A night at The Vicarage, Cheshire


There's nothing that I love more than visiting old country pubs which feature exposed wooden ceiling beams, roaring rustic fireplaces, cosy fireside chairs and hearty, wholesome home cooked grub, so when I realised that The Vicarage in Cheshire ticked all of those boxes, I knew it was somewhere I wanted to visit.

The Vicarage Freehouse & rooms is a refurbished 17th Century grade II listed pub and hotel, situated in the rural village of Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. The hotel features 26 en-suite bedrooms, a snug area, games room, restaurant, bar and library as well as six new stylish signature rooms where you can relax and unwind following an afternoon of walking in the idyllic neighbouring countryside. Rooms start from £145 which includes bed and breakfast.


Holmes Chapel, where the Vicarage hotel resides, is conveniently situated just under an hour away from three major UK cities - Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, making this the perfect pit stop for someone looking to explore the North. An hour away towards the East of Holmes Chapel is also the Peak District National Park, perfect for long walks or simply a romantic getaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and get lost in the wilderness of the countryside.


Last week I stayed in one of the six newly furbished bedrooms at The Vicarage and I was really impressed. The bedroom had lots of character from the wooden beams on the ceiling, to the old fashioned chest at the bottom of the bed. It had plenty of tea making facilities, a smart coffee machine and large television, as well as a jar of homemade biscuits at the bedside.


What really caught my attention after checking into my room for the night was the huge, decadent bathroom with freestanding Victorian style bath, cosy exposed brickwork and the most beautiful mint green dressers. The bathroom alone makes you not want to leave this hotel - it was luxurious and quite unexpected for a cosy pub in the middle of nowhere.


Once we had showered and dressed up, we headed down the bar area for some pre-dinner beverages and to soak up the atmosphere downstairs. The bar again had ample character from the fabric deer heads above the doorways, dog motifs on the fireplace, gold ornate mirrors dotted around the walls and intricate Celtic style engravings in the ceiling work. It was quite dimly lit, but it all added to the appeal, making it feel cosy and welcoming.  It was ever so slightly hipster, but in a way that it was hipster before hipster became cool. Another unexpected surprise was the rock music that played all night - it could be slightly off-putting to some, but for someone who loves her hair metal, I was enjoying the Bon Jovi and Poison ballads playing gently in the background all evening.


After we had mulled around the bar for half an hour, we decided to take our seats for our evening dinner. The menu was quite extensive and had lots of choices for vegetarians, as well as a vast gluten free section. I opted for the Celeriac soup for starter, vegetable Wellington for main and a mouth-wateringly good rhubarb and elderflower cheesecake for dessert, all of which were faultless and full of flavour. My only criticism throughout the evening was the price of wine - I have no issues paying a fair amount for a decent bottle of wine, but I felt that just over £17 for a bottle of Blossom Hill that I could get from my local supermarket for a third of the price was a little bit steep. Needless to say, I still bought and drank it and overall enjoyed being merry, eating good food and listening to a bit of Motley Crue,  so much so that as soon as my head hit the pillow that night I was asleep.



I had a really comfortable nights sleep at The Vicarage, despite my initial concerns of being close to the main road (I barely heard it) and I woke up with a spring in my step eagerly awaiting breakfast. Breakfast was served in a beautiful white conservatory attached to the side of the building and it was lovely being able to look outside at all countryside as we dined. Breakfast consisted of a continental breakfast and a hot cooked breakfast - I went for a pot of fresh fruit from the continental side and ordered poached eggs with hollandaise from the cooked menu, which was cooked to perfection. 

Overall I had the most wonderful stay at The Vicarage and the staff were lovely and attentive throughout our time at the hotel. Would I stay again? Yes.

Have you stayed at The Vicarage before?


*This was a complimentary stay in exchange for this blog post, but views are my own





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23 comments

  1. What a lovely looking place to stay. It does look luxurious I'm glad to hear u enjoy ur stay there.

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  2. Oh very nice! Looks like a gorgeous hotel, I love Cheshire! I also love a free standing bath, so luxurious!

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  3. I am so glad to hear they had good vegetarian options as I am a vegetarian. I love the rustic feel of the vicarage x

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  4. im going to chester in few months as always been a place I wanted t visit.This place sounds and looks amazing, sounds like where I am staying has been picked.

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  5. That place sounds amazing! I actually have a friend who is vegetarian and I must say it's quite hard to find a place that has food with a fair amount of selection for vegetarian people.

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  6. What a gorgeous place! It looks beautiful and that bathroom is amazing! I've never been to Cheshire before, but I can feel a weekend away coming very soon! x

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  7. The bathroom space looks lush, I'd want to stay there forever! Looks like a fab place to visit :)

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  8. The food sounds amazing, especially that cheesecake! The Vicarage looks a gorgeous place to stay, I really love the big open fireplace. It would be perfect to sit by that when the winter comes.

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  9. This looks like a lovely place to stay - Steve and I are always looking for recommendations of nice places so we will add this to the list

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  10. Such a good place to stay I love the set up and the bathroom was absolutely looks relaxing, I want to experience a bathroom like this

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  11. The bathtub alone is dreamy but the pub looks amazing too like you said country pubs with open fires are just so cozy and comforting you never want to leave x

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  12. Oh that looks amazing - love the bathroom! I'll have to have a look at it for next time we're up that way.

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  13. What an absolutely beautiful place! I just want to curl up on that couch in front of the roaring fire with a good book!

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  14. This place is full of elegance. I'm loving the bathroom. Good to hear that the staff are very pleasant too.

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  15. This sounds lovely, what a gorgeous bathroom!

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  16. What a lovely place to stay, I love all the little details x

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  17. Such a lovely place to stay, I would love to visit. I shall keep it in mind when we are in the area! :)

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  18. What a peaceful place to visit and stay. That bathroom is stunning.

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  19. Oh wow, this place looks gorgeous! Looks like you had a lovely stay! xo

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  20. Oh, wow. I love it when rooms have a vintage feel to them like this. It looks like such an amazing place to stay. I want to visit right now!!

    Louise x

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