A Luxurious Cotswold Hotel


In the Cotswolds there is a wonderful array of hotels, some of which we feature on our website and which we use for our customers. In particular, there are several luxury hotels, among which a comparatively new contender has arisen – the Ellenborough Park. Located just outside Cheltenham at the base of Cleeve Hill – and therefore well located for the Cotswold Way, for our own routes and for general touring of the area – it is a pretty special place. First of all, the bulk of the hotel is in a strikingly attractive manor house that dates back to 1485. Whilst all the historic features have been retained (the Great Hall; the magnificent fireplaces; the ancient timbers and doors complete with musket shot indentations dating back to the Civil War), modern features have been seamlessly integrated into the structure to give it a level of comfort that is possibly unequalled in the entire country. Around the heated swimming pool, for example, is a new set of rooms built using stone deliberately mined from the same quarry as that used to build the original manor house, so that the stone will age and develop a patina identical to its older cousin. And then there is the setting: placed in extensive and tranquil grounds, on the one side is the view up to Cleeve Hill and the Cotswold escarpment; on the other a panorama across the vale to the famous racecourse and beyond to the Malvern Hills.

Ellenborough exterior in the evening

As for facilities, apart from the pool, there is a spa featuring a range of luxury treatments; an excellent restaurant using produce from the kitchen garden; a brasserie; and a pub bar with beer on tap. If you want to visit a local village pub, then you are a short walk across the fields to neighbouring Prestbury.

As for the rooms – they are spacious, comfortable, extraordinarily well appointed (some even have powerful binoculars for following the races!) and atmospheric.

Ellenborough Park The Great Hall

We cannot recommend this hotel highly enough – if you would like to stay there when you book a holiday through Cotswold Journeys, let us know.

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