Locations this good are rare, so it’s a surprise that this Grade II listed mansion in the centre of Cheltenham stood derelict for seven years before the Pearmans, the success behind The Wheatsheaf, carefully renovated and turned it into the trendy No.131.
   The handsome Georgian exterior is set back from the promenade by a neat, ever-busy terrace filled with a mixed bunch of guests enjoying the popular restaurant, and fashionable downstairs bar, The Crazy Eights. The restaurant is modern and harmonious with colourful furnishings balancing muted walls, and contemporary fixtures that compliment antique furniture and modish artwork. We especially like the neon sign at the end of the restaurant bar declaring ‘Sin will find you out’. The food, from head chef Antony Ely, is unsurprisingly delicious and has his signature informal, well-balanced style.
   Upstairs, the 11 bedrooms all have rustic wooden floorboards, a clever touch offsetting the contemporary flourishes - vibrant furnishings and muted matte walls - so they never feel pretentious. The bathrooms are a standout feature; they’re generous and have beautifully bold tiles, a welcome change to standard all-white.
   The breakfast tray at your door including juice, croissant and newspaper, is a thoughtful touch. At the weekends The Crazy Eights bar is the place to be with queues up the promenade for the cocktails, DJ and electric atmosphere.