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Train Rides and English Countryside

Old World Meets New World at the Montpellier Chapter Hotel

Train Rides and English Countryside - Old World Meets New World at the Montpellier Chapter Hotel

Train Rides and English Countryside

The California chick at the Winesleuth has done it again with her uncanny ability to search out and find the most interesting places to relax, enjoy and unwind. The Montpellier Chapter Hotel and Spa is just one of her many finds and she gives all of us a nice peak inside.

“I love train travel, whizzing through the English countryside, I was on my way to Cheltenham Spa to sample the new menu and visit the recently opened The Montpellier Chapter Hotel and Spa. It probably helped that I was travelling in First Class courtesy of First Great Western. I’ve heard various things about train services here in England, but my trip was seamless and bang on time, with nice comfy seats and best of all, 2 electrical plugs at each seat so I could recharge both my laptop and iPhone at the same time on the 2 and a half hour journey there.

The Montpellier Chapter Hotel is a new venture from the Swire Hotel group of Hong Kong. The vision behind the Chapter hotels is to have all their hotels in “striking buildings, rooted in their location and designed to reflect the skills and vision of the people who have inspired them.” The Montpellier certainly fits the bill, the entrance being an original Grade II listed building that has been renovated in a modern style and has  contemporary additional wings added onto the back of the building. There is a lovely courtyard in the middle of the hotel as well as a conservatory for tea. My favourite bit was the reception desk which consisted of a giant grooved wooden ball about 1metre high and a metre wide with a laptop sitting on top of it for check in, that was it, nothing else – very minimalistic.”

Getting away is always a good thing but there is nothing worse than taking time off and having a less than favorable experience. When you can know about places like this ahead of time you will always be assured of a restful, enjoyable and memorable time.

Photo credit Trevor Lowe

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