The hip place to stay in Cheltenham, No. 131 is a restaurant with rooms that opened in 2013 in a white-stucco Georgian villa. It was rescued from dereliction by husband and wife duo, Sam and Georgie Pearman, dedicated, talented hoteliers who also own the Wheatsheaf at Northleach and No. 38 The Park, also in Cheltenham. The Pearmans refurbished No. 131 with flair, paying particular attention to detail but never forgetting its 18th-century heritage. The elegance of the upstairs restaurant is complemented by the relaxed buzz of the downstairs restaurant and bar, Crazy Eights. Food is seasonal and mainly organic, from a menu that focuses on prime cuts, cooked in a wood-fired Josper oven, and fresh seafood. The bedrooms, in three different categories, are luxurious cocoons with Hypnos beds, glorious Egyptian cotton linen, original British paintings, reconditioned antique radiators and, in some, Rogeat Lyon baths. Nothing has been overlooked – not even hot water bottles. Doubles from £150.
Do: Go rowing on the lake in the local park.
Eat: With a new menu daily, the variety of lovely fresh and delicious food is excellent. Just make sure you wash your meal down with some of the exciting cocktails.
Buy: Take home some of the hotel’s goodies, from 100 Acres beauty products (the hand cream is amazing) or some French press chocolate.
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