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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Charming 15th-century country retreat set on 90 acres of Cotswold countryside, a two-hour drive from London

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Ellenborough Park
Southam Road
Cheltenham, GL52 3NJ United Kingdom

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1695 Reviews
Birthday celebration event in oak-panelled room
David S

We celebrated a 75th birthday here with an 'event' for a party of ten including two children under 7 plus a baby(!) in a magnificent oak-panelled room hung with old portraits. Service was impeccable. Food and wine delicious and charmingly served.
Stayed overnight in large comfortable room with shower and separate bath. Breakfast was excellent but I couldn't eat enough to try everything!
Swam in the heated outdoor pool, big enough to be fun. Grounds are delightful with Cheltenham racecourse in the distance. Our daughter's family room had a four-poster bed and a truly gigantic bathroom.

Surprising
tlt06

I was pleasantly surprised by my visit judging by the reviews that I have read here. Can I firstly add that the staff at this establishment are super helpful and nothing like what has been written about them. We stayed in a luxury room which was fantastic. We dined In the restaurant which was an experience.
We will definitely return.

Quietly luxurious hotel and spa
TinkerbellSmith

Went on a staycation, last minute treat and were not disappointed! Room was immaculate and the hotel has beautiful grounds. The spa was just a joy. Afternoon tea was suitably indulgent.
However the thing that made the place was the staff - without fail all were attentive, charming, polite and funny.