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Amazing rates at this golf and spa hotel! – 4 star – Chester

The ideal getaway for couples and groups of friends, you can now secure amazing rates at this golf and spa hotel to keep everyone happy! This four star Secret Hotel is serviced by a 24 hour reception and concierge team as well as a night porter and offer services including free parking, laundry and banqueting facilities. Guest rooms are furnished to a high standard with little luxuries such as a separate hanging closet, free internet and fluffy bathrobes. When you’re not relaxing in your room or exploring nearby Chester, the hotel has a wealth of leisure facilities including archery, bicycle rental, shooting, quad biking, a swimming pool and beauty treatments. The fully equipped onsite business centre also ensures guests can fulfil their work needs whilst away with amenities such as conference rooms and audio/visual equipment. At the end of a busy day, the bar and restaurant is sure to perk your spirits, serving a selection of tasty dishes and drinks.

Chester offers activities for the whole family, with a diverse range on offer. Chester Zoo is a must for animal lovers, and those travelling with children with regular daily talks and feeds, play areas and over 1100 animals to marvel at. In fact, Chester Zoo is regarded as the best zoo in the UK for its variety of animals, many exotic or endangered, and their habitats, which are designed for the animal’s comfort and wellbeing. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, why not book one of the fantastic zoo experiences. Feed the penguins on Penguin Island, join award winning photographer Sue Flood for a photography workshop or why not see what it’s like to be a zookeeper with the zookeeper for a day experience.

The historic city of Chester still has many remnants of its past and taking a tour is the best way to see all the hidden gems. Known as ‘the walled city’ Chester has been encapsulated by 3km of walls since Roman times, although the current ones today have been rebuilt over the years. Highlights include the tower where King Charles watched a civil battle from and the wishing steps, built in 1785, which are said to make your wildest dreams come true if you run up and down them holding your breathe!

In the evening, enjoy a pint in the city’s oldest pub, The Boot Inn, which dates back to 1643 or see if you can see a ghost in the haunted Ye Olde King’s Head. For some entertainment, Alexander’s Jazz Theatre will keep your toes tapping with rock, blues and jazz artists performing live.

 

Exclusive leisure, golf and business hotel – 4 star – Chester

Located in the Macclesfield area of Mottram, this exclusive leisure, golf and business hotel is perfect for family breaks, couples retreats and business stopovers. The hotel has its own golf course, tennis courts and fitness center alongside a spa offering beauty and health treatments. There are also meeting rooms available at your disposal, fitted with audio/visual equipment and flipcharts. Guest rooms benefit from connecting rooms, so if you’re travelling with children you can keep them close by, and there is also cable LCD television and a daily housekeeping service provided. If you decide to explore the local area, take advantage of the free onsite parking and babysitting service and enjoy a romantic night out for two!

Once upon a time Macclesfield was the biggest producer of finished silk in the world and you can discover more about its incredible history with the silk industry at The Silk Museum. Housed in Paradise Mill, you can get a real sense of what life must have been like for the workers here in the 1930’s and learn more about their working conditions. In association with this museum is the Silk Museum at Park Lane which tells the story of silk from China to the north of England. You can find out more here about the techniques of silk weaving, dying and printing and there are plenty of workshops and hands on activities throughout the year to get involved with too.

With the Peak District so close, be sure to fit in an afternoon walk or if the weather is nice, pack a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors. On the edge of the Peak District is the aware winning Blaze Farm. The farm is free to enter and visitors can meet the resident animals, feed the chickens, watch the lamb’s coats being sheered or see how cows are milked in the parlour. Besides the animals, the highlight of the farm has to be the delicious Hilly Billy Ice Cream, which is made with the residents cows milk- the perfect day out for little ones.

Another great day out in the area is to Capesthorne Hall and Gardens. Dating back to 1719, this impressive stately home is lavishly decorated with antiquities such as Greek vases, marble and oil paintings. Take a tour of the Hall and enjoy the peaceful gardens adorned with beautiful flowers. Various events take place here throughout the year, from music concerts to Christmas fairs so be sure to check what’s on during your visit.

