Nestled in 176 acres of idyllic parkland and close to shopping areas in Cheltenham and the Gloucester Quays Tewkesbury Park is the ideal getaway spot.
When trying to decide on a destination for a girl’s trip away, I knew I wanted somewhere relaxed where I could spend some time with my mother and re-charge my batteries without the hefty charge normally associated with spa breaks. Upon searching the internet I came across a fantastic deal for Tewkesbury Park hotel, which offers access to their spa and leisure centre facilities, fantastic views and close proximity to a number of great shopping outlets. An added bonus for me was that in 2014 I lived nearby the hotel, so it was lovely to go back to my old stomping ground.
The long driveway leading up to the hotel is flanked by the 18 hole golf course and the views which welcome you outside of the hotel’s entrance are enough to make you feel like your about to enter an A-list resort. The plain looking building lets you enjoy the natural view without shouting for attention without letting on the spectacular decor that awaits you inside.
As soon as you step into the lobby of the hotel you are greeted by the glamour and elegance that wouldn’t be out of place in a vintage film. The hotel effortlessly combines 1920’s decor with shabby chic elements all while feeling modern and up to date- to put it simply I want to move in and never leave. As I walked through the doors of the hotel I was greeted by one of the lovely receptionists who couldn’t have been more helpful- there had been a mix-up between Tewkesbury Park and Secret Escapes on the dates we would arrive- but she quickly sorted out the issue while telling us about the hotel and what was included in our package.
We checked into our bedroom and were welcomed by the warm tones and simple design that showed the owners had really thought about everything you would need during your stay. Each of the rooms has amazing views over the golf course and the rolling hills, one of the best bits of being on the top of a hill is that there are amazing views everywhere you look. I stayed in a ‘just right’ room- their equivalent of a standard room, which featured a small seating area with a table, extremely large double wardrobes, a dressing table and ensuite with a bath.
The bed- which can easily change between a double and twin bed, was also made up with a hot water bottle which I thought was an adorable touch during the cold winter months, although wasn’t needed as the room as perfectly warm.
Although I didn’t stay in the more expensive suites, I have seen some pictures and they look amazing! Which is what you would expect from looking at the rest of the hotel.
The hotel features 3 places to eat- the standard restaurant which has a 3 course a la carte menu featuring local produce and a menu that changes each day, a bar menu which served sandwiches alongside fish & chips and curry, and finally Greens Bar which is inside the leisure centre and serves snack food.
The bar areas and lounge were wonderfully decorated with soft armchair and fantastic decor which fitted with the 20’s decor of the lobby. However, the dining room hasn’t yet had the artistic touch the rest of the hotel has- they are currently still trying to re-do the whole hotel- although it is perfectly respectable it just feel a touch out of place compared to the lavish surroundings of the rest of the hotel.
We ate in the hotel the first night and enjoyed Pumpkin soup (It was Halloween so they had to really), a hearty chickpea and mozzarella fritters with a puy lentil ragu for mains before finishing off with a selection of sorbets. The food was amazing and I ate far more than I should have! You could tell everything had been made fresh, and that the chef had taken a great deal of time working out what the menus should include.
We had managed to pick the only quiet night to eat in the restaurant so it was only us in there for most of the meal but the soft music and sounds coming from the rest of the hotel meant it didn’t feel awkward . The waitress said it had been really busy the week before and the next night it was so I think we just picked a bad night!
The only downside to the hotel was the number of stairs, I am not sure how easy it would be to navigate for an elderly person or someone in a wheelchair, as the building is full of stairs, not just getting to our room but getting from the lobby to the dining hall also included stairs.
As part of our package, we enjoyed a bottle of prosecco in the room, which we had forgotten about so that was a lovely surprise. While we stayed there all of the members of staff we encountered couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful especially the man, who I believe is the bar manager who helped us get a new ice bucket and glasses the next day for our wine and always seemed to be around when we needed help.
The look and feel of the hotel is fantastic and provides a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. We happily enjoyed coming back to our rooms and resting or lounging around the hotel when we had been out for the day.
Overall I give Tewkesbury Park Hotel 4.5 out of 5. I can’t wait to see what the hotel will look like once the current family has finished redecorating- the hotel so far looks spectacular. I would absolutely recommend staying here you will love it.
If you do stay at Tewkesbury Park Hotel and Golf Club let me know what you think about it.
This review has been written independently, no one associated with the hotel knew I would be writing a review. All thoughts are my own.