133 Promenade Cheltenham, in association with 131 Promenade
Ralph Guilor Architects were appointed by Dunkerton Properties LLP in conjunction with The Lucky Onion to prepare proposals to refurbish and renovate 133 Promenade Cheltenham from offices to hotel accommodation which will now be combined with the existing hotel facilities of 129 and 131 Promenade.
This fine Grade 2 listed Regency villa is located within Cheltenham Borough Councils Central Conservation Area. Formally occupied as offices the building had fallen into a state of disrepair with leaking roofs, extensive dry rot outbreaks, and a veranda suffering from subsidence among some of the major concerns.
The original rear garden had become a mundane tarmacadamed area for car parking and to the front all the railings were missing with the gate piers suffering from neglect and weather damage.
However many of the original architectural features remained, although earlier works to the building in the 1970’s had caused the loss of a stairway, fireplaces had been removed, some walls had been removed and the basement had lost all of its original features.
Having worked closely with the Cheltenham Planning and Building Control Departments and with the contractors Dowdeswell Estates Ltd, the construction works have recently been completed and 133 Promenade has just opened, forming an important addition to the hotel facilities in 131 Promenade.
The restoration works not only included the full restoration of this fine building (including a restored veranda, new fireplace, restored covings, joinery and stairs, a new roof and rebuilt chimney missing stacks), but also a fully landscaped front garden with new railings to match those that were missing and restored entrance Stone Piers. A new conservatory has been added, which now houses a bar which will service the newly landscaped garden and seating facilities to the rear of the property.