Located within a ten minute walk to Cheltenham town centre and opposite leafy Pittville Park in the Cotswolds, lies No 38 The Park. A charming restored Georgian townhouse with a warm and welcoming exterior.
The first thing I take into account when staying at a hotel are the details, therefore I was thoroughly impressed when a wax sealed welcome note was waiting for me in my room.
After exploring the hotel I realised these type of details are what makes No 38 The Park unique. Luxe interiors in each bespoke bedroom, seagrass woven carpets contrasting against mahogany leathers, patterned tiles in the hallway, geometric wallpaper in juxtaposition with vibrant artworks by British artists.
The hotel embodies everything that you would expect from an eclectic English countryside retreat and much more.
We checked into Room One for two nights, which was previously the dining room. I thoroughly recommend this room if you are after extra space as the room is considerably spacious and also located on the ground floor which makes it conveniently accessible from the front door and with no stairs to climb, is ideal for those travelling with small children as we were.
What impressed me the most was the luxurious bathroom, two large doors led to a free standing soaker bathtub found in the staggeringly oversized bathroom with walk in double showers and double basins and a day couch to sit on the furthest end.
Plush bathrobes were hung invitingly and Bramley bath products, made from natural botanicals and essentials oils, were placed alongside Aqua Di Parma toiletries. Our daughter also had her own Little B Child’s Hair & Body Wash provided by the hotel.
A fabulous night’s sleep followed a day of fresh country air, and this was due to the gloriously soft Egyptian cottons and emperor sized bed which almost certainly made sure we were in for a peaceful night. A little luxe detail was the hidden tv, which arose from within the bedframe with the press of a button.
The turn service which included a flask of hot chocolate and biscuits which were discretly delivered by housekeeping staff to ensure they didn’t wake our two year old daugter, was greatly appreciated.
Baby cots, as with our daughter’s pictured, are complimentary and folding beds can be arranged for older children. The hotel has 13 bespoke rooms, designed by interior designer Georgie Pearman and are creatively decorated with a nod to traditional English countryside interiors and touches of modernity, alongside an eclectic collection of antiques and art.
The advantages of a smaller boutique style hotel essentially means guests receive dedicated attention, for example, on arrival the staff knew our names.
The staff at No 38 The Park went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. They also let us know about the extraordinarily large children’s play park in Pittsville Park opposite the hotel, which could rival Kew Gardens new children’s area, and is located a short 5-10 minute walk from the hotel past huge leafy Pencil Cedars, Holm Oaks and Japanese maples to name just a few. There is also a picturesque lake filled with ducks which our daughter found a treat. We didn’t have a chance to visit the Pittville Pump Room, however it is Cheltenham’s grandest spa building and the benefits of its mineral waters have been recognised since 1716.
Breakfast undoubtedly was one of the highlights of our stay. A buffet style set up with freshly squeezed juice, pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, breads and jams. Eggs were made to order, as were the pancakes, which were fluffy and delicious, and the coffee was great, and would leave many Melbournian baristas with some stiff competition.
We dined at the renowned Indian fine dining restaurant known as Prithvi, and were mesmerized by the tantalising flavours. The open plan kitchen gave us a great view of Chef Taj Uddin at work creating his signature dishes. I tried the Queen scallops accompanied with mackerel ceviche, panch puron, cauliflower and kale crisps as a starter. The scallops were perfectly cooked, aromatic and packed with flavour.
For the main I ordered the Halibut with brown shrimps, black mustard, coconut, pickled chilli jus and samphire pakora which was sensational and redefines the use of traditional Indian ingredients as each dish had a contemporary twist. And finally, I ended the evening with Callebaut 54% chocolate, honeycomb and salted caramel ice cream, which completely satisfied my sweet tooth. I would recommend you book a table in advance, as Prithvi fills up fast.
Larger groups can book the elegant private dining room which is just off the restaurant and has the most regal fireplace.
The hotel is also pet friendly which is fantastic news for your four legged friends. From tartan pet beds to special treats, no luxury is spared in order to make them feel at home.
Overall No 38 The Park provides a home away from home for families, couples or friends looking to escape to the country for the weekend. Its proximity to London is ideal and a great country side retreat for those who are after tranquility and green open spaces synonymous with the Cotswolds. We also managed to the visit the Primrose Vale strawberry fields on the way back to London followed by a Sunday roast a quaint traditional pub, therefore the 2 hour drive does have its perks.
Our room at No 38 The Park inclusive of breakfast starts at £310 per night and can be booked online here.
Reservations at Prithvi Resturant can be made by calling 01242 226 229 or reserving a table online here.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our stay at the No 38 The Park do pop them down below!
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
*This is an honest review of No 38 The Park by way of a media stay in July 2019.