yep you also get a second ‘chefs’ kitchen’ for food prep (or where you can hide the dirty dishes away). It’s all set up for parties so there are tons of plates and glasses, plus three dishwashers and boiling and filtered water taps. The dining room seats 10–16 so would be perfect for a dinner party. But you’re also right next to some of my favourite Cheltenham restaurants so it’s a bit too tempting to eat out. Montpellier Lodge is just over the street in the converted park-keepers cottage. Or on nearby Suffolk Street you’ve got the Suffolk Kitchen, good for tapas-style sharing plates, and The Daffodil, an art deco former cinema turned stylish restaurant (and where I got married). The Daffodil’s also good for cocktails, or head across the park to John Gordon’s for a huge wine and G&T list.

Kitchen at Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

The main kitchen

The facilities

Being spread over four levels means there’s loads of room and it never feels crowded, even with a house full. The whole of the ground floor is used as the lounge (sorry I mean Drawing Room), which is split into two sections. At the front there are big sofas and a wood-burning stove, decorated with gilt mirrors, blue walls and splashes of bright colour. Then the back section has more of a gentleman’s club feel, with leather chairs, shelves of book, taxidermied creatures in bell jars and crystal decanters. Plus there’s a concealed flatscreen TV in a cabinet, an iPod dock and wifi thoughout the house if you want to get back to the 21st century. There’s a small courtyard garden out the back too, but with the park out front you’ve got tons of space for a picnic or game of rounders, along with tennis courts and a children’s playground.

Dining room at Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

Dining in style

My tips

  • Guests are… the house sleeps nine and would be perfect for a family party or group of friends. If you’re a bigger group there’s also a two-bed apartment sleeping five a few minutes away.
  • Staff are… Kate & Tom’s are a local company so they’re right on your doorstep if you need anything.
  • Don’t forget… You’re provided with Neal’s Yard toiletries, and a discount at their nearby shop.
  • Useful to know… If you don’t feel like cooking you can hire a chef for dinner – or the weekend.
Bedroom at Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham

One of the double/twin bedrooms

The details

Montpellier Town House is available through Kate & Tom’s. You can rent it for a two- or three-night weekend break, mid-week or a full week. Weekends start from £2000 and mid-week breaks from £1500.

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Montpellier Town House in Cheltenham, reviewed

Many thanks to Kate & Tom’s for hosting us. All views and opinions are, as always, my own.

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Darlene
    May 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Looks fabulous! If I go there, maybe I can meet up with you!! xo

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Definitely! Would love to give you a tour of Cheltenham if you’re ever in the area.

  • Reply
    Katie MacLeod
    May 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Love the decor! The blue bedroom looks lovely… and the living room is so quirky!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      That bedroom was fantastic – felt seriously princessy climbing up the steps into bed each night! Definitely looked like the owners had some fun at auctions decorating the place to.

  • Reply
    earthsmagicalplaces
    May 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    What a beautiful house!! Would certainly not mind spending a night or two there… Loved the line: ‘It’s all a bit like staying at an eccentric rich friend’s pad’ in this post, so true haha

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks, I didn’t want to leave… if only I did have that eccentric rich friend!

  • Reply
    aeparker81
    May 5, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Love the decor – it is the kind of place that is quirky and enjoyable for a short stay as it is so different to what home would ever be like!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 7, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      It is! The decor was so much fun – it wouldn’t work in my house but the backdrop set it off perfectly.

  • Reply
    Kathryn @SussexBloggers
    May 7, 2017 at 8:34 am

    What a fabulous find! So much character. Perfect for a family gathering or gettogether with friends.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 7, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      It would be so good for a party!

  • Reply
    Sara @ All Aboard the Skylark
    May 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I’d love to have a little look round this place! It looks so quirky. It must have been fun having a holiday so close to home!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

      The travel time was especially good – I was home in five minutes!

  • Reply
    Tanja
    May 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    fab place:)

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks, yes it was a great place to spend a few days!

  • Reply
    Suzanne Jones
    May 11, 2017 at 12:20 am

    I love it and when I eventually get to visit Cheltenham (and I will one day!) this is exactly the type of house I’d set my sights on!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      You should – would love to show you around!

  • Reply
    NadineSabrina
    May 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Luce! Currently working alongside to manage this property. There’s a few more if you’re interested in doing any more blogs on them! Drop me a message and we can go from there. All the best N x

  • Reply
    Nikki
    May 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    What a wonderful place to stay! 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks, it was so lovely – and great to have it so close to home!

  • Reply
    Zarina
    May 17, 2017 at 5:53 am

    The decor is fabulous and I love the color combination from the rooms to dining.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      May 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks – yes they’ve done a great job with it!

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