In a small, quiet cul-de-sac just off 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 20-minute walk to the city centre. The vibrant urban village of Hoole is seconds away.
Four spotlessly clean rooms in the main house – two doubles, one twin and a single (the twin room has a separate bathroom, though the two doors are adjacent). I like the double at the front of the house with the funky floral wallpaper. There’s also an annexe out in the back garden (with exclusive use of the pretty terraced courtyard), which could house a one-child family or three adult sharers; it has its own fridge and en suite. DVDs and CDs are in every room (along with the equipment to play them on!), which is another homely touch I’m keen on. There’s free WiFi too.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is included in the price and includes traditional favourites such as a Full English or kippers, and naughty but nice choices like blueberry pancakes with syrup.
With a big smile, Marina is a proud and welcoming host.
Who stays there
The annexe is a good option for longer stays. Parking is ample, if awkward, and free, and there’s no race day surcharge.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- The annexe with garden
- Warm welcome
- Free parking
- Not in the city centre