WHITE HOUSE MANOR PRESTBURY
A luxurious haven within striking distance of Manchester
OWNERS Ryland and Judith Wakeham have infused this Cheshire Georgian manor house in the village of Prestbury (top of the county's des-res enclaves) with lashings of enviable style. Eleven brilliantly conceived bedrooms in the heart of upmarket Cheshire's Golden Triangle
let guests choose from the sensuous to the traditional, and the flamboyant to the downright decadent.
Feeling naughty? There’s the Crystal room, with its stunning chandelier, whirlpool bath, Monsoon power shower and tile TV
, whose four-poster is trimmed in icicle glass beads. Opulent Aphrodite (aptly named after the goddess of love) is a real lovers’ lair, while Campion boasts a four-poster swathed in chiffon.
Regal cerise and gold taffetas are the theme of Minerva, while Earl Gray is done out in Wedgwood china-plate blues. The Millennium room has a huge glass bed and wicked Turkish steam room
– a 21st century harem for two. The Coach House meanwhile – all muted browns and sultry golds – has a state-of-the art bathroom and its own private entrance.
Hit the Spot
In the des-res village of Prestbury
Honeymooners adore Aphrodite – a real lovers' lair
The restaurant is a short walk away
Suite serenity – serious style, fabulous food, and you
Individual pieces of art, furniture and collectibles have been chosen with consummate care to create sumptuous private sanctuaries
perfect for putting up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign.
Limed oak beams, parchment block walls and designer tableware set the scene in the White House retstaurant, where modern British cuisine is served with continental flair. Try the assiette of goat’s cheese, followed by the grilled sea bass with risotto nero and champagne lime sauce. Sweet tooths should get stuck into Ryland’s plate of British desserts for sharing (we couldn't resist the melting chocolate fondant
White House Manor was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Only breakfast is served, but there are some great restaurants nearby – both in the village and within a short drive.
Nearby Prestbury is home to plenty of Thai and Italian eateries.Other places worth trying include the Plough and Flail gastro pub at Mobberley, Amba Restaurant and Lounge at Hale, and Napa Lounge, Bar and Diner.
White House Manor
Breakfast (not included in room rates) is worth getting up for. The full English includes BBC award-winning bacon, and sausages sourced from Moorland Smokehouse in Wilmslow.
In the light and airy conservatory.
See & Do
Live out your own period drama at Chatsworth, the country house pile of Mr Darcy in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice, or visit the awesome stately homes at Lyme Park and Tatton Park. Alternatively chill out at nearby Tytherington leisure club, where guests get discounted entry to use the golf course, Olympic-sized pool and gym. If you’d rather watch then do, take a tour of Old Trafford’s football and cricket ground in Manchester, 15 minutes away by train. There are many golf courses in the area and you can be barefooting it along a Welsh beach after an hour’s drive.
Manchester possesses a huge range of big-name shops including top department stores like Harvey Nicholas and Selfridges.
In the summer head off for an evening stroll, then kick back and relax in the hotel’s lounge. Head for the city lights of Manchester for a wealth of bars and restaurants, cinemas and theatres.
Make a date
Garden lovers flock to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, rated almost as highly as London’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Make a day of it at the Chester Races – there are meetings through the summer.
Enjoy the Gayfest at Manchester’s Mardi Gras, complete with a pink picnic and parade.
Prestbury village, Cheshire SK10 4HP
There is free guest parking.
Prestbury station – 500 yards.
GBP 25 from Manchester Airport.
Manchester – ten miles
Rooms and suites
Why not book a room with a four-poster bed, a whirlpool bath or a Turkish steam room?
All rooms also have complimentary wi-fi, LCD TVs and DVD players.
GBP 95 -125
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Minimum night stay?
Breakfast (not included in room rates) is worth getting up for. The full English includes BBC award-winning bacon, and sausages sourced from Moorland Smokehouse in Wilmslow. There's also a Healthy option with a platter of fresh fruits, Greek yoghurt and honey.
Available in the morning and the evening
No children under ten
In some rooms
A new larger orangery with a pink theme opens soon, with a groovy pink glass bar, antique furniture, and an array of grey, amber and pink glass bottles.
Ryland and Judith Wakeham – owners