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, whose exotic influence 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 and heavenly beds. In the restaurant, service is discreet and food contemporary, sophisticated and delicious, while the relaxed, pubby Horse Box with its stunning blue-painted bar, has a Cotswold-inspired menu, with a terrific choice of cocktails. There’s an outdoor pool, an intimate spa and a private path leading to Cheltenham Racecourse. Where better to stay during race meetings?
Just a short stroll from the hotel will land you at the top of Cleeve Hill which is the highest point of the Cotswolds – giving you breath-taking views across Cheltenham, the Malvern Hills and on a clear day, the Black Mountains of Wales.
David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen have been running the country’s most critically acclaimed restaurant since 1987. Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham has been awarded 4 AA rosettes and a Michelin star.
The Suffolks, in the historic spa town of Cheltenham, are filled with a mix of independent shops from fashion retailers to art galleries and home interiors.