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Coole Acres Fishery & Leisure Park, part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks collection, is a newly established, family friendly holiday destination nestled in the heart of the picturesque Cheshire countryside.
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Situated in Cheshire’s largest area of woodland, Delamere Lake Sailing and Holiday Park is a natural haven of tranquillity and wildlife set around a 120-acre lake in the midst of the Cheshire Plain and moments from the renowned Delamere Forest.
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Set in beautifully landscaped grounds and surrounded by peaceful countryside, this park offers a haven of rural tranquility just two miles from historic Chester.
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Kitty’s View Country Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection.
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Ladera Retreat Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and enjoys an idyllic rural setting in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.
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Cheshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a Cheshire escape where the blend of rural charm and contemporary leisure awaits. Savour the county's famed Cheshire cheese and salt, and dine in quaint market towns offering a fusion of local and international cuisine. Adventure-seekers can explore the Sandstone Trail, while families delight in Chester Zoo's wildlife. For a unique experience, visit the Jodrell Bank Observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether it's a cosy couple's retreat, a fun-packed family holiday or a chill-out session with friends, opting for a lodge or cabin stay in Cheshire is unbeatable. Dive into the heart of England with a stay that promises relaxation and excitement in equal measure.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Cheshire?

Cheshire's a gem in the UK, with its mix of rural charm and vibrant towns. It's not just about the cheese and the Cheshire Cat; this county's got a rich tapestry of history without the yawn factor. Think Roman ruins in Chester and the industrial heritage of the canals. Lodges in Cheshire offer a personal touch you won't find in hotels, plus the freedom to explore at your own pace. In 2024, keep an eye out for the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park or the Chester Races for some excitement. Lodges here often come with hot tubs and stunning views, making your stay unique. You're not just booking accommodation; you're securing a slice of tranquility.

If you're visiting Cheshire with kids

Absolutely, Cheshire's a playground for the little ones. You've got Chester Zoo for a start, which is a full day out with its huge range of animals and play areas. Then there's Gulliver's World, tailored for kids, with rides that'll make their day. Lodges are ideal for families, offering space and often on-site activities. Plus, having a kitchen means you can whip up meals for fussy eaters no problem.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes – there's a lot of ground to cover at attractions.
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing – it's the UK, so pack for all seasons!
  3. Swimwear – for lodges with pools or trips to the beach.
  4. Snacks and drinks – to keep energy levels up during your adventures.
  5. Any favourite toys or games – for downtime in the lodge.
  6. Car seat or booster – safety first if you're driving around.
  7. Sunscreen and hats – yes, even in Cheshire, the sun does shine!
  8. Camera or phone for photos – you'll want to capture the memories.

Pet Friendly Cheshire Adventures

Cheshire rolls out the red carpet for pets, especially dogs. There's a good number of lodges that not only allow pets but celebrate them with enclosed gardens and treats on arrival. When it comes to eating out, The Fishpool Inn in Delamere and The Bear's Paw in Warmingham welcome your furry friends with open arms. For a real tip, always check if the lodge has an enclosed garden for peace of mind. And remember, bring your pet's bed and toys to make them feel at home.

Dog walking ideas in Cheshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Delamere Forest Various Woodland CW8 2JD
The Sandstone Trail 34 (in parts) Hills and Plains SY14 8HN
Tatton Park Varies Parkland WA16 6QN
Marbury Country Park Various Lakes and Woods CW9 6AT
Alderley Edge Various Woodland and Views SK10 4UB

Remember, when you're out and about with your dog, keep them on a lead where necessary, and always clean up after them. Cheshire's beauty is there for everyone to enjoy, so let's keep it that way!

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're scouting for a romantic getaway, Cheshire's lodges offer the perfect escape. Picture this: you and your partner, secluded in a cosy lodge, perhaps with a bottle of bubbly and a pamper pack awaiting your arrival. Many lodges in Cheshire cater to couples by providing those little extras that make a stay special.

For those who love to be pampered, some lodges offer spa experiences. Imagine unwinding in a steamy hot tub under the stars after a day exploring the countryside. For dining, you're spoilt for choice. Whether it's a candle-lit meal at a high-end restaurant or a quaint bistro, Cheshire's got you covered.

