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L I V E 2 4 -SE V EN


THROUGH THE GA RDEN GAT E ELLENBOROUGH PARK


This festive season, our media horticulturalist, Camilla Bassett-Smith, takes a short journey to a nearby jewel in the Cotswolds’ Christmas crown…


For over 500 years, Ellenborough Park has cruised the centuries in style and it’s right on my doorstep! It was in the late 15th century that a local farmer decided that this gorgeously green land at the foot of Cleeve Hill was the place to reside. Originally ‘Southam House’, it has had many occupants and uses over the years. The Earl of Ellenborough called it home in the late 19th century and the Oriel School for Girls set up study from the 1940s.It was in the 1970s, decade of dazzling disco tunes, that the building first became a hotel, known as the De La Bere and in 2010 the luxurious Ellenborough Park Hotel was born.


It’s hard to imagine a setting more idyllic, nestled at the base of Cleeve Hill – the highest point of the Cotswolds – at a ‘treeemendous’ (for there are lots of trees) 330m above sea level – that’s 1,083 feet for those of us still in imperial! This highest point, known as ‘Cleeve Cloud’ watches over all around and offers the most invigorating views while enticing guests at The Ellenborough for an hiver hike (that’s winter in French – just came to me!). The well-known ‘Three Sisters’ take up residence on the hill – a trio of beech trees, twisted by the wind and time, but loved by locals. (Only two of the trees are original, with the third tree a youngster planted to replace its fallen ancestor). For me, happy memories on these hills are countless, from butterfly walks with my parents – we once spied a green hairstreak – to picnics and my dog Brandy’s ears flying so high in the wind, I thought he’d take off! Anyway, back down a few metres to The Ellenborough!


The long winding drive takes you past a collaboration of cedars – so elegant against the clouded sky – slightly pink on the day of my visit. A lone swing is spotted hanging from a branch and a 19th century gazebo romantically reveals itself. Around three miles from the centre of Cheltenham, yet surrounded by 90 acres of grounds, views are fantastic


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