Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham, England – Hotel Review
Visiting the English countryside has always been a somewhat alluring notion for me, so when the opportunity presented itself to visit the Cotswolds, an area of south central England, my mind filled with images of bucolic rolling hills, villages and hamlets, shopkeepers and old churches, lords and ladies in ancient manor houses.
On a pleasant sunny morning, I set off on the First Great Western Train to Cheltenham in the Cotswolds.
The quick taxi ride from the train station to Ellenborough Park hotel in Cheltenham confirmed that what I had anticipated was true. Here were the landscapes by Thomas Gainsborough (think Mr. and Mrs. Andrews and William Blake’s pleasant pastures and mountains green).
Arriving at Ellenborough Park, with visions of Downton Abbey, I did half expected Carson to greet me, but a liveried bellman served just as well and soon I was registered and in my room.
My spacious Luxury Double Room was one of the 62 country house-styled rooms on the property, all decorated by the talented designer Nina Campbell, and typically English but not at all old-fashioned. The room featured a raised platform and sitting area near the window opposite the bed, a desk looking out another window, and a large wardrobe with more than sufficient room for my clothing.
A television sat atop a cabinet housing a minibar, which held complimentary water, soda, juice, and milk (a first, from what I can recall). The cabinet also contained glassware, mugs, tea, and a water heater.