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www.hamptons.co.uk 3 Relocate Welcome to Cheltenham 6 Why move to Cheltenham? 8 Pubs & Live Music 14 Local Hotspots 16 Arts 18 Family Days Out 20 Local Schools 22 Local Restaurants 32 Fitness & Health 30
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WelcomeA very warm welcome to... Cheltenham and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.
You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in the country. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.
Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.
Yours sincerely, James Day - Head of sales Justin Partt - Head of lettings
Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Cheltenham
Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Cheltenham, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning
and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links.
Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home.
“A big WELCOME and enjoy”
A little bit of history
Cheltenham has been described as “the most complete Regency town” due to the large number of Regency style buildings many of them listed Grade II and Grade II*. Cheltenham came to attention after King George III came to the town for 5 weeks in 1788 to take the spa waters as a cure. The town became extremely fashionable from then on especially in the Regency period from 1811 to 1820 when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son George IV was created Regent. By 1850 Cheltenham was the largest town in Gloucestershire with 35,000 inhabitants.
The building boom continued into George IV’s reign with fortunes being made and lost with some of the most notable examples of the latter being the grand development of Pittville by Joseph Pitt and John Forbes including the Grade I Listed Pittville Pump Rooms, imposing houses and the pleasure gardens and boating lake.
Why move to Cheltenham?
The town is home to National Hunt racing with its fabulous race course at Prestbury Park with its backdrop of the Cotswold Hills and is also home to one of the oldest annual cricket festivals and other festivals including literary, jazz and science festival. There are good sporting amenities including gyms and swimming pools, a croquet club, tennis and hockey club as well as a 1930’s Lido swum in by no
less than Tarzan or rather by the actor who played him, Johnny Weismuller. The town has 2 theatres including the wonderful Everyman Theatre which opened in 1891.
Cheltenham has a council that supports and looks after its trees and we have some very beautiful trees in the town centre including some lovely Cedars. There are plenty of green spaces in the town
including Pittville Park, Sandford Park, Imperial Gardens, Montpellier Gardens, Clarence Square and Wellington Square. Leckhampton Hill and Cleeve Hill are both on the doorstep with acres of green land to walk and the famous Devil’s Chimney to look at on Leckhampton Hill – a stack of rock believed to have been created by the quarry workers.
The Regency town of Cheltenham Spa with its grand tree lined Promenade, swanky boutiques and laid-back metro-fabulous feel, is a countryside-with-benefits kind of place. Voted the ‘Best place to live in the South West 2020’ by The Sunday Times it’s two hours west of London. With enough retail thrills to keep any ex-urbanite happy, it has an arts, culture and festival calendar to rival the capital.
The pretty Imperial Gardens are located to the rear of Cheltenham’s Town Hall and new for 2022 is the luxury 5-screen boutique cinema, TIVOLI. Property-wise you’re spoilt for choice, Cheltenham is famous for its stunning Regency architecture of course our famous white townhouses. Head for the popular nearby suburbs of Leckhampton and Charlton Kings with their cosy Victorian terraces, boutiques and artisan coffee shops.
The Montpellier and Suffolks districts are bursting with
independent boutiques like Bodega, Revamp, Jackeroo and interiors emporium Catherine Colebrook. Cheltenham’s shopping areas are also peppered with big name brands such as Anthropologie, Hobbs, Toast and Space NK. You’ll be coveting everything at the Little Interior Co (winner of Best lifestyle Shop in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2022). There’s a John Lewis on the high street that’s driven the town’s desres factor sky high.
Brian Jones Founder of the Rolling Stones Dame Felicity Lott Opera and concert soprano Richard O’Brien From the Rocky Horror Show FKA Twigs Singer-Songwriter and Dancer Kitty Brucknell Singer Mike Grady Character Actor Damaris Hayman Character Actress Martin Jarvis Actor Mark Lester Played Oliver Twist in the 1968 film Oliver Richard Loncraine Film and Television Director Steve Cotterill Footballer and Football Manager Eddie “The Eagle” Olympic ski-jumper Gutav Holst Composer Edward Wilson............................Explorer Sir Arthur Harris.............................WW2 Bomber Commander Robert Hardy, Actor Kate Thornton, Journalist and Television Presenter Famous Residents
Cheltenham and the surrounding area
been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics,
common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names...
attention on each project, giving it my full individual dedication. I deal with the creation of the brief, the design work and negotiations with other professionals, including planners, from inception to planning permission and beyond, if required. Each project is individual and unique and I approach it with an open mind to explore all of the opportunities the property allows. The design must be sympathetic to any existing buildings or context, whether in an identical or contrasting style.
I aim to collaborate fully with my clients to develop an appropriate and thorough brief which generates a design solution that exceeds their functional and aesthetic expectations.
Tell us about the background of extendArchitecture?
