RJontour was invited to sample a stay at The Portland a new luxury Bed & Breakfast in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. I combined this trip with a day out in the town before visiting family. The Portland is located on Portland Street between the centre of town and the stunning Pittville park.
I arrived in Cheltenham by train after a short journey from Birmingham, all event free and a journey I take very frequently. On departing the train I popped into The Midland Inn just over the road, a place with fantastic street art on the exterior walls and a friendly vibe inside. Stella was tipple of the day for me as needed something not too sweet but refreshing.
Finding the B&B was easy using the trusted Google maps, and check in was easy and was welcomed on arrival then shown my room. The room I was assigned for the night was a very nicely decorated room and has a fantastic bed for a solo night on my own. The Portland had al the usually that you expect in luxury accommodation as well as some nice touches like brownies at the drinks station. The bathroom was very functional and was kitted out with some nice toiletries.
I slept well in the room and enjoyed having the whole bed to myself. I had a nice restful sleep and was not woken by the dog licking me for a potty walk.
I ambled downstairs to the breakfast room where I was greeted with many options. Coffee and other hot drinks were on offer as well as some delicious fresh orange juice which I had a few glasses. Danish pastries and cereal were awaiting guests to help themselves and a full English breakfast was available on request. The set me up for the day I had their breakfast which I had lied the look of on the Portland Social media page.
I was shown around by Sam the staff member and told the history and current plans for the B&B. A very nice place with rooms of varying configurations, these were all nicely decorated and furnished.
I went back to the room and packed my laptop and yesterdays clothes into my trusty North Face day bag then departed ready for an amble around Cheltenham.
First stop on leaving was to have a brisk stroll around Pittville Park which was just down the road. On the way passing the Holst Birth Place Museum, one to visit on my next trip to Cheltenham as a I am a fan of the classical composer, particularly “The Planets” which I have on vinyl.
I entered the park via Pittville Gate and proceeded through the regency buildings into the park proper. I reached the first lake which was overlooked by the stunning Pittville Pump Room. This building is magnificent and can see why it is a popular wedding venue. The Pittville Pump Room was the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in Cheltenham.
After taking a few nice photos I crossed the road that divides the park to enter the 2nd lake which has a boat house and a foot bridge. There were plenty of dog walkers and felt odd that I was alone. I took the chance to take some photos with the S10 phone without worrying about the dog pulling, a luxury for me.
After a sit down reflecting on life I headed out of the park into the St Paul’s area passing a restaurant “The Coconut Tree” that I had heard many great things about but was closed and I was full. Next I passed St Paul’s Church which looked very photogenic so took some quick snaps before heading to Regent Street to hydrate at WoodKraft a cafe by Master Chef winner Simon Wood.
After rehydrating I had a slow walk around Cheltenham, soaking up the architecture and switching to beer for a few pints on my way.
There was a big observation wheel in Imperial gardens which was closed at the time but Imperial gardens is lush and surrounded by nice buildings and independent shops.
Heading back into the town I passed through the brewery quarter, which is a great place to head to eat out as has many options including Brewhouse and kitchen one of my favourite chains for a pint and a bite.
Ducking off the high street I had a look around St Mary’s Church yard a church with a rich history dating back to Anglo Saxon times. A nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of town.
Next refreshment stop was a pub called St George’s Vaults, their sign about the hidden garden drew me inside to find out more. The garden had some horse racing type murals and plenty of seats. Her I was feeling sentimental about my recent interrail trip so opted for Staropramen which I enjoyed in Prague.