The best apartment accommodation in the UK. Period


CHELTENHAM, UK – The Montpellier Town House is a magnificent luxury town house in Montpellier, Cheltenham. At weekends it’s home to high-rolling guests (costing more during Race Meetings at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse).

Yet mid-week things slow down a bit in this fashionable spa town. Book a Monday to Friday stay and the award winning five-bedroom property, sleeping nine, is a far more modest in cost. For smaller parties, it can be taken as a two-bedroom “apartment” – essentially the entire property for yourself with the top floor simply closed off, for an even lesser cost. Nothing short of an absolute delight and a bargain.

The Town House is comprised of five luxurious bedrooms, two spacious lounges, a large breakfast/dining area, and an outdoor patio. It’s adjacent to a fully-equipped kitchen that’s big enough so that it could easily be in a fine dining restaurant.

View from the service area of the kitchen

The dining room

The house has all the modern comforts including flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and laundry, yet is packed with gorgeous antiques, artworks, and the most exquisite little details. It feels like your own private house, and once you are settled in and have been shown around, you are left to enjoy the house in privacy. The large double-door fridge has the bare essentials (milk, water, etc.) so you can always make a cup of tea, day or night, and there’s a great espresso machine.

Exquisite little details

If you need help, it’s just a phone call away, and if you need more serious help, butlers, catering, cars, and limousines are all on the menu, if required.

The lounge with gorgeous antiques & artworks

It’s a perfect venue for visitors on business or leisure. It’s ideal for special events, such as a special birthday treat or anniversary or a large family gathering.

We loved the fact that Montpellier Gardens are literally across the road. A stroll through the grounds, and tea and cakes with the morning papers was a daily delight. It’s busy with activity: tennis players, joggers, walkers, mums with kids, dog walkers, and people just getting from A to B.

We enjoyed dining out – Cheltenham has some serious foodie credentials. A few steps away the Côte Brasserie is a firm favorite for wonderful breakfasts, long lunches, and perfect dinners with great house wines.

As a true “destination restaurant,” try the Daffodil, located within a magnificent art deco gem of a building, a converted 1930s cinema. A table upstairs in the Circle gets you great views of the whole restaurant. Their calves’ liver deserves a special mention. There’s an excellent and (mostly) reasonably priced wine list, too.

The Patio at Montpellier Town House

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Gloucestershire, England. Famous for horse racing and in particular the Cheltenham Gold Cup, it has, however, many strings to its bow including art and antiques fairs. The Cotswolds Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair (August 12-14, 2016), takes place this year at Westonbirt School. The Cheltenham Music Festival now in its 72nd year, is also one of the oldest music festivals in Britain, held annually in June and July since 1945. The festival is renowned for premieres of contemporary music. 

We found it a great base for touring. Wonderfully British villages and the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside are there to be “discovered” less than 30 minutes away.

The author, Andrew J. Wood, is a professional hotelier, Skalleague, travel writer, and director of WDA Co. Ltd. (tours/travel). He has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience, and is a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh (Hospitality Studies.)