 

Contemporary & cool hotel in Chester city centre! – 4 star – Chester

This contemporary and cool hotel in Chester city centre ticks this box and many more, with a chic bar, free wifi, a delicious restaurant, fully equipped gym and business facilities. Guest rooms are contemporarily decorated with cable LCD television, DVD/CD player, coffee and tea making facilities and climate control. At the end of a busy day, you’ll come back to a clean room courtesy of the daily housekeeping and should you need anything else during your visit, the reception is open 24 hours to help with your needs.

With the attractions and sights of Chester on your doorstep you’ll no doubt want to have a proper nose around and see the likes of Chester Cathedral, the 3km walls that border the city and enjoy a walk along the River Dee, or indeed take one of the boat trips along it. Chester offers visitors a unique shopping experience, with a blend of designer and high street stores alongside boutiques housed in the famous medieval Rows (a galleried building). For those after a designer bargain, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the UK’s largest outlet including the likes of Burberry and Superdry. For gourmet treats, Willington Fruit Farm Shop sells Cheshire Farm ice cream, local honeys and other delicacies so whether you want to bring back a souvenir from your trip or stock up on picnic treats you won’t be disappointed.

Cheshire is known for its stunning countryside, with the Peak District and Delamere Forest just two options for days out. The latter is a great option for active families, as you can hire bicycles, take a horse riding trip and discover the local nature. The forest is home to the green woodpecker, the black headed gull and the small tortoiseshell butterfly. The Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure is also located here, where thrill seekers can swing through the treetops like Tarzan. If you’re looking for something to entertain little ones, Gulliver’s World Resort is a fun theme park for 2-13 year olds with themed rides and activities as well as shows and a recording studio where kids can practice their musical talents!

For romance, whisk your loved one away to Peckforton Castle where you can dine at it’s 1851 restaurant. Guests can enjoy the classic dishes with a twist using locally sourced ingredients expertly paired with delicious wines in the luxurious ambience of the castle. This award-winning restaurant is not to be missed!

 

3 star – Secret Hotel in Chester – 3 star – Chester

This 3 star Secret Hotel in Chester benefits from free parking, so you can explore the county of Cheshire with ease. If you’d like to hire a vehicle during your stay, there is a car rental desk located here for your convenience. Accessible rooms are available for disabled guests and pets are also welcome. Should you need anything at all during your stay, the friendly staff will be on hand to ensure your needs are fulfilled.

Take a tour of the historic city of Chester with a good guide book and discover the impressive Norman arches of Chester Cathedral, the spectacular Eastgate clock (the second most photographed clock in the UK after Big Ben) and the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain. Stroll along the River Dee with a loved one, or take the ChesterBoat for a 2 hour tour with commentary. Make sure to find the time to spend an afternoon at one of the beautiful stately homes in the area. Tatton Park and Arley Gardens both have impressive homes and regal gardens in full bloom. The latter is know for having one of the most impressive gardens in Britain.

With the great outdoors on your doorstep, get involved with countryside pursuits such as fishing, horseback riding and walking. For a unique day out, Cheshire Falconry is home to a variety of raptors and offers a selection of packages. Have a go at falconry, learn more about the birds of prey from the expert keepers and watch incredible demonstrations. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy six championship courses in the county as well as historic venues, from Disley Golf Club, situated in the Peak District offering an unrivalled setting, to the Mere Golf Resort and Spa with award winning dining.

Chester has a modest nightlife scene, with many historic pubs to enjoy a quiet pint and a couple of livelier venues such as Telford’s Warehouse nightclub and Alexander’s Jazz Theatre which has live blues, rock and jazz performances. Manchester is within easy reach however, and offers the best nightlife in Cheshire without question. Enjoy a swanky cocktail with a loved one in The Alchemist, try your luck at the Manchester235 casino and catch some of the best acts in music at nightclub venues The Warehouse Project and Band on the Wall. For dinner, try Alexandros Greek restaurant in Manchester, or Sticky Walnut in Chester, which also serves breakfast and lunch.

Enjoy your time in the diverse county of Cheshire!