Since leaving Sheffield University with a Degree in Architecture, a Diploma with Distinction in Architecture, an M.A. in Architecture, and the RIBA Silver Medal in 1983, I have worked as a design architect with highly-regarded private practices in Bath, Bristol, Dubai and the Seychelles.
With over 35 years of experience, I have been involved in the design and implementation of residential, commercial, industrial and health projects of all sizes. I founded extendArchitecture in 2011 to specialise in residential design. Since then, I have designed hundreds of new houses and extensions in the South-West, including work on Listed Buildings and properties in Conservation Areas.
What’s your customer process from receiving that initial enquiry?
An initial enquiry is followed by a meeting at the property to introduce myself, answer queries, view the building and site and obtain an understanding of the potential clients’ requirements.
The brief, which is fundamental to the process, is developed and a planning survey of the property is carried out. Multiple design options are explored prior to commencing detailed architectural design. Preliminary design layouts and sketches are produced to establish a satisfactory scheme, which is then progressed to a full planning submission, or beyond, if required.
What characteristics set you apart from other practices?
Because I am a sole practitioner, no project is delegated to other staff. I can focus my complete
Could you illustrate an example of a residential development you worked on locally and the outcome for your client?
Every project is notable and pleasing in its own way. One local example would be the design of a new house to replace an unattractive 1970s bungalow on a 0.05 hectare site in Charlton Kings. The challenge was to design a very contemporary, detached two-storey four-bedroom home in keeping with its surroundings where neighbouring properties were a mix of bungalows and two-storey detached houses. Collaboration with my clients and discussions with the planners were detailed and complex, but ultimately extremely rewarding. The end result was a very spacious house incorporating light-filled open plan living spaces opening on to a generous private garden. The architectural aesthetic achieved was distinctly modern but the massing and careful use of beautiful traditional materials (albeit in a more abstract manner) meant that the house was sympathetic to its neighbours, creating an elegant addition to the streetscape and a glorious space in which to live and thrive.
What is the most pleasing aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspects of the process are: exceeding the clients’ brief through the creation of buildings and spaces that enhance lives; designing buildings that conserve energy and world resources through responsible sourcing of materials, sustainable design and renewable energy solutions where possible; and the design of buildings and spaces with inherent flexibility and future adaptability. Well-planned buildings should be unpretentious yet self-assured, and should make the lives of the users easier, more comfortable and more fulfilling.
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Pubs & Live Music
.Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2006-13, 16-18, 22 and and runner-up South West Regional Cider Pub of the Year in 2012. Seven hand pumps feature a regularly changing range of ales sourced nationally, alongside six ciders. Relaxed and friendly, this busy pub features original etched windows, horseshoe bar and an open fire. The attractive beer garden serves as an extra room in the summer and offers winter warmth for smokers. 39 Painswick Rd, Cheltenham GL50 2EZ 01242 772261
All Bar One
All Bar One Cheltenham is a stylish space for spirited people to meet. We’re all about celebrating life and sharing food, drink and experiences..
18 Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham GL50 1SD
Imperial Garden Bar
The Heritage Deco Café opened with two trestle tables under the portico, the café was an instant success with the community referring to it as its ‘lifeline’. Since opening the café has been visited by more than one million customers and has become a significant social and cultural asset for the community.
Imperial Square Developments, 26 Imperial
Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QZ. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/thegarden-bar/
Copa of Cheltenham
A stylish town centre bar in the centre of Cheltenham offering a selection of food and drinks throughout the day. With a range of lagers, wine and spirits there is something for everyone.Function rooms available to hire for any occasion. 66 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HA. T. 01242 245044
Cheltenham’s oldest pub, a fantastic venue for any occasion, whether you’re looking for a quiet lunch in a warm, cosy atmosphere or a great new live band on a busy Friday night. We are dog friendly, people friendly, and serve up fantastic local real ales, fine wines, classic cocktails and of course, fresh, homemade, piping hot food. The Old Restoration is the essential place in Cheltenham . 55-57 High St, Cheltenham GL50 1DX. 01242 522792
“Wet your whistle”
The Bayshill Inn
More Than Just a Night Out. Back in the day, the tradition of drinking and eating establishments were to foster community and connect people across generations. With our extensive range of alcoholic drinks, homemade fresh food and locally sourced coffee, as well as our casual and friendly atmosphere, we’ve proved again and again that we are one of the greatest traditional pubs in Cheltenham. 85 St George’s Pl, Cheltenham GL50 3PP. 01242 524388
Home of timeless experiences… step inside to enjoy botanical cocktails, finest ales, a food menu full of the flavours of home all served by passionate teams and a backdrop of your favourite music: Unit 6, The Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham GL50 4FA 01242 895165
Should you wish to wet your whistle in Cheltenham you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Cheltenham. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.