The Hollies Forest Lodges offer a luxury experience with private hot tubs, perfect for those romantic evenings. And if you fancy a night out, the county's picturesque towns offer intimate dining experiences that are sure to impress.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Cheshire's local cuisine is a delightful mix of traditional English fare with a modern twist. Think Cheshire cheese, a regional specialty, and succulent locally-sourced meats. For a memorable family meal, check out The Pheasant Inn, which offers stunning views and a menu to match.

Couples looking for a romantic dinner might want to try Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, known for its exquisite dining and impressive wine selection. It's a culinary experience that's sure to create lasting memories.

For a good night out

Cheshire's nightlife has something for everyone. If you're into real ales and cosy vibes, The Beer Emporium in Sandbach is a must-visit, boasting rave reviews for its selection. For those who fancy cocktails and live music, The Botanist in Chester is the go-to spot.

For a more laid-back evening, the quaint pubs in Cheshire's villages offer a warm welcome. The Cholmondeley Arms is one such gem, where the atmosphere is just as good as the drinks menu.


Cheshire is a haven for anglers, with plenty of serene lakes and rivers. Here's a list of top fishing spots:

  • Cheshire Fishing - Tarporley, CW6 9SE
  • Border Fisheries - Crewe, CW2 5QA
  • Lakemore Fisheries - Crewe, CW1 5SQ
  • Goostrey Pools - Goostrey, CW4 8HE
  • Blakemere Leisure - Northwich, CW8 2EB

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Cheshire's outdoor activity centres like Delamere Outdoor Centre offer a range of activities. From watersports like kayaking and paddleboarding to high ropes courses, there's plenty to get your heart racing. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £30-£50 for most activities. Seasonal opening times apply, so check ahead before planning your adventure.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Shopping Centre Designer Brands, Discounts CH65 9JJ
Chester Market Traditional Market Local Crafts, Food CH1 2HQ
The Rows Historic Shopping Boutiques, Jewellery CH1 1NG
Knutsford Market Hall Indoor Market Artisan Goods, Gifts WA16 6DG
Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge Independent Shop Books, Unique Gifts CW5 5AS

Cheshire's shopping scene offers a mix of designer outlets, traditional markets, and unique boutiques. Whether you're after high-end fashion or handcrafted souvenirs, you'll find it here.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Cheshire

Delamere Forest Lodges, Cheshire

Driving Distance: 20 minutes (11 miles) | Sleeps: 4-6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Delamere Forest Lodges

What to expect: Delamere Forest Lodges offer a serene escape nestled in the heart of Cheshire's largest woodland area, with modern amenities, hot tubs, and a picturesque setting ideal for nature lovers and tranquility seekers.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts, these lodges provide a peaceful retreat with the forest as your backyard. The best thing about Delamere Forest Lodges is their commitment to eco-friendly living and the unique opportunity to unwind amidst nature.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy cycling and walking trails, or simply relax in their private hot tub. The nearest place to eat and drink is The Carriers Inn, just a short drive away, offering hearty meals and local ales. Entertainment includes bird watching and star gazing in the clear night skies.

What's nearby? Chester Zoo is a 25-minute drive away, with tickets around £20-£30 per person. Explore Beeston Castle within a 20-minute drive, or take a 30-minute journey to the historic city of Chester for shopping and sightseeing.

Accommodation options: Delamere Forest Lodges cater to couples and families, with options ranging from cosy two-bedroom lodges to more spacious accommodations. All lodges are pet friendly, ensuring your furry friends can join in on the fun.

Sandstone Trail Lodges, Tarporley

Driving Distance: 30 minutes (15 miles) | Sleeps: 2-4 | Pet friendly? No

Sandstone Trail Lodges

What to expect: Sandstone Trail Lodges boast an exclusive collection of boutique lodges, each with stylish interiors, private decking areas, and situated on the edge of the Sandstone Trail, providing stunning views of the Cheshire countryside.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway or small families looking for a luxury outdoor experience. The lodges' unique selling point is their proximity to the Sandstone Trail, offering direct access to one of Cheshire's most scenic walking routes.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? While there are no onsite restaurants, the award-winning Pheasant Inn is just a short walk away, serving gourmet meals with panoramic views. Guests can enjoy hiking along the Sandstone Trail or relax on their private decking.