Fantastic Cheshire hotel with pool & leisure! – 3 star – Chester

This fantastic Cheshire hotel with pool & leisure is ideal for both business guests and those on vacation. As well an an indoor pool, the hotel also boasts a steam room, fitness center and spa, whilst the business facilities are second to none with conference and meeting rooms as well as photocopying and fax services. All guest rooms are air conditioned and include coffee and tea making facilities, cable television and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The property also features a bar and restaurant as well as gardens so if you don’t feel like going out, you’ll have everything you desire under one roof.

Cheshire is known for it’s historic buildings and beautiful stately homes, providing plenty of activities for families and couples during their stay. Tatton park is located in the pretty town of Knutsford, with stunning gardens, a calendar of events throughout the year, a rare breed farm, 1000 acres of deer park and of course the beautiful Tudor Mansion known as the Old Hall. Children will love the den building area and new woodland play trail, whilst those in search of some British culture should take a tour of the Old Hall, home to one of the finest library collections of the National Trust. In contrast, Chester, which was occupied by the Romans, has plenty of historic attractions of interest including Britain’s largest roman amphitheatre. If you’re interested to find out more about Roman Chester, join the Dewa Roman experience where you’ll take a roman tour of the city, examine artefacts and enjoy hands on activities such as firing a catapult and creating your own mosaic.

Cheshire’s Peak District spreads out over 100 square miles, with stunning vistas and wildlife at your fingertips. For those after a challenge, why not try the Gritstone Trail stretching 35miles from Disley to Kidsgrove. Be sure to keep your eye out for wildlife en route, including badgers, foxes, red deer, otters and polecats. Keen cyclists should head to Delamere forest where they’ll be able to find more adventurous tracks, but young families are equally catered for here, with smooth sandy tracks also available.

The Egerton Arms in the stunning town of Little Budworth is perhaps the best pub lunch in the county. This family run gem serves classic dishes using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients- there’s even homemade liqueurs! For romance, Jabula South African restaurant in Ellesmere Port serves beautifully presented dishes oozing exotic flavours. The waterfront location gives this place an unrivalled ambience for a magical evening.

4 star – Secret Hotel in Wrexham – 4 star – Chester

This 4 star Secret Hotel in Wrexham has free parking as well as a car rental desk, so you can explore the area at your convenience. If you’re travelling with children, infant beds and cribs are available and should you need to catch up with any work there is also an onsite business center with meeting rooms. For relaxation, look no further than the health club and if you’re travelling in a group take advantage of the private dining option.

If there’s just one thing you do during your stay, make sure you visit Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Pontcysyllte, meaning the bridge that connects, has 19 arches, each 45 foot wide and stands over the River Dee. The bridge dates back to 1795, and was made using local stone. Known as the stream in the sky, many choose to take a boat ride across Pontcysyllte, but walking is also possible. Be sure to bring your camera, as the views up there are truly spectacular.

Another must see in the area is Erddig Hall, an 18th century country house now looked after by the National Trust. Discover the life of the servants downstairs with a unique collection of their portraits whilst upstairs in the family’s quarters you’ll be able to admire the luxurious wallpaper and décor, fine paintings and furniture. Set within 1,200 acres of parkland there’s plenty to do, children can play in the Wolf’s Den, borrow some binoculars and see which birds you can spot or take a horse drawn carriage ride through the estate! If you’re visiting during the festive period, be sure to see what events are on, including craft fairs, Santa’s grotto and live music events.

For eating out, the Red Lion Marford serves affordable classics in a friendly local pub atmosphere, whilst the Bank Wine Bar and Bistro is perfect for special occasions with exceptional service and first class food and drink to match. Afterwards head to Voodoo Moon, a trendy cocktail bar with funky décor. During the weekends the place can get lively but in the week it’s the perfect spot to unwind with a loved one in relaxed surroundings. If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, the Grove Park theatre has a range of shows, from comedy to pantos, musicals and drama. Be sure to check with the box office what’s on during your stay!

We hope you enjoy your stay in the pretty Welsh town of Wrexham!

