One of the Cotswold’s finest country estates, Ellenborough Park, is delighted to unveil a stunning new look following substantial renovation works. With over 500 years of history, this former private stately home stands out as a jewel in the Cotswolds crown and now offers a revitalised and competitive quintessentially British experience.
The heart of its rebirth is centred around three new and different dining options; The Restaurant, The Horse Box and The Atrium, masterminded by newly appointed Executive Head Chef, David Williams, and complemented by a magnificent new entrance via The Great Hall.
Oliver Williams, General Manager explains “The substantial changes we have made will ensure that Ellenborough Park remains the finest hotel in the Cotswolds. With new dining options, a new chef, fresh interiors and a whole new arrival experience for guests we are confident that the new look conveys not only the modern approach that guests demand but also retains the heritage of a building that is over 500 years old. The refurbishment will also appeal to locals who will find The Horse Box especially inviting for lunch and dinner or an afternoon drink by the wood burning stove.”
Headed up by newly appointed Executive Head Chef David Williams, the centrepiece of the re-launch is The Restaurant and the authentic culinary experience it now offers. The Restaurant will stand out from the ordinary and move away from the typical, exhausted fine dining offering and embrace a more flexible, natural style. It prides itself on offering local provenance and the finest British produce and ingredients, complimented by unquestionable service and a selection of sought after wines. The vision for the changes to The Restaurant is to firmly position the hotel as a complete luxury destination, for locals and those further afield, famed as much for its food and service as for its other attractive offerings. This will also be home to The Royalist room, an elegant private dining space for special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays.
The Horse Box
Ellenborough Park boasts a wonderful new, hotel-owned country pub, The Horse Box, where race-goers can toast a glass by the wood burning stove, locals can meet for coffee and families can congregate for a hearty lunch. This new five-star country pub not only offers guests an informal relaxed dining option that so many top hotels lack, but also serves as a buzzing hotspot for locals to meet. Four legged friends are also most welcome.
Formerly the reception area, the new Atrium will be the heart of the hotel, characterised by eclectic interiors celebrating the hotel’s unrivalled horse racing heritage with a contemporary twist, and using the finest British sourced furniture. The Atrium’s statement Leonardo da Vinci wall mural and the use of antique brass studding on high quality leather reflects this, and enhances a subtle equestrian feel. Furnishings have a bohemian yet grand country house feel with a lived-in look to make guests feel instantly at home.
The Atrium has a vibrant atmosphere, changing harmoniously throughout the day from serving light lunches, to sweet treats in the afternoon and cocktails into the evening. The key feature is the launch of the pop up cocktail bar, where the hotel’s own mixologists can whisk up specialty masterpieces or guests can sample the must-try signature Ellenborough Park gin, curated by the nearby Cotswold Distillery.
The Great Hall
Guests arriving for the first time are now welcomed by a new entrance via the Great Hall. Over 500 years old and with walls that everyone wishes could talk, The Great Hall is a hugely impressive room. The Hall’s ancient walls are ordained in oil portraits of former visitors to the house and features a stand out fireplace and hidden nooks for guests to discover – serving as a very special place for afternoon tea.
Ellenborough Park boasts 61 individually designed bedrooms and suites, an all year round heated outdoor pool and a fitness suite together with an array of unique countryside activities including duck herding, Land Rover off-roading, falconry to husky sledding, clay-pigeon shooting, polo lessons (all available on request). This 15th century manor house set in 90 acres of Cotswolds countryside is the perfect setting for those looking for an idyllic way to holiday at home. Hotel rooms and suites will also be revitalised with in-room Nespresso machines and new bespoke furnishings.
Stay at Ellenborough Park from £189 per night bed and breakfast: http://www.ellenboroughpark.com/