I’m not in the habit of placing bets, but odds are high that you’ll love this prolific 15th-century country pile forged in Cotswold stone and set overlooking Cheltenham racecourse.

Several suites are named after famous steeds and, with roll-top baths, four-poster beds and a spa with indulgent Ila treatments, every guest is treated like a champion.

Go on race days, and a fleet of Land Rovers will whisk you in your heels to the starting post and, if you forget your wellies, there are rows of £300-a-piece Dubarrys in the boot room that you can borrow (and yes, they’ll clean the mud off afterwards).

Each one of the 60 rooms is spacious and bright, and some of the contemporary suites, located in newer wings surrounding the main house, welcome well-behaved canine companions, with over 90 acres of grounds and an adjacent mountain the perfect place to walk them. Other rooms within the original house are steeped in period drama.

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