The Ogmore Brass Band stay at Hilden Lodge

At the end of last month we were pleased to have the Ogmore Brass Band from South Wales stay with us at Hilden Lodge.  The band were in town for the National Brass Band competition held at The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse 22nd-23rd September.  We hugely enjoyed hearing them practice in our dining room after they enjoyed Melissa’s delicious curry buffet!  For more photos of the band, please see our Facebook page.

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Successful Hen Weekend at Hilden House

Last month Shelley and Aidan hosted a fantastic Hen Weekend at Hilden House.  The bride and her guests enjoyed homemade afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones and jam together with Pimms and champagne, all served in our pretty courtyard garden!

Thank you for posting such a lovely review on TripAdvisor we were delighted that everyone had such a great weekend.

Celebrate your Cheltenham Hen Weekend in Style

Our 2 luxury B&B’s are the perfect base for your hen weekend in Cheltenham giving convenient access to the town and all it has to offer, whether you are planning a relaxing afternoon at the spa, a day of shopping or just a night out in one of the many bars or restaurants.

Alternatively, why not have a truly memorable hen weekend by using one of our properties for your own unique party.   Call the team to find out more about our exclusive use availability and let them help you plan the entire weekend!

Whatever your requirements for your Cheltenham Hen Night our team can help, contact us to find out more.

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Glowing press review for Hilden Lodge and their evening meals!

We have had another fantastic press review – this time for Hilden Lodge.  Well done to Wayne and Melissa for receiving such high praise and for their evening meals in particular!

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Impressive Autumn line-up at The Everyman Theatre

This Autumn there is an impressive array of productions and famous names at our wonderful Everyman Theatre here in Cheltenham making it a great choice for a theatre break in the run up to Christmas.

See a quick round-up of our highlights below:

 Wed 12th – Sat 15th September 2012
‘Relatively Speaking’ by Alan Ayckbourn – comedy starring Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon
Mon 17th – Sat 22nd September 2012 ‘The Handyman’ by Ronald Harwood starring Timothy West and Caroline Langrishe
Sun 23rd September 2012 Comedian Al Murray brings his show ‘The Only Way is Epic’ to Cheltenham
Tues 30th October – Sat 3rd November 2012 ‘Steptoe and Son’ presented by the Kneehigh Theatre Company
Mon 18th – Sat 24th November 2012 ‘The Woman in Black’ – the acclaimed adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel
Fri 30th November – Sun 13th January 2013 Panto Season returns with The Everyman Theatre’s lively production of ‘Dick Whittington’


A full list of all upcoming productions at the Everyman Theatre can be found at

Cheltenham itself has something for everyone.  Spend a day looking around the beautiful Regency town or doing some early Christmas shopping from the large selection of boutiques and independent shops.  Alternatively, head out to explore some of the stunning Cotswold countryside and local attractions.  Then in the evening enjoy a wonderful meal from the huge range of restaurants available before taking in the show of your choice. Not forgetting our sophisticated night-life with stunning theatre performances all year round, there is never nothing to do.

In addition to a peaceful night’s sleep in one of our stylish rooms and a lovely home cooked breakfast the next morning, we can also provide pre-theatre drinks before you head out for the evening.

We pride ourselves in providing a truly personal service for our guests to ensure their visit to Cheltenham is as relaxing as possible.  Contact the team to find out more about arranging a weekend theatre break in Cheltenham this Autumn.


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Woodchester Mansion

Recently voted one of the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds in a poll last month conducted by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Woodchester Mansion is a stunning grade I listed Victorian Gothic Mansion near Stroud with a very intriguing history.

The Gothic mansion was built on the site of a previous Georgian House in a secluded Cotswold valley untouched by time.  It was mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873 and to this day has never been completed.  Today it is owned by the Woodchester Mansion Trust who have restored the building and turned it into a unique visitors’ attraction with a spectacular historic park.

Earlier this month there was another twist in the building’s curious history when archaeologists uncovered a “mystery” building not marked on any maps.  Their excavations were part of an ongoing project to restore Woodchester’s lost parkland.  It is thought that the structure, which was unearthed at an old stable block and is modern in appearance, might date from World War II when Canadian and American forces were stationed there.

Woodchester Mansion is located approximately 20 miles from Hilden Lodge and Hilden House and we feel if well worth the visit.  We will happily give directions and suggestions for other places to visit in the beautiful countryside around Stroud.

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The Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds

In celebration of 45 years of the region being a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds Conservation Board started a quest earlier this year to find the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds and following a public vote the following Seven were recently announced and we are pleased to note that they are all on our doorstep!

Westonbirt Arboretum – An historic and internationally important tree and shrub collection near Tetbury and one our area’s biggest tourist attractions.

Approx 26 miles from Hilden House and Hilden Lodge

The Rollright Stones – One of the most famous stone circles in England, an ancient Neolisthinc and Bronze Age site.

Approx 30 miles from Hilden House and Hilden Lodge

Cotswold Limestone – The beautiful Jurassic limestone used in so many of the area’s buildings which gives the Cotswolds its distinctive character.

