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Ellenborough Park
Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Cheltenham
Certificate of Excellence
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Just back from a short stay at Ellenborough Park, and I would thoroughly recommend this terrific hotel for a relaxing weekend. The staff were excellent, and rooms beautiful. What a treat.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

This hotel is in Southam outside Cheltenham and I have seen this property transform from an all girls school to an hotel that I used to work in as a Uni student, then a rather underwhelming hotel and now a very elegant retreat overlooking the racecourse in the distance.It has been transformed very sympathetically ,preserving all the old features and character that I remember from many years ago but offers modern and stylish facilities.
We called back for old times sake, just for a lunch, after Xmas and were very impressed by the ambience, the food and the service to the extent that we have booked Easter Sunday lunch there as we travel back to Kent from a wedding near Bristol.
It looks the perfect place for a relaxing and pampered weekend away and Cheltenham itself is a lovely town these days with excellent and varied shopping options not to mention the fantastic hiking opportunities across the Cotswold Hills.
Even though I lived in Southam for 13 years as a child,and am very familiar with the area, I would head here for a weekend away and we are just trying to work out when to go!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

Ellenborough House doesn't disappoint on any front. Driving in this beautifully restored Cotswold stone residence is simply stunning. The detail both in the exterior details and the care taken to create an incredible interior in keeping with the age of the property is excellent and make for the finest surroundings for a superb stay. Our room was comfortable and furnished to a high standard with great views over Cheltenham racecourse. For those who love the Equine sport will love the fact that there's binoculars in the wardrobe provided. The bathroom was large with roll top bath, power shower with fittings and decoration to the highest standard. Drinks in front of the fire in the Great Hall are a must on a winter evening after a days shopping and sightseeing. We chose to eat in the hotels bistro which was not only well-priced but was restaurant quality fare. A big thumbs up for the bistro. The staff are helpful, friendly and attentive throughout and we wouldn't hesitate to book to stay again, a great hotel!

Room Tip: Rooms at the front of the hotel have superb views over Cheltenham racecourse, a great view.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

arrived in cheltenham looking for the ellenborough park hotel only to discover it is not in cheltenham but in a little village nearby called prestbury. maybe a disappointment for those who think they're going to be able to walk in to the centre of town, but that's the last thing to disappoint you about a visit to this gem of a hotel. parked the car at the front door and somebody came out, took our car keys and our luggage and showed us to reception staff who booked us in to our beautiful bedroom in the main building. some of the bedrooms are in a courtyard nearby but the superlative quality of decor and furnishings will ensure you are not unhappy with your accommodation. the staff were trained to within an inch of their lives and knew how to be exceedingly attentive, and the quality of food was unbelievably high for breakfast and dinner in the brasserie or in the fine dining restaurant. the one down side might for some be the small bar area which was never busy when we were there but might be if the hotel were full. overall I can't fault this hotel and can recommend it for a wonderful weekend away from it all.

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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We stayed for a few nights at the hotel in the lead up to and on the night of our wedding. Ellenborough Park is a fabulous place to hold your wedding reception.

The hotel is beautiful, and grounds (although needing a few more years to truly be at their best) are lovely. You could probably say the same for all the well known and long established Cotswold wedding venues but what sets Ellenborough Park apart is the staff and attention to detail. We were never treated as one of a number - but always as a valued guest. The staff in the hotel in general are just superb. But mention for us has to be made to Louise, Miranda and Gillian who looked after us and all our guests wonderfully. There was nothing on the day that could be faulted and everything (food/tables/rooms) was beautifully presented by the hotel.

For those who live in the area I would recommend their Sunday lunch – we took our parents up on various weekends to show them around the hotel/try the food. The food was always delicious. The waiters in the main restaurant were very attentive and are very good at remembering people - Jonathan served us on a number of Sunday lunches/our menu tasting and he was knowledgeable not only on the food/wines (as would be expected) but on the renovations of the hotel to its current form, and other events being held at the hotel.

My regret on the day after my wedding was that we hadn't booked to stay another night… as the hotel and rooms are just divine. This is the perfect place for an anniversary weekend.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Let me begin by saying that I am a business traveler and stay at 4 and 5 star hotels around the world for half the year from the States to the Maldives and most places in between.
I booked this hotel for our wedding anniversary as I was interested to see the extensive refurbishment that this property has gone through in the last couple of years. We only live a couple of miles away! We booked the Beaufort Fine dining package which includes dinner for two in the fine dining restaurant and a full Cotswold breakfast the next morning.
On arrival we were met at the car by staff who carried our bags into the hotel and parked the car for us. Our things were spirited up to our room and placed/ hung I the wardrobes.
To prevent repetition, I will say now that without exception every member of staff we met were outstandingly polite, friendly and superb at their jobs. The hotel has a real and genuine "upstairs downstairs" feel to it, even down to the way the staff greet each other on passing. You get the feeling that
they too, enjoy this role play and love their work.
We upgraded to the Istabraq suite which was stunning. Every little detail had been thought of. Tea and coffee in room were of a luxury standard I.e cafetiere and real milk. The toiletries were abundant and luxurious and the bed was heavenly. Fresh fruit on arrival and on return from a walk in the grounds, a bottle of champagne.
If you want to walk, the hotel has a boot room stocked with dubarry leather wellies, hunter boots, jackets and even socks. All sizes (I am a 13!) which you can borrow. A footpath will take you across fields to the racecourse or to a lovely pub called the Royal Oak in Prestbury.
The spa was delightful although a little small but plenty of treatment rooms.
Dinner was sublime. The Sommelier (Tobias), very knowledgeable and friendly and the sous chef (Peter) came out for a nice chat with us.
When we got back to our room the bed had been turned down and sprinkled with rose petals as a concession to our anniversary but none of which I had specifically requested. Again, just really lovely touches which go down so well. Stunning nights sleep followed by a beautiful cooked breakfast. Checked out at 1200 but used the facilities until 1430, freee of charge.
Every conceivable effort has been made with this hotel to make it truly 5+ stars. The staff have been trained incredibly well but more importantly seem to have been selected on their intelligence and great personalities from a variety of countries which makes it so interesting to talk with them.
As a base to visit the Cotswolds it is superb and is ideally suited if you enjoy horse racing due to it being walk-able with no hassle of parking.
We had a truly memorable time in a lovely hotel. Thank you everyone.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed for three night over the new year holiday,our stay included the New Year Eve Gala dinner.The whole experience starting with Champagne before the dinner through to the Piper at midnight then on to dancing to a swing band was the best we have experienced.
We have over the last 8 years always travelled abroad to the best hotels in Europe,this tops the lot.
The only thing that they could improve on would be to have the swimming pool indoors.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ellenborough Park
Address: Southam Road, Cheltenham GL52 3NJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Cheltenham
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cheltenham
#1 Family Hotel in Cheltenham
#1 Business Hotel in Cheltenham
#3 Luxury Hotel in Cheltenham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ellenborough Park 5*
Number of rooms: 62
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