As Winkworth has opened the doors to our new Cheltenham office, we take you through where to go and what's on in this charming spa town...
Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is a spa town in the south west of England.
Where to go
Understandable when considering the sheer volume of tourists who flock to the area, there is a wealth of amenities available. In Montpellier you’ll find an abundance of independent boutiques, the Promenade is home to upmarket fashion stores and art galleries and The Suffolks is a haven for antique collectors. It is also the home of the dramatic Daffodil restaurant situated in a stunning 1920’s art deco cinema in Suffolk Parade.
The town is a gastro delight for foodies. With three restaurants recently included in the 2017 Michelin guide. Namely No.131, a boutique Cheltenham townhouse hotel and restaurant. Along with The Tavern, a fabulous bistro and No 38, an elegant Cheltenham townhouse restaurant.
Other popular haunts include the well known Brasserie Blanc, the trendy Firestation Bar and Crazy 8’s cocktail bar. Just outside the town is The Royal Oak, a sixteenth century pub, which has featured in The Daily Telegraph’s top seventy inns in Britain.
Highly regarded for its cultural events, Cheltenham regularly plays host to a myriad of events including the Jazz, Science, Music and Literature festivals. Many local art events are regularly displayed in Montpellier gardens, too. It is also home to four theatres, including The Everyman, The Playhouse, The Bacon and Parabola Arts Centre.
Cheltenham racing festival is also a huge draw, hosting the best jumping action in the country on Gold cup day, and with an average of over 200,000 punters pouring in during the four-day event.
Cheltenham Spa railway station is located on the Bristol-Birmingham line, and is located a mile away from the town centre. Monday-Friday, commuters are served by The Cheltenham Spa Express, which runs to London Paddington.
The M5 also provides easy road access into the Midlands and the south west of England.
Cheltenham is home to an abundance of good schools that cater to a variety of parents’ requirements.
Primary schools include St James’ Church of England, rated Outstanding and Christ Church of England Primary School. Charlton Kings Primary School is rated Good, as is St Mark’s Church of England Junior School. Secondary options include Pittville Secondary School, rated Good, and Chipping Campden School, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
For those looking for alternatives, Pates Grammar School was founded in the sixteenth century, and boasts a rich and varied history, as does the historic Cheltenham College, a co-ed boarding school. Cheltenham Ladies College offers both day and board places.
The property market
Cheltenham has experienced strong house price growth over the last few years, with 2016 prices up 7% on the year previously and 12% on 2014. The average house price currently stands at £301,599.
Over £600,000,000 is bet during the annual races.
We are pleased to announce Winkworth’s further expansion into the south west of England with the launch of our new office in Cheltenham. Headed up by director Tom Mayfield, Tom graduated with a degree in property, before moving to London to work in estate agency. Tom comments:
“Having worked in the fast-paced, challenging market in Central London, I gained valuable experience in how a successful estate agency should be run and I am delighted to have the opportunity to put this into practice in Cheltenham. The town is energetic and vibrant, the architecture is stunning, the parks a delight from busy London; furthermore, the racecourse was a huge draw for me, and the local people are so friendly.”
If you have any questions about the property market, or if you just fancy a chat, do pop in to say hello to Tom and his team.