Cheltenham Literature Festival Holiday

Bourton-on-the-Water

Code: BNALC

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • Indoors
From £505.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

Cheltenham's inspirational festivals have been at the forefront of the UK's cultural scene since the inaugral music festival in 1945. Each year more than 2,500 musicians, writers, scientists, performers and thinkers entertain and inspire. 

We’ll select 3 outstanding events from the festival programme on our 4-night holiday and our leader will be on hand to explain their background and 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

Price includes

  • 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
  • Illustrated talks from your HF Holidays’ leader
 

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

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 lawn

Dining

AAn example of Bourton-on-the-water evening mealll 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

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and age of Harrington House, it is not recommended for wheelchair users or anyone with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and internally there are some steps to negotiate.

More details on Bourton accessibility

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

Itinerary

This is the 2018 itinerary, to give you a flavour of how the holiday works. The 2019 event details will be available at the end of August 2019. Our reservations team can take your details and contact you when this programme is confirmed.


Tickets

We’re sure that you’ll have a great festival with the tickets we’ve included (detailed below). For all other events that you wish to see independently, please contact the Cheltenham Festival Box Office directly on 01242 850 270 or book online at Cheltenham Festivals.

Timings

Each day we’ll leave the country house at 10.15am so that you’re at the festival grounds for 10.45am, ready for any 11am events you may book. You’re then free to visit as many or as little other events as you’d like. We leave the festival site each day around 5.45pm so that you’re back at the house in time for dinner. Each evening your leader will talk through the following day's events to give you that extra insight into each speaker and/or publication.

Monday 8 October 2018

You're welcome to check-into your room from 2.30pm (1pm for premium rooms). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

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

Wednesday 10 October 2018

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

Thursday 11 October 2018

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

Friday 12 October 2018

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

Bus

By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

Leaders

Alban O’Brien

Alban has been a teacher and student of literature for over 45 years. He has shared his enthusiasm for novels, plays and poetry with people of all ages, from pupils in secondary school to graduate and post-graduate trainee teachers in a university Faculty of Education, and, since 2012, with HF guests.

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

 

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7 Oct 2019 BNALC - Cheltenham Literature Festival - Bourton-on-the-Water 4 £545.00 £505.00 Save £40 Per Person Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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