Where To Take Your Mum For The Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend
Where To Take Your Mum For The Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend
Where? Queens Hotel Cheltenham by M Gallery
Exactly? The beautiful old spa town of Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds, UK
Why? In celebration of International Women’s Day and for an early Mother’s Day treat, the lovely guys at M Gallery invited me and Mama Rakhit (aka Mama Style Traveller) over to the Queen’s Hotel Cheltenham for a lovely weekend mini break.
Keep scrolling to see what we got up to…
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Top image: me and mum standing outside the neo-classical architecture of the Queens Hotel, which is an iconic landmark of the famous spa town.
Above: Us enjoying afternoon tea in the elegant duck-egg blue tea room at the hotel.
Celebrating International Ladies Day
It is ladies first in Cheltenham – the town is home to Cheltenham Ladies College and also the Cheltenham Festival where many incredible female writers and authors share their work every year. The hotel is also just 10 minutes from the stunning Faithfull House, a charity created by Lilian Faithfull who advocated women’s rights and was one of the UK’s first female magistrates.
On arrival mum and I were treated to some lovely in-room goodies, including well curated beauty products like lavender sleep oil, nail polish and face creams.
To welcome us to the room we were also brought a delicious International Women’s Day cocktail adorned with real rose petals, home made chocolate cookies and Women’s Day logo balloons. How thoughtful.
The Queens Hotel Cheltenham
Cheltenham has long been the cultural heart of the Cotswold since the first natural spring was discovered in 1716. It became a vibrant and fashionable regency travel destination, which royalty including King George III visited in order to bathe in its medicinal waters.
Built in 1838 the Queens Hotel was named in honour of Queen Victoria, who is rumoured to have once stayed in the Montpellier Suite. It was one of the first purpose built hotels in Europe and underwent a £5Million refurbishment in 2015.
Recently refurbished to incorporate modern-meets-traditional interiors, some of the original period furnishings have been restored to their original splendour.
The wallpaper in the central stairwell dates back 180 years and looks just as fresh as it did on the day it was hung (pictured above). Other features such as columns, ceiling roses and the hand carved wooden bar which was shipped three times to and from India still graces the hotel.
Food and Drink
The in-house restaurant at the hotel serves up a fantastic daily breakfast buffet, from a traditional full English or eggs-your-way to more healthy options like fresh fruit, freshly baked breads, cereals and juices, there are plenty of choices to fuel you through a day of sight seeing.
What to do in Cheltenham
After a hearty breakfast we decided to explore the old spa town. We started with a morning stroll around the beautiful parks and gardens which surround the hotel, then wandered into town to do a spot of shopping and a visit to the local art gallery.
After a lovely sunny morning taking in the beautiful Palladian and neo-classical architecture, we walked back to the hotel just in time for afternoon tea. Which happens to be the best afternoon tea in town.
Afternoon Tea at The Queens
One of best places in town to enjoy afternoon tea is in fact the Queens Hotel. Whether you opt for champagne and cakes in the glass orangery or tea and the full tiered savoury and sweet selections in the drawing room (like we did) one thing is for sure, you need to be hungry. The cakes and sandwiches are super delicious and super instagramable too!
Post afternoon tea, in order to indulge in some pampering treatments we decided to head to The Chapel Spa in Cheltenham town centre. It’s only a 5 min drive or 15 min walk away.
We tried out the special Mother’s Day packages where you get to have a treatment, including massages, manis and pedis, enjoy a dip in the spa pool and sip on a glass of bubbles. The perfect way to feel pampered before a night out.
Above: me and mum ready for our massages in the Chapel Spa gowns and below, the perfect spa plunge pool.
Dinner at the Ivy
Lucky mama! After our spa treatments we nipped back to the hotel to get changed then enjoyed dinner at the spectacular Cheltenham restaurant, The Ivy.
Housed in the stunning Grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda Building make sure you book a table in the fabulous dome-ceilinged central room for a really special evening. I highly recommend the famous Ivy shepherd’s pie and the oysters are delicious.
After a good nights sleep and another yummy breakfast we had enough time to spend an hour or so taking in the beautiful lawns and lakes of Pitville Park and the historic Cheltenham Pump Rooms, which is the original site of Cheltenham Spa. What a great way to end a lovely weekend.
Huge thank you to M Gallery The Queen’s Hotel for treating me and mum to such a fantastic weekend away. To find out more about the hotel and book a trip for you and your mum check out the website here.
And also a special thank you to Papa Rakhit (pictured below) for taking such great photos of me and mama! Even though you did try and eat the afternoon tea before we had finished photographing it. Ha ha you deserve it, thanks dad ;)
That’s all from Cheltenham for now. Next stop Berlin.
Happy International Women’s Day and Happy Mother’s Day to you all!
Bon voyage xx
To see more of Bonnie’s adventures with M Gallery in Windsor and Bath click here.
Aaaw Bonnie! That was such a super experience you and your mom both had, right? Coincidentally, I also took my mom to a spa date and event; she loved it too!
It’s so nice doing things like that! glad you have done it too x
What a great moment and how sweet of you to take your mom out. It will always be a special time for her.
