Lily Robinson checks in to Ellenborough Park Hotel and Spa for a whirlwind wind down
Ellenborough Park Hotel and Spa offers five star luxury set amid the exquisite rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. In keeping with the area’s famous honey-hued vernacular architecture, the hotel offers traditional English old-world glamour, all with a winningly modern twist and underscored beautifully by the friendliness and charm of the staff. The team is exceptional, the service is impeccable and always delivered with a smile.
Ellenborough Park is steeped in history. One of England’s finest stately homes, it dates back in parts to the fifteenth-century, its huge inglenook fireplaces, tapestry wall hangings and beautiful stone steps testifying to its heritage.
Our one-night escape is a tonic, leaving us feeling as though we’ve been away from the rat race for a week. That sensation is thanks to the wonderfully slow pace (of everything but the service) and not in small part courtesy of the outstanding spa. I take advantage and abandon myself totally to the luxury experience with a full body massage, before a well-spent hour dipping in and out the plunge pool, sauna and abundance of other relaxation facilities.
Naturally, after all that exertion, we can’t resist wrapping up the day with dinner at Ellenborough Park’s The Restaurant, where the chef serves up an elegant repast befitting of the similarly sophisticated oak-panelled dining room. The modern British menu is exquisite, and though it hasn’t yet been garlanded with a Michelin star, the accolade can’t be far off. Breakfast is a similarly lavish affair; do ensure to indulge fully and opt for the Cotswold traditional full English. Set up beautifully for the day, make time to venture into nearby Cheltenham to explore the shops or the beautiful villages in the surrounding countryside.
Don’t shoot us for mentioning the C-word prematurely, but for the forward-planners in our midst, the enchantingly old world atmosphere would make Ellenborough an ideal destination for a traditional Christmas. It’s more than worth getting lists in early to Father Christmas early about…