Ellenborough Park is an ancient house (16th century) on the original Cheltenham racecourse estate that has been restored into a luxury Cotswold hotel. This charming house hotel is situated at the highest point of the Cotswold hill range, making it ideal for hikes and walking trips. Views from the hotel look out upon a whopping 90 acres of seemingly endless parkland including the private track across fileds to Cheltenham Racecourse.
We originally planned to go around Cotswold area, visiting a total of four towns within two days, and making Ellenborough Park our headquarters. However, upon arriving at the estate coming from Oxford, we fell in love with the place and decided to stay at the hotel for the remaining day and a half, skipping the rest of our planned itinerary.
We were tired from walking around Oxford in the morning. Afternoon tea in the Great Hall with a roaring log fire to warm us up was just the right medicine for our aching bodies:
The hotel has 60 rooms in total, types include Traditional, Classic, Luxury, De Luxe and four Suites. Some rooms include four-poster beds and sprawling views, others feature marble-bedecked bathrooms, roll-top baths and all rooms include Penhaligon’s amenities. Our budget allowed us the cheapest rate, the Traditional room, which was really lovely. Still expensive, though, which is why we only stayed for a night. The bathroom was on the mezzanine.
Yoga in Rural England. The weather was getting cold, around 8 to 10 degrees Celsius and it has been raining on and off (typical English weather). Practicing yoga outdoors, therefore, was particularly challenging, very different from the “hot” yoga by the beach and pool of Misibis bay. I had to warm up in our room for 45 minutes before mustering enough courage to brave the cold winds.
We can’t really rate the food as we only had breakfast that comes with the room, a traditional Cotswold English breakfast. Eggs Benedict were cooked to a perfection. It was really good and filling. The black pudding was a novelty. Hubby was wondering what a “brownie” was doing amidst the meat, eggs and beans. Imagine the surprise when we actually tasted the “blood sausage”, which tasted like charred hamburger patty.
The stay wouldn’t be complete without a hike across the parkland. We went to the boots room, borrowed good, thick coats and boots for our trip
We rate this experience 5 stars for the ambience and relaxing atmosphere. And we haven’t even tried their spa services! It therefore doesn’t surprise us that the hotel was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for outstanding traveller reviews two years in a row, 2012 and 2013. The facilities were excellent, staff friendly and helpful, and the views were simply stunning. Absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway. Pricey, yes, but not overly so for a 5 star luxury hotel. A small, basic hotel room in central London will be as expensive.