The Beehive is located at the heart of the fashionable Montpellier district in Cheltenham. A traditional, vibrant and very busy pub. Offering a wide range of locally-sourced real ales and serving a great menu with classic dishes. The Beehive is a proper ‘community focussed pub’ with an eclectic mix of followers, from young to old, professionals to trades persons, all mix well in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a drink in hand. Roaring fires in winter, windows open to the cosy closed garden in summer. A great place to catch up with family friends and work colleagues, the pleasant chatter of people meeting, eating and conversing in the unpretentious surrounds of the very traditional bar. The Beehive has been close to the local community’s heart for nearly two decades. 012425794431 - 3 Montpellier Villas, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2XE www.thebeehivemontpellier.com
Have fun exploring.
Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Cheltenham!
Offering a haven from the outside world, The Find takes its inspiration from the coffee houses of 17th and 18th century England. In the 17th century, the first English coffee house sprang up in Oxford, not far from Cheltenham. Attracting devotees of such diverse pursuits as gossip, political discourse, academic enquiry and the striking of deals, the coffee house was much more than a place for the consumption of the black and bitter drink, newly arrived from far-flung lands. Between the coffee house’s walls, traders, gentlemen, sailors and spies rubbed shoulders and found common ground.
20 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HE. 01242 575228 www.thefind.co.uk/
The Clementine Café
CLEMENTINE is an artisanal café, open seven days a week, serving delicious coffee, homemade cakes, breakfast & lunch. During festivals we stay open into the evening to offer a relaxed supper, in a chilled environment, ideal for unwinding after a busy week. The menu celebrates the seasons by using ingredients that are local, fresh and at their best.
4 Queen’s Circus, Cheltenham GL50 1RX. 01242 581900 www.theclementinecafe.co.uk/
Black Gold Coffee Come and warm up in our cosy coffee shop. Serving delicious coffee and teas. Delicious milkshakes are also available! We also have vegan options with coconut, almond, oat or soya milk. We also offer freshly baked pastries every morning for you and toasties and scrumptious food too. Large variety of flavours 64 High St, Cheltenham GL50 1EE. 01242 690476 www.black-gold-coffee.business.site/
Dubarry of Ireland
At the centre of the hallowed turf of horse racing, the Dubarry of Ireland Cheltenham boutique opened its doors in Montpellier 2016. in 2021 it moved to a larger and more central store showcasing a ‘best of’ selection, with their very favourite ‘hero’ items. Anything not available in store can be ordered in at a customers request.
60 Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1LY www.dubarry.com
Bodega launched in 2010 offering affordable boutique fashion and key pieces for your wardrobe that you won’t find anywhere on the high street, including brands such as YAYA, Soya Concept, Gustav and Celtic and Co. Whether you’re looking for casual everyday wear, inspiration for an occasion, beautiful knitwear or that special little treasure for friends or family, the team at Bodega always hits the right note, on hand to give honest, friendly advice whenever it is needed. Regular style events and fashion shows make the Bodega shopping experience fun and social.
34 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham GL50 2AE. 01242 300899 www.bodegawoman.com/
James Of Montpellier
Over the last 35 Years we’ve established ourselves as a premium Men’s fashion destination, working with only the finest Brands we offer an incredibly high-quality range of clothing, shoes and accessories with an incomparably high and personal level of customer service. The Courtyard, Montpellier St, Cheltenham GL50 1SR. 01242 529203 www.jamesofmontpellier.co.uk/
Jackeroo is an independent family boutique that specialises in beautifully stylish and unique clothing and accessories. Our fabulous seasonal collection has a range of styles and sizes to suit everyone and we have a range of well-known brands and independents. Think leopard print maxi skirts, cosy knits, and one-off handbags that add a touch of flair. Everyone is beautiful and unique, and our clothing works for all shapes and sizes, from a UK 8 to plus size. You’ll also find a handpicked collection of children’s clothes, toiletries, accessories and shoes, as well as a delightful selection of gifts and homeware. 230 Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7ND. 07766 250829 www.jackerooboutique.co.uk/
Beatrice von Tresckow Designs
A feast for the eyes, Sumptuous, elegant, opulent and glamorous are the first words to spring to mind at the sight of a Beatrice von Tresckow garment. Beatrice has drawn from her exotic upbringing in Afghanistan, Africa and India then fused flair, talent and years of design experience to create a look that is truly unique. Her garments, whether formal or casual, are easily distinguished by the combination of rich, colourful, highly textured fabrics and hand finished beading and embroidery, will catch the eye of the woman who wants something really special in her wardrobe.
8 Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham GL50 1SD. 01242 232179 www.beatricevontresckow.com/
Our main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers. The common thread throughout the many years has always been our relationship with our audience - a relationship that we treasure. The Everyman presents a wide range of productions, including ballet, opera, drama, dance, comedy, music events and our traditional family pantomime, as well as many community projects, education workshops and youth theatre sessions. Whether you are coming to the Everyman for a show, a workshop or even to dine or drink in our café, bar or restaurant, we would like to warmly welcome you and hope you return many times.
