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About Cheshire

Cheshire is a green and pleasant county, complete with wonderful ye olde Tudor buildings and Friesian cows chewing the cud in calm pastures. The loveliness attracts people who can afford to live in places purely for the loveliness, so the fields are dotted with walled manor houses both ancient, modern and faux-ancient. The best places to stay in Cheshire are similarly varied.

Much of Cheshire's appeal is centred round the historic Roman town of Chester, with its red Roman wall and ancient collection of architecture.

Football millionaires, celebrities and even royalty are attracted by Cheshire's rural idyll, so you never know who you're going to rub shoulders with in one of the pretty local villages.

Most people come to Cheshire for Chester. As well as Chester's wall there is also a Roman amphitheatre and gardens and some wonderful Tudor and Victorian buildings. Chester also has Cheshire's best shopping in one of the country's prettiest town centres.

If you appreciate a quirkier architectural style Knutsford might be one of the best places to stay in Cheshire for you. A wealthy former resident with a penchant for Mediterranean architecture commissioned a whole lot of weird and wonderful buildings. For the best of these head to King Street.

What not to miss:

  • Visit Chester's historic Roman amphitheatre and gardens.
  • Spend an afternoon exploring Lyme Hall (the set of Pride and Prejudice).
  • Walk along Alderley Edge and enjoy beautiful views of the Cheshire plain.

With so many different areas to explore you are spoilt for choice for the best places to stay in Cheshire.

Foodie breaks

  • The Chester Grosvenor is often referred to as 'one of the finest hotels in the north-west'. Its restaurant, The Arkle, has retained its Michelin star for two decades.
  • ABode Chester occupies a building which used to be the Cheshire Police HQ, and the entire fifth floor is Michael Caine's restaurant.
  • Oddfellows is a quirky hotel well located for Chester's charms. There are round beds, boutique furnishings, a Michelin starred chef and a fabulous potting shed bar in the secret garden.

Country house romance

  • Built in 1816 Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa is a wonderful mansion set in 38 acres of lovely parklands. The interior has been renovated to meet the needs of the choosiest visitors - they even have television in the bathrooms and a glass roofed indoor pool.
  • A charming Georgian house with a boutique feel. Edgar House features gorgeous feature baths and picturesque gardens.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • The nearest airports to Cheshire are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon, which are both about 40 minutes by road. Travel to Chester by train just two hours from London.
  • Best time to visit - Chester is a year round destination with each season bringing its own charm but for the best chance of warm bright days visit in the summer months of May - August.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

    Still not sure?

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    Best Hotels in Cheshire

    • The Legh Arms Prestbury, Cheshire 12 rooms from £75

      Value chic  -  Incredibly competitive rates all include breakfast - new rooms offer especially great value
      Local exploring  -  Well-located for visiting Manchester, Chester, Macclesfield and Alderley Edge
      Great walks  -  Access Macclesfield's best hiking trails directly from the door. Continue on to Teggs Nose, which has fantastic cycling paths
      Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves traditional pub classics, as well as a rotating quarterly menu showcasing seasonal local produce
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      Quintessential pub with rooms in a charming village between Cheshire & Alderley Edge. Recently refurbished rooms are fab; certain feature four-poster beds & exposed beams - all boast luxury Vi-Spring beds. The restaurant, popular with locals, serves traditional fare. A good value base for exploring. See More

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    • Allium by Mark Ellis Tattenhall, Cheshire from £75

      Sights nearby  -  Visit Chester and see the spectacular Castle and Cathedral.
      Great walks  -  There are walking trails in the surrounding countryside.
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      This Restaurant with Rooms is worth a visit for dining alone. The individually designed boutique rooms are spacious and luxurious with bespoke furnishings made locally and egyptian cotton linen. Located in a great spot for exploring the area. The restaurant, of course, is excellent. See More

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    • The Bear's Paw Sandbach, Cheshire 17 rooms from £80

      Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring the delightful village of Warmingham and the surrounding Cheshire countryside.
      Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent nearby Beeston Castle.
      Local markets  -  Browse the wares at Sandbach Market.
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      After recently undergoing a significant renovation, The Bear's Paw blends modern comforts with its traditional 19th century heritage. Open fires, wooden panelling, excellent restaurant and antique oak floors are all features that give the inn a welcoming, homely feel. See More

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    • The Coach House Inn Chester 8 rooms from £85

      Local exploring  -  Boasting a fabulous location in the heart of the city’s new cultural district.
      Great walks  -  Get out of the city and take long walks along the scenic Wales Coastal Path.
      Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the architecture of the majestic medieval Chester Cathedral.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      RestaurantNo pets

      A historic inn boasting a fantastic location in the heart of the city. Having undergone a successful renovation the interiors perfectly mix traditional and contemporary styles giving a warm yet unfussy feel. Hearty meals are served in the restaurant and most of the city's attractions are nearby. See More

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    • The Pheasant Inn Chester, Cheshire 12 rooms from £90

