Ellenborough Park – Location & Map
Ellenborough Park is set in beautiful countryside just 10 minutes from the beautiful regency town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, around 2 hours’ from central London, 1 hour from Birmingham and 50 minutes from Bristol.
The nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa around 10 minutes’ drive away, with direct services to London Paddington in 2 hours 5 minutes.
Ellenborough Park is surrounded by the natural amphitheatre of the Cotswolds, an area known for its outstanding natural beauty, idyllic villages, rolling countryside and warm, honey-coloured stone. Ellenborough provides a wonderful base to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; with the beautiful Regency towns of Cheltenham, and the renowned villages of Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and many others all within each reach, known for their unique charm and beauty.
Ellenborough Park sits adjacent to Cheltenham Racecourse and has views across the race track. The highlight of the Jump season is The Festival in March, with its four days of racing action, it’s consider one of the most valuable and prestigious fixtures in the racing calendar.
Guests staying during all the race meetings can use the private track to the Racecourse from the hotel during the season. The first races are at The Showcase in October and run to the last race meeting at the end of April, the Hunter Chase Evening.
There are many places of interest in the local area, including the following:
- The Cotswold Way – Wonderful walks around the Cotswolds often taking in some delightful public houses along the way some serving their own locally brewed real ale!
- Rococo Garden, Painswick Step back in time and enjoy the flamboyant and sensual gardens of the early 18th century. Also offers a restaurant that uses produce from the gardens wherever possible.
- Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt – ? An internationally renowned tree collection, heritage landscape and fantastic location for playing, walking, relaxing and learning about nature.
- Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester An area of 40 square miles offering activities such as climbing, archery, angling, cycling, sailing, wakeboarding, wildlife spotting, bird watching, footpaths, cycleways and bridal paths.
- Newark Park, Ozleworth a Tudor hunting lodge with intriguing architecture and a beautiful estate.
- Blenheim Palace – The stately home with gardens and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (also worth a visit is nearby Woodstock and Bladon where Sir Winston was buried).
- Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire A spectacular 17th century mansion, garden and deer park with stunning interiors and a fine Dutch art and ceramics collection.
- The Model Village, Bourton-on-the Water a one-ninth scale replica of the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water as it was in 1930, complete with miniature deciduous, evergreen and bonsai trees. There is also Miniature World, a unique exhibition of detailed miniature scenes and room sets.
- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford – The wildlife park is set around a listed Victorian manor House within 160 acres of parkland and gardens.
- Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh – Worth a visit to watch the daily displays of falcons, hawks, eagles and owls.
- Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power created to protect rare breeds, and offers a glimpse at life on a real working farm. Children can interact with and learn about the animals or drive a mini electric tractor. There is also a giant bouncy pillow and cable slide for entertainment. There is a restaurant with local food and wildlife walks.
- Cotswold Pottery, Bourton-on-the-Water – Small country workshop and showroom displaying handmade individual ceramics and bronzes.
Restaurants and Pubs
There are a number of restaurants and pubs close by.