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Strong recreational facilities (including a golf course and spa) combined with an attractive lakeside setting to make this Cheshire resort popular with leisure guests and corporate clients alike. The bedrooms are well-appointed, there's a choice of dining options, and the surrounding countryside is full of interesting places to visit.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel has a peaceful setting beside a mere, looking across the manicured lawns of pricey private homes on the opposite shore. The area is largely rural, but the M6 and M56 are just a few miles away and it's only about 15 minutes to Manchester Airport. Knutsford, with its smart shops, bars and restaurants, is three miles south and local stately homes and gardens include Tatton, Arley and Dunham Massey.

By car: 4.5 hours (200 miles) from London by car, or 45 minutes (16 miles) from Manchester. Parking is available on site.

By train: the closest station is Knutsford (10-minute drive from the hotel). Warrington, with its direct connections to London and Manchester is 20 minutes away. Book trains to Knutsford.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Most of the old halls that once stood here burned down in 1973, so behind the ivy-clad Victorian façade, the interiors are totally contemporary. In the large open lobby/restaurant, three giant tiered lamps hang from a high metal and glass ceiling; next door, the bar has angular crushed velvet sofas and a backlit onyx counter.

THE FACILITIES

Staff are friendly, polite and helpful. The star on the facilities front is obviously the 18-hole championship golf course, but you'll also find four tennis courts and, hidden away behind the old stable wall, a pool and spa. A choice of event spaces makes it a popular spot for weddings too.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Indoor pool
  • Sports facilities (golf and tennis)
  • Electric car charging points
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The bedrooms are a good size and comfortably furnished, with soft, neutral shades and plush fabrics. Thick cotton robes, fridges, Sky TV and smart bathrooms come as standard in all rooms, and the comfortable beds have Hypnos mattresses, oversized headboards and a soft toy meerkat ( 'MEREkat') propped up on the pillows.

Room types: Club, Mere, Mere Lake View, Junior Suite, Queen Suite, Premier Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with bath, bathrobe and slippers, SKY TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Browns restaurant is a raised area in reception rather than a separate room and isn't hugely atmospheric but does hold two AA rosettes for its food. Menu choices are quite classic - starters might include smoked salmon terrine, followed by mains of roast pork belly or pan-fried seabass.

Browns: simple menu, fresh, local ingredients. Open daily. Mains from £15.

The Club Lounge and Bar: quick lunches, informal dinners. Lunch and dinner only. Mains from £11.

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