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 of outstanding local beef and fresh seafood. Georgie’s bedrooms, in three different categories, are heavenly cocoons with glorious Egyptian cotton linen on divine beds, original British paintings, reconditioned antique radiators and, in some, Rogeat Lyon baths. Nothing has been overlooked – not even hot water bottles. Doubles from £110.
Name to Know: Head chef Alan Gleeson, whose passion for food – its seasonality and origins – is second to none.
See: The unique artwork hanging around the hotel, including works by William Kentridge, David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake, Banksy and Henry Hudson.
Eat: The hotel’s bespoke afternoon tea in the drawing room looking out over the pretty Imperial Gardens.
Buy: The divine English Body and Bath range 100 Acres (www.100acres.co.uk) available throughout The Lucky Onion.
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