Luxury cottages Cheshire

Luxury cottages CheshireLuxury Cheshire cottages are ideal for discovering the delights of this rural county, its rich heritage both man-made and natural. Agriculture and industry have both played their part in shaping the county. Its historic capital, Chester, was once the busiest port in the north-west importing and exporting goods via the River Dee but ultimately lost out due to river silting and the growth of its neighbour, Liverpool, during the Industrial Revolution.
Salt has been mined in Cheshire since Roman times, at Northwich and Middlewich, giving rise to the local chemical industry. Its agriculture has traditionally been based around dairy products, including the renowned Cheshire cheese.

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In earlier times the ‘Cheshire Gap’ was of strategic importance in controlling the populace, sandwiched between the Welsh Marches and English Peak District. More recently, canal, road and rail routes have exploited this geography and, since the birth of the industrial era, the county has been well-served by transport connections.
Cheshire is home to a unique natural habitat, the meres and mosses, and work is ongoing to protect this special landscape which stretches from Crewe, south-west towards Oswestry. These lowland peat bogs formed in shallow depressions left by retreating glaciers after the last Ice Age and shelter some of Britain’s rarest wildlife.
Today, the Cheshire Wildlife Trust is involved with attempts to preserve these sites for future generations to enjoy; their website lists a host of public events aimed at supporting this work.
One of the county’s top beauty spots, Alderley Edge, is in the care of The National Trust. From this sandstone ridge extensive views over the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed. Nearby, the Trust also manages The Cloud and Mow Cop, both important geological sites, and has reserves on the Wirral including Heswall Fields, Caldy Hill and Thurstaston Common.
National Trust properties in the county include Dunham Massey, Little Moreton Hall, Lyme Park, Tatton Park and Quarry Bank Mill. With its listed buildings and conservation status, Port Sunlight village (formerly within Cheshire) draws visitors to the Wirral to marvel at the foresight of the Lever Brothers who built this ‘model’ community to house their workers in the 19th-century.
From luxury cottages Cheshire and its many attractions await discovery.

While staying at one of our luxury Cheshire cottages here is a ‘Top Ten’ list suggesting things to see and do.

1. Chill out in Chester
Spend a day exploring the historic city of Chester, with its Roman walls, Medieval shopping precincts, magnificent cathedral and cafe culture. If you’ve never been before, it’s worth starting at the Visitor Information Centre located opposite the cathedral, where staff are on hand to point out all that’s best about this city.

2. Explore the heavens above
The giant Lovell Telescope, now a Grade 1 listed building, can be viewed at close quarters at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, in Macclesfield. Home of British Astronomy, Jodrell Bank is at the leading edge of research into the origins of the universe. Its Discovery Centre aims to make its scientific work accessible to people of all ages and promises a great day out for all the family. As well as the Lovell Telescope, the Jodrell site houses a space pavilion, star pavilion, planet pavilion, ‘Galaxy’ garden, play area, arboretum and cafe.

3. Spot the sharks
Blue Planet Aquarium, in Ellesmere Port, is an award-winning tourist attraction catering for all the family. With its themed areas and underwater tunnel, its inhabitants include marine and freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians. Its tanks house more varieties of shark than in any other British sea-life collection.

4. Walk the waterways
The Cheshire Ring is a route which links a number of canals, enabling narrow boats to circumnavigate Cheshire’s rural and urban landscapes via Manchester. A number of engineering feats are involved en-route, including the astonishing Anderton Boat Lift, near Nantwich, and several tunnels. The 97-mile route can be walked, via towpaths, running alongside the canals. Where they pass through tunnels, the path can be followed above group to the other side.

5. Potter in the park
This former stately home near Knutsford, with its deer park and award-winning gardens, is the perfect place for a family day out. As well as the attractions of mansion and grounds, there are opportunities to eat and shop on-site, as well as a working farm and plenty of events throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.

6. See the Sunlight
The working day was long and hard for our Victorian ancestors, but the philanthropic Lever Brothers knew a thing or two about keeping their staff happy, healthy and productive into the bargain. They set about building a ‘model’ village – Port Sunlight – in 1888. With its architect-designed houses and wide-open spaces, the conservation village named after Sunlight Soap is now part of an award-winning tourist attraction on the Wirral peninsula. Port Sunlight’s full story is told at the on-site museum.

7. Enjoy animal antics
Chester claims to be Britain’s number one zoo, home to more than 12,000 animals. With a strong emphasis on conservation work, the zoo was founded in 1931 by the Mottershead family and, today, leads the field with its multi-million pound enclosures designed to resemble as closely as possible the natural habitats of its animal inmates.

8. Watch engines at work
The award-winning Anson Engine Museum, near Poynton, is a registered charity housing a collection of working engines put together by enthusiasts Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor over the years. Many of the engines have been lovingly restored and a selection can be seen working on museum open days (one weekend a month from Easter to the end of October). Built on the site of the former Anson Colliery, the museum also has a tea room and gift shop.