      Sights nearby  -  Cheshire is castle country so take trips to Beeston Castle and Holt Castle.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Full of character
      Views  -  Great views from hotel

      Nestled in a peaceful corner of Cheshire, The Pheasant Inn is a delightful establishment. Awash with rustic charm, the inn features a cosy pub, a delicious game-based menu in the restaurant and excellent rooms. A great place for a relaxing weekend away. See More

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    • The Cholmondeley Arms Cheshire 6 rooms from £90

      Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring the charms of Cheshire.
      Sights nearby  -  Pay a visit to wonderful The Cholmondeley Castle Gardens.
      Great walks  -  Explore the nearby Sandstone Trail Walk.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      Set in a beautiful Victorian schoolhouse, The Cholmondeley Arms is full of charm and character. At the heart of the inn is its pub where excellent food is served in the restaurant and a wealth of drinking options in the bar makes for a great place to relax. See More

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    • The Bulls Head, Hale Hale, Cheshire 21 rooms from £92

      Local exploring  -  Fab location makes it easy to pop into central Manchester before returning to the tranquil feel of the leafy suburbs
      Restaurant  -  Recently refurbished restaurant spans several dining areas. Expect pub classics - brunches, roasts and fish 'n' chips
      Great walks  -  Both Dunham Massey & Tatton Park are great walking spots, plus interesting historic sites
      Local markets  -  Known for its street food, Altrincham Market is a must for foodies
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      Newly-refurbished pub with rooms set just outside Manchester. A multi-room bar and restaurant combine traditional architecture with an on-trend contemporary feel. The extensive garden makes this a great spot for summer stays. Compact yet cosy rooms offer a comfortable base. A charming stay. See More

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    • 80 Watergate Street Chester (Cheshire) 3 rooms from £95

      Local exploring  -  A centrally located B&B ideally situated to access Chester's main attractions.
      Great walks  -  Take a wander down to the river Dee, the ancient hub of the city.
      Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the majestic Chester Cathedral.
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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      A charming boutique hotel set in an elegant Georgian house in the heart of the city. Three beautifully styled rooms feature antique writing desks, William Morris print quilts and wonderfully indulgent bathrooms. Expect home made cookies and freshly cut flowers too. See More

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    • Oddfellows Chester 16 rooms from £96

      Bar  -  Fabulous potting shed bar in the secret garden.
      Foodies  -  Michelin star chef.
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      A quirky hotel well positioned for sightseeing in Chester. An eclectic mix of decoration throughout cosy suites and apartments; round beds, boutique furnishings, mezzanine levels, and all the mod cons. Michelin star chef, Mediterranean fare, and a trendy rooftop bar in the garden. Pretty cool! See More

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    • Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa Nantwich, Cheshire 70 rooms from £99

      Spa  -  Award winning spa
      Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant plus cafe bar in the spa
      Swimming Pool  -  Glass roofed 17 metre indoor pool
      Sights nearby  -  5 miles from mediaeval Nantwich
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      Country house hotel with modern add ons in the heart of Cheshire nestled amid 38 acres of grounds. Award winning spa with large glass roofed pool, sauna, steam rooms and much more. Excellent food. See More

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    • Pack Horse Inn, Mellor Mellor, Cheshire 12 rooms from £100

      Restaurant  -  Tuck into locally-sourced traditional pub fare in the fireside dining room, washed down with hand-pulled real ales
      Country Escape  -  The real deal; perfect option for a warm & authentic no frills English countryside retreat
      Great walks  -  The Peak District is a walking, cycling & climbing paradise; make this your base for endless outdoor pursuits
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby historic attractions including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall & Matlock Bath
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      Quaint rural pub with rooms located on the edge of the Peak District. With a genuine carriage house feel, simple but pretty accommodation has plenty of original features. Public areas are incredibly cosy with roaring fires and a warm traditional dining room & bar. Great-value and characterful. See More

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    • The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms Chester (Cheshire) 21 rooms from £100

      Local exploring  -  A chic hotel boasting an enviable location in the centre of the city set alongside the river.
      Great walks  -  Enjoy a scenic stroll around the famous Chester walls.
      Sights nearby  -  Stop by the impressive Chester Cathedral.
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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      A charming pub set in the heart of Chester boasting 21 chic riverside rooms. The restaurant serves up traditional hearty pub fare alongside a choice selection of ales. The rooms, in contrast, are contemporary with floor to ceiling windows, nautical themed wallpaper and luxurious bathrooms. See More

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    • The Vicarage, Cheshire Cheshire 26 rooms from £100

      Families  -  With a games room, a pool table, a library and evening entertainment, there's something for everyone
      Country Escape  -  Comfortable rooms, in-house entertaniment, lively pub and natural surroundings
      Foodies  -  An ample selection of top-quality food: won 'The Caterers Acorn Award'
      Value chic  -  Smart decor of large, plush beds and grand bathtubs
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      Charming 17th Century Grade II listed hotel and pub. Boasting an award-wining restaurant which uses mostly locally sourced produce. Offering a range of in-house entertainment from games room to library. Decor is traditional and cosy. Perfect for a comfortable country retreat. See More

