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Could a lo­ca­tion for an af­ter­noon tea be more idyl­lic than the Gar­den Room at Mot­tram Hall?

With its floor to ceil­ing win­dows over­look­ing sweep­ing grounds, it’s the sort of place suited to the wear­ing of long skirts and play­ing cro­quet on the lawn.

As guests drove up the im­pres­sive drive­way, they caught their first glimpse of the mag­nif­i­cent fa­cade of this 18th cen­tury Grade II listed build­ing, which is set in 270 acres of beau­ti­ful Cheshire coun­try­side a few miles out­side Wilm­slow in Mot­tram St An­drew.

The house, which was built around 1750 by wealthy landowner Wil­liam Wright for his son, has been a ho­tel since the 1930s and last Septem­ber was sold to the ho­tel com­pany Champ­neys which is famed for its spa em­pire.

The ho­tel may be grand but the ser­vice is warm and wel­com­ing. and very soon guests were chat­ting over wel­com­ing glasses of Ve­spo Al­le­gro Pros­ecco.

Wait­ing staff un­der the watch­ful eye of con­fer­ence and events su­per­vi­sor Paul Stee­den served up plate­fuls of canapés that in­cluded fill­ings of salmon and cream cheese, keta caviar, tomato bruchetta and

Set within 400 acres of his­toric park­land, with ma­ture wood­land, a rare ar­bore­tum and pic­turesque water gar­dens, Alder­ley Park, is one of Cheshire’s hid­den trea­sures. This unique lo­ca­tion is home to a thriv­ing com­mu­nity that blends world-lead­ing science and in­no­va­tion with stylish liv­ing to cre­ate a place like no other.

Last month saw the Park hold its an­nual Farm Week­end. The two-day event thrilled fam­i­lies with a jam-packed ac­tiv­ity sched­ule of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from cud­dling a new­born lamb to fal­conry dis­plays, archery and trac­tor rides. Vis­i­tors also had the op­por­tu­nity to get cre­ative with bal­loon mod­el­ling and face-paint­ing, as well as en­joy the pop-up food and craft stalls from lo­cal traders.

Alder­ley Park’s work­ing farm is open all year round for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to en­joy. It is home to over 250 ewes

who produce ap­prox­i­mately 400 lambs each year, in­clud­ing its first born lambs this sea­son, Luna and Lionel, who were named by the lo­cal com­mu­nity as part of a so­cial me­dia com­pe­ti­tion.

In Septem­ber, a new sports and leisure com­plex, run by Cheshire-based Every­body Sport and Recre­ation will also open at the Park. Of­fer­ing a gym, stu­dio and work­out classes as well as ten­nis courts and foot­ball pitches, mem­ber­ship is avail­able to both res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents of the Park. A num­ber of lo­cal walk­ing and run­ning routes are also avail­able to ac­cess within the Park.

Alder­ley Park re­ally does of­fer a place like no other for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Alder­ley Park, its an­nual Farm Week­end or more ex­cit­ing events tak­ing place at the Park, visit: www.alder­ley­park.co.uk/events.

TAKE A DARK TURN

LIGHT AND SHADE Dark doesn’t need to be dingy. The trend for pair­ing nat­u­ral dark woods with lighter con­trasts gives both style and the il­lu­sion of space in a kitchen, even when this might be lim­ited. Here, Wilm­slow-based Davies Shaw have ex­tended the trend even to the hid­den spa­ces, us­ing solid ash dove­tailed trays against darker cab­i­nets to high­light their sim­plic­ity and crafts­man­ship. Check out the echo in the con­sole ta­ble where black­ened steel con­trasts with the light oak wood – clever. davies-shaw.co.uk

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