What's nearby? Oulton Park Circuit is a 10-minute drive for motorsport enthusiasts, with events throughout the year. Cheshire Workshops and Candle Factory is a 15-minute drive, offering craft workshops and unique gifts. Prices vary per activity.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Sandstone Trail are designed for couples and small families, with luxurious one and two-bedroom options available. Note that these lodges are not pet friendly.

Mere Brook Lodges, Knutsford

Driving Distance: 25 minutes (14 miles) | Sleeps: 2-6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Mere Brook Lodges

What to expect: Mere Brook Lodges provide a tranquil waterside setting with contemporary lodges equipped with all the comforts of home, including spacious living areas and outdoor terraces overlooking the serene Mere Brook.

Who will love these lodges? They are a haven for couples and families alike, especially those who appreciate a water view and the chance to fish right from their lodge's deck. The unique aspect of Mere Brook is the combination of luxury and nature, creating a restful environment.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Fishing is a popular onsite activity, with the brook stocked with various fish. For dining, The Bells of Peover is a historic pub a short drive away, offering classic British dishes and local beers. There is also a children's play area onsite.

What's nearby? Tatton Park is just a 15-minute drive, with entry prices around £7 for adults. The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, home to the iconic Lovell Telescope, is a 20-minute drive and offers educational fun for all ages, with tickets around £8-£10.

Accommodation options: Accommodations at Mere Brook Lodges range from intimate one-bedroom lodges perfect for couples, to larger three-bedroom options suitable for families or groups. Many of the lodges are pet friendly, allowing you to bring your pets along.

Willow Vale Retreat, Warrington

Driving Distance: 35 minutes (22 miles) | Sleeps: 2-8 | Pet friendly? Yes

Willow Vale Retreat

What to expect: Willow Vale Retreat offers a selection of luxurious lodges set in a private gated community, featuring modern amenities, spacious layouts, and some with indulgent hot tubs, all surrounded by the lush Cheshire countryside.

Who will love these lodges? These lodges are perfect for large families or groups of friends, as well as couples looking for a spacious and private escape. The retreat's unique feature is its exclusive gated setting, providing a sense of security and exclusivity.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The retreat does not have its own restaurant, but The Stretton Fox, a cosy gastro pub, is just a short drive away. Onsite activities include nature walks and bird watching, while some lodges come with private hot tubs for ultimate relaxation.

What's nearby? Gulliver's World Theme Park is a 20-minute drive, perfect for a family day out with tickets around £18 per person. The historic town of Warrington is also nearby, offering shopping and cultural experiences within a 15-minute drive.

Accommodation options: Willow Vale Retreat caters to a range of guests with two to four-bedroom lodges, including options with hot tubs. The retreat is pet friendly, so your pets can enjoy the holiday too.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Cheshire

Cheshire, with its rolling countryside and historic towns, offers a plethora of attractions that are perfect for day trips. Whether you're staying in cosy lodges in Cheshire or just passing through, these top attractions should definitely be on your itinerary.

Chester Zoo

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £24, Children £20
  • Postcode: CH2 1EU
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Chester Zoo isn't just any zoo; it's one of the UK's largest and most conservation-focused. With over 35,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens, it's a must-visit for families and wildlife enthusiasts. Don't miss the elephant enclosure and the immersive Islands exhibit. To beat the crowds, aim for a weekday visit or be there as the doors open. For a special treat, book an animal experience in advance.

Phone number: 01244 380280 | Web:

Tatton Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Vehicle entry £7, Mansion or Gardens £8 each
  • Postcode: WA16 6QN
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Tatton Park is a historical estate with a neo-classical mansion, lavish gardens, and a working farm. It's perfect for history lovers and families. The park often hosts events like classic car shows and food festivals, so check the calendar before you go. The farm is great for kids, while the mansion and gardens offer a peaceful retreat for adults. Pack a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.

Phone number: 01625 374400 | Web:

Blue Planet Aquarium

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £19.75, Children £14.75
  • Postcode: CH65 9LF
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Blue Planet Aquarium is an underwater adventure ideal for families and marine life enthusiasts. The shark tunnel is a highlight, providing an up-close look at these majestic creatures. For the brave, there's even an opportunity to dive with sharks! To save some cash, book tickets online in advance. Weekdays are quieter, so you'll get more time with the fish without the hustle.

