What is Cheltenham like?
Cheltenham is a highly sophisticated and cultured town. Famous for its magnificent municipal gardens and elegant Regency and Victorian architecture — a legacy of its heyday as an ultra-fashionable spa town — it hosts a clutch of highly regarded annual festivals embracing classical, jazz and folk music, literature, film, comedy and science. Its two theatres, the Everyman and the Playhouse, present a year-round programme of drama, dance and music.
We focus on Cheltenham and an area within a 25-mile radius of the town, including the North Cotswolds as far as Broadway on the North Cotswolds/Worcestershire border. However, we also offer prime country property throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire, extending to Ross-on-Wye near the Welsh border.
Property in Cheltenham
Cheltenham itself is characterised by the marvellous array of Georgian, Regency and Victorian property that make it one of the most elegant towns in England. The core market is for Regency villas or Victorian terrace townhouses, the epitome of sophisticated style and period charm, priced between £500,000 and £1.5 million. There is also a good choice of new-build apartments and conversions from around £300,000.
Cheltenham sits on the threshold of the Cotswolds, England’s most fashionable rural location; the area’s highly desirable villages offer a great variety of cottages, village houses, rectories and manors. More traditional country living is to be found in Herefordshire.
For perfect Regency villas, try The Park and Park Place.
For grand Victorian townhouses, look in Montpellier, Cheltenham’s prime location that includes such smart addresses as Imperial Square and Bayshill Road.
For new-build properties in Cheltenham, try Century Court or Ashfield House.
For classic Cotswold villages, head to the Slaughters, Shipton Oliffe, Cowley, Naunton or Broadway.
The local scene
Montpellier and The Promenade are cosmopolitan shopping areas, offering a sophisticated selection of boutiques, coffee shops and wine bars. The town’s busy sporting scene is dominated by the famous racecourse, where each year the Cheltenham Festival is a highpoint of the National Hunt racing calendar; the Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious races in the UK.
The surrounding countryside is some of the finest in England, ranging from the gently rolling Cotswolds to the wilder but classically pretty landscapes of Herefordshire, with their views of the Welsh mountains. The area’s classic country towns inlcude Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds, and Ledbury and Winchcombe.
Trains from Cheltenham to London Paddington take about two and a half hours; services from Kingham, 25 miles to the east, take about 90 minutes.
The M5 provides fast access south to Bristol and Exeter and north to Birmingham. The M4 is four junctions away, heading straight into London and passing Heathrow Airport.
Birmingham Airport is about an hour away.
Schools in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is world-famous for Cheltenham College and The Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The area’s other superb independent schools include Dean Close School, St Edward’s RC School and The Richard Pate School in Cheltenham; The Kings School, Gloucester; Malvern College; Hereford Cathedral School; and The King’s School, Worcester. The highly sought-after state schools include Pates Grammar Secondary School and Balcarras Secondary School.