Neptune fountain, Cheltenham

Delight in a spa break in Cheltenham this summer

When you want to get away from it all, relax and stimulate yourself, there can be few better options than a spa break in Cheltenham. This large spa town is a historical jewel of leafy Gloucestershire, serving up no shortage of attractions for the culture vulture, sports fan or avid traveller.
Cheltenham is nationally and internationally renowned for events like Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Greenbelt, and that’s without mentioning the must-not-miss race of the British steeplechase horse racing calendar with which Cheltenham will always be synonymous, the Gold Cup. But even if you aren’t in town at the same time as any of these remarkable events, there are still so many fun things to see and do.
Simply walking around the town, you can’t fail to marvel at the astonishing Regency architecture that has led Cheltenham to be described as “the most complete regency town in England”. Outstanding examples of this architectural style include the Municipal Offices and Cheltenham Synagogue. But theatre fans are also well-served by such venues as the Parabola Arts Centre, the Bacon, the Playhouse and the Everyman.
What if you want to take in some visual art? Well, just pop into the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, which holds some of the finest decorative arts pieces that the Arts & Crafts Movement produced. You may or may not also be aware that the English composer Gustav Theodore Holst was born here. His life is commemorated by the Holst Birthplace Museum, where you can find the personal belongings – including the piano – of the man best known for composing The Planets.
Then, there are those festivals. Embracing everything from music and jazz to science and literature, they give the visitor on a spa break in Cheltenham access to a truly astonishing range of activities. Adding to the potential confusion is the fact that two sporting events are also frequently referred to as “Cheltenham Festival” or “the Festival”: the Cheltenham Cricket Festival and the Cheltenham Festival for National Hunt racing. Needless to say that both are well worth attending.
As you walk around Cheltenham on your spa break, consider where you may have seen these buildings before. It was here where the 1968 British drama film if… was filmed, for example, while the town was also a key filming location for the 1970s and 1980s BBC2 sitcom Butterflies. In more recent years, it was even where the 2007 film The Full Monteverdi was partly filmed.
Whether you do or do not care about Cheltenham’s links to the worlds of film and TV, you are sure to care about the town itself. There is simply nowhere more delightful to spend a short spa break, and Rosehill Travel is happy to put a package together to ensure that you see all of the most important sights.

So many reasons to take your honeymoon in the Cotswolds

So, you’ve not only found the love of your life, but have also tied the knot. What could possibly top that? We don’t suspect that you’ll ever have a more special day, but if there’s something that is sure to come close, it is a honeymoon in the Cotswolds.

There’s really no other part of the country that embodies romance so strongly as the Cotswolds. This area in south central England is an immaculate time warp of a place, recognised the world over on account of its gorgeous rolling countryside and endearing villages of honey-coloured stone. It’s here where you’ll find imposing stately homes, ancient market towns, enchanting manor houses and all manner of infinitely fascinating natural attractions, all within a leisurely drive of each other.

Every couple will find something to make their honeymoon in the Cotswolds truly memorable. For those who would simply like to amble through rural idylls, hand in hand with their partner, there are plenty of rolling hills, public foot paths, old growth beech woodlands and rare limestone grassland habitats to explore, befitting of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Then, there are the seemingly endless castles, manors, villas and abbeys that are so synonymous with the Cotswolds. Cirencester Abbey, for example, was founded as an Augustinian monastery in 1117. Meanwhile, Beverston Castle is located in the village of Beverston and was founded in 1229 by Maurice de Gaunt, a lovely garden now forming part of the estate.

The many wonderful English country houses that can be discovered on a honeymoon in the Cotswolds, meanwhile, include Corsham Court, its park the work of famed English landscape architect Capability Brown, who was also a key figure behind the construction of Broadway Tower in Worcestershire. It is the Cotswolds’ second highest point after Cleeve Hill, with a base some 1,024 feet (312 metres) above sea level, and the height of the tower itself being 65 feet (20 metres).

So many more attractions like these abound in the Cotswolds, including Chedworth Roman Villa, Malmesbury Abbey and Sudeley Castle, although not all of these are necessarily open to the public all year round, so we would advise that you do your research first. Alternatively, simply investigate the wide range of package breaks in the Cotswolds available at Rosehill Travel, or enquire about a tailor-made holiday. We’ll help to ensure that your honeymoon in the Cotswolds is one never to be forgotten.