Chorlton, in south Manchester, is a stylish suburb with a good range of bars, restaurants and trendy shops. Abbey Lodge is on one of the main roads in Chorlton (although the b&b is set back so noise isn’t too much of a problem) and it is just a five minute walk to the first bar. If you want to head into the city centre for a night out, you can get a bus from the stop opposite and taxis should only take 10 minutes.
The spotlessly clean rooms in Abbey Lodge are decorated simply in neutral shades with splashes of colour from throws on the beds and pieces of original artwork. The sturdy mahogany furniture complements the age and style of the house. All four of the bedrooms are en suite, but the downstairs double’s bathroom is small. For me, the room's elaborate moulded cornicing makes up for this but if you would like a bath, ask for a room upstairs.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is a self-service Continental Breakfast eaten in your room and is included in the price. If helping yourself is too much of a chore, Heather, the owner, is happy to bring a tray to your room on request.
Heather, the owner, knows how to make guests feel welcome without being overbearing. The last time I was there, I asked her what she thought made a good b&b owner. “You have to like pleasing people”, she told me. The fact that guests keep returning and book up to a year in advance shows that she can do this.
Who stays there
The b&b is popular with couples and parents visiting their children at university – it is just a few miles away from the student area of Fallowfield. Its Chorlton location makes it popular with arty types too and musicians playing in the local bars often choose it as their base for the night.
Prices are fixed at Abbey Lodge so don’t wait for a last-minute bargain. The rooms are great value on match days, or when a big name band is playing, so book now if you are coming to Manchester for an occasion.
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Quiet and leafy location out of the city centre
- Lots of bars and restaurants nearby
- No communal areas