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I love a good spa, can’t beat just chilling in a Jacuzzi letting the bubbles massage the stress away. Then a bit of sauna action, not too long though, not a fan of the dry heat, much prefer the steam room. Top that off with a hot stone massage, and I’m in heaven!

So for valentines this year thought Id treat myself, sorry, girlfriend and myself 😉 to an overnight spa break. Friend recommended checking out Mr & Mrs Smith website for ideas, and that’s how I found Ellenborough Park.

Ellenborough Park Hotel and Spa…in a nutshell!

15th centre manor house, overlooking Cheltenham Race Course, converted into a luxury hotel and spa(that’s a bit small, more about that later), where the staff bend over backwards to accommodate your needs and make you feel welcome!

Ellenborough Park Hotel

As you make your way up the winding drive way, on one side you have a view overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse, on the other you have the hills of the Cotswolds. Driving round a little further and the grand manor house comes into view, it’s an impressive site.

Already waiting for you as you pull up outside the front door, are the valets. They were a welcome sight, it was chucking it down with rain! They had two umbrellas ready for us, grabbed our bags out of the boot then went off and parked the car as we made our way into the hotel.

You walk into the hotel and it’s a very cool mix of old versus new – the reception is modern, sophisticated and light, as you have a look round the corner into The Great Hall you see the antique chandeliers, log fire and gallery.

The staff couldn’t have been more welcoming, offering a tour of the hotel so we knew where everything was and then leading us up into our room, where our bags were already waiting.

Ellenborough Park Spa

I was a little disappointed with the spa at Ellenborough Park, I know size isn’t everything, but it was a bit small. It was very lovely, and the best things do come in small packages, but still didn’t quite hit the mark for me. It was very clean, had everything you could want in the changing rooms – lockers with codes, never ending supply of towels, robes, slippers, shower gel, ear buds!!

In the main spa area you simply had a Jacuzzi, anymore than four people in it at a time would be a little to cosy! There was steam room and sauna, again, more than four or five people and you’d be infringing on personal space. Then there were two tropical showers, one blasting cold water, the other hot water. And that was it. Thankfully, at the times we used the spa, we pretty much had it to ourselves, but that was a Friday afternoon. Interesting to see how busy it would be at the weekend.

I booked us both massages too, Girlfriend had a full body massage, which she said was amazing. I had a hot stone massage, which was heaven!

Would I go back?

In a heartbeat! Despite my grumbles about the spa, everything else was top notch, from the staff and service to the food (we had a seven course fine dinning diner on valentines night, which was immense). Had the weather not been so bad, I would’ve made use of the hotels boot room (yes, they had a boot room where you can grab some wellies and a rain coat and go exploring)…unfortunately the girlfriend didn’t fancy it, and it was valentines after all, so thought best to stick with her…unless I fancied spending next valentines on my own!


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