Luxury country house hotel Ellenborough Park is a surefire bet for horseracing aficionados.
This 16th century Cheltenham beauty, which once lived life as a girls' boarding school, is minutes from one of the country's most famous racecourses. Some rooms even overlook the finishing line.
But there's more to Ellenborough Park than horses and history. The plush spa with juice bar, heated outdoor swimming pool and impressive gym mean there's plenty to do if a day at the races doesn't appeal.
Food is taken seriously here. The Beaufort Dining Room offers fine dining at (relatively) affordable prices and there's the sporting-themed Tudor Club Brasserie, where you can scoff a burger next to jockey and horse trainer types.
Our Luxury room in the main house - there's also the modern Woodland Court - was chintz-free and elegantly designed, with a stand-alone bathtub, incredibly comfortable bed and raised seating area with leaded windows framing views of the pretty Cotswold countryside.
With its thoroughbred good looks, Hotel Girl would take a punt on Ellenborough Park for an indulgent weekend break.