On Hoole Road, one of the main routes into Chester, which is populated by b&bs and small hotels. It’s a five-minute drive or 25-minute walk to the city centre. The vibrant urban village of Hoole is minutes away.
A teddy sits proudly welcoming guests into each of the tasteful and comfortable en suite rooms, which are spread across two neighbouring buildings. There are five types: standard, deluxe, junior suites, suites and the master suite, where dinner can be served in the private dining room – a popular option for honeymooners (the four-poster bed and Jacuzzi bath also draw in those looking for a romantic getaway). Standard extras include CD and DVD players (with a free DVD library at reception) and Elemis bath goodies. Décor ranges from the modern (I love the Peover deluxe room) to the classic (like the beams and the French antique bed in the Bramhall suite). Janice and Philip will happily discuss your accommodation tastes.
There’s an outdoor terrace if the sun shines, though you’re more likely to sink into a sofa in the bar/lounge. It’s a cosy space with a massive oak fireplace and oil paintings on the walls; mellow tunes drift out from a Bang and Olufsen music system. Non-resident guests also use this area for pre-dinner canapés and drinks.
Eating and drinking
The applauded Olive Tree restaurant offers up fine dining under the skilled hand of head chef Neil Griffiths. Choose from the a la carte menu; Menu 1996 (three courses for £22.50); the £60 tasting menu; or a spot of Afternoon Tea. The restaurant also hosts guests for breakfast.
Highly personal and dedicated. The team of 17 staff will make you feel very special.
Who stays there
Couples on a getaway, anyone who reads TripAdvisor (the Green Bough has been sitting pretty in the top spot for some time).
Free parking and no race day surcharge – book early to get a bargain.
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Potentially a race day bargain
- A relaxing "getaway" hotel
- Excellent service
- A 25-minute walk to the city centre