Lizzie and Nik have obviously put a lot of thought into this venture. The welcome was great - with helpful suggestions of sightseeing around the Cotswolds and lots of information about the immediate area.
There is free off-street parking for about 8 cars (depending on the abilities of your fellow guests to park in a straight line!). The room I had was bright, airy and beautifully decorated. The bed was very comfortable and there were plenty of pillows. The wardrobe smelt nice (I know that's an odd thing to comment on - but you know it's a bad sign when the wardrobe smells stale!) and it was adequately roomy. There was plentiful drawer space, two good well-positioned mirrors , a comfy chair and a dressing-table stool.
The room was equipped with a radio/alarm which even I could work out how to use, a small but deceptively-powerful hairdryer, a good-sized kettle and tea/coffee/hot chocolate/biscuits. Also an information pack. There was a TV/DVD player and - joy of joys - a very comprehensive DVD library which Lizzie and Nik are happy for guests to borrow from. Free wifi is available in all rooms.
The bathroom was small but spotlessly clean, loads of hot water and a nice basic range of toiletries. I would have preferred a larger bath towel but that's just me being fussy.
The only meal on offer was breakfast - the selection was good, the food delicious and the coffee - fantastic.
Whilst no evening meal is offered you are welcome to take your own cold food up to the rooms or to order a takeaway to eat in the dining room. Otherwise there is a really nice pub-eatery a short walk away.
Hilden Lodge has a bar available until 10pm with a good selection and some particularly nice local bottled ales.
It is an easy drive from Hilden Lodge to all sorts of Cotswold delights and a 20 minute walk into the centre of Cheltenham, or 35 minutes if you're lazy, overweight, ate too much breakfast and the weather is hot!
A good tip = look at the Hilden Lodge Facebook page - it has more information about what's on in Cheltenham than any other source I could find on the net!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilden Lodge is in the Heart of the Cotswolds only 1.5 miles away from the centre of Cheltenham, with close links to Trains & Bus services. We are only 3 miles from the famous Cheltenham Race Course known for the Gold Cup. You can enjoy the local shops & sights as well as venturing out into the Cotswolds where you can enjoy breathtaking views. We have number of guide books to help you decide. With fully cooked breakfast included in the price of your room, hospitality tray with complimentary water & toiletries. We have 12 rooms of varying size - from Single, Double, Twin & Family Rooms, we also have a suite of two adjoining rooms when booked together. Some of our Superior Rooms have Bath & Shower. We also have a small bar with a good selection of wines, beers & spirits. So if you are on business, seeing family or looking for a getaway why not base yourselves here as we intend to make your stay comfortable and a pleasurable one. We are continuing to upgrade the property as we speak, while ensuring that the beauty and integrity of the building remains intact. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilden Lodge Cheltenham/Charlton Kings