An outstanding address on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is an immaculately restored, sumptuous Cotswold stone manor. Parts date back to 1500, bristling with turrets and towers. In the 1830s, it was home to Lord Ellenborough, who became Governor-General of India. The feel of the Great Hall and the Minstrels’ Gallery recalls the exoticism of India and the scandalous behaviour of Ellenborough’s beautiful wife Jane Digby. The designer responsible for reinventing the interior is the masterly Nina Campbell, whose 61 classically English bedrooms are furnished with antiques and heavenly beds. In the Beaufort Dining Room, the service is discreet and the food contemporary, sophisticated and delicious, while in the relaxed Brasserie, it’s classic British and Cotswold based. There’s also an outdoor pool, an intimate spa and a private path leading to Cheltenham Racecourse. During race meetings, where better to stay? Doubles from £159.
Name to Know: One of the concierges Jonathan Bennett, who is the hotel’s very own historian. With a wealth of knowledge on Ellenborough, ask him for a guided tour.
See: Grab a pair of Dubarry boots or Hunter wellies from our boot room and explore Cleeve Hill and the beauty of the Cotswolds right on our doorstep.
Eat: At the hotel, choose between casual dining and our deliciously tempting fine dining menu. The creative kitchen team have worked hard to create dishes that will tickle your taste buds.
Buy: We have a wonderful retail selection available at the hotel which ranges from some exquisite jewellery to clothing and bathroom products.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
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