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.
There’s a whole list of must-see English destinations that pull in visitors from around the world – London, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Manchester, Liverpool, York. But there’s a lot more to the country than the famous spots, and if you loved Oxford’s colleges or the Lake District’s scenery, then there’s bound to be another similar place you might like just as much but don’t know about yet.
Best known for its festivals, spa and horse racing, my home town of Cheltenham isn’t the most obvious UK city break destination. It can get overshadowed by its more famous touristy neighbours – Oxford on one side, Bath on the other and picture-postcard Cotswold villages all around. But it’s makes for a great weekend break destination in its own right, with gorgeous Georgian architecture and great places to eat, drink and shop.
After over a year of blogging, I’ve realised that one destination I’ve never written about is the place I spend most of my time – my home town of Cheltenham. So to welcome in autumn, here’s a photo essay of the colours in the city’s Pittville Park. The park covers 80 acres around one of Cheltenham’s most stunning Regency buildings – the Pittville Pump Room. Built in 1825 by banker Joseph Pitt, they get their name from the pumps used to bring up Cheltenham’s spa waters to the surface. But after Pitt lost his fortune the Pump Rooms ended up being sold to the council and used as to house troops in WWII.