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Books, poems and readings from world-famous authors make up this annual literature festival in Cheltenham, playing out over ten poetic days in October.

Every autumn, Cheltenham opens its beautiful Regency doors to a select number of eloquent writers, poets and speakers, over a series of events around the town. The literature festival has been around since 1949 and caters for book-lovers of all ages, hosted in various venues like the Town Hall, Imperial Square and Montpellier Gardens. Our luxury homestays in the vicinity are ideal for large group gatherings, providing luxury self-catering bases for book-loving groups enjoying several precious days of reading, listening, debating and writing.

 

Thanks to the event's central location in the heart of this stylish spa town, there are no shortage of food and drink outlets for guests to sample, as well as the secret visitor attractions to discover if there’s the need for a little break between the performances. Pop along to the town’s Art Gallery and Museum (also known as ‘Wilson’) and check for meets at the famous racecourse, also home to the annual Cheltenham Festival for jump racing. The area has a wealth of cultural experiences on offer for the well seasoned traveller.

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Anthology Farm

Anthology Farm

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

With acres of space and oodles of old stone style, these two traditional barns in the heart of the Cotswolds are perfect for large family gatherings or big celebrations.

Sleeps: Up to 18 guests
From: £7,995 per week, £6,395 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 10 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Heated indoor swimming pool, cinema room, tennis court and electric car charging point
Distance: Approx. 4 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Photoshoots at Anthology Farm

Photoshoots at Anthology Farm

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

As diverse as it is large, the 500 acres of Anthology Farm are an inspiring location in the heart of The Cotswolds with ample space, inside and out, to suit any creative brief.

Distance: Approx. 4 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Weddings at Anthology Farm

Weddings at Anthology Farm

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

An 18th century barn designed with love-filled celebrations and grand gatherings in mind, Anthology Farm is poised at the head of an ancient Cotswolds valley on the outskirts of vibrant Cheltenham, just two hours from London.

Sleeps: Up to 18, with 50 wedding guests
From: £15,495 per week, £13,695 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 18 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Wedding barn, heated indoor swimming pool, tennis court and electric car charging point
Distance: Approx. 4 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Evania

Evania

Bentham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Inspired by the colours and countryside of the Mediterranean, this Gloucestershire home with heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, is the perfect family retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £4,850 per week, £3,850 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, or three on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), hot tub, games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and television
Distance: Approx. 4 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Find

The Find

Cranham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Dynamic pairing of luxury architect-designed properties in a beautifully secluded valley location in the Cotswolds.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £15,895 per week, £14,895 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Trampoline, rowing boat
Distance: Approx. 6 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Zamani

Zamani

Cheltenham, Hawling, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Ancient Cotswolds barn meets contemporary charm at this luxury self-catering country house near Cheltenham. A stylish sanctuary for large family gatherings and a perfect private retreat to retire to with friends after fun-filled antics at the races.

Sleeps: Up to 10 guests
From: £6,650 per week
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Pool table
Distance: Approx. 7 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Gulliver´s Hall

Gulliver´s Hall

Bisley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Blending ancestral tales with elegant maximalism, Gulliver's Hall brings vitality to the soul; this is a secluded luxury self-catering home where escape where escapism and comfort are key.

Sleeps: Up to 21 guests
From: £8,250 per week, £5,995 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 6 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool (April-October), sunken spa bath, sauna, steam room, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, paella burner, games and cinema room, tennis court, croquet lawn, two type 2 electric car charging points
Distance: Approx. 11 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Midsummer Wood

Midsummer Wood

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

This magical Cotswolds millhouse calls you to run wild in private woodland, get lost amidst secret wildflower meadows, dive into a 12-metre indoor pool and unfurl within lavish Jacobean interiors.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £5,495 per week, £3,500 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Indoor heated swimming pool, two steam rooms, tennis court and games room with ping pong, gym and large TV
Distance: Approx. 13 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Elissa

Elissa

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Surrounded by miles of undulating countryside, this luxury self-catering home is all about life’s simple pleasures; drawn-out pub lunches, rural rambles and evenings in the hot tub.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests (2 adults and 2 children)
From: £1,750 per week, £1,295 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Hot tub
Distance: Approx. 13 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Flower Press

The Flower Press

Bibury, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Emerald green in spring and fire red in autumn, creeper-clad cottage The Flower Press is a restful self-catering retreat nestled in the welcoming arms of quintessential Bibury. Snow-white walls, candelabras, chandeliers and vibrant gardens brimming with anemones bring a feel of modern-day Provence to this gorgeous old Cotswold manse.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,850 per week, £1,450 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Distance: Approx. 14 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Palladian

The Palladian

Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Georgian in style and grand in nature, this self-catering Cotswold manor offers a true countryside escape perfect for multi-generational groups.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (6 adults and 6 children)
From: £4,350 per week, £3,150 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (both May - September), gym, tennis court, trampoline, small football pitch, table tennis and tree house
Distance: Approx. 14 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Filly Island

Filly Island

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Blending style with a big dose of ingenuity results in something truly quite magical here at Filly Island. This unique cottage near Cirencester is sat upon a tiny island accessed by a humpback bridge. Pre-loved finds are revivified to bring about the unique interiorscape at Filly Island. 

