This stunning 15th century country estate lies between the Cotswolds’ highest point and Cheltenham’s world-famous racecourse. Set in 90 acres of Cotswold countryside and with over 500 years of history, this former private stately home offers a quintessentially British experience. If there’s one thing you can say for this luxury 5-star hotel, it’s that everyone is welcome at Ellenborough Park. Kim Pearson reports…
Review: Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham
The spa offers a wide range of spa day options including mother and daughter days, babymoon breaks and romantic spa getaways. The treatment menu features a wide range of Elemis facials for all skin concerns. Amongst the spa’s cosy relaxation areas you’ll find a bar serving a range of drinks, including Ellenborough Park’s own-brand gin.
Don’t miss the unforgettable afternoon tea which can be enjoyed in The Hall in front of a roaring log fire in winter, or outside overlooking the grounds in summertime. The team of expert pastry chefs pride themselves on catering for all dietary requirements, from gluten free to vegan. Just make sure to give 24 hours notice.
Chef Andrew Birch’s menus focus on seasonal and local produce, drawing inspiration from classic British dishes. Sustainability lies at the heart of Andrew’s philosophy, from sourcing responsible suppliers through to the way he runs the kitchen. Ellenborough Park has two different dining options; The Restaurant and The Horse Box. The Beaufort moves away from your typical fine dining experience, offering a more flexible, relaxed style.
The seasonal, British dishes are complimented with a selection of carefully curated wines. The Horse Box is a relaxed and informal meeting spot popular with race-goers and families. Enjoy a coffee, a glass of something chilled, or congregate for a hearty lunch. Four legged friends are also welcome.
Ellenborough Park’s 61 bedrooms and suites have been individually designed by Nina Campbell, and her signature style makes the rooms amongst the most appealing in the UK.
Book it: Doubles from £189 inc. breakfast (dogs are welcome in 13 of the 61 rooms for an additional £25 per night). Spa Days from £106 (inclusive of two 25 minute spa treatments and full use of spa facilities).ellenboroughpark.com