Cheltenham Literature Festival Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights

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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

The 2021 Programme will be released later this year. As the 2020 festival was hosted virtually, to give you a taste of what to expect please see the 2019 programme below.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


 

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 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.

 

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 24 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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. Food at Harrington House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Harrington House

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Getting to Harrington House

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