Finding it hard to decide on a venue for an away-day or a weekend break with the girls? Here’s a luxurious option in Gloucestershire from Women & Golf to help you decide.
Last year family-owned Tewkesbury Park unveiled a two-year, £9m facelift to its hotel, spa and golf course, and the result of this significant investment is a complete venue that has the ability to cater for any occasion, on or off the golf course. Located just five minutes from Junction 9 of the M5 motorway, as you reach the end of the driveway, the enviable hilltop position earns a great first impression with stunning views to the Cotswolds and the nearby towns of Tewkesbury and Cheltenham in one direction, and the Malvern Hills in the other.
On arrival at the 18th century manor house, you cannot help but notice the selection of Wellington boots stacked neatly in the doorway for guests to use, and it’s the personal touches and welcoming staff that Tewkesbury Park should be most proud of.
The lobby area through to the bar and lounge feels classy, decorated in blue and beige tones, and with a real sense of space. An attractive spiral staircase leads to nine suites, all luxuriously and individually decorated with no expense spared. There is no lift, so some less abled guests might find the stairs a little difficult.
After a day on the golf course I really enjoyed a soak in the elegant free-standing bath, whilst indulging in White Company toiletries, before lounging on the comfy bed and admiring the gorgeous views.
If you don’t want to push the boat out quite as far, there are a further 85 bedrooms in an adjoining building and whilst these are not in the same category as the suites in terms of history and luxury, they are 4-star quality.
At 5,707 yards from the red tees, this is an interesting layout with a handful of water hazards and dozens of bunkers to avoid.
The course begins with a dog-leg par-5 from an elevated tee that’s located behind the newer hotel building. In fact, guests staying in a ground floor room can open their patio doors and hop onto the 1st tee in no time. Sightseeing begins as soon as the 3rd hole with Tewkesbury Abbey as the perfect line. There’s plenty of elevation throughout and that includes the memorable par-3 10th that requires a 176-yard downhill tee shot to a heavily guarded green. At only 238 yards, the par-4 18th is not the most impressive finishing hole but with out of bounds on the left and a blind approach shot, it’s quirky to say the least.
It’s a case of invest to impress, as after an exceptionally dry summer, where other courses were still suffering, this was in great condition.
FOOD AND DRINK
Since my visit the main restaurant has been refurbished to complement the light and airy Orangery, which has the best window seats in the house for breakfast or dinner. Food is good with a varied menu that changes seasonally to make the most of local produce.
Golfers tend to congregate in the relaxed No 19 Café that’s open all day for light bites and pre and post round drinks. There’s also a cocktail bar for a cheeky nightcap!
Adjacent to the golf shop is the health club reception and access to a decent-sized indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Two bedrooms in the hotel have been converted into treatment rooms for additional pampering.
The owners have done a fantastic job in an area of outstanding natural beauty, so girls, what are you waiting for?
For more information visit: tewkesburypark.co.uk