We don't know about you, but when we hear the following description: You are cordially invited to an English Equestrian Celebration in a Countryside Manor, our mouths inexplicably drop open. This sounds like the stuff movies are made of. If we received an invitation to a wedding or event with the above phrase, we would most certainly be on planes, trains, rocket ships and boats to get there. We may even swim across the Atlantic, that's how exciting this sounds. In addition to the elegant equestrian venue vibe of Ellenborough Park, the property is located in the Cotswolds, a supreme location full of ancient castles and quaint villages.
Ellenborough Park was fully renovated a mere five years ago and just re-opened in 2011! Hooray! This ancient house turned hotel/venue is on the original Cheltenham racecourse estate and has been restored to it's current state of a luxury Cotswold hotel. Although this venue offers a multitude of horse-friendly sports like polo, you can still partake in a plethora of non saddle-savvy activities.
HISTORY LESSON: Ellenborough Park is a 15th century manor house and is adjacent to the famous Cheltenham racetrack. With its origins dating back to 1485, this property is a true historic treasure. Originally built by a local farmer, the manor has housed lords, earls and most notably King George III in 1788. The hotel boasts a world-class spa and gourmet restaurant, and is comprised of 62 large bedrooms and suites designed by Nina Campbell. This beautiful English country house offers guests the epitome of English elegance. Many “royal” activities are offered near the property, including polo, archery, and shooting.
HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Ellenborough Park is just an hour from Birmingham International Airport, an hour and 45 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, and two hours and 15 minutes from London Gatwick Airport. Taxis are also available to the airport from the Cheltenham Spa Railway Station, should guests choose to travel from another city by rail. The hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from the railway station.