Phone number: 0151 357 8804 | Web:

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 20:00
  • Prices: Free entry, shopping costs vary
  • Postcode: CH65 9JJ
  • Est. time required: 2-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For shopaholics, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is a little slice of heaven with big discounts on designer brands. It's the largest outlet in the UK, so wear comfortable shoes because there's a lot of ground to cover. Weekdays are less crowded, but if you're visiting on a weekend, get there early. Don't miss the food court for a well-deserved break between bargain hunting.


Delamere Forest

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours, visitor facilities 8:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Free entry, parking fees apply
  • Postcode: CW8 2JD
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Delamere Forest is the largest woodland area in Cheshire, offering a natural escape with activities for everyone. Hiking, biking, and even Go Ape treetop adventures await. It's dog-friendly too, so bring your pooch along. For a quieter experience, explore the less-trodden paths. Remember to check the Forestry England website for any events or alerts before you go.

Phone number: 0300 067 4340 | Web:

The Ice Cream Farm

  • Opening Times: 9:30 - 17:30
  • Prices: Free entry, activities are pay-per-play
  • Postcode: CH3 9NE
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Ice Cream Farm is a sweet treat for kids and the young at heart. With over 50 flavours of ice cream to try and a variety of fun activities, it's a delightful way to spend a few hours. The indoor play areas are perfect for rainy days, while the outdoor adventure park shines when the sun's out. To get the best value, consider a Play Pass for multiple activities.

Phone number: 0800 133 7000 | Web:

Remember, when you're planning your days out in Cheshire, consider staying in one of the many lodges available. They offer a comfortable and often luxurious base from which to explore the county's attractions. Whether you're after family fun, shopping sprees, or a bit of nature, Cheshire has something for everyone.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Lodge breaks in Cheshire offer a cosy escape with a touch of luxury. You'll find yourself in a tranquil setting, often surrounded by beautiful countryside or woodland. Many lodges come with modern amenities like hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, and comfy living areas. It's a home away from home but with that special holiday feel.

What should I pack when visiting Cheshire?

Pack for comfort and the outdoors. Bring layers for the unpredictable British weather, walking boots for exploring, and your swimsuit for hot tub lounging. Don't forget a good book or games for cosy evenings in. Essentials like toiletries and basic food items are handy, although many lodges are close to shops for supplies.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Cheshire offer convenient parking, often right outside your accommodation. It's super handy for unloading your gear and makes coming and going a breeze. If you're staying at a larger lodge park, like Blakemere Holiday Park, they'll have designated parking areas just a short walk from your lodge.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun! Lodges are equipped for a cosy day in, with TV and board games. If you fancy venturing out, hit up indoor attractions like Blue Planet Aquarium or Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet for some retail therapy. Plus, there's something quite magical about chilling in a hot tub while it's raining!

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, you can get your grub delivered straight to your lodge door. Many local takeaways and restaurants, as well as supermarket delivery services, operate in the area. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo are worth checking for options. For a local taste, try ordering from farm shops like The Hollies Farm Shop for fresh produce.

Is Cheshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Cheshire is a year-round destination. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often better deals on lodges. The landscapes are stunning in autumn and spring, and there's plenty of indoor attractions like Chester Zoo or Tatton Park's mansion and gardens, which are enjoyable regardless of the season.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

You bet! Hot tub hygiene is top priority. Your hot tub will be cleaned, water tested, and heated up ready for your arrival. Lodges like those at Ribblesdale Lodges pride themselves on maintaining high standards, so you can slip into sparkling clean, bubbly bliss as soon as you unpack.

Are there any child-friendly activities nearby?

Cheshire's bursting with kid-friendly spots. Check out Gulliver's World for theme park thrills or Stockley Farm Park to get up close with farm animals. Many lodges are also on or near trails perfect for family bike rides or walks, making it easy to keep the little ones entertained.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges, such as those at Delamere Lake Sailing & Holiday Park, offer accessible options with ramps, wider doorways, and adapted facilities. Always check ahead with your chosen lodge to ensure they can accommodate your specific needs. They're often more than willing to help make your stay comfortable.

Can I bring my pet along for a lodge break in Cheshire?

For sure, many lodges in Cheshire are pet-friendly. Places like Fir Trees Caravan and Lodge Park welcome your furry friends with open arms. There are loads of walking paths and parks for your dog to enjoy. Just confirm with the lodge beforehand, as some may charge a small extra fee for pets.

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