PUBLISHED: 00:16 16 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:18 20 February 2013
This very chic part of Cheltenham has a village atmosphere and is a great place to visit all year round. But at Christmas, well, it's pure magic! <br/><br/>Words by Tracy Spiers, photography by Victoria Jones
It has a village community spirit, promises the extra personal touch when it comes to customer service, provides an inviting continental atmosphere, a plethora of independent boutiques, shops, restaurants and coffee bars and boasts a stunning architectural and historical backdrop.
This is Montpellier, an attractive and fashionable pocket of Cheltenham. Its a magical place to be all year round, but with the additional Christmas lights and sparkle, it is worth visiting just to hunt out that extra special festive gift. One important date for the diary is the Montpellier Christmas Street Fair on Thursday, December 1 (5-9pm) when traders enter into the seasonal spirit, entertainers and musicians bring a sense of cheer and fun, Father Christmas makes an appearance, and food and drink is available in abundance. Money raised will support the work of Cotswold Riding for the Disabled.
Street Fair organiser Kathy Mottershead, a former Montpellier trader, is passionate about this particular part of Cheltenham. I love the area. I shop, eat and drink there. It has a friendly village feel to it and you could quite easily live your life there as it has everything you need.
And So To Bed
The home of exclusive, luxury handmade beds, stunning bedroom furniture, fine bed linens and eclectic accessories, And So To Bed has four floors to explore and has the largest collection of Vi-Spring mattresses in Gloucestershire. It also has deluxe beds inspired by historical designs, from chic French styles and pure brass Victorian beds to four posters fit for a castle.
Tel: 01242 523331
Bakers Fine Jewellery
Now open for business, Bakers Fine Jewellery displays a superb range of exquisite jewellery with exciting contemporary designer pieces sourced throughout Europe. They have a large and varied selection of antique and vintage items, modern jewellery and silverware. Owners say they have had a very positive response so far and are pleased to offer such a diverse collection of fine jewellery to our customers.
Tel: 01242 518342
Bang & Olufsen
Based in Montpelliers Courtyard, the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Bang & Olufsens showroom displays the full range of exciting and stylish beautifully crafted products from this innovative world. It has the very best in audio-visual equipment, whether its the latest in flat screens, plasma screens, loudspeakers, digital media products or multi-room systems.
Tel: 01242 578757
Blushes salons are recognised for their contribution to the hair and fashion industry, producing award-winning work and for creating a salon experience that has raised the benchmark for the British hairdressing industry. The Montpellier salon lives up to its exclusive address and is open six days a week with evening opening Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Tel: 01242 226644
Situated within the famous Courtyard development, The Burlington Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of both established and emerging artists. View an unforgettable range of contemporary original and limited editions, together with sculpture, jewellery and glass art. A bespoke framing service is also available.
Tel: 01242 515165
Boutique 3 stocks a range of designer fashion to suit a wide variety of ages and budgets. Friendly staff will help you find everything from jeans and t-shirts to wedding guest outfits. Stockists for D&G, Acne and Love Moschino among many more labels, Boutique 3s fine quality clothes are complimented by a range of footwear, accessories and jewellery.
Tel: 01242 519452
Specialising in classical, contemporary and antique jewellery along with antique silver pieces, Bicks was established in 1896 and is a family-run business with over 35 years of jewellery experience. Here you will find gifts for all occasions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and christenings. It also offers an in-house jewellery design service, enabling customers to design and realise their own special creations. Tel: 01242 524738
Specialising in ladies fashion and design, Caroline Charles is one of Londons most respected womenswear designers and offers cutting-edge ladies fashion design throughout the world.. Her clothes have been worn by celebrities, including Lulu, Marianne Faithful, Cilla Black as well as Emma Thompson who wore a Caroline Charles design to receive an Oscar. Tel: 01242 578111
Harvey Jones are opening their 22nd showroom at the end of November, in Montpellier Street, Cheltenham. The company offers quality bespoke handmade kitchens in traditional and contemporary styles. All its kitchens are designed and made to order and are unique to the needs of their owners, whilst always offering exceptional value for money.
Tel: 01242 331101; www.harveyjones.com
Natural stone tile expert Mandarin Stone displays a bounty of beautiful bathroom settings in its impressive showroom and offers endless ideas with its diverse range of stone tiles and flooring. Its range includes Limestone, Travertine, Slate, Marble, Granite, Basalt, Terracotta, Mosaics, Sandstone and now, Porcelain as well as a diverse range of Stone Bathware in a variety of materials.
Tel: 01242 530500;
Offering a unique and special range of childrens clothing and accessories for babies and children, Pretty Special also has a wide selection of wooden toys, Splashabout swimwear, a great selection of organic baby basics for those early weeks and 100 per cent natural oil, bubbles and all over cream for babies, especially those with sensitive skins.
Tel: 01242 262679
Creating beautiful British furniture to suit the most exacting requirements of any client, Roundhouse embraces the house, the home and the whole creative process from concept to completion. All Roundhouses stylish and bespoke furniture is made to order at its own factory in Malvern by its cabinet-makers and other specialists.
Tel: 01242 521900
Three shops in one, Showcase has been supplying dancewear, fancy dress costumes, souvenirs, speciality gifts and cards for over 19 years. Ground Floor provides an Aladdins Cave of choice in cards, gifts or local souvenirs; downstairs a comprehensive range of dance garments and footwear and lower still, thousands of quality fancy dress costumes to hire, covering a wide range of subjects.
Tel: 01242 224144
A mecca for stylish shoppers, Sandra Dee offers exquisite lingerie, designer nightwear and elegant swimwear. Top brands including Aubade, Marie Jo, Lise Charmel, Prima Donna and Luna di Seta, as well as swimwear by Roidal, Miracle Suit and Gottex. Sandra Dee has an abundance of regular customers and is proud of the personal service she can offer them.
Tel: 01242 238427
A curved fronted building decorated in gold leaf, The Ballroom has three floors of stunning fashion including the glamorous Evening Salon on the top floor, a must for Christmas and New Year parties. It also has the best selection of Mother of the Bride or bridegroom outfits in the West of England including Condici and Paule Vasseur perfect for a Christmas wedding.
Tel: 01242 584 094