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Alderley Edge Hotel, Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Once upon a time, Alderley Edge was a prosperous but low-key village, probably best known to non-locals as the setting for Alan Garner's classic novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Then the Beckhams moved in in 1990 and everything changed. Today, the village name conjures instant images of Real Housewives and footballers, and the main road is lined with trendy bars, restaurants and beauty salons. Close to the action, the Alderley Edge Hotel began life as one of the many grand villas built here by wealthy Victorian merchants in the 19th century. Now, several extensions later, it's a popular four-star base, equally well placed for enjoying the local nightlife or visiting the beautiful sandstone ridge (the Edge) that gave the village its name.
The village's biggest star is the Edge itself - a dramatic sandstone ridge offering lovely woodland walks and far-reaching views.
The hotel is just off Alderley Edge's busy high street, known for its stylish boutiques and buzzing bars, as well as restaurants and delis.
By car: London is 4 hours' drive away, Machester is 45 minutes away. There is free private parking at the hotel.
By train: Alderley Edge station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, with direct links to Manchester and Crewe. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's popular with business guests in the week and tourists at weekends. New-in-town footballers sometimes stay here while house-hunting in the area. The rebuilt conservatory, home to the restaurant, is a handsome, high-ceilinged space, where natural light floods in through the huge windows.
Service & Facilities
The smiley attitude of the staff helps create a nicely easy-going atmosphere in the public areas of the hotel.
- Coffee house
- Free parking with electric charging
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are welcome in the bar and bedrooms for an extra charge.
If you're a footie fan, book the Arley suite - Wayne Rooney and other big-name players signed their United contracts here. Cut-above toiletries in the bathroom are always a plus - here, you get a set of mini products from Temple Spa.
Classic Double, Classic Twin, Classic Double With Garden View, Executive Double, Junior Suite, Master Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, luxury toiletries, mineral water, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
On a sunny summer's evening, you can take your pre-dinner cocktails outside to enjoy in the peaceful surroundings of the garden. At dinner, grilled fillets of fish are the standout dish - perfectly cooked, crispy-skinned and served with a tasty shellfish emulsion.
Grill on the Hill and the Secret Garden: modern British and European dishes, seafood, steaks, Sunday roasts, sandwiches, afternoon tea. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £12.95.