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England’s Amazing Cotswolds Part 1

England’s Amazing Cotswolds Part 1

Trivago Travel Tuesday takes us to southwest England to the Cotswolds, an area that has long been one of England’s favorite destinations. The Cotswolds is one of the most ‘quintessentially English’ and unspoiled regions of England.

We were fortunate to stay at Ellenborough Park, a 15th Century house on the original Cheltenham racecourse estate that has been restored as an exceptional luxury hotel. Located in Cheltenham Spa, the hotel is well located as a start point for an exploration of the Cotswold region and its multiplicity of attractions.

dbz cotswalds ellenborough park wide

Staying here you will feel to the manor born. Set on 90 private English countryside acres, Ellenborough Park offers quaint country accommodations. This historical hotel provides plenty of modern comforts blended with a rich sense of the past. From fine dining to spa treatments, there is something for everyone at Ellenborough Park.

dbz cotswolds spa sign

The Spa at Ellenborough Park provides a rejuvenating retreat for guests with

  • Seven treatment rooms
  • Spa Jacuzzi pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Sensation showers
  • Relaxation room

Set in the grounds of the estate, The Spa provides specially designed treatments from a range of luxury spa products. Specialist treatment therapists will help you to relax, re-balance and enjoy your visit to England’s leading spa hotel. Gailen found it to be everything promised.

Gailen luxuriated in a spa visit

Gailen luxuriated in a spa visit


Browsing antique shops is a popular activity in the area. We were fascinated by the collections at Christopher Clarke Antiques in the town of The Fosseway Stow on the Wold, where we discovered a selection of travel accessories used by travelers in the past few centuries.

dbz cotswalds antique travel table

For instance, we were shown this table that at first looks like a briefcase. But, when opened, it makes a table suitable as a night stand, or with the leafs folded out, perfect for card games.

Three Choirs Vineyards is one of England’s best known vineyards. The Cotswolds provide a unique microclimate for growing a range of perfectly developed grapes.

dbz cotswolds winery grape pickers

The Three Choirs Vineyards pride themselves on their range of award winning English wines, real ales and ciders.

dbz cotswolds winery bottles

Also nestled within the estate is the Whittingtons Brewery where a range of real ales and high quality ciders are produced.

To plan your own visit to The Cotswolds check out Trivago to find the perfect place to stay, and to plan your visit see Visit Britain.


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