Sunday, 10 October 2010

Pittville Park

History of Pittvile park 

Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent pump room and lakes. This park is given a grade 2 listing under the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens, with the pump rooms as a grade 1 historic building.Within the park there are a wide range of sporting and leisure opportunities.
Facilities include angling, golf and a skateboarding area. All these facilities are situated to the west of Evesham Road.
To the east of the road you will find an excitingly designed childrens' play area which has picnic tables adjacent to the play equipment. The children's play area is a dog free zone and completely enclosed for added safety. Children will delight in the added attraction of the aviaries which house a variety of birds and bunnies which are managed in conjunction with the Support Our Birds and Bunnies Committee.
This is a great park where you can enjoy few small lakes and some nice open spaces with Pittville Pumproom located at the top of the Park. (See my review here)

Monday, 4 October 2010

Pittville Pump Room

This is Pittville pump rooms located in Pittville park in the North of Cheltenham, according to Wikipedia 

"The Pittville Pump Room was the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in Cheltenham.
The well from which the Pump Room's waters originate was first exploited by Henry Skillicorne around 1740, about 25 years after the waters were first discovered in 1716. After the visit to Cheltenham in 1788 of King George III, the town became increasingly fashionable. In the 1820s the local landowner Joseph Pitt determined to develop the northern part of the town as 'Pittville', of which the Pump Room and its spa were to form an important element as part of a pleasure garden.

The Pump Room was built by the architect John Forbes between 1825 and 1830. It is a Grade Ilisted building standing at the northern end of Pittville Lawn with landscaped grounds running down to a lake. The building contains the original Pump, made of marble and scagliola, to which the waters are today fed by electric pumping."

The Pumprooms are used for weddings and other events, they are also part of the regency Cheltenham tourist attractions.

There website is below,

Pittville Pump Room

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Hotel on the Park Cheltenham

This hotel is a luxury hotel located on the edge of one of pitville park just outside Cheltenham town centre, within easy walk of the shops and many restaurants in Cheltenham.  The website describes this hotel as 

"One of Cheltenham's most elegant Luxury Cotswold Hotels
, offering an oasis of calm in the business and touring centre of the Cotswolds.  Our hotel in Cheltenham is situated close to the centre of the beautifully preserved Regency town."

A nice touch of this hotel is that you can book a room and also hire a Morgan to use while you stay.....nice!

The Hotel on the Park

Crickley Hill Country Park

View From Crickley Hill Country Park
This country park is located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, it enjoys fantastic views over the surrounding countryside as the park includes some hills.

The country park is a site of nature conservation, geological & archaeological interest. Crickley Hill Country Park popular with walkers and dog owners. There is a picnic area with some fixed BBQ areas included in a wooded area on the trees. The car parking is free as well!
Gloucestershire County Council website holds the official information.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Queens Hotel Cheltenham

This hotel seems on appearance to have a long and prestigious history, but over its latest period operating as a hotel it seems to have not keep up some of the prestige it may once have held.

The Hotel describes its self below

"Mercure Cheltenham Queens hotel is an elegant 4 star hotel in Cheltenham with 70 rooms. Located next to the Imperial Gardens, your hotel booking puts you in central Cheltenham. The contemporary rooms have internet access and are all air conditioned. Napier Restaurant serves traditional and modern British cuisine and the Gold Cup Bar welcomes you for pre- or after-dinner drinks. The largest of the 3 meeting spaces welcomes up to 100 guests for meetings or weddings. Onsite parking is available."

They seem to be part of the Mercure chain so do not have there own website but a single page on the main Mercure website

Mercure Website Listing

Reviews are mixed as well, Trip Advisor gives it 3.5 out of 5 and ranks at 7 out of 14 for hotels in Cheltenham.

Trip Advisor Queens Hotel Cheltenham

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Toy Shops in Cheltenham

Toy Shop Cheltenham

Toy Shops in Cheltenham

This is for me the best toy Shop in Cheltenham, it has the amazing feel of a old English tradional toy shop filled with teddy bears and a huge array of toys.

There website describes them as

The Pied Piper started in business in London in 1986 and in Cheltenham in the Cotswolds in 1989.
We specialise in collector bears and gollies, dolls, dolls houses and quality soft toys for babies and children including Peter Rabbit, Paddington and Winnie the Pooh.
We are a Club Store for Steiff, Deans, Deb Canham, Robin Rive, Gotz, Hermann and for Hildegard Gunzel's dolls and bears, amongst others.
We are a family business with our emphasis being on excellent service and competitive prices.

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Cheltenham Townhouse

Recently some friends of ours have stayed in this hotel and have said it was fantastic, the location is great as it is near the town centre in a quiet areas near one of Cheltenhams best parks. The cheltenham hotel is one of the best in the town, there website descibe themselves as;

The Cheltenham Townhouse is so close to everything Cheltenham has to offer that you can take more time to relax and enjoy our lovely hotel.

From gin & tonics on the sun deck in summer, to picking a book from our library and curling up in front of a blazing fire in winter, there is space and time here for you to enjoy.

In keeping with the contemporary classic interiors, our service, too, is calm but focused, and dedicated to ensuring that you thoroughly enjoy your time as our guest.

Check out there website