4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Entrance to Arley Hall and Gardens
Anderton Boat Lift - Combined lift & river trip
Single entry to Tatton Park
Entrance to Dunham Massey House and Garden
Entrance to Ness Botanic Gardens
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Arley Hall & Anderton Boat Trip
We spend this morning exploring beautiful Arley Hall and its ornate gardens. This historic family home has been the backdrop for many TV programmes including Coronation Street and recent sensation Peaky Blinders, and the Hall hosts an exhibition featuring images and anecdotes from the programmes. After lunch, we visit the mighty Anderton Boat Lift, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. We enjoy a 30-minute voyage in a glass-covered boat to experience how the lift works - by raising us 50ft into the air! Afterwards we enjoy a relaxing 45-minute cruise along the river.
Tatton Park & Dunham Massey
Today we visit Tatton Park, set amidst beautifully landscaped parkland. The Mansion houses one of the National Trust's finest libraries and opulent furnished rooms. Gain a fascinating glimpse of life 'below stairs' in the servants' quarters and wine cellar. Enjoy a stroll in the lavish gardens with manicured lawns, arboretum, and Japanese garden before we make our way to Dunham Massey. This courtly Elizabethan mansion is adorned with French-style formal gardens. An exploration of the house brings its rich history to life, and and the gardens offer a tranquil haven, complete with freely roaming fallow deer.
Ness Botanic Gardens & Chester
This morning we pay a visit to the Wirral Peninsula to visit the outstanding Ness Botanic Gardens. Originally created in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, these stunning gardens showcase his passion, with more than 15,000 plants from all over the world. Delight in exploring the intricate rock garden, wooded areas and spectacular herbaceous borders, and admire the vibrant colours of the seasonal flowers. There are outstanding collections of rhododendrons, camellias, snowdrops and sorbus. In the afternoon we enjoy free time in the ancient walled city of Chester.
After breakfast, we make our way home.
4* Mercure Chester Abbots Hotel, Chester
The Mercure Chester Abbots Hotel is nestled amidst two-acres of landscaped gardens just two miles from the city centre and Cheshire Oaks. The newly refurbished Feel Good Health Club boasts one of the most fully equipped gyms in Chester, while the swimming pool, spa, jacuzzi and steam room facilities make it one of the top relaxation destinations in the city.
Lift to the first floor Free Wi-Fi Reception open 24-hours a day Ironing Swimming Pool Sauna Fitness Centre Bar Restaurant Room Service TV En-suite bathroom Hairdryer Tea/coffee making facilities