Awaiting Rigby's visit

Ellenborough Park

Dog-friendly rates From £209
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5 Paws
Awaiting Rigby's visit

Ellenborough Park

From £209
Paws Guestbook
5 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Bed Provided
Bowl Provided
Treats / Food
Toys Provided
Dog Sitting / Walking Available
Dog Room Service Available
Setting: Rolling countryside
Paws: One dog allowed per room

Quintessentially British, this pet-friendly 15th century Cotswolds stone manor house hotel has stunning, panoramic views over Cheltenham racecourse. It’s a sure thing for race day! Relax and enjoy how dog-friendly Ellenborough Park has embraced both country life and its historic routes throughout, and fido will adore rolling grounds. Keep an eye out for hotel dog, Zeffie the Shar Pei, and she’ll be sure to show your pooch the best sniffs.

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At Ellenborough Park

Expect thoroughbred country living and picture perfect English countryside, plus there’s an extensive spa with a pool. Dog-friendly rooms include bespoke Hypnos beds with feather duvets and indulgent Egyptian cotton sheets, marble finish bathrooms complete with underfloor heating, and flatscreen TVs.

Pawfect slumbers

Delightful dog-friendly rooms are located in The Mews and Ellenborough Gate areas of the hotel.

The cosiest of the inviting rooms on offer, all inspired by their historic surroundings, are the Traditional Rooms, all of which come with king size beds.

A number of Classic Rooms are on offer for our four-legged companions. Larger than the Traditional Rooms, they have wonderful roll-top baths and walk-in showers, perfect to rest weary limbs after exploring the surrounding hills.

A special treat in order? Plump for a Luxury Room. With their period features, and luxurious decor embracing this time-honoured venue, many feature separate seating areas which can be transformed for private dining, perfect for dinner with fido.

For pampered pooches, a uniquely decorated suite is on offer, named after a famous thoroughbred who used to pound the grounds at the racecourse. Generous in size and furnishings, this is a prime place to hunker down for the weekend.

Fido (and you!) will delight in the majority of dog-friendly rooms being on the ground floor with their own outside access. Ask on booking for one of the rooms that come with direct access to its own patio, perfect for obligatory night time sniffs.

Human and hound abound

Watch the early morning mist clear over the racecourse as you explore the gentle slopes owned by the hotel, that lead directly to the racecourse. A well stocked boot room means there’s no need to bring the wellies, with every Countryfile fanatic’s favourite footwear, Dubarrys, on offer along with walking jackets. The concierge also has maps on hand for walks with your dog.

Relax and revive

A warm welcome awaits at the hotel’s spa, open daily from 9.30am to 6pm. Eastern and Western techniques are brought together to rejuvenate, throughout their 7 treatment rooms. A spa jacuzzi pool, sauna, steam room, sensation showers and relaxation rooms are also on offer along with an outdoor heated pool, warm enough for even the coldest winter days – just remember to take one of the hotel’s big fluffy dressing gowns to keep you warm as you make the dash outside.

For those of you keen to burn off that afternoon tea, the hotel offers a Fitness Suite.

The extra bits

Your pooch can join you in the Atrium to keep score for a board game, whilst you indulge in a cocktail or two.

This is the place to be during the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where you can hear (and see!) the action directly from the hotel’s grounds. Book early!


  • 13 dog-friendly rooms; 61 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11am. Late check-out on request, subject to availability
  • Rates from £209
  • Breakfast included
  • Additional £25 per night for a dog
  • Fido will relish the hotel's 90 acres

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants

The Restaurant offers contemporary fine dining, in magnificent wood-panelled surroundings. Modern British flavours characterise the delectable dishes on offer in this 3 AA Rosette restaurant. They also serve an indulgent Sunday lunch, which is well worth a try.

Hotel guests will also have the delight of enjoying a hearty breakfast in this historic setting.

Whilst The Restaurant is not pet-friendly, fido can join you in The Horse Box, which provides a relaxed dog-friendly setting for drinks, a light lunch or dinner.

Remember to also take in the Great Hall, befitting of its names, where afternoon tea is also served.

