Ellenborough Park – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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An outstanding address on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is an immaculately restored, sumptuous Cotswold-stone manor, bristling with turrets and towers, parts of which date back to 1500. In the 1830s it was home to Lord Ellenborough, former governor general of India – the influence of his travels is visible in the Great Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery. The peerless Nina Campbell has reinvented the interior, with 61 classically English bedrooms furnished with antiques, rich fabrics, heavenly beds and roll top baths in the bathroom. In the oak-panelled restaurant, service is discreet and food contemporary, sophisticated and delicious, while the more relaxed, pub-like Horse Box with its stunning, blue-painted bar serves up British classics with a twist such as wild boar burgers and fish and shellfish pie, alongside a terrific choice of cocktails. You can also pre-order a picnic hamper full of goodies to enjoy in the grounds. There’s an outdoor pool, an intimate spa and a lovely rose-scented patio – as well as a private path leading to Cheltenham Racecourse. Where better to stay during race meetings?
Doubles from £204, B&B
+44 (0)1242 545454; ellenboroughpark.com