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New Mum’s Retreat: Ellenborough Park, Cotswolds

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Baby-free windows are rare and hard to come by, that's why we have hunted around for the most relaxing and indulgent getaways for new mums.

In this week's hot seat we review Ellenborough Park.... 


Take a trip to the Cotswolds and stay at the 15th-century country estate Ellenborough Park which fuses tradition and modernity for a well-deserved break like no other.

Boasting lavish bedrooms, a tranquil spa, a fine dining restaurant alongside a pub and bar, whether you want to take it easy or keep busy, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


Situated at the highest point of the Cotswold hill range making it the perfect location if you’re a walker, views from Ellenborough Park look out upon 90 acres of parkland including the world-famous Cheltenham racecourse.

The rooms

With 61 rooms to choose from, ranging from a Cosy Double to an indulgent Suite, there’s something to suit every budget.

Located across Ellenborough Park’s numerous buildings, each room has oh-so-comfy Hypnos beds to sink into with luxury toiletries and fluffy dressing gowns and slippers to lounge around in.

There are even dog-friendly rooms available should you want to bring along your furry friend.

We stayed in a Luxury Room (number 12) which came with beautiful views, a Nespresso machine and an in-room roll-top bath, the ideal place where you can sink amongst the bubbles with a glass of something fizzy and be sure you won’t be interrupted by an excitable toddler wanting to join in.

What’s there to do?

Situated in the Cotswolds, you’re close to some great shopping in Cheltenham plus an abundance of Cotswolds villages to visit such as Bourton-On-The-Water and Burford.

Or if you’d prefer to explore the surroundings, Ellenborough Park has a Boot Room where you can borrow Hunter wellies, boots and walking jackets.

There’s even an outdoor heated swimming pool if you fancy a dip.

The Spa

For a truly rejuvenating treat, The Spa at Ellenborough boasts a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, sensation showers, and relaxation room.

There are seven treatment rooms with a range of treatments to choose from including facials and full body scrubs, combining both Eastern and Western techniques to leave you relaxed from head to toe.

I opted for the ishga Express Massage with the lovely Victoria, which focuses on the back, neck, and shoulders to target areas of tension, relieve stress and nourish the skin.

A truly soothing experience, don’t be surprised if you fall asleep on the treatment table!

Food & drink

With two restaurants to choose from, you certainly won’t go hungry! For a relaxed dining experience, The Horse Box menu has a warm, inviting environment with a menu full of comforting classics like burgers, fish and chips and superfood salads.

Here you can also sample a cocktail or two from the bar, served by a talented mixologist.

Or if you really fancy pushing the boat out, The Restaurant is fine dining at its very best, providing a romantic experience for you and your other half with attentive staff and a variety of seasonal dishes using the very best ingredients.

Making use of the three-course dinner, I chose the delicious Confit duck ravioli to start, with a tender Roast rump of lamb and slow-cooked lamb breast for the main with a cheeseboard to finish. It was certainly a meal I won’t forget in a hurry!

Stays at Ellenborough Park start from £189 a night for bed and breakfast. Click here to find out more.

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  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Senior Writer

Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for three years, Emily trained as a journalist at Northumbria University. She writes the magazine’s news and product pages, features and celebrity franchise, Now I’m a Mum, where she has interviewed mums such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones.

A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More


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