If a self-catering holiday with dogs in Cheshire is not foremost in your mind as a wonderful destination, do please read on and be amazed what you could encounter.
The north west of England has and always will be an historical as well as a contemporary masterpiece. With celebrated cult figures, such as L S Lowry and Emmeline Pankhurst as well as popular music acts like The Smiths and The Beatles all born and raised in this part of the country, it needed to be an area most befitting of its iconic stars; and in all respects, it completely succeeds.
Find a pet-friendly holiday cottage in Cheshire for a surprisingly good trip to northwest England
At the heart of the north west is its golden goose, Cheshire. This glorious gem of a county can be the ideal getaway for a short weekend break. However, don’t be surprised if you can’t bear yourself to leave; especially if you visit such delights like family friendly Tatton Park in Knutsford, where the 50 acres of beautiful and idyllic gardens throw you back to Edwardian times. Its Gold Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014 at Visit England’s Awards for Excellence really doesn’t do this stunning setting an ounce of justice!
If it’s more gardens and countryside you’re after, then the spectacularly scenic Wirral peninsula could be the perfect location for you. Placed directly between the River Mersey and the River Dee and in easy reach of powerhouse cities Chester and Liverpool, the Wirral is a great example of tranquillity personified. Awash with the most pleasurable of walks, it is ideal for dogs and the most loyal of owners. “The Wirral Way” is its particular jewel in the crown. A 12 mile stretch of a once busy railway, it was the first country park opened in Britain and is now a ramblers, joggers or cyclists’ paradise. Just don’t forget to leave your bike behind as you take a well-earned picnic break and stare completely entranced at the captivating coastal views of nearby North Wales! Find out more about dog friendly country cottages in the Wirral.
Fortunately for those who desire this unrivalled image, Cheshire is an area that’s abundant with the finest accommodation. Whether you are embarking on a lover’s retreat, a place to soul search or a family holiday with the pet pooch, a forest lodge up in the calming countryside could be your ideal luxury. Think it will be too cold for this time of year? Think again; as a built-in log burning stove makes it perfect for winter as well as summer holidays. With your first step inside, you won’t believe how spacious and how home-like the inside of the lodge can be. Indeed, you will certainly be spoilt for choice on your favourite room of the house; come the end of your holiday. And for those special nights after a long successful day out and about; well whether you prefer being curled up on the living room sofa in your PJ’s, relaxing in the bubbles of your own private jacuzzi or even entertaining the whole world and his wife with a delightful dinner party, this truly is the ideal setting for you and your wide variety of hobbies.
Perhaps a dog-friendly stay near Macclesfield on the edge of the Peak District?
Fancy a bit more hustle and bustle? A cottage in the heart of a popular Cheshire town could certainly satisfy your longings. Macclesfield is just one of those areas that could put a wide smile on your face. It is surrounded by national treasures like Jodrell Bank; a must visit for science lovers and the famous Silk Museum. Incidentally, a fact for you pub quiz connoisseurs out there is that the local football team are nicknamed The Silkmen, due to the town’s affinity with the delicate material. A street market, good independent shops and a busy town centre where you could buy some northern delights for yourself and your dog to take back to your holiday letting may also be right up your street. Added to the fact that some of the charming and comfortable accommodation on offer are the winners of such awards like Regional Self Catering Holiday of the Year 2014 and Green Tourism Business Scheme 2015, then it’s a match made in heaven.
Alternatively, if perusing through high street shops and eating at the finest chain restaurants is your dish of the day, then industrial town Ellesmere Port may be the gin to your tonic. Just a few miles north of the walled city of Chester and on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, this port town is the home to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village, one of the largest shopping malls in the whole Europe. Why not rent a cottage right here on the stunning banks of the river, with a modern and spacious, fully furnished kitchen that caters for your every need? Or for you non-chefs, how about setting up camp close to the finest Italian restaurant and a good old traditional British boozer? The possibilities are indeed endless.
If the historic Roman city of Chester is the King of Cheshire, then the nearby town of Northwich is certainly its faithful servant. A place full of hidden secrets, Northwich was once dubbed ‘the salt capital of the world’ due to its success in the industry. However now it’s much more well known for its bustling market town and lush, green parks. Once a grand estate, Marbury Park is the finest in the local area. Consisting of 350 hectares of grassland, the park is the ultimate opportunity for a lovely Sunday morning stroll with the dog or to sit relaxed under a tree, gather your thoughts and watch your children play enthusiastically in the play area. A range of accommodation is available nearby; all coming with terraces that overlook this incredible part of Cheshire. With such a family feel, what’s there to have second thoughts about?
Cheshire really is a county worth exploring. It is one like no other and one that people keep coming back to at every available opportunity. With the perfect mix of tranquil countryside and vibrant city life, it’s no wonder the aptly named Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland had a constant grin on his face.