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
- 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
My partner booked 1 night as a belated valentines treat as he was deployed in February. He had booked dinner, bed and breakfast with a treatment. We then decided to bring the dog and were advised we needed to upgrade our room and pay the cleaning surcharge. (An additional £55) The one night treat came to over £500.
I was expecting the most amazing luxury and every need catered for in a 5* hotel - I was very disappointed.
Our room was dirty, dead flies and droppings on the window sills, scuffed door-frames and mildew in the shower.
As a dog friendly room that we had upgraded too, I may have expected a dog bed in the room as we’ve received this in other hotels but we had nothing.
Our ‘terrace’ was bird soiled patio furniture overlooking an unmown lawn with a surrounding hedge. The old grass cuttings hadn’t been removed so our view was simply brown dead grass in lines down the lawn.
We booked a couples massage and were then shown to separate rooms, I did raise this and the therapists offered to set us up a room as they hadn’t noticed. We decided to stay in separate rooms, whilst the massage was amazing I just thought this spoilt the experience.
I had called ahead and booked us in for dinner at 8, the booking appeared to have been lost as they advised us we were booked in for 7:30; I couldn’t see the point in correcting them.
Our evening meal was amazing and the service was exceptional.
However breakfast was another story, we followed a large group into breakfast which does put pressure on any team. However the empty plates on the buffet were not replenished until we were about to leave and the toast that we were brought was completely cold.
Singularly none of my quibbles would have had me raise an issue but altogether it just takes away that luxury treat feeling. I wouldn’t recommend going for the money charged.
I've visited Ellenborough Part Hotel many times and I must say it is definitely one of the places to go and see.
From stunning interior to beautiful surroundings, an outdoor pool and the Spa there's plenty to do for everyone.
You can also choose whether you'd like to eat in style in the Fine Dinning or in a relaxed atmosphere in the Brasserie.
Whenever I've taken my guests, family members or friends to Ellenborough Park, everyone was always very impressed with the hotel itself and also friendliness and professionalism of the team.
If you haven't been yet then plan you next visit to this beautiful place.
Lovely old buildings with modern improvements and extensions which have been added very skilfully. Friendly and helpful staff. Very comfortable and clean bedroom.
However it is not as good as expected for 5 star hotel. The TV in our bedroom didn’t work even after we complained three times to reception.
We were with a group of forty people which meant that dinner had to be served to everybody at once. The service was efficient but the young staff had not been sufficiently trained or supervised.
The food was decidedly average for two nights in the dining room. Another night we had a bbq which was extremely poor with tough over cooked steak and limited choice of salad. Breakfast was not exceptional and my English breakfast being served with a cold sausage and no black pudding as requested.
We bought a day pass for the spa which included a 55 minute long treatment, 2 hours in the spa and afternoon tea. The package was fantastic and nothing felt rushed or as though we were getting less than we paid for. The tea was excellent quality and we even had to take a doggy bag of scones home. The spa was lovely and quiet but too small and the pool was freezing (plus we had to walk through a wedding party outside in our robes!!!). Would recommend but probably only if we were staying there. The facial was fantastic.
We were booked to stay 2 nights, but liked it so much decided to stay an extra night.
Would recommend staying in the main building for the manor experience. There are the newer rooms built about 10 years ago, outside the main building. Those are nice too, but not as charming. We stayed in one of the new rooms for the last evening. Although nice and big, the think the sound insulation is not very good. There must have been a bathroom or bathtub above out bed area. We could hear everything. it was so loud I was actually afraid it might fall through the ceiling.
However, our stay was lovely. We really enjoyed it. The staff at the restaurant were
very professional and nice in general. The restaurant manager on duty was a bit cool, didn't smile and not very welcoming, but warmed up on the last day.
Still overall a very good impression and experience of our overall stay. Would definitely recommend a try.
I agree with some of the other comments about service quality and room amenities or lack thereof, but overall good.