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Cheshire Holiday Cottages

Your Holiday Cottage Adventure Waits in Cheshire.

Cheshire makes an ideal holiday cottage location. An affluent county, approximately 900 square miles, is located on the northwest of the British Isles, just south of Manchester and Liverpool, and it stretches from the Dee estuary to the peak district. Cheshire has a population of just under a million and combines traditional dairy farming with textile and chemical industries.

Cheshire is a convenient stop over point on the way to Scotland, North Wales, the Lake District to the north and the Isle of Man to the west. This county has a multitude of heath land, woodland and is interspersed with rivers, namely the Mersey, Dee & Weaver, which make the county a very fertile plain. Cheshire County is an ideal holiday cottage location and benefits from several lovely parks, namely Anderton and Marbury, providing plenty of glorious places to walk whilst on your Cheshire cottage holiday.

The county's capital city is Chester and is the main tourist attraction for your Cheshire cottage holiday. Chester was created by the Romans, became a thriving port town under their influence and much of the ancient Roman city wall is still walkable. The word Chester literally means camp or fort from the ancient Briton Legacchestir - 'the camp of the legions' which was later shortened to Chester.

Leading towns of Cheshire
Alderley Edge, Alsager, Chester, Congleton, Cranage, Crewe, Culcheth, Daresbury, Ellesmere Port, Faddiley, Frodsham, Grappenhall Hale, Handforth, Haslington, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Lower Whitley, Lymm, Macclesfield, Malpas, Middlewich, Nantwich, Neston, Northwich, Penketh, Poynton, Prestbury, Runcorn, Sale, Sandbach, Stockton Heath, Warrington, Widnes, Wilmslow, Wincham, Winsford.

The Roman occupation of Britain lasted nearly 500 years and any city in Briton which name ends in Chester or cester originates from Roman ancestry such as Manchester, Leicester, Winchester, Bicester and Ilcester are some of the former Ancient Roman towns.

Are you into animals? Then come and enjoy your Cheshire cottage holiday and visit Chester's Zoo which is the UK's largest zoo. It consists of over 5,000 animals, including endangered species, and makes a great full day out adventure for you and all your family, while you take your cottage holiday in and around Chester.

Crewe, one of Cheshire's former industrialised towns, is still home to the UK's prestige car manufacturer for Bentley PLC which made the battle of Britain Spitfire during the Second World War. Now it accepts regular visits from the world's millionaires and billionnaires, movie stars, soccer legends, sheiks and other rich and famous visitors coming to the Bentley factory to order their tailor made 'bling bling' car of their dreams, which can often be seen gliding effortlessly through the Cheshire countryside.

The Chester countryside is well kept and Cheshire as a county is renowned as a home to affluent residents, many of UK's self made millionaires and business people and second only to London and the South of England.

Rural Cheshire contains Norman castles, Iron Age Hill Forts, ancient churches, cycle trails, beautiful walks, medieval bridges and bridle paths. The main castle being Beeston Castle with its fabulous views over the Cheshire countryside.

If you are into ornithology, then rural Cheshire is a great place for the avid bird-watcher from the Dee estuary in the north with its swans and other water birds to Shropshire's rolling hills to the south with many cottages nearby. Travel to the west of Cheshire from your holiday cottage to the Welsh borders where you can imagine the many battles that were fought with marauding Welsh invaders beaten back by Roman legionnaires and continued battles through to the Middle Ages, long after the Romans left our shores.

Cheshire cottage holidays offer you a fantastic central location for trips to areas of outstanding natural beauty and many local attractions, such as Tatton Park near Knutsford containing 2 historic Houses, a mansion and an old Tudor hall dating back to Henry VIII's time, all set in 1000 acres of glorious woodland.

Probably the most famous personality born in Cheshire must be Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known from his pen name Lewis Carroll, born to the vicar of Daresbury, whose family lived in Cheshire until he was 11 years old. Take the family for a car drive from your Cheshire cottage to see Lewis Carroll's most famous creation where you can view a stained glass window in the local church commemorating his famous characters from 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Cheshire boasts some of the finest countryside in England and you can enjoy wonderful peaceful walks and drives minutes from most Cheshire holiday cottage locations. Or you can take a pleasure boat cruise up the river Dee and imagine you are floating along in a Roman galley which once travelled up the same river 2000 years ago.

Cottage holidays in Cheshire are an experience you will never forget and the countryside is dotted with black and white half timbered buildings, ancient castles, and romantic ivy covered churches set in glorious scenery.

Maybe you are the adventurous type, in which case you might like to explore the many caves and potholes located in Cheshire.

Other tourist attractions include the salt mines which were worked from the Roman times right up until the 1920s. Salt was originally used as a form of currency and soldiers were paid with packet of salt, which was used as a meat preservative. The old custom of throwing salt over the left shoulder originates from the days when salt was a very important trading commodity.

Cheshire is a county of contrasts, from rural rolling countryside, idyllic towns and villages with industrial heritage to glorious landscapes, and is packed with so many things to enjoy whilst on your cottage holiday.

Cheshire makes a perfect location for your cottage holiday and a favourite corner of the nation for touring or day trips and splendid walks where you can enjoy the history and architecture, tranquil waterways, the bustle of lively towns and the rural charm of the unspoilt countryside. Many of the towns and villages are peppered with historic buildings, are home to great historic houses, characteristic hostelries and host a variety of traditional events and festivals and there many pubs offering home cooked food.

If you still require retail therapy then Cheshire has it all. From the tranquillity of your out-of-town cottage you can go shopping in style in the cities such as Chester, or Nantwich. Alternatively you can stroll through the historic streets and wander around the myriad of little shops run by local people for the ultimate choice in retail adventures.

Holiday cottage escapism reaches new heights in Cheshire and with its abundance of history and wonderful tranquil countryside you have the recipe for the perfect cottage holiday in Cheshire.