Ellenborough Park – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
An outstanding address on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is an immaculately restored, sumptuous Cotswold-stone manor, parts of which date back to the 15th century. In the 1830s it was home to the Earl of Ellenborough, former governor general of India – the influence of his travels is visible in the Great Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery. Nina Campbell has reinvented the interior, with 61 classically English bedrooms furnished with antiques, rich fabrics, heavenly beds and roll top baths. There’s an outdoor pool which is heated all year around, and an intimate spa, as well as a private path leading to Cheltenham Racecourse. Food is contemporary, serving British classics with a twist. New al fresco options for this year include quirky dining carriages, and the stylish Cedar Pavilion pop up tent, alongside its sunny patios with lawn and racecourse views. Guests can enjoy a cocktail from the converted horse box trailer bar while watching the sunset across the racecourse. Where better to stay during race meetings?
Doubles from £239
+44 (0)1242 545454; ellenboroughpark.com