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The historic houses and castles of Cheshire

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If you’re planning a weekend spa break or a couples’ getaway and are looking for hotels near Wilmslow, you won’t find one more luxurious than Mottram Hall. Offering you luxurious spa experiences, afternoon tea options and stunning grounds where our 4-star Georgian Manor house sits in all its glory.

There is nothing more magical than wandering around stately homes, meandering through the ruins of 600-year-old castles and roaming around grand, intricate gardens. Cheshire is a county rife with historic houses, ancient architecture and castles playing host to secrets of past eras. Giving us a glimpse into times gone by, we explore these stunning monuments and uncover the secrets of their pasts and what makes them the perfect day out when you next visit Mottram Hall.

Adlington Hall

Adlington Hall Adlington Hall

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Dating back to the 15th century, Adlington Hall has played host to rivalry, war and prominent owners: the Legh family. Set in the stunning Cheshire countryside near the parish of Adlington, in which the hall is named after. The house and gardens are open May through to September and attract thousands of visitors, all looking to get a glimpse at its rich interiors, landscaped gardens and ancient artefacts.

We spoke to Philippa Reed, PA to the current family and Mrs Legh, she told us what makes Adlington Hall such a popular attraction: “Adlington Hall is not to be missed! Proud to be still family-owned having been home to the same family, the Leghs, for over 700 years. The house itself reflects several significant periods of English architecture, namely; Tudor, Georgian and Restoration.

“Internally, the Great Hall is entirely unique and overlooked by a stunning 17th century organ, one of a kind left in the UK and a major part of English heritage - Handel himself is known to have played the organ and even composed a piece of music specifically for the Legh family during one of his visits to Adlington Hall. 60 acres of gardens surround the hall, one of the finest examples of Rocco garden in existence in the UK today, which means there is plenty to see outside too, including; a stunning wilderness area, laburnum arch, yew tree maze and moat garden, to name a few.”

Guided tours take place within the home around some of the most prominent rooms, giving you a glimpse into the life of the Leghs and their ancestors, Phillipa went on to explain a little more about this: “Regular guided tours of the hall take place during our public open days, with plenty of historical facts and information on both Adlington Hall and the Legh family. Once you have toured the hall and meandered around the grounds you can finish your visit with a nice pot of tea and slice of cake, in our traditional Tea Room. Perfect way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.” 

Arley Hall and Gardens

Arley Hall Arley Hall

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Home to Viscount Ashbrook and his wife, Arley Hall and Gardens is a Grade II listed stately home just 6km from the village of Lyme. Built between 1832 and 1845, the home now plays host to thousands of visitors a year all looking to get a taste of the noble life.

Not only is the estate a home, but it is also a popular wedding venue, filming set and tourist attraction as Andrew Moore explains in a little more detail: “Arley boasts one of Cheshire’s most distinctive halls that enthralls visitors as it is like entering a piece of living history. Arley has been in the same family for more than 500 years and the current Lord Ashbrook and his family still live on the estate.

“The gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, feature what is thought to be the first double herbaceous border to have ever been planted in England, an avenue of lime trees and a beautiful walled garden. Arley is also popular with TV location scouts and its most famous role is as the home of Tommy Shelby in the hit TV drama Peaky Blinders. Arley has also made regular appearances in Coronation Street and has provided the location for shows as diverse as Disney’s Evermoor Chronicles and The Voice.”

Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle Beeston Castle

Built in the 1220s, Beeston Castle is a dramatic ruin set in the English landscape, imposing over the Cheshire Plain. Seized and taken over by Henry III in 1237, the castle remained in royal ownership until the 16th century and stood the test of time through the Civil War, before being demolished by royalists just after.

Now owned by English Heritage, visitors can explore the ruins, uncover the secrets of the deepest castle well in England and enjoy the fresh air in the surrounding woodlands. The sheer beauty, magnificence and rich history of the castle is enough to occupy you on your day out in the Cheshire countryside.

Capesthorne Hall

Capesthorne Hall Capesthorne Hall

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A creation of William Smith back in the early 18th century, Capesthorne Hall is one of Cheshire most opulent stately homes. The Grade II listed building just outside the village of Siddington in the rolling countryside is a pristine private home that anyone in the area should make sure they explore.

Hall Manager Christine Mountney explains a little more about the grandeur of Capesthorne Hall and why everyone should visit this magnificent home: “Dating from 1719, the majestic Capesthorne Hall with its stunning Jacobean-style architecture is set in 100 acres of picturesque parkland, with exquisite gardens and chain of three serene lakes.

“The gardens feature colourful herbaceous borders filled with a rich array of perennials. They are notable for the late summer fragrance of rosa gallica, rosa rugosa and old moss roses. Visitors can also enjoy the rhododendron woods and walks leading to an arboretum.

“Capesthorne Hall is the much-loved home of the Bromley-Davenports, whose ancestors have owned the land since Domesday times. The hall contains a great variety of treasures, fine paintings, furniture, marble, Greek vases and family muniments dating from 1153. Head to the Butler's Pantry, a spectacular lakeside setting offering delicious homemade light refreshments.”

Open from Sunday 3rd March through until Monday 28th October 2019 means there is still plenty of time to head to Capesthorne for a historical day out and a cream tea or two in the Butler’s Pantry.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park Tatton Park

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An intriguing venue and one that requires a day of exploration, Tatton Park and its surrounding buildings and gardens are a real gem and the perfect day out for anyone visiting Cheshire. The park is home to Tatton Hall, Tatton Old Hall, Tatton Park Gardens, a farm and a 1,000-acre deer park, meaning there is a lot to explore.

“For history buffs, garden lovers, photographers, and those who simply enjoy the countryside, the charming county of Cheshire really does have it all. One of the many precious jewels in the county’s crown is the historic estate of Tatton Park.” Explains the team at the estate.

“Previously the home of the Egerton family for 360 years, the estate comprises a Neo-Classical Mansion, a Tudor Old Hall, 50 acres of landscaped gardens and a working farm. All this is set in over 1000 acres of Parkland, which is home to two fine herds of free-roaming deer. Tatton Park is close to the historic and attractive market town of Knutsford.”

Walton Hall and Gardens

Walton Hall Walton Hall

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“Walton Hall and Gardens welcomes you to the former home and gardens of Lord and Lady Daresbury and Warrington’s premier destination for nearly three generations. Set within acres of tranquil and idyllic parkland, Walton Hall has been lovingly restored and refurbished, boasting unique antique furniture, Victorian paintings, an oak-panelled hall, grand staircase and high-gilded ceilings making it perfect for weddings, family celebrations, conferences and more.” Explains Frank Allen from the team at Walton Hall.

A day out at Walton Hall is no less than excellent. Explore the stunning mansion, roam around the beautifully landscaped gardens and pet the animals that call the hall home. Top your day off with a delicious nibble from one of the stunning eateries on-site, the perfect day out in Cheshire.

“With huge grounds, there’s plenty to see and do; from our free outdoor zoo, to adventure golf, pitch ‘n’ putt and bowling there’s something for everyone! Set next to the visually stunning Bridgewater Canal, this is a place for a lazy walk, a picnic in the park and a stop at the Heritage Café for coffee and cake.”

No matter how you decide to spend your free time at Mottram Hall, a day out at one of these wonderful, historic homes is a must. As well as exploring the stunning countryside and the houses that sit within, make sure you explore our range of spa days that you can enjoy after a long day of walking.

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