As you approach Ellenborough Park, the fairy tale Elizabethan manor house with castle-like towers and surrounding honey stone buildings makes a striking first impression. The dreamy combination of glamour and country-chic equals a rural idyll. Head chef David Kelman creates enchanting dishes with local ingredients and quality produce from well-known suppliers. Head to the three-AA-rosette-awarded Beaufort Dining Room to sample the delights of the menu and be greeted with original oak panels, Tudor fireplaces and stained-glass Oriel windows. Menus incorporating classic British dishes nod towards the building’s history, though a more casual experience can be enjoyed in the more relaxed brasserie. For a special occasion, why not splash out and plump for exquisite afternoon tea served in the Great Hall? A superb wine list featuring a rare and vintage selection completes the bill of fare.