Famous for horseracing and its mineral springs, few other English towns can complement both traditional and contemporary architecture with each other like Cheltenham. Even those staying in Cheltenham short term accommodation can still get a feel for the town’s exclusivity within minutes of being there.
Amongst Gloucestershire’s most principal settlements, Cheltenham is a spa town sat on the edge of the Cotswolds. The town and its almost 120,000 population actually reside beneath Cleave Hill. The hill overlooks the town as the highest point in the county of Gloucestershire (nearly 1,100ft). It is this location and the impressive Regency architecture across the town which attracts an abundance of festivals and their respective crowds to the town all year round. The most recognised being Cheltenham Festival held at the town’s racecourse. The event marks one of the biggest days on the horse-racing calendar. Festival-goers can enjoy four days of the most prestigious jump racing event of the year, leading to the award of the Gold Cup.
Cheltenham is often recognised for more than just its festivals though. For instance, the town was not only voted in the past one of the UK’s best towns to live, but it has also been acknowledged as home to one of the best shopping high streets (The Promenade) previously likewise. What’s more, easy motorway access to the M5, along with main railway and airport connections has enabled Cheltenham to become a centre for tourism and business. All in all, the Regency town has a lot to shout about and booking stays in Cheltenham extended stay apartments allow guests the best chance of seeing all the town has to offer.
Corporate accommodation is vital for such a business-orientated location such as Cheltenham. The town has such an attractive business climate, enough to persuade several international companies to relocate here. Vertex, Ultra Electronics and Kohler Mira all have headquarters here. The town’s growing financial connections also means the likes of Zurich and Endsleigh Insurance base themselves there too. Thus, creating a need for Cheltenham corporate accommodation.
Examples of business support are numerous in Cheltenham too. Corporates can check the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce website for news on networking events, request support from the ‘Great Business’ and ‘Growth Hub’ initiatives, or visit the ‘Gloucestershire Federation of Small Businesses’ website which promotes the interests of the self-employed and smaller firm owners.
The town has continued to propel itself forward in terms of its own economy as well. The council have undertaken a five-year strategy which targets promoting Cheltenham on an international scale. This is aimed to secure foreign investment for the town. The local economy is then enabled to blossom, thus benefiting Cheltenham’s community. This would build on the fact that Cheltenham is one of the best places in the UK to live, raise a child and shop thanks to the town centre retail facilities. Moreover, part of the strategy is to expand farther on the already strong transport connections. This includes a popular train station, very close international airport and easy access to the M5.
Unmistakably, the opportunity for successful business seems to be at its peak in Cheltenham right now. With that, as expected, comes a demand for more available Cheltenham serviced apartments allowing guests long term stays and an ideal base for guests to travel to-and-from.
Cheltenham long history stretches back to the Anglo-Saxon village which existed over 1200 years ago. From then, Cheltenham became a market town following the early 1200s. This had been the basis of its economy up until the eighteenth century. In the same century, the town was also regarded as one of the country’s leading spas. The Gloucestershire town, of course, also owes much to its Regency roots. It was King George III’s stay in the town which cemented its reputation as an exclusive and fashionable location. Naturally, the town grew in popularity, particularly in the centre of Cheltenham, meaning the population consequently doubled between 1700 and 1800.
Cheltenham’s reputation as a spa town began to dwindle though around the mid-nineteenth century. It was during this period that construction of Regency buildings became more common. Both the Spa waters and Regency architecture can still be sampled today. Especially upon visiting the beautiful Pittville Pump Room just outside central Cheltenham. Nowadays though the town has also been shaped by the influences of the twentieth-century industrialisation. Cheltenham developed craft industries and significantly contributed to the manufacturing required for the World Wars. Since, the town has maintained a focus on business quality, whilst also promoting its status as a tourist resort. Around the start of the millennium, 6,000 people were employed in the tourism industry to support the likes of the many Cheltenham festival. To grasp a closer look at how the town has become the way it is today, be sure to stay in our range of Cheltenham luxury serviced accommodation. CULTURE &
Whilst staying in our Cheltenham corporate housing, business travellers can appreciate the town’s excellent cultural scene. Locals and tourists can enjoy Cheltenham’s many festivals, which celebrate literature, food & drink, jazz, music and science, before retiring to the comfort of one of SITU’s Cheltenham aparthotels. Tourists may also though wish to continue the experience at some of the many clubs, restaurants and bars in Cheltenham. The town is also known for the culture of horse-racing, headed by the annual ‘Cheltenham Gold Cup’. The race takes place every year during the town's festival in March, enticing over 250,000 to visit Cheltenham racecourse every year.
The town's popularity, however, does not just stem from the town's many events. Accommodation in Cheltenham also benefits from sitting just west of a mass of green space and stunning landscape. The Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is just on the doorstep of those staying in Cheltenham. Around 38 million visitors visit the 800 square miles of superb scenery, picturesque towns and villages every year.
It’s hard to miss the plethora of traditional Regency-style buildings around the town too. In fact, Cheltenham has been labelled as ‘Britain’s most complete Regency Town’. Worth visiting is Cheltenham’s most iconic Regency feature, The Caryatids in Montpellier. Visitors can be in walking distance from their Cheltenham furnished housing to see these ‘armless ladies’ sculptures for themselves. There is also the Cheltenham Town Hall, built in the early 1900s. Home to an all-year-round programme of major social events, festivals and exhibitions, the hall is an architectural beauty. It radiates the period of Cheltenham history in which it was built.
Overall, the blend of the town’s extremely rich history, which is displayed wherever visitors go, along with the blossoming business climate and beautiful nearby landscapes, Cheltenham truly shows it has it all. For the best chance of experiencing all the town has to offer, book a stay in a centrally located Cheltenham extended stay apartment.
Easily the closest airport to the town of Cheltenham is Gloucestershire Airport, just a few miles to the west and just off the M5. Cheltenham Spa train station is just a five-minute drive from the airport too.
There is also the Number 94 bus service which stops just 900m from the Gloucestershire Airport entrance, which runs between Gloucester and Cheltenham. The next closest international airports to Cheltenham are Bristol and Birmingham, which are just over an hour away to the south and north respectively. Whichever airport you choose to use for travel to-and-from the town, upon request, airport taxi transfers could also be arranged via our Cheltenham corporate housing.
Situated almost one mile away from the town, Cheltenham’s only train station has very regular services and has several bus connections.
It is situated along the Bristol-Birmingham main line with the train operators Great Western Railway, CrossCountry and Transport for Wales running its many services enabling travel across the UK.
Located in the town centre, the Cheltenham’s main bus station, Royal Wells, grants access to anywhere across the area. Based along Royal Well Road and conveniently just next to a strip of Cheltenham restaurants and bars, this is where a significant bulk of the town’s bus routes stop off.
There are also two Park & Ride services located in Cheltenham operated by the Gloucestershire County Council, one at Arle Court and another near Cheltenham Racecourse.