The extravagant castle-esque structure that is Ellenborough Park will transport you into a world of luxury and comfort. This Cotswold manor house dates back to the 15th century gaining its name from the iconic Cotswold stone from which it’s created. The real beauty behind the hotel comes from Lady Ellenborough, Jane Digby, herself. For it was her unique style and personality that inspired the individuality of the hotel back in the 19th century. She was a dazzling character who took the English society by storm with her remarkable beauty and scandalous behavior. As a result, Ellenborough Park gained its reputation for country retreats, romantic breaks, a striking wedding venue, and perfectly conducted conferences.
Ellenborough Park has stood tall with some contemporary restorations made along the way. Now, the hotel has a five-star appeal to all who wish to stay including brilliant restaurants, a dual-level spa, and exemplary service by a friendly group of staff. The accommodations tastefully reflect the history and image of Ellenborough Park. Each room and suite is equipped with Hypnos beds, marble finished bathrooms with under floor heating, and the ever-fashionable fluffy gowns and slippers. Rooms are available in four separate quarters: Main House, The Mews, Ellenborough Gate, and Woodland Court (which has suites named after famous racehorses).
The main restaurant offers contemporary selection of British inspired cuisine with European twists, accompanied by a stunning wine selection. No wine selection is complete without a stellar team, and both the staff and sommelier do justice to the quality that is housed within these beautiful walls. With the perfect size portions to whet the appetite, it’s the marvelous antique cheese trolley that adds the final touch do this gourmet experience.
Ellenborough Park is also surrounded by luscious countryside, sitting in the heart of the Cotwolds. Take a stroll through the hills after visiting the bespoke ‘Boot Room’, to fit yourself with the most comfortable boots and parker jackets you’ve come across. Upon completion of your hike, soothe your body in the warm sunshine as you sip on local ales and watch the wildlife flurry on by – tranquility to your ears as the sunset begins to set the sky on fire.
Whether for travel, events, or conferences, Ellenborough Park can accommodate all like royalty – a bespoke experience for those who like to add a little calmness to their lives.
By Aidy Smith