9. Take a pinch of salt
One of Britain’s newest heritage centres is the newly-restored Lion Salt Works in Marston, near Northwich. Production of this once highly prized commodity ceased here in 1986 but fortunately the buildings were saved from demolition by the local council. Aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and publicity from the BBC’s Restoration programme, the site has undergone a £10 million overhaul and was due to re-open as a visitor attraction during May 2015. Along with Weaver Hall, Stretton Watermill and the Grosvenor Museum it is managed by West Cheshire Museums.

10. Visit a high spot
While Cheshire is generally regarded as a low-lying county, it does have its high spots and one of these is the red sandstone ridge of Alderley Edge. This wooded escarpment rises 200 metres above sea level behind the village of the same name. In the ownership of the National Trust, it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its geology. From the top, there are views over the Cheshire Plain and Peak District. The ridge is riddled with old copper mines which the Derbyshire Caving Club has permission to explore. Legend has it that the Edge conceals an army of sleeping warriors, ready to wake and defend the realm should the need arise.

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smithy farm Check availability Smithy Farm, Dunham-on-the-Hill, Cheshire
Sleeps 7 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £4841177 per week * Ref: GCG5673
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Smithy Farm is an 18th century, semi-detached holiday farmhouse with private hot tub and games room. It is located in the quiet village of Dunham-on-the-Hill, just 6 miles from the historic city of Chester. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has a café and pubs. A wider range of amen...
The Granary, luxury cottage in Audlem, Cheshire Check availability The Granary, Audlem, Cheshire
Sleeps 10 * 5 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £10012069 per week * Ref: GCG5109
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This spacious barn conversion, with snooker and games rooms, enjoys an enviable rural location within an acre of landscaped gardens and four acres of mown paddocks. Next door is a welcoming 18 hole Brookfield Golf Club....
Check availability Woodhouse Cottage, Dobshill, Cheshire
Sleeps 5 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £321945 per week * Ref: GCG5047
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This cosy detached holiday cottage with orchard large garden in the grounds of the owners’ house just eight miles west of Chester. Woodhouse Cottage is just over the border in Wales but has easy access to Chester, one of the jewels in Britain's crown. ...
Check availability Red House Farm Cottage, Whitegate, Cheshire
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £322953 per week * Ref: GCG5045
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Red House Farm Cottage is a detached cottage in a picturesque village 17 miles east of Chester, with views over gently undulating countryside. Nearby Northwich lies at the centre of Cheshire Plain. The suffix 'wich' in the town’s name – as well as others in the surrounding area such as Nantwich ...
Check availability Watermill Cottage, Huxley, Cheshire
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £374707 per week * Ref: GCG5108
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Idyllically situated by a small river and enjoying extensive country views from its private patio, this rebuilt barn is just seven miles from Chester. Chester is one of the jewels in Britain's crown. It provides the unique experience of combining great shopping in the Rows - 13th century covered wal...
Check availability The Old Stables, Alvanley, Cheshire
Sleeps 7 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £4541099 per week * Ref: GCG5048
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

First floor accommodation of a Grade II listed barn conversion with magnificent views, just eight miles north-east of Chester. Chester is one of the jewels in Britain's crown. It provides the unique experience of combining great shopping in the Rows - 13th century covered walkways - with a stroll al...
waldeck Check availability Waldeck, Mouldsworth, Cheshire
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £4771159 per week * Ref: GCG5674
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Waldeck is a spacious, detached holiday home, located in the village of Mouldsworth, which lies on the edge of Delamere Forest. The property is just 8 miles from the historic city of Chester and is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful county of Cheshire and North Wales which is a popular area f...
weetwood lodge Check availability Weetwood Lodge, Kelsall, Cheshire
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £268591 per week * Ref: GCG5675
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

This detached, cosy holiday property is located in a lovely rural part of Cheshire, with a wonderful private patio looking out over the fields. In the grounds of the owners’ small farm, it provides an ideal base for walkers being close to the Sandstone Trail and Eddisbury Way and there being a num...
Grange Cottage, luxury cottage in Biddulph, Cheshire Check availability Grange Cottage, Biddulph Grange, Cheshire
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £405817 per week * Ref: GCG5110
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Next door to the extraordinary gardens of Biddulph Grange, this cottage boasts a smart contemporary interior and enjoys lovely views over the local countryside. Biddulph Grange Gardens are the product of an extraordinary imagination, they are a wonder to behold and one of Britain's most unusual gard...
Check availability Ivy House Farm, Millington, Cheshire
Sleeps 10 * 5 Bedroom(s) * 4 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £9212555 per week * Ref: GCG5046
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

An 18th-century detached farmhouse within large, mature gardens in beautiful Cheshire countryside close to Manchester. Ivy House Farm has been recently renovated and is very well equipped, yet still retains all its charm and character. The spacious, bright and inviting accommodation featuring expose...
The Byre Check availability The Byre, Tarporley, Cheshire
Sleeps 7 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5601096 per week * Ref: GCG5680
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This beautifully converted and tastefully furnished semi-detached barn faces into an enclosed aromatic courtyard garden with a lovely patio area. Farm walks join the Sandstone Way on the nearby hills and visitors may fish the owners’ carp pond (0.5 miles)....