I have found that- in many ways- castle and manor hotels can vary just as much as castle museums in age, architecture and even authenticity but the leveler is that they all offer unique accommodations in many aspects. They are are often off the beaten path and so offer wonderful tranquility and comfort unequaled by other more standard accommodations. England abounds with both and I highly recommend that you take advantage of these B & Bs while castling in England. It will add to your experience tremendously.
Whitley Hall Hotel is a dreamy, ivy-clad 16th century mansion where you can relax on thirty acres of tranquil surrounding grounds. In a keystone above a door the date carved is 1584 and this country house has a history involving Mary Queen of Scots as she stayed here, in the west wing, while in the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury before being taken to Sheffield Castle. In the bar you’ll find a priest hole which bears witness to the local belief that a tunnel links the house with the nearby 11th century Ecclesfield church. Later in the 18th century it was a prestigious boarding school. Nice features to this hotel are the sweeping staircase which leads to the bedrooms, oak paneling, richly carpeted floors- albeit with modern furnishings. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Please see the Manchester photo album for photos of Whitley Hall and the following mentioned hotels. Whitley Hall is located at Grenoside, Sheffield. T- 0114 245 4444
Hidden close by to Manchester Airport is Etrop Grange which is a country manor house with an award-winning restaurant. It was built in 1780 and retains the wonderful Georgian luxury and elegance into the 21st century. Its location is quite accessible to the Manchester Airport and most of Greater Manchester so it will make an excellent base to stay while exploring Manchester.
The Stanneylands Hotel is a bit further from the airport (in the Cheshire direction) and is reasonably priced, luxurious and the ambience is unequaled. The rooms offer either wonderful views of the gardens or the Cheshire countryside.
One more hotel you might want to consider is Eleven Didsbury Park in Didsbury village just outside Manchester. (No photo in album.) It is a mid-century Victorian gentleman’s family residence and was turned into a townhouse hotel in 1999. Inside it has been modernized and offers seclusion and relaxation within a short distance from Manchester’s town center.
Today is National Day of Prayer in the U.S. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls. Psalm 122:6 & 7
The Castle Lady will disarm you
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