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    Nestling on the northern tip of the English-Welsh border, much of Cheshire is of a relaxed and rural nature, with the idyllic rolling hills and sweeping valleys of the Peak District nearby, and the abundant flora and fauna of the Delamere Forest and the Cheshire Plain close to hand. With Warrington to the north and Stoke-on-Trent to the south east, linked by the busy M6, and the ‘county town’ of Chester near to the border with Wales in the west, Cheshire is a popular county, bursting with character and variation.

    Things to do in Cheshire
    The rural nature of much of the county is reinforced by the wealth of beautiful parks, gardens and stately homes, many of them open to the public. Tatton Park Gardens near Knutsford was recently named as the leading garden in Central England. Meanwhile, at Dunham Massey Hall, a National Trust property near Altrincham, fallow deer graze under ancient trees; and Himalayan poppies and giant Chinese lilies are just two of the horticultural delights within this, one of the great ‘plantsman’s gardens’ of the north west.

    The Quinta Arboretum, in the pretty village of Swettenham, contains over five thousand trees across a 28-acre site, and offers sumptuous views across the Dane Valley. The Gritstone and Sandstone Trails present walkers with two particularly fine routes around the county, while the national Trans Pennine Trail stretches across the county and beyond, utilising many disused railways, way-marked routes, and canal and riverside toe-paths, to link the North and Irish seas.

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    Chester – The county town and cathedral city of Chester lies on the River Dee. The influence of its Roman founders can be clearly seen in the surviving city walls and the ruins of the amphitheatre. A zoo and a racecourse both attract thousands of visitors each year, whilst the popular Grosvenor Museum provides an in-depth review of local history.

    Alderley Edge – Now perhaps best known as home to some of the wealthiest football stars in the country, the town is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most fashionable of enclaves, with luxury shops and restaurants to delight the keenest of retail fans. Nearby, the 18th century glory of Capesthorne Hall dominates a landscaped park that is punctuated by beautiful trees and three, serene lakes.

    Neston – To the west of the county lies this important local town; once a medieval agricultural settlement which became an significant port during the 17th century, Neston developed from a mining village and latterly into a market town. Close to Neston, the coastal village of Parkgate presents a great seafront vantage point from which to view the duck, wild geese and sea birds that flock to the surrounding salt marshes.

    Knutsford – Promoting itself as ‘a small town with a big appetite’, Knutsford is particularly well served for restaurants and purveyors of fine foods. Once home to the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, and said to be the inspiration for the setting for Cranford, each October the town also hosts an annual literature festival.

    Nantwich – A medieval town on the banks of the River Weaver and the Shropshire Union Canal, and to the south of the county, Nantwich has a great indoor-outdoor market, a thriving theatre and is famous for its medieval timbered buildings. It is also the annual host town for the International Cheese Awards.

    Congleton – Known locally as Beartown, this pretty market town is well placed for a variety of leisure escapes into Cheshire’s Peak District. Visitors can opt to cycle along the Biddulph Valley Way, or to stroll to the atmospheric high ruins of Mow Cop Castle.

    Crewe – Synonymous with trains and railways, during the 19th century Crewe was home to one of the world’s greatest railway workshops, building locomotives, and bringing wealth and international prestige to the town. Nowadays Crewe still retains much of its Victorian splendour. The Crewe Heritage Centre houses an extensive collection of local railway-related memorabilia.

    Wilmslow – A shopper’s paradise, with more than its share of designer boutiques and upmarket options for interior design ideas, Wilmslow lies on the banks of the River Bollin. Nearby at Styal, the National Trust Quarry Bank Mill is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution.


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    photo of Smithy Farm , Dunham-on-the-Hill, near Frodsham, Cheshire, Chester
    This 18th century, semi-detached holiday farmhouse is located in the quiet village of Dunham-on-the-Hill, just 6 miles from the historic city of Chester. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has a café and ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Sophie's Retreat , Oxton, Wirral, Lancashire, Southport
    Ground Floor:Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.Dining room.Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.Steep stairs to...First ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Buddileigh Farm , Betley, near Nantwich, Cheshire
    A great rural locationThis spacious, semi-detached holiday property shares a wonderful 17-acre garden which leads down to a pond with resident swans. Visit attractions nearby, including Bridgemere Garden World, the Hack ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Victoria Apartments1 , Tarporley, near Nantwich, Cheshire
    Located in the heart of one of Cheshire’s largest and most popular villages, Victoria Apartments (refs UKC1541 and UKC1542) are perfect for couples, families and friends who like to have everything on their doorstep. ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Sandstone Trail Cottages , Sherrington Lane, Brown Knowl, Chester, Cheshire
    Sandstone Trail Cottages, a perfect place for a relaxing break away on the Cheshire - Shropshire - Welsh Borders. Both Baker's Cottage and Granary Cottage have been fully renovated and modernised and provide luxury ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of The Dairy , Coddington, near Chester, Cheshire
    Easy driving distance to the city of ChesterSympathetically converted farm buildings, retaining original features, offering a very good standard of accommodation. Located at the end of an unmade road, they sit quietly in ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Hall Yard Cottage , Langley, near Macclesfield, Cheshire
    Nestled in a picturesque location, this character terraced cottage, built around 1820, makes for a perfect romantic rural retreat. The peaceful multi-tiered garden holds an elevated position above the River Bollin, and the ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Childe Of Hale Cottage , Hale Village, Cheshire, Chester
    This detached, Grade II listed, thatched holiday cottage, dates back to the 15th century and was the birthplace and home of John Middleton, the 9ft 3in giant known as the Childe of Hale. The village, home to two local pubs ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Betley Court Farm 1 , Betley, near Nantwich, Staffordshire, Cheshire
    Step to entrance. All on the ground floor.Living room: With 50' Freeview TV, double sofa bed, beams, tiled floor and French doors leading to garden.Kitchen/dining room: With breakfast area, electric oven, electric hob, ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Common Farm , Balderton, near Chester, Cheshire
    Taking its name from the common land upon which it was built in the 18th century, this superb detached farmhouse offers beautifully presented and comfortable accommodation on the border between England and Wales. Nestled ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 9
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    photo of The Old Stables , Bunbury, near Tarporley, Cheshire, Nantwich
    Located close to the village of Bunbury, and set in 2½-acres of unspoilt countryside, The Old Stables provides spacious and comfortable accommodation in the heart of rural Cheshire. This former stable has been lovingly ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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