Located near Cheltenham on the edge of the Cotswolds, Ellenborough Park is a fabulous country house hotel offering soothing spa luxury, fine dining and country pursuits, and a stay at Ellenborough Park will let you be as active or as pampered as you wish.
At a Glance
Wonderfully luxurious country house retreat outside Cheltenham
Relax in the pampering spa or enjoy a wide range of country pursuits
Ideal position for exploring Cheltenham, Bath and the Cotswolds
Superb fine dining, with a notable afternoon tea served
Ideal as a couples' escape, although families are also welcome
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Set overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse in a 90-acre country estate, Ellenborough Park is a rambling honey-stone manor house that originally dates back to the early sixteenth century. A stay here will let you enjoy pampering spa treatments, top-notch service and fine dining while also being very convenient for exploring Bath and the Cotswolds, or nipping into Cheltenham for one of its frequent cultural events. And when race day comes to town, you can even follow the horses with a pair of binoculars from the hotel.
Spacious and filled with all the facilities you would expect of a serious five-star hotel, Ellenborough Park’s 60 guest rooms are a contemporary take on traditional British country style, typically with striped wallpaper or wood-panelling on the walls, restrained chintz and floral prints. The Hypnos beds are unbelievably comfortable, and the en-suite marble bathrooms divine. Suites, in addition to offering extra space, have sumptuous roll-top baths and beautiful period features such as exposed timbers or a sixteenth-century stone fireplace.
Under executive chef David Kelman, there are two separate dining experiences at Ellenborough Park – the more formal oak-panelled Beaufort Dining Room serving superbly imaginative haute cuisine and the more relaxed country club style Brasserie. Both feature locally sourced Cotswolds produce and a comprehensive wine list. Afternoon tea at Ellenborough Park, best taken in the rather magnificent Great Hall or on the terrace with its stunning Cotswolds views, is a silver cake stand and fine china affair – and a real tradition at Ellenborough. Fortunately staff have not been scripted to within an inch of their lives, so expect friendly personal service and a genuine desire to go the extra mile for you.
Of course one of Ellenborough Park’s raisons d’être is to pamper you, and spa junkies will not be disappointed. Step outside into the magnificent gardens and you’ll find the multi-award-winning spa and leisure complex. Soothe away any stress or tiredness in the heavenly Indian-themed spa with its soothing mood showers, ancient Vedic treatments and fitness suite; relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi; and on a sunny enjoy a dip in the lovely heated outdoor swimming pool.
To help you make the most of your surroundings, Ellenborough Park’s brilliant concierge team are on hand to arrange anything from polo lessons and clay pigeon shooting to horse riding and golf. If you would like to go walking in the Cotswolds, there is even a boot room stocked with stylish Dubarry outdoor wear and boots that you can use - just one of the many small touches that make staying at Ellenborough Park so pleasurable. And for a treat that will live with you long after you have left, we'll organize a helicopter or hot-air-balloon to come to the grounds of Ellenborough Park to pick you up for a truly magnificent aerial perspective of the glorious Cotswolds countryside.
There are 60 rooms and suites at this English country-style house split across four buildings, the Main House, The Mews, Ellenborough Gate and Woodland Court. The interior of each is designed by Nina Campbell, seamlessly blending original features with the new. Rooms are categorised as Traditional, Classic, Deluxe, Luxury and there are also four suites named after winning racehorses from Cheltenham for a more spacious option. All rooms are elegantly appointed with feather duvets, Hypnos beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and en-suite bathrooms.
These rooms vary in size (average 19sqm) and are located in each building at Ellenborough Park but all feature a luxurious king-size bed.
Found in all four locations at the Park some of these rooms have views over the grounds of the hotel including the lush kitchen garden, courtyard and Cheltenham Racecourse. Larger than Traditional Rooms (23sqm) some of this type include roll-top baths and separate walk-in showers.
Measuring 29sqm these rooms offer living space with a quintessentially English feel to it and feature antique-style furnishings and seating areas to relax in. Some of this room type have four-poster beds, a private patio with access to the heated outdoor swimming pool whilst others have balconies.
In each of the four buildings, these rooms have some original features adding character, are spacious (35sqm) and boast wonderful views over the grounds of the hotel or their own private patios. These rooms are inspired by the suites at the hotel and offer a sitting area that can be converted for private dining.
This suite measures 52sqm and comes complete with its own butler and beautiful four-poster bed. Its private entrance leads to a Tudor-feel room with original wood panelling, impressive ceiling and fireplace from the 16th century. Despite its antique features this suite is not lacking in modern-day comfort and luxury. The library next door can also be booked for private dining.
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A 49.4sqm suite split across two levels, this option is ideal for families wishing to stay at Ellenborough Park. The upstairs to the duplex provides sleeping space for one child and is completely separate to the spacious main bedroom.
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This suite measures 53sqm and is a wonderfully spacious and luxurious option with comfy chairs and great views on all sides of the hotel grounds and across to the racecourse.
The largest of the suites at 56.5sqm, this room is located above the Great Hall and is bursting with historic charm and a superlative bathroom occupying 27.5sqm. Exposed Tudor beams frame the suite and are reflected in the impressive four-poster bed at its heart.
Ellenborough Park's kitchen is led by Head Chef David Kelman and offers superb menus sourcing local produce. Guests can enjoy great British dishes in The Brasserie, contemporary dining in The Beaufort Dining Room or dine privately for a truly special experience. The Cotswolds Afternoon Tea is served in the Great Hall or on the terrace in fair weather. Spa & Leisure facilities at Ellenborough Park include seven treatment rooms (including couple's room) offering a great collection of treatments, Spa Jacuzzi pool, Sauna, Steam room, Sensation showers, Relaxation room and outdoor heated pool which is available year round except January and February.
Its location in the beautiful Cotswolds on the edge of Cheltenham Spa makes Ellenborough Park a great option for immersing yourself in rural England. In addition to the facilities on offer at the hotel the surrounding area is a joy to explore on foot or to towns further afield. There is also a private drive linking the hotel to the racecourse and options of clay-pigeon shooting, horse-riding and golf amongst others.
Location & Directions
Ellenborough Park is located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the village of Southam and next to Cheltenham Race Course just outside Cheltenham.
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.