Our mini-break to Cheshire

Earlier this month Aaron and I took a little trip to the Cheshire countryside for my birthday. It was so nice to get away and discover somewhere new – I took a few snaps so thought I would write a little blog to show you what we did.

We stayed at Carden Park hotel which had appealed to both of us since it has a golf course and (most importantly) a spa. It’s rare we’d go to a fancy hotel so this was a real treat; the grounds were beautiful even in cloudy, drizzly March so I can imagine it only gets better in summer.

Carden Park Cheshire

After checking in to our room and me doing an excited little jumping in the air dance, we headed down to the pool and did a few lengths. Just kidding, this is me –we sat in the warm jacuzzi and laid out on the ‘tepidarium’ beds. After that we tried out the crazy golf course where I lost in style, and then had a drink sinking back into a big squishy sofa in the hotel bar, before eating in the restaurant. I’m sorry to say that the service was unbelievably slow so if you’re considering a trip there, I’d book the breakfast buffet but go offsite for dinner!

Carden Park hotel room

Carden Park ESPA toiletries

The next day consisted of a morning in the spa where I had a lovely massage and facial, and was so relaxed I fell asleep (just hoping I didn’t snore). They use ESPA products which I’d never tried but will have to have a look into because they felt gorgeous. In the afternoon we ventured out in the rain to Chester where we found a cute little coffee shop called The Jaunty Goat, followed by a few hours chilling at the hotel before dinner at the local pub, The Cock O’Barton. I need to leave these guys a Trip Advisor review because the food and drink were seriously good. Cock O'Barton foodCock O'Bartoon food

On my birthday itself, we checked out of Carden Park and headed to Chester zoo. Luckily the sun was out, and we had the best day wondering round – we saw a lot but I think my faves had to be the monkeys.

couple standing in sunshine

All in all, it was the perfect little UK staycation and I felt thoroughly spoilt. What are your tips for holidaying in the UK? I’d love to hear them!


If you’re interested in visiting any of the places we went to, here are the links:

Carden Park hotel

Jaunty Goat coffee shop

Cock O’Barton pub

Chester Zoo

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