Take a trip to Hale
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From shopping to food, and enjoying the quintessential village community, it truly is a wonderful life in Hale
Hale has the vibrancy of a bustling city, with the beauty of a nature-haven and the charm of a quintessential hamlet. You would be mistaken to think that Hale is just like any other English village - far from it. With class and sophistication, Hale offers the best of every world, which is no doubt the reason why the Cheshire village remains one of the most desired locations in the whole of the UK. Who wouldn't want to seek out the area with its signature architecture, natural surroundings and excellent location just 10 miles from Manchester?
Will Magdzinski, a life-long resident of Hale and owner of the local estate agency, Hibbert Homes, tells us a bit more about what makes living here a one of a kind experience. 'There is so much variety in Hale, from modern properties with a new build style to original period properties that have been standing for hundreds of years. You never really need to leave because everything you may want is on your doorstep. There are great schools, shops, restaurants and sporting facilities.'
Shopping in Hale is something local business owner, Johanna Bolhoven, knows plenty about. Her boutique See-Saw Lingerie can be found in the heart of Ashley Road and has been a part of Hale's charming shopping street for over 25 years. Ashley Road is highly-renowned in the county because it is filled with gorgeous boutiques and high-end designers like Adiva, The Edit and Willow. Art galleries, such as Clarendon Fine Art, which offers access to original contemporary art, and interiors stores make it a one-stop day out you should most certainly add to your list.
Luxury living is a language that Hale speaks fluently as one of the wealthiest places in the UK. Johanna advises that visitors indulge a little whilst visiting this affluent destination. 'After a morning of shopping in the village, you can restore your vitality by spending the afternoon at the premier Hale Country Club & Spa,' she says. Whilst at the Spa you can unwind in their superb facilities or with a selection of relaxation treatments including holistic therapies.
Johanna also adds that you can eat like a king because the streets of Hale are filled with divine restaurants and bars that are super chic and always eager to expand your foodie horizons. If you've got the whole to day to play with, then Will suggests you 'have a spot of lunch in Juniper cafe, where the food is mostly locally-sourced, and then perhaps even have a quick pint at the Railway Hale, a traditional English pub.' Later in the evening if you are on the hunt for flavours and a fan of spicy cuisine, then Will points us in the direction of the stylish Sri Lankan restaurant Sigiria.
If you decide to come to Hale this December then the locals will insist that you visit the delightful Hills Bakery, a family-owned, artisan bakery that is dedicated to creating delicious treats, many of which will be festive-themed of course. Also, a visit to Turtons of Hale is another must-stop; the family-owned butcher offers fresh, locally-sourced and high-quality meat that will be a huge crowd-pleaser on the Christmas table this year.
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Clearly, there are many things to love about Hale, but both Will and Johanna agree that, above all else, it is the community that makes Hale truly special. 'Hale has a lovely village feel, everyone is very friendly and there is a really nice community here,' Will says. Johanna adds that events in Hale are not easily forgotten because of how welcoming and friendly everyone is: 'Hale at Christmas is magical, everything from the village festive lights to carols on the Bowling Green, it's the best!'
So what really makes Hale unlike anywhere else? Christmas is the perfect time to find out…
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Some of the businesses that make Hale special:
See saw lingerie: seesawlingerie.co.uk
bps family law: bpsfamilylaw.co.uk
hibbert homes: hibberthomes.co.uk
gascoigne halman: gascoignehalman.co.uk
clarendon fine art: clarendonfineart.com
hale acupuncture: hale-acupuncture.co.uk