7, 10 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573
Parabola Arts Centre
Our team have a wealth of experience delivering high-profile live events, and can assist on the planning, front of house and technical elements. As strategic partners of Cheltenham Festivals and Cheltenham Comedy Festival, Cheltenham Ladies’ College have hosted events with worldrenowned performers such as Nicola Benedetti, Sarah Millican and Dawn French. An arts centre that boasts outstanding facilities, including a 325-seat theatre and art gallery, in a Grade II* listed building. Grand function rooms which feature historical architecture, such as the Princess Hall which can seat over 800 people. Parabola Rd, Cheltenham GL50 3AA. 01242 707484 www.venues.cheltladiescollege.org/
Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres or cinemas around Cheltenham!
At the Bacon Theatre we are committed to making ongoing improvements to our services and continuing to enhance the experiences of our customers, colleagues and collaborators. Hatherley Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6EP. 01242 258002 www.bacontheatre.co.uk/
Introducing the truly unmatched cinematic experience, merging arthouse with mouth-watering café and bar menus. Fabulously designed interiors. State-of-the-art laser projection technology. Welcome to Tivoli.
Regent Arcade, Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1EU www.tivolicinemas.com
Cineworld Cinema Cheltenham
Unlimited cinema for one monthly fee of £18.40 at Cineworld Cheltenham. Featuring Starbucks and screening films in 2D, 3D, 4DX, IMAX and the VIP Experience. Get film times and book tickets online now. The Brewery Quarter, Oxford Passage, St Margaret’s Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4FA. 0330 333 4444 www.cineworld.co.uk/
Cheltenham Playhouse is a community theatre in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. It opened in 1945 as the Civic Playhouse and was run by the Corporation of Cheltenham; it was taken over by volunteers in 1958 who continue to run the operation as a registered charity. 47-53 Bath Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL53 7HG. Tel 01242 522852 www.cheltplayhouse.org.uk
The Centaur is Cheltenham’s biggest and best asset for indoor events. Since opening it has played host to film crews, awards ceremonies and a number of high-profile exhibitions and concerts including, Jools Holland, Jack Savoretti and Rob Beckett.
Cheltenham Racecourse Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH Tel 01242 539538 www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/ venue-hire/spaces-suites/the-centaur
Rich in heritage, opulence and vibrancy, our much-loved jewel of Cheltenham today sets a stunning backdrop for an impressive all year round events programme, as well as private functions and corporate hospitality. Imagine the dances and music of years gone by, while enjoying popular live music, comedy, festivals and exhibitions. Dine with us in our Regency Café before enjoying your event, or relax with a refreshing drink in our Imperial Garden Bar. Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA Tel: 01242 528764 https://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk
Family days out
Cheltenham is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.
Sandford Parks Lido
Sandford Parks Lido is a Grade II Listed heated outdoor swimming pool in Cheltenham, England. The lido consists of a 50-metre main pool, a children’s pool, and paddling pool. The main pool is heated to 26°C and children’s pool to 30°C. The lido is open from March until October each year Keynsham Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7PU. 01242 524430 www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk/
Hollywood Bowl Cheltenham
Bowling in Cheltenham can’t get any better. With amazing deals on food and drink, and the best bowling lanes, our Hollywood Bowl Cheltenham centre is the perfect place to create everlasting memories.
The Brewery Quarter, Henrietta St, Cheltenham GL50 4FA. 0844 776 5424 www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/cheltenham?
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 Room as a grade 1 historic building.
Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. 01242 262626 www.cheltenham.gov.uk/info/33/parks_ and_open_space
The gardens can be broadly split into two recreational zones. You’ll find most of the park facilities in the southern section, including toilets, cafe, tennis courts and a toddlers’ play area. The larger informal northern section is used for promenading, sitting, and informal children’s play. In the north-western corner of the park there’s a small Aboretum where you’ll find some interesting and unusual trees. The bandstand on the Broadwalk has regular concerts during the summer months. 24 Montpellier Spa Rd, Cheltenham GL50 1UL. 01242 262626 www.cheltenham.gov.uk/info/33/parks_ and_open_spaces/349/montpellier_ gardens
Mr Mulligans Cheltenham
With two epic adventure golf courses, electro-darts, shuffleboard and pool plus a fantastic bar and a restaurant, whether you’re a big kid or a little kid, there really is something for everyone! Please note we are currently a cashless venue. Adventure Island is the leading operator of leisure venues across the country, both indoor and outdoor. With an aggressive expansion plan it is rapidly growing to become the leading operator of Adventure Golf across the UK. At the heart of the business is fun for all the family and every age group Unit 5A, The Brewery Quarter, Henrietta St, Cheltenham GL50 4FA. 01242 787940 www.mrmulligan.com/
Jet Age Museum
Doors opened in August 2013, beginning a new chapter in the Gloucestershire Aviation Collection’s 30 plus year history. Founded in 1986, the Gloucestershire Aviation Collection is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with about 500 members. With intermittent opening to the public in several temporary locations between 1986 and 2013, the organisation persevered, amassing a unique collection of aircraft and artefacts charting the region’s aeronautical heritage. The organisation is staffed entirely by volunteers with around 170 freely giving their time to share a passion for aviation with our visitors or in supporting roles behind the scenes.
