Most top hotels in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds are already booked up for next year’s Cheltenham Festival, so if you had your hopes pinned on living it up in one of their rooms, you’re going to be disappointed. From No. 131 The Prom to Hotel du Vin, and even as far out as Ellenborough Park, Cowley Manor and Barnsley House, there’s not a room to be had for race week from March 14 to 18 in 2023.
Interestingly – and possibly because of the very high price bracket – you can still nab a room in Cheltenham’s most iconic hotel, The Queens, if you act quickly, but you have to have very deep pockets or have a sure-fire first past the post bet already lined up. However, do not despair, as there are still plenty of gorgeous places to book in and around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds for the most popular week of the town’s events calendar.
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We have searched out the quirkiest and eclectic, stunning, and opulent Airbnb places – and The Queens - available for next year’s Festival. All prices are based on a four-night stay from March 14 – 18, 2023.
From £2,831 for a double room
It’s the pinnacle of hotel opulence in Cheltenham and THE place to stay in the town during race week, but it doesn’t come cheap. This MGallery hotel holds pride of place in the town’s fashionable Montpellier quarter and rooms go very quickly for the Festival, so you have to get in quick.
Its majestic setting has the heritage and grandeur of the neo-classical era, with its grand columns and elegant restaurant and tearoom. Rooms are fully equipped with en-suite facilities and every comfort, and the town’s top restaurants and bars are a stone’s throw away. This is the way to do the Festival, if you’ve got deep enough pockets.
£665 for 2 guests
Everything about this quaint little cabin is exquisite, from the bold colours on the walls to the original vintage fixtures and fittings. Built in 1906 within an area of outstanding natural beauty, this original timber framed and corrugated iron building has been restored, contrasting vintage industrial with contemporary modern design.
There’s an open plan living with fully equipped kitchen and dining area, plus a cosy nook at the far end with a large sofa and flat screen digital TV to watch the day’s racing highlights. Farrow & Ball dark blue paint contrast with the accents of copper and tongue and groove cladding. Another feature is the gorgeous pink-painted bathroom with a copper shower and original vintage basin and original vintage basin.
£754 for 2 guests
The entire front of Peglars Barn is glass which brings the stunning Slad Valley to you at all times, with only bird song to distract you after a busy day at the races. This property has everything you’d need for a five-day stay, including a super king-sized bed, walk-in shower, laundry and loo, fully equipped kitchen and huge TV.
Situated on the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way, you just need to step outside your door to fit in a quick walk around this beautiful part of Gloucestershire before heading off to Prestbury Park. Nearby Stroud, Painswick and Cirencester too, there is no shortage of restaurants that won’t be heaving with racegoers.
£1,672 for 4 guests
If you prefer to be right where the action is – but still enjoy some peace and quiet – Little Portland would be ideal. Central but tucked away in Pittville, it’s just a short stroll to the racecourse, but also a world away. Although parking is tricky, you do get a free permit, and the owners also throw in a hamper with beer, nibbles and first day breakfast.
This quintessential Cheltenham townhouse is beautifully furnished, with gorgeous little decorative touches like the wrought-iron sofa bed, quirky wall decorations and eclectic vintage furniture. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and all the creature comforts to make your stay a memorable one.
£981 for 2-4 guests
Based just off the A417 Cirencester to Cheltenham road, The Little House provides luxury accommodation while preserving the unique character of the building. In an idyllic rural location, it has stunning views across the countryside.
If the weather’s fine you can eat al fresco in your private outdoor dining spaces and garden, or curl up with a book and enjoy the uninterrupted Cotswold views. The house is being renovated this spring to an even higher standard.
Can't get your head around the traffic light travel lists or just don't fancy a holiday abroad this year? There's plenty of options if you want to stay local and still have a break.
We've rounded up some of the best options for a UK holiday in 2021.
Holiday cottages and cabins:With properties in pretty much every corner of the UK and something for every type of family,Sykes Holiday Cottageshave a number of deals for school holidays and term time. New coronavirus measures are in place so you know your holiday is covid safe. Or get back to nature with aForest Holiday,with cabins set in beautiful woodland.
Holiday parks:There's something for everyone at the big name holiday parks.Havenhas deals starting at as little as £179, whilePontinshas a huge number of offers and free room upgrades on selected breaks.
Hotel deals:If you don't fancy self catering or fancy a city break thenBooking.comhas rounded up some of the best hotel deals for the summer, you can book attractions and car rental too.
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£1,327 for 4 guests
A short drive across the Golden Valley from Cheltenham, this stylish apartment is just a short hop from the centre of historic Gloucester. With its high ceilings and large living space, it’s ideal for two couples or four individuals, and is just minutes from the bus and train stations for easy access to Cheltenham.
Beautifully decorated and furnished, the apartment has a stunning vintage-tiled bathroom, and dark, bold colours on the walls. It’s also not far from trendy Gloucester Quays, perfect for shopping and eating out with an array of restaurants to choose from.
Penthouse with Hot Tub
£6,048 for 4 guests
If you really want to live it up during race week and have deep pockets, this penthouse apartment in the centre of Cheltenham is worth considering. It has a hot tub on the roof terrace where you could relax in style after a hard day’s racing.
There’s a breakfast bar, fully equipped kitchen, private parking and stunning views from the roof terrace across the town. You might need a lucky streak of wins during the festival to pay for it, but you’ll be the envy of all.
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