3 star – Secret Hotel in Crewe – 3 star – Chester

Situated in the railway town of Crewe in Cheshire, this 3 star Secret Hotel is the perfect base to explore this beautiful county and surrounding towns and villages. The free parking and car rental desk here make it even easier for you to get around during your stay and for anyone visiting on business, the hotel does have meeting rooms available for guest use. The friendly staff here will ensure you have a relaxing and stress free stay welcoming pets and offering dry cleaning services amongst others.

If you’re visiting with children, spend the morning at Lakemore Farm Park where you’ll be able to get up close to the friendly animals that live here. Meet the llamas, Shetland ponies, donkeys and pygmy goats among many others and learn about how they are cared for and what they like to eat. The farm also has a free crazy golf course, an indoor play barn with ball pit and sandpit and a picnic area. Alternatively, Chester Zoo is an award winning zoo voted the UK’s number one with over 1000 animals to discover. It’s advisable to spend a good few hours at the zoo as there’re plenty of activities to get involved with, from face painting to themed play areas. Budding botanists can also play gardener for a day as well as explore exotic terrains, such as the Andes Garden and the Rock Garden, which shows off many plant species from China and the Himalayas.

Cheshire is known for its variety of shops, from luxury department stores and designer outlets to boutiques and farmers markets. Take a trip to the village of Audlem and travel back in time to how it was once like to shop in Britain. Browse the unique independent shops, pop into the pretty church and then discover somewhere delicious to eat. Grab some fish and chips to enjoy by the canal or try one of the traditional pubs. Alternatively, spend the day in Chester for a variety of high street shops and boutiques on the famous medieval rows galleries.

For breakfast or lunch, Spedali’s is a lovely little café in Crewe serving great coffee and reasonably priced dishes. For a traditional Sunday lunch, or elegant evening meal, the Rising Sun is the place to go. The Edwardian Lyceum Theatre is the best place in the area for evening entertainment. The theatre has a variety of great shows, including many classic dramas and musicals as well as comedians and children’s entertainment. Make sure to check the website for up and coming shows during your visit!

Lovely Cheshire hotel with leisure facilities! – 4 star – Chester

A stunning grade II listed building in landscaped gardens situated in Cranage near Knutsford, this four star lovely Cheshire hotel with leisure facilities is tastefully decorated with all guest rooms en-suite and including coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary toiletries and television. The onsite restaurant is open through till lunch, with a smaller snack menu available in the evenings. Leisure facilities include a gym, indoor pool, sauna, spa and tennis facilities whilst a fully equipped business centre takes care of those working away.

In nearby Knutsford, you’ll find the spectacular Tatton Park, home to 1,000 acres of deer park, a rare breed farm, children’s play areas and landscaped gardens fit for a king. The park also hosts various events throughout the year, including the Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Christmas Gift Fair and Lambing Fortnight at the farm. Pick up some fabulous souvenirs in the Stableyard, selling gourmet food hampers, jewelry and home ware. The Gardener’s Cottage overlooking the walled gardens and orchard, serves fresh produce for traditional lunches and afternoon tea.

With Manchester so close, spend the day exploring this Northern capital, whether you want to shop till you drop at the Trafford Centre, take a tour of Manchester City Football Club or explore the Christmas markets. The city also has an array of first class restaurants, including Venetian restaurant Cicchetti known for its delicious seafood dishes and Damson, which prides itself on using only the finest ingredients. For a family night out, All Star Lanes is the bowling destination! Enjoy American cuisine at the onsite restaurant with dishes such as freshly prepared lobster and gourmet burgers and indulge in some cocktails to fire up your competitive side!

The Cheshire countryside is one of the main lures of holidaying in this picturesque county. With a few stables to choose from, families and couples can enjoy horseback riding, or hire mountain bikes to explore the wild terrain of the Peak District. Thrill seekers will love the Go Ape experience in Delamere Forest whilst those visiting the historic city of Chester may wish to take a boat trip along the River Dee. Golf enthusiasts will have a few courses to pick from, including the Knutsford Golf Club and Heyrose Golf Club. For a unique day out, Cheshire Falconry is home to over 60 birds of prey and gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about these majestic creatures. Watch them soar through the sky, or have a go at handling them yourself with a hands-on flying experience.

