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.