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Hilden Lodge Has Had A Face lift!

AExterior 1s a luxury B&B nestled on the outskirts of the stylish town Cheltenham, our bed and breakfast  is perfectly positioned for those wanting to visit Cheltenham, just a 5 minute    journey away; without paying the premium prices of the town centre. Cheltenham is a cosmopolitan town, attracting visitors from across the UK and abroad.

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Now that the clocks have gone back and the first cold snap of the season is here, thoughts inevitably turn to Christmas. The Cheltenham Christmas Market  comes to town from the to the 21st December. It opens  at 11 am on Sundays and 10am on other days and closes at 5pm Sunday to Wednesday,  with late night opening to 8pm on other days.

The promenade is such a lovely venue for this traditional festive treat. If you can’t find that special Christmas gift then you can always treat yourself to a foodie break. My favorites are a crepe with a glass of mulled wine, but you if you are looking for something a bit more filling and unusual then ostrich burgers and kangaroo burgers are on the menu.

Guests at Hilden Lodge can take advantage of our seasonal special offers.  Stay 3 nights and get an extra 10% off, giving you more time for Christmas Shopping.

If you don’t feel  like cooking on the big day itself then Melissa can take all of the pressure off. We are serving the traditional fare  on Christmas Day between 12pm and 2pm. This is open to residents and non residents but must be booked in advance.

Greenbelt Festival 2013:Life Begins

Greenbelt Festival Night Time

Greenbelt at Night

Greenbelt during the day

Greenbelt during the day

Greenbelt Festival Camping

Greenbelt Festival Camping





Everything is coming together for the Greenbelt Festival 2013 at the Cheltenham Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th August.

There is a great lineup including Courtney Pine, Jon McGregor, Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray plus so much more. The festival includes music, literature , film, comedy, worship and the visual arts.

Clare Balding and BBC 2′s Good Morning Sunday are broadcasting from the site on Sunday.

The greenbelt festival has been running since 1974 so is 40 years old this year. Hence the title Life Begins. It aims to bring people together to explore faith, arts and justice issues. Its history is firmly rooted within a Christian Tradition, focusing strongly on inclusion, accepting of all regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background or belief. The greenbelt festival website hosts a fascinating archive of photos videos and talks going right back to the early days.

Things have changed a lot since the early days. The organisers are making a feature length documentary film – The journey so far featuring rare archive footage of the humble beginnings in a field in suffolk. See here for a clip.

Now the Greenbelt Festival has fully embraced electronic age and it is possible to download the Daily Diary PDF and preorder the festival guide. Click here for details.

95% of the festival population camp. Camping is very well organised. There is an early curfew area for families and areas for Deaf and Disabled Camping. Caravans and Motorhomes have designated areas. 

However we still get plenty of guests every year for whom camping is not the best option. For greenbelt festival accommodation they prefer a nice warm bed and one of Melissa’s famous breakfasts. As the Greenbelt Festival is such a family affair, often the youngsters choose to camp but the wiser ones stay with us, but rooms book up quickly so click here to reserve. 


Prescott Speed Hill Climb going strong after almost 80 years

The Prescott Estate has been hosting annual  speed hill climb s for nearly 80 years. Every year it has a full schedule of events from April to October, Highlights of this season so far have been the British and Midland Championships 27th/28th April,  Le Vie en Bleu 1st/2nd June and  Midsummer Speedfest  29th/30th June.

Still to come we have  Vintage Sports Car Club Weekend 3rd/4th August,  British and Midlands Championship Weekend 31st Aug/1st Sept and finally to round the season off The Autumn Classic 5th/6th October.

Speed Hill Climbing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport. It started almost as soon as there were vehicles to race.  The sport follows a very simple format which hasn’t changed since its inception; all vehicles are timed from point A to point B from a standing start. In 1947 the RAC formalised speed hill climbing in the UK with the start of the British Hill climb Championship (the first such championship in British Motorsport) and the championship is still going strong to this day.

The 1127 yard course rises over 200 feet via short straights, fast and slow corners and a breathtaking hairpin, with the fastest modern racing cars completing the course in an exciting 36 seconds. The layout of the course makes it ideal for spectators with plenty of vantage points.


The organisers also run driving schools and Corporate Days all year round.

We often get guests at the B&B that are planning to go to the Hill Climbs, One year we had a car park full of Morgans. This sport has a personal fascination for me as my father used to compete in the late 60′s. When I was researching this piece I clicked on the list of record holders and found the name of one of my father’s oldest friends- Dave Franklin, holder of the record in 1974.




Walking the Cotswold Way

Every year we get a number of visitors who are walking the Cotswold Way which runs for 102 miles between Bath and Chipping Campden, Visitors on Tripadvisor have described it as “A Unique way to see the Cotswolds”; ” Fabulous Views!”; “Beautiful Scenery”; ” Englands Green and pleasant land”.

The Cotswold Way runs for most of its length along the Cotswold Escarpment hence the magnificent views. In May 2007 is was given the status National Trail. The National Trail website has lots of information about the route including what to do if chased by aggressive cows. It appears that you should let go of your dog and allow the cows to chase it. Apparently a dog can easily out run a cow so should not be harmed. Beware if you have a Yorkshire Terrier.

Various companies run Walking Tours. They arrange your accommodation and luggage transfer in a B&B or guest house and provide maps and guidance allowing you to do the walk in Style.

It normally takes 7 days to complete the walk from its start at the Market Hall Chipping Campden to its finish at Bath Abbey. Highlights are World Heritage City of Bath, views over River Severn to Brecon Beacons in Wales, Malvern Hills and Forest of Dean. National Trust properties of Dyrham House and Horton Court; Broadway Tower and Somerset Monument tower follies; old mill towns of Painswick, Stroud & Dursley, Devils Chimney at Leckhampton Hill; Belas Knap Long Barrow, Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey.

The organisers have also started to plan shorter circular walks that take in part of the route. Details and plans are available on the website. The closest to us is the Leckhampton Loop which passes through Charlton Kings Common.

The Cotswold Way passes within 2 miles of Hilden Lodge. We can provide bed, breakfast, evening meals, packed lunches and drying areas for your damp clothes in inclement weather.  We can also put you in touch with companies to arrange luggage transfer.