Ellenborough Park

“Country house on racecourse estate combining old and new” - AA Inspector



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status:
Our COVID-19 measures:
All of the team have completed online training. This is a requirement to return from Furlough. Risk Assesments for Covid-19 to review practices per department & task completed. SOPs redone per task & team trained and signed off in all areas Guest bedrooms- reviewed everything in room & removed anything non essential Remote control sanitiser bags pedal bins- none open in depth communication to geusts reference facilities but also to make sure that they understand the practices in place for their safety and comfort Back of house distancing taken place. Kitchen work areas spaced out. Shift patterns in teams When the spa opens- no facials available & treatment rooms left to rest so that there is no spread of the virus. Staggered treatment slots when spa opens & exclsuive use of facilities only with sanitisation in between guests. Changed the arrival process for geusts so that there is only one couple in reception at a time. Utilising other spaces Online check in and out

Our Inspector's view

Set on the original Cheltenham Racecourse estate, Ellenborough Park dates in part from the 16th century and has been beautifully restored. The Nina Campbell-designed bedrooms and suites are spread across the main house and adjacent buildings, and all feature superb beds, a great range of modern amenities and luxurious bathrooms. The stylish Indian-themed spa has a gym and outdoor heated pool. There are two dining options – the Horse Box with its pub atmosphere, and the elegant, oak-panelled restaurant which is more formal and offers a high standard of classic cuisine.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

5 Star Country House Hotel
Ellenborough Park
Southam Road, CHELTENHAM, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ


  • En-suite rooms annex: 44
  • En-suite rooms: 61
  • Family rooms: 16
  • Bedrooms Ground: 19
  • Satellite TV available
  • Free TV
  • Broadband available
  • WiFi available
  • Hearing loop installed
  • Children welcome
  • Babysitting service
  • Ironing facilities
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Gym available
  • Croquet Available
  • Spa Available
  • cycle hire,hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme
  • Lift available
  • Night porter available
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 130
  • Accessible bedrooms: 4
  • Walk-in showers
Room rates
  • Single room, minimum price: £139
  • Double room, minimum price: £149
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Holds a civil ceremony licence

About the area

Discover Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.


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