What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes full English breakfast and access to the spa and gym
- Stunning 15th-century architecture and many original features
- Indian-themed spa with seven treatment rooms and sensation showers
- The boot room offers free boots and jackets to hire for country walks in the surrounding area
What To Know
- It's a two-hour drive from London
- Located at the foot of Cleeve Hill (the highest point in the Cotswolds), so expect to do some walking
- There are newer parts of hotel; request a room in the main house for 15th-century authenticity
- The outdoor pool is closed between December and March
- Parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A quintessential English country retreat, Ellenborough Park is a 15th-century manor house set in 90 acres grounds in the bucolic Cotswolds, a two-hour drive from London. This impressive estate oozes character and class; the original building is cut from traditional sand-colored Cotswold stone, and early Tudor features include towers and turrets. Inside, the main house features oak-paneled walls, patterned rugs and hidden snugs accessible through castle-like doors. A painting of Lord Ellenborough hangs in one of the many chill-out areas. Be sure to check out the stunning woodland mural on the walls of the main staircase.
Bed and Bath
The 62 guestrooms, created by British interior designer Nina Campbell, have a charming country house style. Many feature four-poster beds (all the Hypnos beds were custom-made for Ellenborough Park) and statement wallpaper or paint colors in bold stripes, metallic florals or deep reds. The rooms are spread across four buildings, including the historic main house and a series of newer outbuildings. Some Deluxe Rooms come with private patios leading to the outdoor pool, and some of the Classic Rooms are split-level and feature upstairs bathrooms with large walk-in showers. All bathrooms are stocked with posh Penhaligon’s products.
Go for a hike up Cleeve Hill (the track runs opposite the hotel), and then return to indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in the Great Hall. With its exposed brick walls, beam ceilings, chandeliers and colorful paintings, it’s a grand setting to gorge on dainty cakes and sandwiches. For dinner, the wood-paneled Beaufort Dining Room serves posh British fare (Hereford beef fillet with fondant potatoes, Wye Valley asparagus with poached pheasant egg), or head to the Brasserie for a more relaxed dining experience. Breakfast can be taken in any of the dining rooms (the Library’s stained glass windows provide a great view over the surrounding fields). There’s an outdoor heated pool for a summertime dip, a petite but pleasant fitness center and an Indian-themed spa with seven treatment rooms and sensation showers.
In the Area
Grab a pair of free walking boots and head to the nearby Cotswold Way, a long-distance trail that covers 100 miles between Chipping Campden and Bath. A 10-minute drive leads to the magnificent Sudeley Castle, once home to Catherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII; the award-winning gardens are a must-see. If you’re traveling with children, the lovely Cotswold Farm Park makes a fun daytime activity (check for seasonal farming demonstrations). Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is an hour’s drive north. The hotel overlooks historic Cheltenham Racecourse, and the pretty spa town of Cheltenham, with its Regency architecture and cute boutiques, is a 10-minute drive away.
How to Get There
We booked this hotel only an hour before arriving after having only a short time to find a hotel in the area.
We were allocated a room not in the main building - one of the higher end rooms (but not a suite). I advised on arrival that this was a special occasion but nothing as done to acknowledge this.
Lovely building and nicely decorated rooms. Fresh milk, nespresso, kettle, fridge.
Dirty drinking glass in the room - sorted out by reception half hour later.
The heating didn't work in the room - was ok in the bathroom. i called reception who talked me through the heating settings but this didn't sort it. They would have sent someone to sort but it was late and i just wanted to sleep at this point.
Also, you couldn't open the windows in the bathroom - part of the fact that we were in the newer part of the hotel.
No soap/shampoo in the bathroom.
We didn't take the dog, but it seemed to be really dog friendly. Dog bowls around and a few other dogs. They seemed to be allowed every where except in the main restaurant - there is a less formal dining area where they are allowed.
Up to this point we weren't sure if we would be back and didn't think that this hotel was completely 5 star - more due to the service and the fact that our room had clearly not been final checked....But then we had breakfast! wow! amazing breakfast - lots of choice and *quality* -cotswold sausages gorgeous. Excellent staff at breakfast.
So, all in all, and definitely saved by breakfast, we hope to be back and hope that the niggles with the room are resolved.
Wow wow wow; what a beautiful hotel. I honestly cannot fault this property one bit. I visited a few years ago and came here over the weekend with my boyfriend for a night away. We stayed in room 14 which was beyond stunning - we had a bath in the room with the MOST AMAZING views ever (the photo is only one view from the room - sorry I was having too much fun and forgot to take more pictures). The bathroom was huge and the bed was super comfy. I would certainly recommend this certain room.
The hotel staff are 5*, going above and beyond for everyone. The knowledge, the kindness and professionalism really makes this hotel top class.
Every social space in this hotel has been really well thought of and you feel like you’re at a home from home. I could have stayed forever.
What an amazing hotel. Honestly fantastic.
Thank you all for an amazing stay! We will be back.
A stunning property in Cheltenham overlooking the race course, a property with charm, character and history. Front of house, service and food exemplary. A perfect location for business, weddings or a special occasion.