Take time out from the hustle and bustle with a quiet weekend in the country. Picturesque views, stunning scenery and a slower pace of life make a trip to the country the perfect way to unwind.
Filled with rolling green hills, quaint idyllic villages and cosy pubs, there is nothing like a trip to the Cotswolds to put a spring back in your step.
Ellenborough Park is the perfect location for a relaxing stay away; situated on the Cheltenham Racecourse estate in fine parkland, Ellenborough Park is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning Cotswold countryside. The luxury Cotswold hotel is proud to boast 60 luxurious individually designed rooms by Nina Campbell, an Indian inspired spa and the oak panelled Beaufort Dining Room. Service is unparalleled and a stay here is the perfect way to unwind and rest your weary head.
Get some fresh air and explore the countryside with a long wander, taking in everything this beautiful area has to offer. The Cotswolds has no shortage of country walks; take a look at National Trail for the renowned Cotswold Way. This walk features many famous associations and stretches across the Cotswold landscape including the birth place of writer Laurie Lee and other famous associations. Don’t forget to take your wellies though, as it tends to get muddy.
Golf in the Cotswolds is a serious matter – take your pick from an array of different courses and clubs if taking a swing is your thing. Try the Cotswolds Hill Golf Course, opened in 1976 this course has matured with age and is now recognised as one of the most prestigious courses in the area, catering for all abilities. Alternatively, try Minchinhampton Golf Club. This course sprawls across scenic Minchinhampton common and the surrounding areas offering unparalleled views of the local five valleys.
Try something new at the Ian Coley school of shooting. Renowned for producing Olympic gold medallists Richard Faulds and Peter Wilson, this school caters for all levels of experience including juniors. Established in 1897, it is one of the top 10 shooting schools in England, and is recognised as the best destination to learn this traditional and exciting countryside sport.
Take time out to enjoy an old English tradition; Afternoon Tea at Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham is a wonderfully decadent experience. Cosy up during the winter months by the roaring log fire in The Great Hall, or enjoy the country setting and take tea on the sunny terrace. Served on silver cake stands and bespoke fine china, everything about this experience is wonderfully British. The menu includes delicate sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and a selection of mouth-watering baked scones with finest preserves from Wales with rich Cornish clotted cream.
After a weekend in the beautiful British countryside, you will feel ready to get back to the grind of the city!