Page-turning Places to Read at Ellenborough Park


With Cheltenham Literature Festival almost coming to an end, we asked the team to share some idyllic spaces from around Ellenborough Park that they think would be perfect for getting lost in a good book. As we are one of the most luxurious hotels in the Cotswolds you can be sure there’s a special spot for every season…

Hotel Grounds

Our swing is the perfect spot during summer to enjoy al fresco reading with a great novel. While away the time swaying in the sunshine, as the breeze helps you turn each page in anticipation. Perhaps choose a classic romance to tie in with our temple in the background – as you read about someone else’s love story, you can bring the pages to life with your imagination with our hotels’ popular backdrop used for many a proposal and wedding photoshoot.

Why not try the New York Times Bestseller love story ‘The Light We Lost’ by Jill Santopolo?

The Great Hall

Sink into a luxurious armchair as the Autumn leaves start to fall outside and the seasons visibly change into golden and red hues. As it is a time of reflection and transition at this time of the year, why not switch up your reading patterns and select some poetry? If poetry isn’t your prose of choice, then why not put yourself into somebody else’s shoes with a memoir or diary?

Why not try something a little different with Noor Unnahars’ ‘Yesterday I was the Moon’ collection of poetry written originally on Instagram?


Mintrel’s Gallery

Snuggle up on our comfortable sofas in the lounges and take refuge from the winter chill in front of a roaring log fire. Before the early nights draw in, you can enjoy a hot drink and turn the pages at your own leisurely pace. With the glow of the fire and gentle lighting of our lamps ready to guide each word, perhaps you would tie in the imminent arrival of Father Christmas by selecting a new fantasy fiction novel to take yourself away to a faraway land.

Why not revisit your childhood with ‘Spinning Silver’ by Naomi Novik – a modern retelling of the children’s fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin?

The Atrium

The bar near our Horse Box has a gorgeous sky lantern in the roof allowing lots of natural light to flood into the room. There’s no better way to read; this offers a diffused and calming environment as you immerse yourself in a book for a few hours during springtime. Why not select a motivational non-fiction book to start off this delicate season by ‘growing’ your knowledge? You could dedicate time to learning a new skill, expanding your business knowledge or furthering your own self-development.

Why not unwind with ‘Declutter Your Mind’ by Steve Scott and Barry Davenport – a hands on read helping you eliminate negative thinking and relieve anxiety?

Now that you have learned of our favourite places to read, why not discover them for yourself? Book direct and you’ll receive the very best rates, as well as a room at one of the most beautiful hotels in the Cotswolds during Cheltenham’s Literature Festival next year.


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