Park Avenue is a modern mansion, an award-winning contemporary country house with all the wow in the world and enough pizzazz to make it into the Sunday Times Top 100 Ultimate British Hotels. Even better, though, Park Avenue is the hotel you have all to yourself. You and 17 friends, family or hens of your choice.
Drive through the double gates, follow the long drive and be met by a vision of classical contemporary elegance. This is the place to unwind with friends in the lap of luxury, trade anecdotes, laugh and cry at movies in the spectacular cinema room and laze starry nights away with bubbles and fizz in the Jacuzzi.
This is a country location, with big skies and endless lawns. Wind your day up in the lounge, then retire to the six sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, each one a personal sanctuary. Sink back among deep feather toppers, music, luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels and soft dressing gowns.
There are gardens, and then there are gardens. Here, you have 1.5 acres of them, all as artfully manicured as the bathrooms and bedrooms. Lawns come dressed in picture-perfect English stripes, ready for kids (and pooch) to run and play, or just for a pre-dinner appetite-sharpening wander, glass in hand and head in the clouds.
The rest of the outside space is also suitably sculpted. While away the evenings on the deck in the sunken garden, around the table. Jump into the six-seat Jacuzzi and watch the stars shoot across the pitch-black sky. Feed the logs in the fireplace, top up your glasses and keep the chatter going till dawn.
You may have read about luxurious living, dreamt about it or envisaged it. But Park Avenue is where it happens. It’s where friends get together to revel in the ultimate in classical, contemporary beauty, to savour today and to postpone tomorrow. This is a modern mansion designed to forge memories in the kiln of absolute luxury.
That luxury begins in the lounge, a giant of a room, filled with light. Load the fire with logs and spread out on the large, squishy sofas that invite comfy, cosy chatter, games and gales of laughter.
If it’s on-screen entertainment you’re after, head to the breakfast room for the 46-inch TV, to the games room or, for the daddy of them all, the cinema room with nine-foot screen, Playstation and HD/3D projector. Dim the lights, pass the popcorn and settle back on the four-metre sofa and bean bags for Apple TV, Netflix or DVDs.
Kids can invade the games room, raid the bookcase, break out the board games and play with the toys. For grown-ups, toys include fast, unlimited broadband at 35mb, Bose CD and radio, and Sony Bluetooth. Anniversary? Hen do? Dog’s birthday? These are the kind of spaces that demand you invent excuses to get together.
At Park Avenue, life flows smoothly through the open-plan lounge/diner/kitchen. Move from aperitifs and nibbles in the lounge to dinner around the eighteen-seat table by the roaring fire. Cooking’s a dream in the state-of-the art Tom Howley kitchen with Aga, or ditch the whites, open a bottle of red and leave it to our chefs.
For a more exotic setting, head out to the endless acreage, the BBQ and the sunken garden-cum-outdoor-living room. The table and chairs sit on the decking beneath the big blue sky or the sparkling stars, the logs on the fireplace provide both heat and light, and the six-seat Jacuzzi bubbles invitingly in the corner.
For a rural inn with food that surpasses standard pub fare by a country mile, try the Plough Inn, complete with beer garden and play area.
From bacon brioche roll to five-bean chilli, the Ring O’ Bells promises an atmosphere and menus to truly fall for. This is a warm and welcoming pub boasting extensive lunch and dinner menus as well as quality wines, beers and spirits. Whether you’re popping in for a proper English breakfast, a bite to eat in the evening with drinks, or a Sunday roast, the Ring O’ Bells comes highly recommended and guests at Park Avenue can enjoy a 25% discount.
Chester is brimming with popular options. For slick, city dining, push the boat out at Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, holder of a Michelin star, four AA Rosettes and recommendations in the Sunday Times’ top 100 restaurants in the UK. Or, if reviews carry weight with you, get down to Upstairs at the Grill for steaks, sides and sauces par excellence. Head to Twenty2 for a la carte dinner, seven-course tastings and all-round fine dining.
These aren’t just bedrooms. Each one is an oasis, a personal sanctuary away from the obligations of this world. Pipe up some music, catch a movie on the TV, then doze off on deep feather toppers wrapped in luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen.
Wake to views of the Cheshire Plain, with trees and fields panning out to the endless horizon. Shower in your en-suite with upmarket toiletries, then wrap yourself in fluffy towels and soft dressing gowns. Head out to the sunken garden for coffee and croissants in the morning sun.
Park Avenue sleeps between 16 and 18 in sumptuous comfort. Lie back, unwind and breathe the clean country air through the open window. There are six en-suite bedrooms here.
You might squabble over the master suite, with its sliding glass doors and private sun deck with recliners, but every room here is delightfully delicious, with marble-tiled bathrooms and power showers. For flexible zip-and-link accommodation, pick bedrooms one, five and six.