An outstanding address on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is an immaculately restored Cotswold-stone manor, parts of which date back to the 15th century. In the 1830s, it was home to the Earl of Ellenborough, former governor general of India – the influence of his travels is visible in the Great Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery. Legendary British designer Nina Campbell reinvented the interior, and this year, all 61 bedrooms have been refreshed with a country chic style that combines antique furniture, rich fabrics, heavenly beds and roll top baths. There’s an outdoor pool which is heated all year around, and an intimate spa, as well as a private path leading to Cheltenham Racecourse. Food is contemporary, serving British classics with a twist. Spring and summer months see an al fresco dining delight in quirky dining carriages, decked Cedar Pavilion and sunny Taittinger Terrace. Guests can enjoy a glass of house Champagne from the converted horse box trailer bar while watching the sunset across the racecourse. Dogs are very welcome, with treats and their own wash area – The Paw Spa.
Doubles from £249
+44 (0)1242 545454; ellenboroughpark.com