Hotel bar

The Horse Box has an extensive drinks list with something for everyone and is open til late.

At your service

In room dining is available 24 hours a day.

The extra bits

In the summer months enjoy afternoon tea outside with your dog. Perfect for them to peruse their surroundings, and make sure no pesky county inhabitants make an appearance.

The hotel is also delighted to make you picnics to take out with you on your rambles, or simply enjoy in the hotel grounds with your pooch.

Children are also embraced with extra beds available for a small charge, on request.

  • Breakfast served in The Restaurant
  • The Restaurant: Wednesday through Sunday, 6pm to 10pm; also open for lunch at the weekends from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
  • The Horse Box: noon to 10pm daily
  • The Great Hall: afternoon tea served daily from 3pm to 5pm
  • Bar: noon till late
  • Dress code: Smart casual, with a hint of elegance

Where We Are


Ellenborough Park lies in the pretty village of Prestbury, just 3 miles outside of Cheltenham, the bustling, affluent and truly magnificent Regency town.

Nestled amid its own 90 acres of rolling Cotswolds countryside, which runs right down to the racecourse, the hotel has wonderful views directly across the course flats down to the bowl in which Cheltenham town lies.

Fido will be spoilt for choice with snifftastic country adventures all around. The racecourse itself has a path running around it, which your pooch will enjoy making their way round. However, if taking in the scenery is your thing, a ‘must do’ is the walk up Cleeve Hill. This lies directly behind Ellenborough Park, has simply stunning views across, and is the highest point in the Cotswolds at 330m.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below. Also worth a read are our North and South Cotswolds guides on Dog Digest.


Address: Ellenborough Park, Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ

Hit the road

Cheltenham is well connected to the UK’s motorway system. If using the M5, junction 10 is the nearest. From the south-east, you have two options. Take the M40 to the A40, before using your navigation system for the final few turns. Alternatively, if clearer, the M4 to the A419 is the route to take. Either way, the journey from the capital can be under 2 hours.

All aboard

Cheltenham Spa mainline station is just a couple of miles away and has regular direct services from the South East and the South West. If travelling by train remember to arrange a taxi in advance that is four-pawed friendly.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.


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5 Paws Jon, April, 2017.

With far reaching views across the Gloucestershire countryside including a vantage point over Cheltenham racecourse, Ellenborough Park is the ideal venue for country walkies. The hotel caters for our four-pawed friends with water bowls and goodies strategically placed around the property. The porter has a good supply of walking boots and Hunter wellies and we ventured up Cleeve Hill with pooch on a glorious winter day taking in the stunning scenery of Cheltenham and the surrounding Cotswolds. Your pooch will find lots of beaten tracks and many off while making plenty of friends along the way – this is a haven for walkies and we loved it. After a pub lunch and more walkies we returned to Ellenborough Park for the delicious afternoon tea where our little friend was more than welcome.

The rooms are a good size and nicely appointed, however one word of advice is to request a room on one of the lower floors or nearest the main hall, as we ascended a turret which was not ideal for a friend with little legs, but that did not spoil the weekend in any way.

5 Paws Sara, March, 2017.

I stayed at Ellenborough Park in 2015 along with my spaniel Monty, and the hotel and setting are stunning. If you’re not a fan of homogeneous hotel chains then this hotel has charm and character in shades. From the Tudor great hall where all the doors and windows are at different levels to the exterior walls built of honeyed Cotswolds stone, it’s no wonder this hotel is so popular with Americans looking for a taste of Ye Olde England! Dogs are welcome in the new annexe rooms rather than the main house, but you won’t be sacrificing comfort – our room comprised a huge sleeping and sitting area, a large hallway which Monty promptly claimed as his own and TWO bathrooms. ‘Dog extras’ included a bed, bowl, toy and poop bags. A short stroll across the road takes you to a stile where you can climb the hill opposite the hotel and pick up some major footpaths. And honestly, you’ll need to walk all day just to keep ahead of all the food you’ll be eating later. All in all, top level country luxury for discerning dogs and their owners.

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