SheerLuxe's Deputy Editor Astrid Carter headed to Cheltenham in the Cotswolds to stay at No.38 The Park. Family-run with a eye for interiors and fingers firmly on the pulse of what is cool, this is one staycation destination well worthy of a visit.
Where: You’ll find this Georgian townhouse in leafy Cheltenham – the spa town is fast becoming the Cotwolds’ coolest destination for a weekend staycation.
The vibe: As soon as you walk through No.38’s door, you know you’ve made the right choice. This is the kind of place that just oozes cool, from the curated art that adorns the reception room walls and meticulously chosen coffee table books, to the restored Argentinian meat cupboard that now serves as an honesty bar. It’s a little slice of London in the English countryside that has you wanting to up sticks from the Big Smoke pronto.
The rooms: Individually designed, each room has its own unique charm – think the taste of your stylish friend who just knows what she’s doing when it comes to interiors. Our room perfectly mixed the old with the new – rich greens, mohair throws, a vast bed, upcycled industrial pendant lights and the show stopping roll-top, free-standing bath that takes centre stage in the room itself.
Food: The Lucky Onion have their fingers firmly on the pulse of what is really good when it comes to food. When we visited, the Hemsely+Hemsley sisters were there to host an epic supper club and they’ve recently teamed up with cool London eatery Petersham Nurseries for another.
Dining at the hotel itself is just as good and made all the better for the gorgeous light-filled dining room, huge pendant lights hanging over head, an open-kitchen and outdoor terrace bar – pull up a pew and order a chilled Tom Collins.
Breakfast: Doesn’t take itself too seriously at No. 38. Nurse weary heads the morning after with a hearty fry-up and tuck into the cookie jar brimming with paracetamol, Berocca and Alka Seltzer, sat beside the pain au chocolat and juices.
Anything else: Guests should make time to head down the road to alternative Lucky Onion property No. 131, where you’ll find raucous Crazy Eights cocktail bar to knock back tipples ‘til the small hours.
And if partying is your thing, the whole of No. 38 can be booked out as a whole house who in all seriousness who needs London?
Room rates start from £120.