Cheltenham Literature Festival Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Literature Festival Holidays
from £545pp £520pp

Every autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as some of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians and poets help us celebrate the joy of the written word. From the comfort of our country house you’ll travel to the festival each day to enjoy full days soaking up the atmosphere and attending talks. Three events from the festival programme are included. Our leader will be on hand to explain their background and provide context.

Holiday Highlights

  • Soak up the festival atmosphere with a like-minded group
  • Get the most from your break with talks and discussions from our knowledgeable leader
  • Enjoy free time to explore the local area or relax in the Country House

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Coach transport to and from the festival
  • Good quality tickets for performances and festival sessions
  • Discussion or talks led by your HF Holidays’ leader

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Enjoy the festival at your own pace, then meet up again for the following:

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Corbyn's Labour: Poised for Power? (L135)

Venue: The Times’ Forum

Idolised by some, demonised by others, Jeremy Corbyn has ripped up the rule book since becoming leader of the opposition. Editor of the New Statesman Jason Cowley (Reaching for Utopia), author and political adviser Liam Young (Rise), national coordinator of Momentum Laura Parker and Labour MP Nick Thomas-Symonds explore why Corbyn’s Labour has captured the imagination of so many, consider whether his policies present a viable alternative for Britain and discuss the challenges that must be overcome if Corbyn is to successfully bring this radical new Labour into government.

5.45pm: Leave the festival to return to the country house


Enjoy the festival at your own pace, then meet up again for the following:

4pm – 5pm: Marina Warner: Forms of Enchantment (L176)

Venue: Town Hall (Pillar Room)

This is unallocated seating, so please queue early.

In this beautifully illustrated lecture, the celebrated writer and critic explores stories and symbols in artists’ work and considers the role art plays in shaping values, socially and psychologically.

5.45pm: Leave the festival to return to the country house


Enjoy the festival at your own pace, then meet up again for the following:

10.45am – 11.45am: Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy (L189)

Venue: Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

Historian and journalist Max Hastings presents his masterful new chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century which proved a tragedy for the US, but above all for the Vietnamese people.

5.45pm: Leave the festival to return to the country house


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat, with the trimmings and flourishes you’d expect. All set in a stately Georgian house that mirrors the mellow architectural styles of the Cotswolds and retains many of its original features; the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. As well as 29 bedrooms, two lounges, a cosy bar and pleasant dining room, there are further feathers in this handsome house’s hat. Quintessential English countryside, described by JB Priestly as, ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countryside’, is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails from the Cotswold Way to the Gloucestershire Way and Monarch Way waiting for you to discover them.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
  • Ballroom
  • At the very top of the house is the observatory
  • Free WiFi in public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet law

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

  • Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent cottages. With 26 bright and airy bedrooms, Harrington House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: for a stylish stay opt for rooms 1 or 2, both large master bedrooms located on the first floor that come complete with some of the original Palladian features dating back to 1730, pretty feature wallpaper and views out of the front of the building of classic Cotswolds scenery. Alternatively, for a romantic hideaway, plump for Room 23 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day ambling through the Cotswolds, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the gardens or having a game of croquet on the lawn. Retire to either of the two lounges or climb the sweeping stately staircase to the very top of the house where there’s an observatory looking out across the rooftops of the village. Then pop in to the snug bar for a pint of local ale and a chin wag with fellow guests about their discoveries.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Harrington House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cotswold leg of lamb, Bibury rainbow trout and a selection of Gloucestershire cheeses, accompanied with Harrington House homemade chutneys.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Harrington House

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Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
07 Oct - 11 Oct Literature Festival £545 £520 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
2020
05 Oct - 09 Oct Literature Festival £599 £559 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Literature Festival Holidays

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