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £995 per week, £750 per short break
Pets: Two small well-behaved dogs are welcome
Distance: Approx. 17 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Wishbone

Wishbone

Malvern, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, UK

Tranquillity and romance unfold in the heart of the Malvern Hills at this rough-luxe self-catering barn conversion set in 16 acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wishbone is perfect for couples wanting to go off the radar into their own little paradisiacal land.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £1,450 per week, £1,095 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Fishing lake and fire pit
Distance: Approx. 19 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Hop Store

The Hop Store

Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK

Set within 150 acres of perfectly aligned hop yards, rolling meadows and juicy apple orchards, The Hop Store is idyllically situated on one of the last remaining hop farms in the UK. 

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests
From: £1,695 per week, £1,295 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Hot tub and fire pit, heated garden room, games room with bar, pool table, dartboard and giant jenga
Distance: Approx. 20 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Aviary

The Aviary

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional Cotswold stone provides the golden foundations for some striking modern flourishes at this luxury farmhouse retreat.

Sleeps: Up to 11 guests (10 adults and 1 child)
From: £7,000 per week, £5,250 per short break
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (May - September), tennis court, cinema room and trampoline
Distance: Approx. 20 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Little Scarlet

Little Scarlet

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

This luxury Cotswolds cottage is set in the heart of pretty Burford in Oxfordshire. Little Scarlet offers lovers a romantic retreat for stolen weekends and holidays in the rolling countryside, pottering between tea rooms and boutiques.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £1,650 per week, £1,195 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Distance: Approx. 20 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Atticus

Atticus

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Treacle-toned Cotswold stone, iron gates and heavy antique doors hint at this striking home’s colourful past. Once a court house and a later jail, Atticus can be found jostling amongst a row of fine period buildings at the end of Burfords' golden high street.

Sleeps: Up to 8 guests
From: £3,250 per week, £2,550 per short break
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Baby Grand Piano and fire pit
Distance: Approx. 20 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Inkwell Cottage

Inkwell Cottage

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Handcrafted, atelier in style and ever-so fun, this self-catering home in Burford is a pocketful of luxury throwing all conventionality out of its mullion windows.

Sleeps: Up to 2 guests
From: £1,095 per week, £850 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Distance: Approx. 20 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Dandelion

Dandelion

Kempsford, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Traditional on the outside, but with flamboyance and flair within, this luxury Grade II listed manor with a hot tub and bohemian yurt near the Cotswolds has a rambunctious makeup of rich colour, bold patterns, and unteachable taste.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests (+2 children)
From: £6,250 per week, £4,695 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 18 guests
Pets: Pets are considered on request
Features: There is a yurt, wood-fired hot tub, and DJ decks.
Distance: Approx. 21 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Photoshoots at In Clover

Photoshoots at In Clover

Witney, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

A Cotswolds cottage encircled by two acres of ancient bluebell woods just four miles north of Witney, In Clover is a shoot location where piles of stylish books, roaring fires and Soho House furnishings come as standard.

Features: Hot tub, outdoor kitchen with gas barbecue, treehouse, mud kitchen
Distance: Approx. 25 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Parsonage

The Parsonage

Ombersley, Worcestershire, UK

A beautifully designed Grade-II listed old parsonage with stunning gardens, set on the outskirts of Ombersley in the rolling green Abberley Hills.

Sleeps: Up to 12 guests
From: £3,750 per week, £2,650 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 & Up to 4 guests
Pets: Sorry, no pets
Features: Tundra hot tub, gaming snug and Peloton bike
Distance: Approx. 27 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Huntlington House

Huntlington House

Great Witley, Worcester, Worcestershire, UK

A classic 17th century Jacobean hunting lodge with a glam rock heart, Huntlington House is a luxury Worcestershire manor with indoor pool and wellness spa, tennis court and children's play area.

Sleeps: Up to 14 guests
From: £8,250 per week, £6,250 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 8 guests
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, or three on prior request
Features: Indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, gym, tennis court, hedge maze, outdoor children´s play area and outdoor kitchen
Distance: Approx. 29 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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Burdock Fox

Burdock Fox

Chippenham, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, The Cotswolds, UK

With its wisteria clad façade and knock-your-wellies-off interiors, Cotswolds lovers are sure to adore a break at Burdock Fox.

Sleeps: Up to 4 guests (+ 2 children)
From: £1,850 per week, £1,395 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 & Up to 2 guests
Pets: One well-behaved dog is welcome
Features: Basement cinema room
Distance: Approx. 29 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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The Ruby Barn

The Ruby Barn

Sandford St Martin, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

Bringing a touch of Californian chicness to the Oxfordshire countryside, this luxury barn conversion has been fashioned with soul.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
From: £2,695 per week, £1,850 per short break
Alternative Group Option: Up to 2 guests
Pets: Two well behaved dogs are welcome
Features: Children´s play area with slide
Distance: Approx. 30 miles from Cheltenham Literature Festival as the crow flies

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