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    • No 32 Tarporley Tarporley, Cheshire 5 rooms from £110

      Foodies  -  The restaurant is the real lure with rotating seasonal menus of modern British cuisine
      Romantic Break  -  With plush bedrooms and fine dining, this is a good choice for a romantic getaway
      Great walks  -  Enjoy beautiful walks along the Sandstone Trail
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Beeston Castle
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      An elegant restaurant with rooms owned by a locally popular farm shop. The five rooms are decadent and sophisticated with chic Farrow & Ball grey walls, plush furniture, and smart TVs. The restaurant serves excellent modern British fare with rotating seasonal menus. Ideal for a couples' getaway. See More

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    • Rowton Hall Country House Hotel Chester (Rowton) 37 rooms from £121

      Total relaxation  -  A quiet location, relaxed service and spoiling spa makes this the perfect spot for a rejuvenating weekend getaway.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Tennis  -  Play a game on one of the hotel's own floodlit asphalt tennis courts.
      Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the medieval architecture of Chester Cathedral.
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      A grand country house located in a secluded rural setting yet just a short distance from Chester. Elegantly styled throughout. Expect a choice selection of antiques, rich fabrics, fireplaces and traditional art. A spoiling spa, superb restaurant and family-run ethic makes this a special stay. See More

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    • The Bridge, Prestbury Cheshire 24 rooms from £125

      Business meetings  -  With excellent transport links, charming yet modern event rooms & catering, this works well for small conferences or meetings
      Weddings  -  Range of beautiful outdoor spaces, Grade II-listed function rooms & plenty of rooms on-site make this a great choice
      Outdoor dining  -  Heated riverside garden terrace also boasts its own outdoor bar which is a great spot for year-round al fresco fun
      Romantic Break  -  For something special book one of the Superior Suites; they boast four-poster beds & stand-alone bath tubs
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      Grade II-listed boutique property in Prestbury village. With a lovely location on the banks of the River Bollin, recently refurbished guest rooms add an industrial edge to the traditional pub feel. Lively dining spaces - indoor & out - are very popular. A fab spot for both events and leisure stays. See More

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    • The Roebuck Inn Cheshire 6 rooms from £130

      Country Escape  -  Easyily accessible from Manchester and surrounded by beautiful countryside The Roebuck is ideal for weekend escapes.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the National Trust sites of Tatton Park, Dunham Massey, Alderley Edge and Quarry Bank.
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
      Full of character
      RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A boutique bistro with rooms filled with charm and character. Individually styled rooms with a French feel, mixed patterns, rich colours and antiques. A European inspired menu is well executed and the portions are reassuringly hearty. A romantic spot for a weekend getaway. See More

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    • Edgar House Chester (Cheshire) 4 rooms from £159

      Sights nearby  -  See the City Wall, visit the Amphitheatre, the Racecourse, Castle and Roman Gardens
      Restaurant  -  The Library dining room provides afternoons teas, dinner on Fri and Sat plus Sunday lunches.
      Views  -  Situated on top of the city walls overlooking the river Dee
      Great walks  -  Walk along the River Dee
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A lovely Georgian house overlooking the River Dee with clean, contemporary interiors and stylish bedrooms. Lovely feature baths and views of the river and garden. Boasts a mini cinema, library and sitting room. Enjoy English afternoon tea at this stylish guest house hotel. See More

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    • The Courthouse, Knutsford Knutsford, Cheshire 9 rooms from £164

      Romantic Break  -  Beautifully designed rooms feel cosy and of the moment. Spoil yourself with drinks and dinner 'a deux' before heading upstairs
      Weddings  -  Super spot for intimate weddings that combine striking architecture with contemporary amenities & an of-the-moment feel
      Restaurant  -  Hearty dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients & craft cocktails are on offer in this convivial contemporary space
      Sights nearby  -  Tatton Park, one of the UK's most compete historic estates, is walking distance
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      On-trend hotel situated in stunning Georgian courthouse just outside Manchester. A lively restaurant and bar — including fab outdoor options with live music — are very popular with locals. Stylish rooms marry muted tones and antique furnishings with fun eclectic touches. A modern boutique gem. See More

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    • ABode Chester Chester 84 rooms from 195

      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

      Strikingly modern property with 84 well equipped bedrooms converted from Chester Constabulary's former HQ, right next to the racecourse. Brasserie Abode Bar for dining and drinks, which occupies the entire 5th floor and features a rooftop terrace with great views! See More

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    • The Chester Grosvenor Chester 80 rooms from £230

      Restaurant  -  The fine dining restaurant has held a Michelin Star since 1990
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels

      Traditional luxury hotel in Chester town centre. Elegant modern interiors. Restaurant with 20 years of Michelin Stars, bars, spa and gym. See More

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