Ellenborough Park Hotel at night

Big award for Ellenborough Park Hotel

One of our favourite hotels, Ellenborough Park was recently named England’s Leading Country House hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards. Up against the likes of Lucknam Park and Manoir aux Quat’Saisons this is a huge pat on the back for the staff and management at the hotel, and reaffirms the fact the Cotswolds offers the best of British hospitality.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, Ellenborough Park is a country house hotel set on the original Cheltenham Racecourse estate, which provides guests with a choice of two restaurants, an Indian-themed spa, 15m heated outdoor swimming pool and an extensive range of leisure activities.

We offer Ellenborough Park hotel accommodation with all of our Cotswolds tours and breaks.

Another sample tailor-made holiday itinerary

Last year I posted an example of a tailor-made itinerary I created for one of our customers. Here’s another. Its basically Bath, Cotswolds & London but with some great ideas for memorable activities.
Maybe this will help give you a few ideas for your own holiday plans or better still, you willcontact us with your own request!

The request:

…..I need help planning a 7 day excursion….a day in Bath is on the list, I would like to spend 2 days in the Cotswolds… a London city tour. And, of course we want Highclere Castle.

Services to be provided by Rosehill Travel:

Hotel bookings
private car transfers
Driver-guide services for touring local area
Tickets for musical, attractions

And my itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive Heathrow
Transfer by private car to hotel in Bath.
Overnight: Francis hotel, Bath
Day 2
The time is yours to fill.
Overnight:Francis hotel, Bath
Day 3
Bath to the Cotswolds – Full day Driver-guide services provided by Rosehill Travel
In the morning stops at Lacock, Castle Combe villages
Highgrove – Highgrove garden tour “Join a group of guests as you are led by one of HRH The Prince Of Wales’s expert guides on a two-hour tour through the series of extraordinary and inspiring gardens at Highgrove.”
Visit Tetbury and Highgrove shop, antiques and boutique shops aplenty!
Overnight: Close hotel, Tetbury
Day 4
Full day driver services provided by Rosehill Travel
Highclere Castle visit
Return to Tetbury
Overnight:Close hotel, Tetbury
Day 5
Cotswolds driver-guide tour provided by Rosehill Travel
Overnight: Close hotel, Tetbury
Day 6
Rosehill Travel driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to your hotel in London.
Free time in London
Afternoon London tour
Day 7
Free time in London. Harrods, St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey.
Phantom of the Opera
Afternoon London tour
Day 8
Hotel check-out and short transfer to Heathrow airport
Return home.

The Full English Breakfast

Who doesn’t love a good fry up!
If you don’t enjoy a full english breakfast at least once during a trip to the UK, I would be very surprised. A staple of the British menu and I would argue more of a national dish than fish and chips. Outside of the city, (where you may have a continental breakfast) its served at most hotels and all bed & breakfasts.
What you get varies, but essentially it’s

  • eggs
  • bacon
  • sausages
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • fried bread or hash browns
  • baked beans
  • black pudding
  • Not forgetting a steaming mug of tea.

People are often put off by the black pudding, which essentially is pigs blood, fat, onion, oatmeal. I love it but its not to everyones taste, probably people who know whats in it! Baked Beans too are a British thing, but lovely. Most kids grow up eating beans on toast, a sunday evening staple in my parents house.

A ‘Full English’ is a hearty way to start the day, it’ll set you up nicely for a days exploring, sightseeing and shopping. Not the healthiest of options but when your on holiday, healthy eatng doesnt really come in to it in my opinion.
The video below from Anglophenia is an amusing watch, that may even encourage you to cook your own fry up. Enjoy!

IAM certificate

Institute of Advanced Motorists

We spend a lot of time behind the wheel of the cars, so its vital we know what we’re doing on the road and especially with our customers travelling with us.

At the start of the year I became a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). I was assigned a mentor, and we met up for a two  hour drive each week. He observed my driving and taught me how to improve my driving skills. Taking the key elements of advanced driving skills from Roadcraft, (the book behind all police driver training) I learnt about the system of car contol, (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration), ‘limit points of observation’, making good progress while driving safely. I attended a theory day and studied the theory behind being a safe and professional driver. After about eight sessions I was ready for the test. Pretty much like doing the driving test all over again, my examiner was a Gloucestershire policeman, pretty nerve wracking because I really wanted to do well, but he put me at ease and I relaxed in to the test. After an hour and a half we finished and I was told I had passed, but not just a pass, I was given a ‘First’, which is the highest award for the Advanced Driving Test. Extremely happy to say the least with the result and an extremely worth while course which I definitely recommend taking to anyone who wants to improve their driving skills.

See the Cotswolds: introduction video

Visit Britain, our national Tourism organisation have launched a new campaign to promote the countryside. The “Countryside is GREAT” will run for three years promoting “Britain’s countryside as a place to enjoy modern culture, top quality food and world-class accommodation in a beautiful landscape”. They’ve launched a new website with loads of information including this video highlighting the Cotswolds.