10 top hotels in Cheshire and near Manchester

Edgar House, Chester
Credit: Matthew McQuillan

Edgar House, Chester Credit: Matthew McQuillan - Credit: Archant

From quirky city hotels to rural retreats, Alice in Wonderland inspired interiors to Michelin Star dining, Cheshire and Greater Manchester have a wide variety of unique hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts to stay in - perfect for a mid week mini break, a weekend or an indulgent romantic holiday. Living Edge asked the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top hotels in Cheshire and near Manchester…

Eleven Didsbury Park, Didsbury

Eleven Didsbury Park, Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Edgar House, Chester

Overlooking the River Dee in the ancient city of Chester, from which Roman legionnaires marched to war, you will find the Edgar House Hotel. Lovingly designed by owners Tim and Michael the interior of this Georgian villa has been carefully and respectfully created, each room featuring individual qualities such as free standing bath with waterfall spout and a rain shower. Drinks can be taken in the riverside garden and a regularly changed tasting menu will keep your tastebuds tingling.


The Cow Hollow Hotel, Greater Manchester

The Cow Hollow Hotel, Greater Manchester - Credit: ghg

Eleven Didsbury Park, Didsbury

A luxurious B&B, perhaps better described as a small luxury hotel, Eleven Didsbury Park is a Victorian villa set in leafy Didsbury yet only 15 minutes drive, taxi or train to Manchester's metropolis. Open fire places, deep comfortable sofas, a light and airy conservatory for breakfast and afternoon tea plus a walled Victorian garden outside for sunny days all contribute to a relaxing stay, whilst a choice of bedrooms from snug to suite, some with their own terraces and verandas, are at your disposal.


Oddfellows, Chester

Oddfellows, Chester - Credit: Archant

The Cow Hollow Hotel, Greater Manchester

Hip's the word for the Cow Hollow, a lovingly restored former textile warehouse now a boutique high tech hotel in Manchester's northern quarter, near many on trend bars and restaurants. Here, you can check in early or check out late with no extra charge, find technology to match what you are used to at home and enjoy king sized beds and goose down duvets. Free Prosecco and nibbles are served to hotel guests early evening and complementary milk and biscuits are available before bed.


The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor - Credit: Archant

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Oddfellows, Chester

Eccentric yet elegant, this hotel, with its Georgian façade, plays on the Cheshire connection to Lewis Carroll but with added bling. Look out for boxing hares over the door to the roof terrace, Mad Hattereque oversized chairs in the secret garden and "eat me" and "drink me" instructions in some of the rooms. Situated within Chester's city walls it's five minutes one way to the famous race course and less than that the other way to Chester's boutique strewn shopping district. This hotel offers quirkiness combined with high standards, award winning cuisine, alfresco eating and cocktails and helpful breakfast options.


Northcote, Langho

Northcote, Langho - Credit: Archant

The Chester Grosvenor, Chester

To sum it up in one word "luxury" is what the Grade II listed Chester Grosvenor has to offer. Michelin starred dining, a sumptuous Champagne bar and a tranquil spa will all add to your stay in one of their individually designed rooms. Centrally situated, you just have to step out the door to lap up all this diverse city has to offer including the cathedral, Roman amphitheatre, elegant shops and race course.


The Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell - Credit: Archant

The Old Bell Inn, Delph

Delph is a scenic village in Saddleworth, an area close to Manchester, described in the Guardian as "less of a place than a state of mind". It is the home of the 18th century Old Bell Inn. Steeped in history the inn has well equipped rooms, a restaurant with an innovative menu, a bar that is all polished wood and brass and a quiet conservatory lounge for overnight guests. It also has a unique claim to fame, it holds the Guinness World Record for the largest number of gins commercially available - more than 1,100!


The Roseleigh, Buxton - 20 miles from Manchester

Situated in this glorious spa town, the Roseleigh is a real Buxton belle. It looks over the lake, where waterfowl paddle in the town's main park and provides gracious living in a Victorian villa. Elegant bedrooms, a tasty breakfast and a comfortable sitting room filled with information to look gives you all you need to plan your days out whether it be exploring Georgian Buxton itself or venturing out into the surrounding area to Chatsworth or Haddon Hall for example.


Underleigh House, Hope - 22 miles from Manchester

Bring your dog (one suite) and take to the hills for an exhilarating walk whilst staying at Underleigh House, a 19th century cottage and barn combined to make an exceptional B&B within the Peak District National Park. Before you go out the owners will talk you through their luscious home made breakfast products and a cooked breakfast including black pudding, Cheshire bacon and free range eggs. Smoked haddock is also served. Let them know in advance if you are vegetarian and great alternatives will be provided.


Northcote, Langho - 25 miles from Manchester

An offering for the foodies amongst you, Northcote, at Langho in the Ribble Valley, has a Michelin Star restaurant under chef Lisa Allen and also a highly popular cookery school where courses from 'Dinner Party Secrets' to 'Pub Classics' are available. Bedrooms have bold modern designer décor, public rooms have log fires and breakfast includes such up to date 'must haves' as avocado on sourdough, yoghurt with chia seeds and berries as well as all the traditional classics. If a bit of exercise is in order after all the food there's always the option to climb Pendle Hill and think about those poor old witches!


The Inn at Whitewell - 33 miles from Manchester

Down to earth, yet with a third generation owner and staff devoted to service, this creeper clad centuries old inn has much to offer. Situated on the banks of the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty to do - fishing (they have their own stretch of the river and rods), walking, shooting (including clay) antiques hunting in nearby villages, historic houses to visit, or, our favourite, simply supping a glass of wine on the riverside terrace. The Inn is filled with interesting antiques and paintings, a private passion of the owner, the rooms are very comfortable and food from 'reasonably priced' bar meals to locally sourced specialities in the restaurant , should keep you satisfied.