Woodchester Mansion and Park – The stunning grade I listed Victorian Gothic Mansion which was mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873.

Approx 20 miles from Hilden House and Hilden Lodge.

Cotswold Way National Trail – Some 150,000 walkers are attracted each year to this famous walk stretching 102 miles along the Cotswold escarpment between Chipping Campden and Bath.

Hilden Lodge is situated within walking distance of the Cotswold Way and just an eight minute drive from the ‘Leckhampton Loop’. See our previous blog for more information.

Cleeve Hill and Common – The highest point in the Cotswolds at 330 metres, this site is also important for it limestone grassland, as well as its geological and landscape features.

Approx 5 miles from Hilden Lodge and Hilden House

Stroud Farmers Market – The fantastic multi-award winning Farmers Market which has become one of the country’s biggest and most popular with its mouth-watering range of organic and local produce.

Approx 14 miles from Hilden House and Hilden Lodge

Look out for more details on some of the above in our upcoming blogs.

Stroud Farmers Market

Woodchester Mansion

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Phil Cook walks 7 miles for Marie Curie Cancer care

Well done to Phil Cook, our Relief Manager at Hilden House, for taking part in the Cheltenham Circular Challenge on Sunday 24th June 2012.  Phil walked 7 miles with his son, Dominic, and together have managed to raise approx. £500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Phil’s Finish

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have a look at Hilden House’s excellent Press Reviews

Here at Hilden House we are very proud to have recently received some very rewarding reviews in the press.   Monmouthshire Countrylife gave us a glowing write up in their May edition touting Hilden House as the ideal base to explore Cheltenham – see the attached link to the full article

At the end of May Hilden House featured in the Jersey Evening Post:

“It (Hilden House) is a grand Georgian Town House which has been restored to create luxurious bedrooms in the heart of Cheltenham’s Pittville area.  Each ensuite room has been decorated very stylishly, mixing modern and vintage chic.

There is a beautiful courtyard area, and sitting in the dining room while sunshine streams through the windows to eat a home-cooked breakfast was a wonderful way to relax.

The B&B is run by Shelley and Aidan McGonigle, who make the perfect hosts – friendly and chatty as well as being very helpful and professional at all times.  They offered great advice on where to go and made bookings for us at local restaurants.”

For the full article see the attachment below.

The journalists at Manx Life have been similarly impressed with Hilden House and all that Cheltenham has to offer, as their latest edition featured a charming article on Cheltenham and The Cotswolds:

“Our base was the superb Hilden House Guest House – just a five-minute walk from the centre of town on Evesham Road, close to the Race Course.

Your hosts are Shelley and Aidan McGonigle who provide a homely yet professional and unobtrusive service.  Hilden House is within a beautiful Regency Terrace, and the hotel offers free parking permits for the road outside.  We were given a superior room at the front of the building and were impressed by both the space and attention to detail – it was like stepping back into the elegance of the Regency era but with all the mod cons.

Shelley and Aidan provide the kind of homely comforts no chain hotel could match.”

We couldn’t agree more! Read the attached articles in full -

Jersey Post

Manx Life

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Olympic Torch passes Hilden House

Olympic Torch passing Hilden House

The atmosphere here at Hilden House was buzzing last Wednesday afternoon on Day Five of the Olympic Torch relay, which saw the Flame start its 140 mile journey from Bristol, passing over the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, and arriving that evening at Cheltenham Racecourse carried by Zara Phillips on Toytown. We were all in prime position on the front lawn here at Hilden House where guests and friends were able to soak up the sunshine and excitement with a glass of wine or two! It was a very special moment when we finally got to see the Olympic Torch pass down Evesham Road, being proudly carried by an elderly lady, who was one of the 129 inspirational Torchbearers on Day Five.

We have chatted to so many people in our region who have enjoyed seeing the Olympic Flame during the first 10 days of its journey. It is good to see the Olympic excitement now begin to grow in anticipation of The Games later in the Summer! Visit to follow The Torch.

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Cheltenham

Here in Cheltenham there are so many events taking place to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee that it is impossible to write about them all. So instead we have picked out our highlights as follows:

Saturday 2nd June, 11 am – 3 pm
Jubilee Fete in Montpellier to include classic cars, slow bicycle race and children’s activities.

Saturday 2nd June, from 11.30 am
Summer Garden Party at Cheltenham Town Hall which will also include the Grand Opening of Skillicorne Gardens, a previously hidden, secret, walled garden together with Pimms, picnics and face painting. For more info visit <ahref=””>

Monday 4th June, 2 – 6 pm
Pittville Park Picnic and childrens fancy dress

Monday 4th June, from 10 am
The Suffolks Street Fair – Stalls and Jubilee themed entertainment

Monday 4th June, 10.15 pm
Ravensgate / Whistley Common Beacon – watch the beacon light up the sky above Charlton Kings

Don’t forget to check out our Jubilee offers.

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