Located right outside the little town of Cheltenham, Ellenborough park is a wonderful gem for those looking for a rest in the countryside or eager to discover the Cotswolds.
We went there with family members who live outside the country so they could experience the British postcard-like countryside a few hours away from London.
The warm and welcoming staff knew it was a special w-e for us and set us up in what seemed to be the best "Traditional rooms" of the hotel. We stayed in the tower with great views of the pool and countryside (room 12 and 14, in the main house). Both rooms were quite large, tastefully decorated, with very comfortable beds and massive windows allowing for plenty of natural light. On top of the shower, room 14 has a large elevated bath near the bed separated by a screen, perfect for a romantic end of the day.
The rest of the hotel is full of charm, with a relaxing swimming pool.
If it's raining make sure you borrow a pair of boots, socks, a warm jacket and an umbrella from their boot room and take a walk up the hill in the countryside. Public walking trail starts right outside the hotel.
Also don't miss tea time in the Great Hall with their excellent scones and teas, served on white linen and tableware which will make you feel like centuries old royalty. Go there right before sunset for an extra bit of magic when the colours of the stained glass windows shine throughout the room.
Breakfast was good and served in the main dinning room. We did not eat at the restaurant but judging by the scones and salmon sandwiches we will definitely give it a try next time.
One little note about the bar: our waiter did not know how the properly prepare the drinks (cocktails and an old whisky) which was a bit disappointing.
In a nutshell, we loved it and so did our family. We'll definitely come back!
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- Also Known As:
- Ellenborough Park Hotel Cheltenham