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The Vicarage, Cranage, Cheshire
The Vicarage sits on the northern edge of Holmes Chapel, a small east Cheshire town that found unexpected fame among teen pop fans a few years back, when it was revealed to be the home town of a certain Harry Styles. The boy may have moved on but The Vicarage remains, a grade ll-listed 17th-century building that's now enjoying new life as a modern country inn. In 2015, it was taken over by Flat Cap Hotels, a local, family-run venture, who gave the dilapidated interiors a major makeover, adding contemporary design features to the restored historic bones. The end result is a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike, with attractively designed public spaces, cut-above pub grub and 26 comfortable bedrooms
There are four excellent ice cream farms within a 12-mile radius of the hotel: Bidlea Dairy, Seven Sisters, Great Budworth and Snugburys.
The Vicarage is located just outside the village of Cranage on the Knutsford Road, 11 miles from Manchester airport.
By car: 4 hours by car (200 miles) from London or 1 hour (30 miles) from Manchester. Parking is available on site.
By train: Holmes Chapel is the closest station (1 mile) and has direct links to Manchester. Crewe Station is 20 mins away in a taxi and has direct links to London. trainline.com
Style & character
Tables are filled with couples, families and friends; it's best if you like a bit of a buzz rather than total tranquillity. There are some lovely reclaimed pieces in the bar - including a listed Gothic fireplace and the bar itself, a former altar.
Service & Facilities
The new outdoor terraces at the back of the building, with their own little al fresco bar, are a welcome addition.
- Business facilities
- Laundry facilities
- Board games
Room 24, in the listed part of the building, has beamed ceilings and a spacious bathroom complete with freestanding, double-ended bath. The in-room tea tray showcases quality products from independent local companies: teas from Jaunty Goat and tea bags from Tea from the Manor.
Signature Double, Signature Twin, Superior King, Executive King
Facilities include: Rainmaker Shower, Large plasma TV, Comfy reading chair, WiFi
Food & Drink
Bar staff sometimes add a northern twist to a classic cocktail - a Manhattan with a dash of Vimto becomes a Manc-hattan. The Vicarage burger gets a big thumbs up, as do the hot, crispy chips (made from local potatoes) that come with it.
The Riverside and Courtyard Terrace: British classics, Asian and Mediterranean influences, rustic yet contemporary surroundings. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains start at £14.
The Hut: heated outdoor bar open year-round. Cocktails, dining and live music.