Subscribe and Save 78%
Up to Enjoy Cheshire more by subscribing to Cheshire Life. Packed full of features on the county’s interesting people and places as well as what’s on, it really is Cheshire’s essential read. With FREE UK delivery direct to your door, what are you waiting
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