Meteor Business Park, Cheltenham Rd E, Gloucester GL2 9QL. 01452 260078 www.jetagemuseum.org/
The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and Home to an internationally significant museum collection of exceptional quality and variety, changing displays of our Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection, fine art collections, and The Open Archive, which houses our fascinating archives relating to Antarctic explorer Edward A. Wilson, Cheltenham’s history, and the Emery Walker Library. We’re home to the Sir Charles Irving Community Art Gallery, Summerfield Exhibition Gallery, and brand new World of Wonders children’s gallery.
Clarence St, Cheltenham GL50 3JT. 01242 528764 www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk/
Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s most notable characters in the castle’s beautiful gardens, join in our busy calendar of exciting events and discover Sudeley’s many treasures in our fascinating exhibition.
Sudeley Castle offers a spectacular day out in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside - book your tickets today for a truly unforgettable day out.
Sudeley Castle & Gardens GL54 5LP. 01242 604244
Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.
Pate’s Grammar School
Welcome to Pate’s. We are a unique and special school. Founded back in 1574, today we are a selective co-educational grammar school that cherishes and treasures our rich tradition, yet we are also known both regionally and nationally for being forward-thinking and leading the way with educational developments. Come and visit us and from the moment you step inside you will recognise a school built on relationships and respect rather than rules. Our school community shares a vision of ‘Nurturing Excellence’ through ‘Embracing Challenge’, ‘Supporting Each Other’ and ‘Shaping the Future’
Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham GL51 0HG. 01242 523169 www.patesgs.org/our-school/
Cheltenham Ladies College
Cheltenham Ladies’ College is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Consistently ranked as one of the top all-girls’ schools nationally. In preparing our girls to navigate and shape this complex and changing world, we recognise not only the importance of academic excellence, but also of supporting and challenging the girls’ opinions, promoting independence, and embracing inclusion and diversity within our community. This means nurturing a culture of tolerance, compassion, and resilience, recognising and understanding difference and the value this brings, and drawing strength from developing shared values. Bayshill Rd, Cheltenham GL50 3EP. 01242 520691
Cheltenham Bournside School
Our extensive grounds and specialist facilities are coupled with a highly developed house system which means we offer parents and students the best of both worlds: a school large enough to have specialised facilities for all subjects, but with learners part of a small community of just 300 pupils. Our school crest contains our historic motto: ‘usque ad finem’. It means, ‘until the end’. That’s as true today as when it was first written. It means we’ll be with you every step of the way. It means to go to the utmost extreme in pursuit of excellence: to give your all, to travel as far as can be travelled, to do as much as can be done. That’s what we promise for our learners. And that’s what we expect from each member of our community.
Warden Hill Rd, Cheltenham GL51 3EF. 01242 235555
Elephant Moon Day Nursery
Elephant Moon Day Nurseries has established an excellent reputation for high-quality childcare. We are committed to creating a secure, friendly environment where babies and children from 3 months to 5 years feel safe and supported in their exploration of the world around them. Play-based learning is an opportunity for children to develop confidence, independence and skills. Our vision is to provide a rich and varied learning environment, full of fun, excitement and potential. Our nursery is a happy, stable and structured child-centred setting where every child is treated as an individual by our expert, caring staff.
Ivanhoe House, St. James Sq, Cheltenham GL50 3QG. 01242 577779
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St Edward’s Prep & Senior School
St Edward’s Cheltenham comprises two independent day schools, both located in the heart of Cheltenham. We are a Catholic foundation welcoming students of all faiths and none, whose parents feel that they would benefit from our Christian ethos. Situated on two sites, approximately five minutes from each other, and enjoying over forty five acres of wonderful grounds, together the two Schools provide academic excellence and a nurturing community for boys and girls ages 1 – 18.
Ashley Manor, 252 London Rd, Cheltenham GL52 6NR. 01242 388550 www.stedwards.co.uk/
Cheltenham College has been educating young people since 1841. Bestowed with stunning buildings and set in the heart of one of England’s most vibrant spa towns, we provide boys and girls with a modern firstclass all-round education that prepares them for their next step onwards into life.
