10 amazing country hotels in Cheshire, including stately rooms and chic spas


The original timber-framed lobby at this sprawling address near Chester burned down in 1912, but today’s incarnation is a modern development. Interiors are gradually being upgraded from a corporate style to a lighter, more elegant look in line with the lavish new spa complex. This £ 10million addition is the jewel in Carden’s crown, offering ultra-comfortable treatment beds, an indoor pool, a spa suite, a glamorous beauty salon, three relaxation rooms and a restaurant. Outside, the spa’s impressive garden features matching whirlpools, heated seats, a fireplace, a panoramic sauna and an outdoor bar. Elsewhere, facilities include two championship golf courses, a range of outdoor activities, a recreation center, and a three-acre vineyard producing sparkling wine.

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