Fancy a spot of retail therapy? A day at the races? Then hop on a train and head for Chester, whose compact medieval city centre, with its roots in Roman times, is graced by its cathedral and encircled by its city walls. If you feel like some fun, head for Oddfellows, a perfect base for any age, but especially for the young at heart. Set in a beautiful neo-classical mansion house, the decoration is nicely zany, with old typewriters crawling up the wall, huge appliqué birds and foxes on the panelling in the bar, plus an indoor/outdoor courtyard with water feature, booths, firepits and oversized lamps. The comfortable, well-equipped bedrooms are stylish, full of curios and fun accessories, and good value (great housekeeping here). There are also cool, spacious self-catering apartments. Downstairs, you’ll find terrific cocktails in the bar, while the food in the revamped restaurant is outstanding.
Enjoy the hotel’s secret garden in every season. Pop-up events such as ‘Oddfellows On The Piste’ ski bar and in summer, the Victorian seaside themed ‘Oddfellows Goes Paddling’ keep the garden full of fun.
Chef Elliot Hill delights in the ingredient at on-site restaurant Cultivated, with plates of local, seasonable and sustainable produce.
The hotel’s florists Wild who share part of the building and tend the garden have some beautiful terrariums and planters.