Bath Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7LD. 01242 265600 www.cheltenhamcollege.org/
Dean Close Prep & Senior School
We aim to encourage, nurture, and inspire our pupils, shaping their mindsets to seek opportunity, be curious about learning and develop a deep desire to have a positive impact the world around them. Grasping opportunities when you are young forms a habit of openness to new experiences and ideas for the future, as well as providing lasting memories of fun and discovery.
63 Lansdown Rd, Lansdown, Cheltenham GL51 6QH. 01242 512217 www.deanclose.org.uk/
Balcarras School is an academy school for 11- to 18-year-olds. Since 2016, the school’s headteacher has been Dominick Burke the school is rated outstanding by OFSTED.
East End Rd, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8QF. 01242 515881 www.balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk
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Meet coombes:everitt Architects
Tell us what inspired you to become architects
It was really borne from the desire to bring the benefit of good design to all kinds of buildings – both in terms of creating beautiful spaces to live, while also taking a more holistic approach to design that incorporates the wider issues that we are facing such as the environment and the recent energy crisis.
It’s not just about designing new homes, but also about improving and reinvigorating existing properties and looking at how we can bring the best design and energy efficient solutions to these..
How does this translate into the way you work at coombes:everitt?
We want to know what’s important to our clients. We take the time to understand how they want to live so that we can create spaces that really work for them. After all, who would have thought five years ago that having an office or study in the house would become the norm for so may of us! We then translate these ideas into sketches, computer aided designs, or virtual reality technology – whatever works best to bring a particular design to life for our client. We do enjoy projects which present an interesting design challenge, whether that’s creating a new dwelling or taking an existing structure and transforming it – coming up with designs that delight our clients.
What do your clients say about coombes:everitt?
We take pride in the service we offer our clients. Our clients say that they value the flair, imagination and
creative expertise we bring to their projects. That we have an ongoing conversation throughout any project and are able to address any concerns or issues that arise. That we listen and adapt ideas accordingly. We always visit the site with the client and see for ourselves exactly ‘what’s what’. This gives us a much better understanding of the building’s context and environment. Are there views that need to be factored in? Slopes or different levels to accommodate? What’s the light like at different times of the day? What’s the outdoor space like?
What else can you offer clients?
We can help our clients put together a great team of experts: one that will ensure they get the quality end result they’re seeking. We can help with planning applications and processes. We’ve built up good relationships with the region’s planning authorities so have a good understanding of how it all works.
What do you most enjoy about the job?
Every client and every project is different and we love this because we get to develop bespoke solutions. We are lucky to be able to work on projects that really matter to our clients and to help them create their dream homes. It’s stimulating to be able to work across the Cotswolds on projects ranging from traditional to contemporary designs in such a beautiful area of the country.
Fitness & Health
Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.
CLC Health & Fitness Centre
Whatever you need in a sports club, look no further than the CLC Sports Centre. Here we have superb, multi-purpose sports and fitness facilities catering for people of all ages. There’s our magnificent 25-metre UV swimming pool, for instance, which we keep at an ideal temperature throughout the year, and we run frequent adult-only and family sessions. A free weights theatre and two air conditioned gyms offer a full range of cardiovascular and fixed-resistance fitness equipment. In our spacious sprung-floor sports hall you can play badminton, tennis, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and hockey. And what’s more, the centre boasts no fewer than 23 all-weather tennis courts and four squash courts. Malvern Rd, Cheltenham GL50 2NX. 01242 261346 www.fitness.cheltladiescollege.org/
Studio 10 Pilates & Stretch Therapy
Offering a variety of Pilates classes including Mat, Gentle Pilates, Pilates with Weights and Fitball Body Conditioning. These smaller mixed-level classes include core work, flexibility and balance work to build better posture and a stronger body. We also offer Stretch Therapy and are the only trained Stretch Therapists in the Southwest. After being trained by Kit Laughlin and spending numerous years attending his teacher training to learn and master his method. It was clear to us that Stretch Therapy is the perfect complement to Pilates and simply the most effective stretching solution to increase flexibility and mobility
Studio10, 83 Hewlett Rd, Cheltenham GL52 6AJ. 07766 880701 www.studio10pilates.co.uk/
The Gym Group Cheltenham
Based on Tewkesbury Road, our 24/7 Cheltenham gym represents incredible value for money. Make use of our huge free weights area, functional training zone and an impressive number of machines for strength and cardio training. Whether you’re a daily gym-goer or a complete newcomer, our inclusive atmosphere ensures this is the perfect place to hit your fitness goals.
Tewkesbury Rd, Cheltenham GL51 9DT. 0300 303 4800 www.thegymgroup.com/find-a-gym/ cheltenham
énergie Fitness Cheltenham
The moment you walk into an énergie Fitness Cheltenham, things feel different. From the warm personal welcome you’ll get from our colleagues to the awesome equipment you normally only get at pricey gyms, we offer a unique blend of budget and boutique – so you really feel like you belong.
Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham GL51 0WR. 01242 370799 www.energiefitness.com/cheltenham
Leisure at Cheltenham
We are one of the biggest range of aquatics, racquet sports and health and fitness facilities, tailored to meet all your fitness needs. Including the Prince of Wales Stadium and indoor cricket centre. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to inspire you to learn, socialise and exercise whatever you age or abilities.
Tommy Taylors Ln, Cheltenham GL50 4RN. 01242 528764 www.leisureatcheltenham.com/
Cross Fit Cheltenham
Looking to try a new way to get fit? Look no further than CrossFit Cheltenham! The gym in GL51 specialises in strength and conditioning, offering something for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a dedicated sports guru or just like to keep fit and visit the gym once in a while.
Cheltenham Trade Park Central Way, Unit 39 Central Way, Cheltenham GL51 8LX www.crossfitcheltenham.co.uk
ONE GROVE is a specialist Cheltenham Pilates Rehabilitation & Fitness studio with Reformers, Equipment, Clinical In-studio classes & Virtual Mat Pilates classes. Based adjacent to Waitrose, our dedicated team of Cheltenham Pilates professionals can help you optimise your health and fitness. Whether you are 14 or 90 you are welcome at One Grove. We are inclusive in our embrace and exclusive in our approach.
1 Grove St, Cheltenham GL50 3LZ. 01242 255111 www.onegrove.co.uk/
Cheltenham Pilates & Yoga Studio
Our founder Nicky Gladman has been teaching Pilates in Cheltenham for 20 years, and she established Cheltenham Pilates Studios in its current location back in 2009. The studio specialises in Reformer Pilates classes, Mat Pilates and Barre classes, semiprivate All-Equipment classes, and private one-to-one sessions. As a specialist Pilates studio, naturally all of our teachers have highly respected qualifications, and more years of experience than we’d like to admit to. St Faith’s Mission, St Faiths Mission, Sherborne Pl, Cheltenham GL52 2RS. 01242 523282 www.cheltenhampilatesandyoga.co.uk/
The Istanbul Kitchen
The Istanbul Kitchen welcomes you with the scent of authentic Turkish flavours and a warm ambience in the very heart of Cheltenham. Istanbul is a very special place where people from all over the country gather and represent their local cuisine at their best. Our name “The Istanbul Kitchen” is intended to represent these exciting cultures and unique flavours to our customers.
48 Winchcombe St, Cheltenham GL52 2ND. 01242 222277 www.theistanbulkitchen.co.uk/
Bill’s Cheltenham Restaurant Home to the world-renowned racecourse, festival, and Bill’s Cheltenham – visiting here is always a good bet. Spread over two floors, with a pretty terrace for warmer days, you’ll be winning wherever you pull up a pew. Ps. If you take the stairs, it justifies a pud, right? Pps. We recommend our Flower Pot dessert.
70 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HA www.bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/ cheltenham/
Purslane is a small, independent familyrun restaurant in the heart of Cheltenham which specialises in the freshest, sustainably-caught seafood from British waters combined with the best local, seasonal produce the Cotswolds has to offer. Our bi-monthly changing À LA CARTE MENU and weekly-changing LIGHT LUNCH menu capture the flavour of the best of Britain’s wild larder. The fish we use is sourced from small, inshore dayboat fishermen who use handlines and nets off the coast of Cornwall. They don’t damage the seabed by trawling and they land their fish on the same day it’s caught so it can be fresh on your plate the very next day.
16 Rodney Rd, Cheltenham GL50 1JJ. 01242 321639 www.purslane-restaurant.co.uk/
Petit Coco Bistro
Welcome to Petit Coco. A Classic French Bistro in the heart of Cheltenham. Come and enjoy traditional cuisine made from the finest ingredients, come, and relax in comfortable atmosphere and enjoy fine wine and food. We are a hidden gem and look forward to greeting you.
2 Bath St, Cheltenham GL50 1YE. 01242 257343 www.petitcoco.co.uk/
Turtle Bay Cheltenham
As soon as you walk into any of our restaurants, you’ll spot our very own island bar taking centre stage – a homage to Surfside and the hundreds of other beach shacks of the Caribbean that share its friendly, feel-good spirit. And as you take a seat and stay a little longer, you’ll see that there’s so much more. A lot of rum, a never-ending backdrop of infectious reggae beats, and a feast of Caribbeaninspired food for any time of day or occasion.
