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OVERVIEW

If you like to stay in places that value character and quirkiness over a bland, cookie-cutter approach, The Tens has you covered. Set on a family-run working farm, it combines rustic-chic rooms and rural surroundings with easy access to the upmarket shops, bars and restaurants of nearby Knutsford and Wilmslow.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

With fields and outbuildings all around, there's no mistaking the fact you're down on the farm, though close-up views of jets overhead reveal the presence of Manchester Airport just a couple of miles away. Nearby towns offer smart shops and restaurants and interesting local attractions include Quarry Bank, Alderley Edge and Dunham Massey. There are some great local farm shops - try Waugh Brow Farm (under a mile away) and The Cheshire Smokehouse (ten minutes' drive).

By car: 4.5 hours (200 miles) from London or 45 minutes (15 miles) from Manchester. Parking is available on site.

By Train: the closest station is Mobberly, with direct links to Manchester. Stockport has direct links to London and is a 30-minute drive away. Book trains to Mobberly.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The look at The Tens combines rustic, industrial and boutique hotel-style elements. All rooms open directly to the outside world, connecting to the wooden walkway that runs alongside the building, bordered by the odd farm implement and decorative planting in the form of olive trees and pots of ornamental grasses.

THE FACILITIES

There are ironing boards to borrow but this isn't a full-service hotel, so don't come expecting five-star facilities. What you do get, though, is friendly personal service from the various family members who run the venture; they're always on hand and happy to share their knowledge of the local area.

  • Breakfast room
  • Lounge area
  • Cooking facilities
  • Garden
  • Farm
  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms all share a similar style, with simple metal bedframes, quirky animal-shaped light fittings and the odd hanging planter. White painted walls and linens keep things light, with reclaimed timbers here and there adding a rustic touch. Bathrooms are slick and smart, with high-spec fittings from Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe.

Room types: No. 47, Narnia 1, King of Soho, Dan Aykroyd's Room, Koko

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee-making facilities, private terrace, kitchen unit, dishwasher, TV, Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The only meal served is breakfast, laid out as a buffet in the Tool Shed; it includes cereal, fruit, toast, yoghurt and juice, plus hot baps filled with bacon or veggie sausage. For other meals, you can check out the many restaurants and bars in nearby Knutsford, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Altrincham.

The Tool Shed: buffet-style breakfasts. Fruit, cereals and hot breakfast baps. Veggie opitons available. Open for breakfast only.

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