 

Sumptuous hotel in the Cheshire countryside! – 4 star – Chester

The perfect balance between urban and rural life, this sumptuous hotel in the Cheshire countryside is just 15 miles from Manchester and a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Peak District. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be taken care of with valet parking, a conscientious concierge team and an onsite restaurant. When you’re not lounging in your spacious en-suite guest room, explore the resident gardens, work out in the fully equipped gym, take a dip in the indoor pool or unwind in the sauna and spa. Services available include babysitting, laundry and room service.

For a cultural day out, visit the award winning Paradise Mill, home to 26 hand looms and expect guides on hand to help you understand the working conditions of the 1930’s when this silk mill was at its height. Located nearby is the Heritage Centre Museum which once upon a time taught 2000 child workers to work for the Silk Industry. This 200 year old building also hosts craft days throughout the year, so be sure to check what’s on during your visit. Finally, if you’re keen to discover even more about the Silk Industry that thrived here, the Silk Museum on Park Lane tells the story of this coveted fabric from China to Macclesfield. You’ll also be able to see how the fabric is dyed, woven and printed to produce luxury items still sought after today.

There are plenty of great family days out to be had in Cheshire, with Chester Zoo certainly taking the crown for most popular. Take the zoofari monorail or waterbus and explore the 11,000 animals that live here, from fierce tigers to cheeky monkeys. The zoo also prides itself on its 110 acres of award winning gardens and informative daily talks and feeds. Another great day out is the Blue Planet Aquarium where you can get up close to white tip and zebra sharks as well as moray eels and sting rays. Thrill seekers even have the option to dive with the sharks!

With Manchester so close, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in some retail therapy. In the Northern Quarter you’ll find independent shops like the Vinyl Exchange and artist studios in the Craft and Design Centre selling handmade jewellery and accessories. There’s also a great selection of designer and high street shops with the Manchester Arndale home to 240 shops including Topshop and Oasis.

 

Prestigious hotel with excellent location – 4 star – Chester

Having recently undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment, this prestigious hotel with excellent location (just a short distance from the centre of Chester) oozes Victorian elegance with all the amenities and facilities you would expect from a hotel of this calibre. Guest rooms benefit from cable television, high speed internet access and a games console, and when you’re not enjoying them there is an onsite gym and restaurant as well as gardens to explore at your leisure. A business centre complete with fax and photocopying services is also available for guests use.

There are an abundance of tours available to explore the city of Chester, but for a relaxing and unique perspective you should take a Chesterboat River cruise. Choose between a half hour or a two hour cruise with the captains commentary or you can combine it with a bus tour so you can explore the city throughout. Every Saturday evening, the cruise supplies a barbeque dinner and disco- perfect for socialising with friends and family.

Highlights of Chester include Chester Cathedral which dates back to 1093 and Chester Racecourse, a great day out for anyone interested in horse racing or indeed first timers who want to experience the electrifying atmosphere the sport commands. History buffs should ensure they squeeze in a visit to the Cheshire Military Museum, which details the regions role during various battles and wars including WWI and WWII. In the evening, enjoy pre-dinner cocktails at the Arkle Bar and Lounge at the Chester Grosvenor before heading for dinner at Michael Caines restaurant at Abode which overlooks the racecourse with floor to ceiling windows. Those looking to continue the evening should head to Rosies nightclub with three floors each playing different music so you’re bound to find something you like.

Gulliver’s World theme park is situated in nearby Warrington and is the perfect place to take children between 2 and 13 years of age. Spin around on the Mad Hatters Tea Cup ride, transport yourself back to the time when dinosaurs stalked the earth with the dinosaur flight simulator or cool down on the Alpine log flume. For older children, Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure at Delamere Forest is a must! This award winning outdoor experience gives you the chance to swing through the trees like Tarzan and navigate your way across rope bridges and zip slides all in the forest canopy, 120 feet from the ground!