I think it was Samuel Johnson who said,When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”.
Well, call me Melatonin Marie, for I quite decided to take the first opportunity to leave town last week in search of fresher pastures for the day. Browsing the gorgeous landscape of Ellenborough Park on the site, my first thought was “BRIDGERTON VIBES!” (That show got us choked up, didn’t it?) Hop on the early train from Paddington Station to Cheltenham Spa, where the hotel is located.
The Cotswolds are known for some of the most beautiful and picturesque villages you will find in the UK (in my personal opinion). The towns within are often traditional, inviting, charming, and very aesthetically pleasing, with their stone-built houses and endless lawns and lawns. As a city girl, there’s always a real breath of fresh air when driving through the villages, and it definitely took my breath away as I walked into the stunning 16th century manor house that used to be Ellenborough Park.
Ellenborough Park – History
Construction of the hotel began in 1495 by tenant farmer Thomas Goodman and was purchased in 1833 by the 1st Duke of Ellenborough (hence the name), who used the grand building as his personal residence. For many years, the building has been used as a school and several different hotels. The building was then restored in 2008 to imitate the building’s original features and was given its new name, which honors the Duke.
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Described as a “luxury 5-star hotel,” Ellenborough Park features 61 bedrooms ranging from comfortable double rooms to suites, including the gorgeous Bride Suite. The hotel is a prime property for weddings and engagements, due to its incredibly beautiful grounds and gardens as well as a beautiful and traditional interior design for events and parties. The hotel also has a fully stocked pool and spa (using products from Noble Isle and Elemis to boot) for those looking for a little R&D.
The hotel is located on the edge of the Cotswolds in Cheltenham, a 2-hour train ride from London. It is also about 15 minutes’ drive from Cheltenham Spa Station.
I was, unfortunately, unable to take any pictures of my meal that evening, as the dining room was incredibly dark; It’s roughly set to romantic lighting. As such, it appears to be a hotel designed specifically for couples; It was a cozy room but I didn’t complain! A traditional continental breakfast is served until 10 am, and the dinner menu consists of traditional British cuisine.
My only aim about the menu is that for luxury hotels, I would have loved it if it had more variety of foods. Fish and chips, hamburgers and a couple of other main dishes were on the menu, and it was nice to see some fancy food. Although they have the amazing gingerbread tiramisu that is sure to die for!!
I stayed in one of the lovely deluxe rooms which was located separate from the main building and had its own private entrance, which I thought was great. Each room was individually designed with its own décor, wallpaper, and fabrics, and when I was inside, I was instantly transported to a country retreat from the 17th century. I felt very fancy and luxurious, hence my rustic outfit for this photo shoot. Nothing but the best for Mrs. Stephanie Yeboah of House Lambeth!!
Baby when I tell you I want to live in the bathroom? I’ve never seen a bathroom this big before; It was probably the size of my living room with a pull-out bathroom in the middle of the room, a separate wet room and toilet. Noble Isle toiletries were scattered throughout the bathroom, which was also equipped with underfloor heating. Nice touch.
Back in the room, it came with all the usual amenities you’d expect from a five star stay: TV, minibar stocked with fresh milk (!!) for tea and coffee, Nespresso machine with two healthy-size (read: huge) flapjacks, a king-size bed and storage space Great for clothes with laundry accessories and a pretty mid-century desk with ample sockets.
This is a personal thing for me, but I always like to have at least a plug socket next to my bed because I have an annoying habit of working out of my bed sometimes. I like to have a place to charge both my laptop and phone, and the bedside had only one plug socket. But that’s before!
I thought the service was great although the hotel considers itself a 5 star luxury place, I think improvements could be made. Again, these are all very Underage things but over time, they can add up and factor into someone’s overall experience while staying in hotels.
- Fill out the breakfast room service form for the next day. The night staff is supposed to collect forms for the next day, but my form was still on the doorknob the next morning as no one came to pick it up, so I had to wait a while to place an order, which almost came late for my train home. Also, there is no time option on the breakfast models.
- I requested a wake-up call the next morning confirmed by Recepton, but didn’t get one.
- Difficult to contact reception as reception area seems to be left unattended often.
- The breakfast view wasn’t the best; He looked so hasty and dirty
- The dining area at night is incredibly dark, possibly due to the ‘mood’ lighting to set the scene, but I found it difficult to read my menu at times
But like I said, these are minor annoyances and I think I’ll notice because I was there on review!
I tried checking the site for any accessibility details but couldn’t find a page because I thought it would be easy for them to point out that some suites are not wheelchair friendly. The suite I was in had its own entrance, but you also had to go up a flight of stairs to get to the room and there was no elevator. Even in my room, to get to the bathroom you have to go up and down a small flight of stairs.
I understand that with older buildings and farmhouses there may be a reluctance to renovate with modern fixtures to preserve the buildings’ aura and history, but accessibility is very important and I think with small modifications that include wheelchair friendly rooms and common areas, the place can really be improved. I don’t remember if the lifts were in the main building, but I hope they are!
Towels and bathrobes are fat friendly – awesome!! That was a personal touch that I loved.
All in all, I had an enjoyable stay at Ellenborough Park. I think slight tweaks could be made in terms of service and accessibility as well – as in my personal view, I don’t think any hotel can be called “5 stars” if it is not fully accessible for people with disabilities either. The exteriors and interiors of the hotel are absolutely stunning, and I wouldn’t be surprised that they sometimes loaned out reasons to shoot movies and TV. Absolute sightings. If you are looking for a beautiful and attractive place to stay for the weekend, or if you are looking for a combined wedding + overnight stay – Ellenborough is the place for you!
(I kindly received a night in exchange for content. My opinions as always are mine!)