The hotel inspector checks into Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham

The hotel inspector checks into Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, which is housed in an ‘extraordinary’ collection of buildings – however his room in a brand new wing is ‘a giant disappointment’

  • Some buildings at Ellenborough Park date again to the fifteenth century – and George III was a former visitor
  • The Inspector isn’t impressed together with his ‘darkish, dingy and soulless’ room housed in a wing constructed in 2010
  • At dinner he isn’t impressed with the portion sizes, complaining that his starter is ‘tiny’ and major ‘meagre’ 

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The oldest a part of Ellenborough Park dates again to 1485; George III stayed in the home on recommendation from medical doctors eager that he ought to take in Cheltenham’s spa waters; the Earl of Ellenborough — who added most of the turrets and towers you see as we speak — was made Governor General of India by the Duke of Wellington in 1842; and from 1947 to 1972 the Oriel Private School for Girls occupied the home, hoping to develop into a rival to Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

This is all defined to us at check-in, because of a sergeant-major sort (tall, broad, authoritative) who is aware of his stuff and is eager to share it.

It is certainly a unprecedented constructing — or collection of buildings, the final of which was constructed in 2010 when an outside swimming pool was put in. There are 61 rooms. Ours is in the brand new wing and it’s a giant disappointment.

The oldest part of Ellenborough Park dates back to 1485 and George III stayed there on advice from doctors, keen that he should take in Cheltenham’s spa waters

The oldest a part of Ellenborough Park dates again to 1485 and George III stayed there on recommendation from medical doctors, eager that he ought to take in Cheltenham’s spa waters

The small window overlooks the pool surrounded by solar loungers when what we would like are inexperienced fields, gardens or, a minimum of, a view of Cheltenham race course on the entrance of the home.

It’s a giant room however it’s darkish, dingy and soulless. What’s clear is that motels have raised their costs dramatically in a bid to make up for misplaced floor.

Who can blame them when demand is so excessive? But we’re paying a whopping £444 for dinner, mattress and breakfast — and for that worth this room isn’t adequate. Always ask to modify when you’re not pleased with the room you’ve been given is my rule — however I can’t be bothered. It’s a Saturday night time and possibly full to capability.

The Inspector had hoped for a room at  Ellenborough Park that afforded him a view of Cheltenham race course

The Inspector had hoped for a room at  Ellenborough Park that afforded him a view of Cheltenham race course 

Dinner in the oak-panelled restaurant is a fussy affair. My mozzarella, tomatoes and watermelon starter is so tiny that now we have to order the bread basket, and I’m happy we do as a result of the lamb rump with peas, leeks and goat’s cheese can also be on the meagre facet.

And right here’s one other factor: the allowance for dinner is £40, which actually doesn’t get you far when the primary programs come in at across the £26-£32 mark. With the bread, some olives, one starter, two major programs and a few facet orders — our invoice climbs to £146.

We’re woken by youngsters splashing about in the pool. They’re having a good time — fortunate issues. I’m tempted to affix them.

TRAVEL FACTS  

Ellenborough Park, Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ. Doubles from £200 B&B. For extra info name 01242 545454 or go to ellenboroughpark.com

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