Montpellier House

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Have you ever spotted something in a hotel and wished it was for sale? Toiletries and bathrobes aside it’s not very common that you come across a hotel or bed and breakfast where you can literally buy everything. At Montpellier House, a five bedroom self-catering townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham, you can do just that and believe me, especially if you’re a fan of antiques, you will want to.

The property, which opened in June, has been transformed by owner Andrew Chard from its tired persona as a hotel into a luxury bolthole that seamlessly celebrates the grandeur of the Regency period with modern touches. The building was gutted from top to bottom during the year-long renovation project which saw the period property brought back to its former glory. Beautiful pieces, such as the original doors and architrave that divide the William IV double reception rooms, were discovered under plasterboard and now frame the space beautifully along with the striking inkwell deep blue shade that graces the walls and ceilings.

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Andrew wanted to inject life and personality into the space, and after a false start with more traditional scheme, he decided to work with Andrew and Sarah Seccombe of Blighty Antiques and Interiors in Cheltenham, to create an eclectic décor that embraces the history of the property and the Regency town. The idea was to make Montpellier House look and feel homely without being overly precious about the antiques so that guests don’t feel intimidated by the surroundings and they’ve certainly achieved that.

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Upstairs the five elegant en-suite rooms are named after famous people from the Regency era and each has a slightly different colour scheme. The Beau Nash master suite, which was previously three small bedrooms in its previous incarnation, is now a vast light-filled room that looks out on to Montpellier Gardens. The custom-made four-poster bed is the star of the room and compliments the decadent duck egg blue and gold Vivienne Westwood wallpaper.

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The kitchen and dining suite, which also features striking Vivienne Westwood wallpaper, can be found in the basement and is the perfect space for entertaining whether you want to cook for yourselves or take advantage of the private chef that can be arranged to make it a truly relaxing getaway.

The five-bedroom self-catering property has a two-night minimum booking and costs £500 per night exclusive of VAT.

www.stayinmontpellier.co.uk

www.blightyantiques.com

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Previously deputy editor on Living France magazine, Anna McKittrick is now a freelance journalist and blogger based in Cheltenham in south-west England.

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