Hotel Review: The Vicarage, Cheshire

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Camille Allcroft checks into this Cheshire hideaway for a feast-filled escape

Surrounded by rolling Cheshire countryside, The Vicarage is a unique destination from the Flat Cap group of hotels. They refurbished this 17th century Grade II Listed property to create a boutique restaurant with rooms, which hits just the right balance of classical elegance and contemporary cool.

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With 26 bedrooms, as well as a games room, restaurant, bar and library, there’s plenty to ensure a pleasant stay. The Vicarage’s walls are lined with sporting ephemera and art to create a quirky cool vibe, while large fireplaces flanked with chesterfield sofas are the perfect place to lounge with a book and a cup of coffee from local company Jaunty Goat – I immediately make myself at home.

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The hotel rooms offer a homely sense of comfort and after a warm welcome, we immediately settle in to our spacious signature room furnished with a comfortable bed, plush armchair and desk as well as a large bathroom with a roll top bath and walk-in shower.

Attention to detail is visible throughout and it is clear that guest comfort is paramount here, with thoughtful touches including Duck Island bath products, tea, coffee and homemade cookies waiting in the rooms.

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Room service is available too, but the flickering candlelight and charming beamed ceilings in the restaurant soon have us venturing downstairs. We start dinner with a sharing platter laden with dishes such as local Williams’s chipolatas, hummus, artisan bread and homemade chicken liver parfait before moving on to impressive mains of spring vegetable wellington with celeriac purée and roasted chicken breast with chicken croquette.

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Chef Steven Tuke has put his own stamp on the cuisine here, with produce sourced from local farmers and suppliers resulting in flavoursome dishes, which are making The Vicarage a popular dining destination with locals and travelling foodies alike.

A slice of chocolate brownie and peanut butter tart makes a delectable dessert, while the cheeseboard brimmed with local produce – delectable Burt’s cheeses jostling for space next to crackers and homemade chutney.

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We retired to our room feeling thoroughly pampered and the next morning a leisurely breakfast in the sunny conservatory rounded off our stay perfectly, with a continental buffet followed by a choice of hot dishes. All too soon, it was time to depart and we left feeling thoroughly rejuvenated by our relaxing stay.

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The verdict
The Vicarage is an enchanting hideaway where you can switch off from the world in a welcoming environment, which weaves together warm hospitality and fine food with boutique hotel style.

Make it happen
Where: The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms, Knutsford Road, Holmes Chapel, Carnage CW4 8EF
Bookings: Phone 01477 533393 or click here to make a reservation

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