Friday September 7, 2018
No. 1 – History
Founded in Anglo Saxon times, the town takes its name from the River Chelt which runs through the middle. In 1716, pigeons were discovered pecking at salt crystals in a spring thus heralding the start of Cheltenham’s fame as a Spa town. You can still experience the spa waters that initially made Cheltenham famous, at the iconic Pittville Pump Rooms – though we believe them to be an acquired taste! The gardens surrounding the Pump rooms are perfect for strolling as are the magnificent Imperial Gardens, arguably marking the centre of town. Eye catching floral displays surround a beautiful central fountain, surmounted by the statue of “local celebrity” Gustav Holst. More recently, the construction of the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) has led to increasing prosperity and employment. It is now one of the country’s most important surveillance facilities.
No. 2 – Architecture
Cheltenham started life as a market town, quickly becoming famous for its Spa waters. This is reflected in the architecture. Beautiful Regency town houses sit alongside quaint artisan cottages, with a plethora of dressed Cotswold stone facades. Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is a fashionable place to live with easy access to some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside too.
No. 3 – Education
There are several renowned independent schools located in Cheltenham including the famous Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College itself and Dean Close. State schools too are excellent with acclaimed Pates Grammar being one of the top grammar schools in the country. Superb state comprehensives offer choice and help to keep property prices high and stable. It is best to live as close to the school of your choice as you can possibly afford!
No. 4 – Restaurants and Bars
Cheltenham is well served with both; from The Ivy, recently opened to great acclaim to The Daffodil located within a stunning 40’s built old cinema. Prithvi is known to be one of the best Asian restaurants in the county and has a waiting list as long as your arm! If you are merely looking to quench a thirst, the town is famous too for its varied and friendly pubs and bars. Try The Retreat and The Beehive, located in the distinctive Suffolks area, much frequented by locals. The Montpellier Wine Bar, known fondly as The Wine Bar, has to be visited too.
No. 5 -The Races!!
No description of Cheltenham would be complete without mentioning our fabulous racecourse. Located at Prestbury Park, it is one of the most iconic National Hunt courses in the country. People flock to the various Race events throughout the season. During Cheltenham’s famous Festival Gold Cup week, the town is taken over by racegoers, many of them Irish, and the atmosphere is electric. Though it is fair to say living by the Course itself can make the commute a tad tricky at times!
If you think Cheltenham might be the place for you and your family to live do give us a call to discuss your mortgage options. Or check out our website for more detail. Cheltenham can be an expensive place to live but may well be less costly than you think!