Corner of Pittville &, Albion St, Cheltenham GL52 2LJ. 01242 529923 www.turtlebay.co.uk/restaurants/ cheltenham
The Coconut Tree Cheltenham
Experience an explosion of flavours in our vegetables, meats & fish along with sweet and fiery Coctkails... a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine. Bringing Sri Lankan Street food to the UK, expect an explosion of flavours in our dishes, meats & fish, sweet & fiery cocktails. 59 St Paul’s Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4JA. 01242 465758
KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar
Our Japanese restaurants are as colourful as the streets of Tokyo from where we draw our inspiration. A melting pot of Japanese cuisine, our contemporary menu fuses all that this delicious country has to offer, whilst our iconic and opulent design enhances your sense of culinary escapism and discovery. We’re a vibrant, day-to-night Japanese restaurant and bar, that’s a feast for all the senses. Dive into the freshest, handmade sushi and sashimi, steaming bowls of ramen, crisp tempura, pillowy bao buns and much more.
Unit 36, Regent Arcade, Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1JZ. 01242 507984 www.kibou.co.uk/
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie Cheltenham
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie brings relaxed, sophisticated all-day dining to the heart of Cheltenham Town Centre. From modern British classics to Asian-inspired cuisine and fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes, you’ll find something for everyone to love, seven days a week. Located in the stunning grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda building, the main restaurant offers a haven away from the everyday bustle. Beautiful Art-Deco detail, polished marble floors and striking leather banquettes ensure tourists, shoppers and locals alike can relax in style. Plus, for those special celebrations, there’s the refined glamour of our elegant private dining room.
Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier St, Cheltenham GL50 1SW.
An Interview with Gabriela Hughes, Head of Residential Design at Blocc Interiors
Tell us about Blocc Interiors
We are a specialist interior design company based in Worcestershire, although our work often takes us nationally. Established in 2009, we have expertise that spans over 30 years. Our team of interior professionals offers a bespoke personalised service to discerning private client homeowners.
What is your process for working with private clients when it comes to interior design?
Our journey together begins with a complimentary consultation. We help you develop a comprehensive design for your home, paying particular attention to your lifestyle, all-important wish list, must haves, design goals and any challenges. We talk together and explore what inspires you. Our role is to provoke your thoughts & emotion and simply just listen. To allow us to understand your initial thoughts and how you would like to experience your home to bring it to life through intelligent, considered choices on colour, texture, shape & proportion. We will discuss and agree the budget with you and how this is managed to your best advantage throughout the process. Once we understand your preferences, taste, and style we will interpret and create detailed mood boards which illustrate our proposed design scheme, complete with samples of fabrics & wallcoverings and any furniture finishes we intend to use in your design. It is at this stage we discuss and agree with you any alterations or additions you may wish to add. We have now reached the final design stage, we will present to you; final boards, a fully detailed inventory, furniture plan – showing you exactly where we have positioned all selected items and provide you with a full supply & install final quotation along with a timeline. Upon acceptance to
proceed, we introduce you to your dedicated project manager who works alongside us throughout the whole process, right through to installation day. Your project manager will organise the full programme of works and keeps you informed of progress every step of the way.
How can you help the owners of a new home achieve their interiors aspirations?
Most new homeowners want to personalise their new property to make a house into their dream home. Often properties come with colour schemes, designs and features from previous owners. That’s where we can help offering services from architectural design, project management, soft furnishings through to whole house transformations. Giving our clients the benefit of our expert knowledge, is to offer suggestions and ideas, and push the boundaries for a statement result that is ultimately all about the homeowner, their home and their lifestyle. Working with us will be exciting and liberating rather than an intimidating experience!
Why choose Blocc Interiors?
It’s our attention to detail, we do sweat the small stuff, scheduling of timelines, first class project management, adhering to your budget once the design has been agreed, please come and enjoy the experience with us.
A Word from Philippa Simpson Managing Director
I just love meeting & listening to people, obsessed with delivering innovation combined with impeccable service, I ensure dreams come true and ensure we exceed all expectations in terms of both design and service.
P h i l i p p a Managing Director G a b r i e l a Head of Residential Design 07775 765681 07889 267460
Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.
‘Virtually’ all you need
Cheltenham Connect www.facebook.com/groups/CheltConnect
Enjoy Cheltenham More www.facebook.com/groups/enjoycheltenhammore
Cheltenham News www.facebook.com/groups/390356181378485
Love Cheltenham - Supporting Local Businesses www.facebook.com/groups/lovecheltenham
Help out in Cheltenham www.facebook.com/groups/4768912003224552
What’s on - Cheltenham West in England www.facebook.com/groups/WhatsOnSAHW
Big Local Cheltenham www.mobile.twitter.com/biglocalchelt
Planet Cheltenham www.mobile.twitter.com/planetchelt
Help and support from your local Council
You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm
You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.
Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Cheltenham Borough Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.cheltenham.gov.uk
Planning & Building Control
Unsure which services you need?
If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.
Please note that many developments will require both.
What is planning?
Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).
You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:
• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building
• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties
• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes
• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas
• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access
• change the density of development in an area
• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties
• have an effect on existing trees
What is building control?
Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.
105, Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1NW www.hamptons.co.uk