The racing season is upon us again. If you’re heading out for the first meeting of the year at Cheltenham on 27 October, there are a couple of things you need to remember. With autumn well underway, there will be no picnics on the lawn as there were at Ascot this summer, at Cheltenham in October it’s going to be much colder (and in all likelihood much wetter). Aside from an umbrella and some weather-proof footwear, the all important hotel to go back to afterward should be top of your wish list…
Racing at Cheltenham; Ellenborough Park
If you’re planning on attending both days of The Showcase to kick of the season properly, a good place to stay to properly enjoy yourself after the races is a must. Ellenborough Park is the place you’ll want to be. Set within the original Cheltenham Racecourse you couldn’t get much closer to the action if you tried. The five-star hotel has private access to the racecourse allowing their guests a journey in style with the use of one of the hotel’s chauffeur driven Bentley’s. If you arrive and realise you’ve forgotten those all-important weather-proof boots you don’t need to fret, as Ellenborough Park will more than happily lend you a pair of their Hunter wellies or Dubarry’s iconic boots so you’ll fit right in.
Celebrating your winners and drowning your sorrows at your losses is what the Ellenborough Park’s Horsebox Pub is there for. You can carry on the party from the track back to the warmth of the fire and the comfort of your hotel. After two days at the races, you’re most likely going to need some serious TLC. Luckily the hotel has a year-round heated swimming pool and a spa offering top class treatments ready and waiting to ease any aches and pains.
BOOK IT: Prices starting at just £299 per night. Price includes accommodation for two guests, Bentley chauffeur driven transfers to and from Cheltenham Racecourse, full English breakfast and full use of the spa and leisure facilities. Please visit here for more information and to book ellenboroughpark.com