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.
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My wife and I stayed here for a night with dinner and breakfast.
The staff are fantastic, the building is stunning and the grounds are lovely.
The gym is tiny with little equipment, the spa isnt much better and the pool is outside.
The food is fussy for the sake of it and could have been a lot better. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was over complicated for the sake of it. The wine is quite expensive too. We had a bottle of Barola for £80. I pick up the same bottle for under £30.
The breakfast was a lot better, well presented and cooked.
In terms of value for money, I've has nights away for far less money that have provided a better experience.
Would we stay again, probably, but wont be rushing back.
An amazing experience with these guys. Hosted beautifully, great food, rooms amazing and the great hall is a haven to relax. The team working here make a great difference. Character, humour, reverence and service. Can’t recommend this hotel highly enough..
I made a room reservation for a special occasion trip to Ellenborough Park hotel way back in August of 2018 to secure dates in June of 2019 (9 months in advance). Two weeks before I was to depart on this trip I received an email from Ellenborough Park telling me that they could not honor my reservation because of an over-booking due to a mistake in their “system”.
I was appalled that the hotel broke this news to me at the very last minute. I had to scramble to find a replacement reservation in a similar location/property. I spent hours online and with no help from Ellenborough Park. And all of this after calling the hotel at my own expense to try to pursue help from them. I had rail tickets scheduled at great expense and could not change my dates.
The person I spoke with said that he was only the night manager and couldn’t do anything for me. But, he assured me that he would have someone call me the next day. I heard nothing from the manager nor any replies via email. I tried to contact the manager via email and received a robo-response saying that she was out of the office for the next several days.
So, even though I had made a 9 month in advance reservation with additional confirming communication closer to our stay dates — the hotel simply dumped me from their books and then left me to my own devices. Later, and by chance, I was able to discover that a large country walking tour group was booked in to the hotel on our dates. I’m thinking that my room was likely offered to one of the tour members in this large group booking. I guess doing this would certainly make for a more lucrative arrangement for the hotel. -- All around TERRIBLE customer service!!
I spent one night at the Ellenborough with my husband as part of my 40th birthday celebrations.
I have stayed at a few 5 star hotels and I must say, for the price, I was quite disappointed and will not be returning.
When we arrived our room wasnt ready which was fine as we arrived before the 3pm check in time. The man on Reception suggested we use the spa. The ladies working at the spa were very welcoming and explained all the facilities and said we would have to walk outside to get to the heated pool. Unfortunately they had run out of slippers to wear with the robes which I wasn't very impressed by meaning my husband had to walk from the spa to the outdoor pool in barefeet.
We were taken to our room by one of the workers at the hotel he offered to take our luggage etc and explained about the history of the building. Unfortunately outside our room the cleaners had left dirty linen and used crockery etc from other rooms (see photos) The man who showed us to our room explained it would be moved soon but it was not removed for a good few hours and in my opinion in a 5 star hotel where check in is at 3pm this sort of stuff should be moved out of the way of the guests.
There was a wedding taking place at the hotel on the day/night we stayed. The wedding party did dominate the Horsebox bar for most of the afternoon which made us feel like we were gate crashing the party. The gentleman who showed us to our room said the wedding party would move away soon (this was 3pm) they didn't leave the bar area until 5pm.
At the bar I asked for a glass of prosecco (Â£7.50) I was served the last bit of a bottle of prosecco which bad obviously been sat in the fridge for a while! It was totally flat but the bar tender didn't seem to notice or didn't seem to care! My husband took the drink back and we got a replacement.
The room itself was spacious and the bed very comfortable however in my opinion it was a little worn...stains on the carpet and on the sofa.
In all not a great stay.
We enjoyed having Ellenborough Park as our base to explore the Cotswold's. Great room in a fun vintage building. The staff was very helpful. The grounds were worth hanging about and enjoying. Highly recommended!