You ladies clearly having a blast!I love the picture when both of you rocking the red dresses! I wish I saw my mom on Mother’s Day though ;(
There’s always some feeling of accomplishment and delight every time I bond with my mom. This place looks really amazing I bet you and your mom had a great time together!
Thanks Elai, I loved it x
That was so sweet of you for treating your mom to a very relaxing and fun day. Taking her to a spa is a very good idea.
Oh your mom is so pretty, no wonder where you got that pretty face.. And that was such an early and sweet treat for your mom..
hehe oh why thank you xx
I don’t have a mother, however, seems u had fun and the place looks good. ✌
so so sweet and aaww inspiring.. love the pics and looks like you and your mom had a wonderful time..
This looks like such a lovely way to spend Mother’s Day! The food looks absolutely delicious!
WOW…this looks amazing. Your mom is so adorable. we should appreciate them while they are still with us. I love tey pic of the pool and the stair. You are so creative :)
Thanks so much Tescha x
Oh how lovely! My mum woudl love this and the food looks amazing! I think I will consider something like this in the future!
Your dad was a good sport to take photos of your experience. My passed a few years ago but your description of the afternoon tea reminded me of her and how much she loved the tradition too ❤️
Lovely photos of you and your mother! Your papa has great skills. (: It looks like you all had a very nice getaway in Cheltenham. Both my wife and my mother would probably enjoy staying there. The architecture and historic feel of the town are right up their alley. Thanks for sharing your experience!
What a lovely place to take mothers to. My mum would love to experience this. Love little getaway.
Good thing I read this post, now I need to get thinking about how to make sure my mom has a special day and this post surely helps!
This looks like such a great place to go. And I think she really enjoyed it! I need to make plans with my mom, too. Fun ideas!!
Looks like such a great way to celebrate Mom for Mother’s Day. I love all of those photos, looks like you gave your mom a wonderful gift.
It looks like a great place to take your Mum on Mothers Day, my Mum is away for Mothers Day this year so we will go out another time to celebrate
This is so sweet! So glad you had a chance to treat your Mum to a special pampering session. The afternoon tea looks amazing. Also, The Ivy looks like a very special place. It would be great to see a photo of the food.
It was dreamy x
This seems like a dream. I always look forward to making my mother feel special on such occasions. Thanks for the suggestion.
Its great isn’t it x
What a neat place! I love the picture of the two of you on the stairs. What a treat to take a trip here for Mother’s Day or another special occasion.
This would absolutely be an amazing trip together. I would love to do something like this with my mom!
What a beautiful gift! I really liked your concept and now I think I would plan something like this on my mother’s birthday. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and sounds like she enjoyed this treat.
It seems like you guys had an amazing time! Happy to see this, and thank you for the tips.
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That looks like such a fun thing to do for mother’s day. I know it would be lovely to go to a mother’s day thing like this. I will have to check with my daughter if she would like to do something like this for her mother.
Such a lucky Mom! I suddenly miss my mother whom have not seen for two years already!
Oh I’m sorry I hope you see her soon x
My mom would love the tea! The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful. You and your mom look like you really enjoyed yourself too.
I loved the tea too x
I LOVE mother daughter trips and this looks so fun! A great way to spoil mom!
she was very pleased x
This is so sweet! I love all the pictures of you and your mom together. You can tell you guys had a blast.
So cute! Your mother must have felt very special during this great day!
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she loved it x
This seems lovely. I love the idea of a short trip or staycation as a gift.
Its a great gift x
Taking your mom to spa, is the best idea. I would love to do something like this with my mom on her birthday.
you so should x
Looks like it was an amazing experience, and definitely gives me some goals for future Mother’s Day gifts. Thank you for sharing!
we had a great time thanks
That’s a lovely idea for Mother’s Day. Not long now to decide what to do /buy. I’d love to visit this hotel and maybe even try that afternoon tea, yum!
It is so heartwarming to see photos of a mother-daughter bonding time. You really know how to make your mom feel extra-special. It makes me miss my mom. I wish I did more for her when she was still with me.
I love this mothers day idea about weekend gateway.
Awww! Mama had a grad time, no doubt about that. I need to visit Cheltenham one day for the history and spas. absolutely beautiful!
What a nice place. I wish I could take my mom here but we are far apart from each other.
What a great way to treat your mom to a mom/daughter date! The food looks amazing, you ladies both look lovely and I can tell from the pictures you had a great time together! :-)
t was lovely x
thanks for the tips and tricks shared.
my mom and sister would love this!
It’s such a beautiful place with nice design. I would definitely take my mum here
glad you like x
What better way to celebrate international womens day than with your mom? This looks like it was perfect! Also I love all your dresses in these photos!
I love this!! Looks like you had the most amazing time with your mum. Perfect for international womens day for sure xx
it was, thanks for coming by x
The Queen’s Hotel looks just stunning! Perfect spot for a well-deserved, well-enjoyed getaway. How fantastic that you were in a place with such a rich history of women authors and women’s rights advocates for International Women’s Day, too!
thanks so much
You and your mom are equally beautiful! I often bring my mom to a spa whenever she’s stress. Hahaha!
good looking maam