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Stay Here: Ellenborough Park Review, Cheltenham

There is nothing like an English countryside hotel as the autumn leaves fall, the conkers tumble on the floor and that we get our winter coats from the cupboard. Nobody does this stage of the season much better than us Brits and the epitome of this is five-star hotel Ellenborough Park, set in a 90 acre estate on top of a hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds. Visit to become spoilt, curl up by the fire, consume the highest quality ingredients and go on long ambling walks, you won’t be disappointed.

Ellenborough Park Review: The Lowdown

Ellenborough Park is an extremely special hotel. It is steeped ever, and also you just consider the turrets, and climb the winding staircases around the hotel to become transported back to a period well before lockdowns, iPhones and electricity. Thanks to standing on the top hill, you've got a birds eye look at the nearby Cheltenham world famous race track for racing fanatics, but also a sense of being in a place of true peace and perspective. On arrival, we’re handed our keys and summoned up winding staircases towards the top of the tower to the room. It felt such as the start of a Victorian novel along with a refreshing change to the modern boxes of so many hotels nowadays.

Ellenborough Park Review: The Rooms

Think 21st century conveniences with a quaint historical touch. We stayed in the main manor house, inside a room filled with antique furniture, an open top bath, a palatial bathroom and a soft Hypnos bed of dreams. But on entering the area, all this seemed insignificant in comparison to the wrap around rolling countryside views. There is a real attention to details here. Your accommodation even provides sophisticated binoculars so you can fully investigate your surroundings. In addition our room came with a Nespresso machine, kettle, under floor tiled heating to maintain your tootsies warm in the winter and fragrant Noble Isle toiletries.

Ellenborough Park Review: The Spa

The spa is a real contrast towards the traditional surroundings from the main hotel and buildings. It's Indian inspired, and offers a tranquil atmosphere, that is perfect following a bracing walk round the property and all sorts of its grounds. We popped set for a sauna steam session, a play the jacuzzi and many excitingly what I termed a baby shower crawl amongst the different ‘mood showers.’ If you're keen for any treatment, they have a number of all you could want, with a juice bar to hang in afterwards, before an amble to your room in a cosy dressing gown.

If you're keen for something more vigorous, your accommodation keeps open all year long around a backyard pool tucked in the courtyard of one of the buildings, pleasingly heated at 30 degrees that is open during hours of sunlight. It is a really sizeable pool, so lots of opportunity for getting a big appetite for that sumptuous meals ahead of you here.

Ellenborough Park Review: The Food

You aren’t lacking a tasty meal at Ellenborough. After a monstrous freakishly long drive down from London, don’t worry it's normally only two.5 hours, i was ravenous, and dinner didn’t disappoint. We dined within the two restaurants, the more formal 15th century main one, but we peeked in at the Horse Box Brasserie, a more casual alternative and it looked delightful. What really marked Ellenborough that beats all others was their totally unfazed attitude to my dietary requirements. Nothing was an excessive amount of trouble there was such precision and understanding I felt such safe hands. We ate delicate soy infused salmon and oily salty fragrant mackerel for starter, followed up with a chateaubriand for that table. The steak am tender, and the crispy chips having a medley of sauces and vegetables were magical. I just needed to pause typing this to obtain a snack as they were just the best chips. Pudding was a sticky toffee pudding in my guest and a medley of fruity sorbets for me personally, before rolling ourselves out of the restaurant into bed.

Breakfast the next morning was a continental buffet as well as an option for cooked. We chosen traditional fry up and weren’t disappointed by moreish sausages, crispy bacon and endless rounds of toast. Hours later whenever we were hiking within the surrounding hills, did we regret not getting seconds.

If you're debating a weekend off to the countryside to some hotel surrounded by wonderful walks, Ellenborough may be the choice for you.

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