By Ferne Arfin
Ellenborough Park is a 5-star luxury hotel and spa on the edge of the Cheltenham Racecourse. Its 62 individually decorated rooms occupy a listed house and stables with origins in the 1400s. There are also several newer buildings, added when the hotel underwent an £18 million renovation, completed in 2011 and designed in the same golden Cotswold stone as the original.It's all set in about 90 acres of parkland and garden.
The main house, pictured here, was started by a farm tenant of King Henry VII, the first Tudor king. Over nearly 700 years, the house passed between several families and was a school before becoming a hotel, under different management, in the 1970s.
The hotel lives up to its 5-star designation and is ideally positioned for attending races at Cheltenham, for touring in the Cotswolds or for a quick romantic getaway from London or Birmingham.