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Ellenborough Park's Victorian Christmas celebrations

PUBLISHED: 15:59 06 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:24 20 February 2013

Ellenborough Park's Victorian Christmas celebrations

Ellenborough Park's Victorian Christmas celebrations

Return of egg nog and Wassail cocktails mark traditional country house celebrations at Ellenborough Park

Ellenborough Park's
Victorian Christmas

Return of egg nog and Wassail cocktails mark traditional country house celebration

Guests are invited to step back in time at Ellenborough Park, near Cheltenham, for a gentrified Victorian Christmas, as the luxury destination and spa honours its namesake and former owner, Lord Ellenborough throughout the festivities.

The fine dining menu is thoughtfully designed by head chef David Kelman with the estates heritage in mind. David has partly themed his food on the ingredients and recipes that would have been served for Lord Ellenboroughs family.

Traditional Christmas recipes receive the Ellenborough Park home-made twist, including mince pies, a buffet of dressed hams, salmon and beef, and at the centrepiece of the Christmas Day banquet, an organic turkey.

With more than 400 wines in its award-wining cellar, sommelier Tobias Brauweiler has worked with Davids team to ensure each dish throughout the festivities is perfectly paired.

A wassail cup will be re-introduced at New Year to toast the year ahead. The tradition was discovered during research for the Christmas menu and found to be an integral part of Lord Ellenboroughs New Year festivities shared between family and friends.

Graham Vass, general manager of Ellenborough Park, says, We are planning a return to a golden era when Christmas as we know it was just a twinkle in Santa Clauss eyes. Ellenborough Park has recreated authentic menus and celebrations that will transport guests to the family home of the former Governor General of India.

Lord Ellenborough lived at the historic estate between 1833 and 1871 and was formerly the Governor General of India. His love of India is reflected throughout the design and furnishings, which are sensitively decorated by internationally acclaimed designer Nina Campbell.

Ellenborough Parks impeccable service was recently recognised when it won the UKs Leading Country House Hotel and the UKs Leading Spa Hotel at the 2011 World Travel Awards.

A two-night stay for two in a traditional room based on two people sharing onDecember 24 and 25 is 1,345. A three-night stay based on the same details between December 24 and 26 is 1,995.





  • Ellenborough Park is a luxury destination set in the heart of the Cotswolds, overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse. The hotel provides warm hospitality, first class service, fine dining and an award winning wine cellar, complemented by an Indian-themed spa, country pursuits and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

  • Set in 90 acres of stunning countryside, the property marries fascinating architecture and interiors by internationally-acclaimed designer, Nina Campbell. Ellenborough Park is steeped in history as some parts of the property date back to the 16th century. The estate is named after a former owner, Lord Ellenborough, who once served as Governor General of India.

  • Ellenborough Park officially opened in March 2011, reinvented as a quintessential English country house following a multi-million pound refurbishment that was sympathetic to the propertys ancestral heritage. Within six months of opening, Ellenborough Park was awarded the UKs Leading Country House Hotel and the UKs Leading Spa Hotel at the World Travel Awards.




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