What to do for Valentine's Day in Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 15:03 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:32 30 January 2018
Cheshire has it all when it comes to romance: scenery, cosy pubs and delightful places to stay. The rest is up to you and your Valentine...
Is Cheshire one of the most romantic places in the UK? Well it wasn’t Monte Carlo or New York that One Direction’s Harry Styles chose for a romantic liaison with girlfriend Taylor Swift, but the George and Dragon in Great Budworth.
It may be that by the time Cheshire Life hits the newsstands their relationship is ancient history, however, there’s no denying that this is a county with bags of romantic charm.
David and Victoria Beckham chose stunning Rookery Hall in Nantwich to announce their engagement and who even now, can forget the sight of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy emerging from the lake at Lyme Hall, near Disley, in the 1995 BBC version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?
So where better to spend a romantic Valentine weekend than Cheshire? The county has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to inspiring walks, cosy pubs, romantic restaurants and sexy hotels.
Hillbark Hotel & spa, Frankby, Wirral
This award-winning historic hotel is in a delightful and secluded setting - just right for an intimate dinner followed by a night of romance.
The luxurious timbered establishment is the only five-star rated hotel in the Liverpool city region. It’s set in 250 acres of parkland at Royden Park, Frankby, on the Wirral, overlooking the scenic Dee estuary. There are 18 individually designed bedrooms and suites, three restaurants to choose from, including the elegant fine dining Stewart Warner at Hillbark, and there’s a luxurious Spa. They offer the ultimate in pampering and it’s a great setting for romance. What more could any couple want?
0151 625 2400
Rookery Hall, Nantwich
An impressive country pile set in 38 acres of countryside complete with a Spa and 2AA Rosette restaurant.
Peckforton Castle, Tarporley
A country house built in the style of a medieval castle. It’s unique. A memorable place to pop the question perhaps?
WINE AND DINE AT
Let’s hope romance lasts as long as Belle Époque. It has been at this location in charming Knutsford for 40 years. The restaurant, which mixes luxurious textures with objets d’art is stylish, individual and the last word in romance. Choose from a la carte dining to private dining and should one thing lead to another...a wedding breakfast at a later date.
01565 634 150 www.thebelleepoque.com
The Botanist, Alderley Edge
A new take on the old, the Botanist is a trendy take on a traditional cosy pub. In addition to a well-stocked cellar of cask-conditioned ales, there are around 50 bottled beers and ciders from around the world and a selection of the finest champagnes, wines and spirits.
The George and Dragon, Great Budworth
If it’s good enough for Harry Styles...here’s one of those amazing Cheshire inns that has been around for centuries and what must have certainly impressed Taylor Swift is the olde worlde charm of real fires, open brickwork and its hideaway feel.
01606 892 650.
SPEND THE DAY...
At Lyme Park
The sweeping backdrop of moorland, the wild remoteness of the landscape and the stunning mansion all add up to the perfect romantic location. Darcy meets Elizabeth in the memorable TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and romance oozes from this glorious setting. In springtime the wooded slopes and rolling moorland, grazed by ancient herds of red deer, will give Valentine couples a real feeling of being miles from anywhere - in their very own romantic classic.
ON THE COAST
Neston is the birthplace of Nelson’s mistress Emma Hamilton and close to this delightful coastal town are the beautiful Ness Botanic Gardens where lovers can sit and hold hands, gazing across the Dee estuary before retiring to a cosy inn for lunch and plenty of togetherness.
0845 030 463
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