Cheltenham Literature Festival Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Literature Festival Holidays
from £619pp £579pp

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 PDFs for each holiday.

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


The 2020 Programme will be released in September but we have included the 2019 Programme to give you a taster of what to expect

 

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


The 2020 Programme will be released in September but we have included the 2019 Programme to give you a taster of what to expect

 

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


The 2020 Programme will be released in September but we have included the 2019 Programme to give you a taster of what to expect

 

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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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. 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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Alban O’Brien

Alban has spent a lifetime sharing his enthusiasm for literature with people of all ages: pupils in secondary schools, trainee teachers in a Faculty of Education and since 2012, a great many HF guests as well. He describes the three pillars of his life as his family, his football team and Shakespeare.

He also has a passion for travel and history, for mountains and moorland, for lakes and lochs, for landscapes and seascapes – as well as for HF leadership in Britain and Europe. After many years holidaying with HF as a walking guest, he is keen to ensure that those who travel with him enjoy their time together, explore new and interesting places and discover the fascinating stories always to be found there.

“Excellent. An impressive range of knowledge and a real love of the area and its history.”

 

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
04 Oct - 08 Oct
4 Literature Festival £619 £579 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Literature Festival Holidays

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