Manchester, United Kingdom

Oddfellows on the Park

Rates from (ex tax)$164.64

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP155.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Tongue in chic

Setting

Bruntwood Park life

Brit eccentricity and Victorian gentility are well met in Manchester’s enchanting design hotel Oddfellows on the Park. Set amid glorious greenery, a short drive from the UK’s hyperactive ‘second city’, this country house is a bit of a Renaissance man(se). It’s been reinvented many times (as a private home, stud farm, town hall); but its recent reincarnation is its most exciting, paying homage to the past with restored Jacobean ceilings and stained-glass windows, while adding quirky modern touches: a ‘mud room’ in the former pigsty, a bike-chain chandelier in reception, burlesque-themed wallpaper… It’s an ‘odd fellow’, indeed – but one you should be acquainted with.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

22, including six suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible, on request.

Rates

Double rooms from $164.64 (£129), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP155.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not usually include breakfast; options include a free ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast bag with fruit, yoghurt, juice and a pastry; a Continental buffet (£12.95 a guest); full-English (£20 a guest); and à la carte picks for a £5 supplement.

Also

The hotel’s quirky style was honed by the fittingly named SpaceInvader design studio; they hung lacy swans from the restaurant ceiling, styled mounted deer heads with wigs and commissioned portraits of well-dressed animals to be hung in the spa and bar. A nod also goes to Tim Groom Architects, who restored the original features to their former glory.

At the hotel

Spa with a ‘mud room’ and beauty salon, lounge, laundry and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts digital radio, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, minibar, free bottled water and T London bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Bridle Suite (a punny nod to the hotel’s horse-y past) is an impressive three storeys; intended for newlyweds and newly loved-up couples alike, the suite’s burlesque-themed wallpaper, which depicts ingenues swinging from chandeliers, may give you a few ideas… The Playground Suites live up to their fun-promising name with mod four-posters and freestanding bath tubs in full view of the bed, and if you want somewhere especially cosy, opt for a Club Plus Room, tucked snugly into the eaves.

Spa

The Pigsty spa is more fragrant than its name suggests, dressed with bucket lampshades and portraits of grand oinkers. Here, the three little pigs don’t need straw, sticks or bricks – they have their very own rhassoul mud room to happily wallow in. Organic Ila products, Tibetan-style massages and a ‘playpen’ where guests can snuffle down flutes of prosecco are so uplifting you’ll believe pigs can fly.

Packing tips

A whimsical wardrobe to rival the hotel’s decor. Bike-safety gear will come in handy for the BMX track, and wellies for countryside rambles.

Also

The hotel’s public areas and some rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair-accessible.

Children

Over-8s are welcome. An extra bed (for under-12s) can be added to the Club Plus Rooms for £35 a night. There’s lots to entertain little ones in the surrounding parkland.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

One of the window seats lets you look out into the park and into the bustling kitchen. If you’re travelling in a group, book the large feasting table in the shadow of the ballroom’s fireplace.

Dress Code

Dress as festively as an Easter bonnet.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel’s former ballroom provides an elegant setting for the Galloping Major Restaurant. The tracery on the exquisite, ornate original ceiling is copied in the menu design; the superlative Brit fare within (lamb loin with Jersey new potatoes, pork belly with Scottish langoustines and broad beans) would undoubtedly please the eatery’s namesake, handlebar-moustache-sporting, horse-breeding major. Ingredients such as nettle and garlic are usually foraged that day in the surrounding parkland, and bread is made on-site. A lavish afternoon tea is also served here.

Hotel bar

The hotel’s wine list has more than 180 picks and 33 varieties of champagne – a good excuse to toast your holiday, your room, the park, anything really… The hotel hits its stride in the superb cocktail menu, which has al manner of martinis, classic libations and signature drinks of tequila with fig liqueur (A Fine Figure); and Buffalo Trace bourbon with rhubarb, pear and ginger (What a Pear).

Last orders

Breakfast is laid out from 7.30am to 9.30am; lunch is served from 12 noon to 2.30pm, dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Sunday servings run a little later. Drinks are poured in the Stud Bar till 11pm.

Location

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Address
Oddfellows on the Park
Bruntwood Hall
Cheadle
SK8 1HZ
Cheadle
United Kingdom

Planes

Manchester Airport is just a 14-minute drive from Oddfellows; direct flights arrive from London and major cities throughout Europe. Flights from the US stopover in Iceland or Ireland. London Heathrow and Gatwick are both around a three-hour drive away. The Smith24 Team can help with booking international or domestic flights and transfers.

Trains

Northern Rail and TransPennine Express services arrive from major English and Scottish cities at Manchester Airport station, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

Manchester is a city you can easily explore on foot. However, Oddfellows’ out-of-town location makes hiring a car worthwhile, especially since the Peak District National Park is just a 30-minute drive away.

Worth getting out of bed for

The beauty of Oddfellow’s location is its balance of country and city; so mice of all provenance will be happy. Wander through Bruntwood Park: 100 acres of mature trees, lakes and manicured gardens. Putt about on Cheadle Golf Club’s pitch, take an archery lesson, and if you have the requisite helmet, borrow one of the hotel's two bikes (free, but on a first-come-first-served basis) and hit the BMX racetrack. Longer, lovelier bike and hike trails can be found in the Peak District National Park, a 30-minute drive away. However, the action is centred in Manchester, the energetic everyman of a historic yet youthfully-minded city. Shop and spa in the Spinningfields district and Intu Trafford Centre; walk the hallowed halls of Gothic John Rylands library and 17th-century Harry Potter-set lookalike Chetham’s; and pay deference at the mothership of football, Old Trafford (a 15-minute drive from the city centre). Manchester Art Gallery has gathered collections as diverse as Japanese wabi-sabi trinkets and English slipware; it has an apiary on its roof, too. For pop-up screenings, talks, gig nights and gallery private views, head to the colourful Northern Quarter, home to some of the city’s finest vinyl stores, such as Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange, both on Oldham Street.

Local restaurants

Cheadle’s dining scene can’t rival Manchester’s, but there are plenty of places to pitch up at for hearty pub grub. The John Millington serves piled-high plates in a vaulted, beamed dining space, and The March Hare has generous roasts and stone-baked pizzas in a cosy fire-warmed setting.

Whether you have a WAG’s credit limit or not, Manchester’s array of eateries is exemplary. The finest of dining is found at The French; here Great British Menu finalist Adam Reid has devised six- and nine-course tasting menus with dishes such as rhubarb-and-custard tart and sour cherry-spiked duck. See sakura all-year round at Tattu, an elegant restaurant with a cherry-blossom tree in its dining room. Its dim-sum menu (foie-gras gyoza, chicken-truffle shumai) and proximity to Spinningfields makes it a great stop-and-snack spot. Australasia impresses from the get-go with its glass-triangle entranceway, from which you descend to the dining room in a lift. The Kitchens is Spinningfields’ constantly evolving street-food emporium, bringing Polish pancakes, artisanal bangers, Indian bhel puri (rice and vegetables in tamarind sauce) and other global delights under one roof.

Local cafés

In Cheadle, forget-me-not-hued space Le Petit Bijou on Massie Street is warm and welcoming with great home-made cakes and bacon butties; La Cueva is a unique cave-like tapas joint for snacking pit stops. In Manchester, get your coffee fix at delightfully punny, industrial-chic cafe North Tea Power or super-cool Icelandic coffee house Takk.

Local bars

Cheadle’s nightlife isn’t limited to no-nonsense Northern boozers; it’s home to some fine examples of country pubbing. Manchester’s cool spills over into Stockport in Brezo Lounge; a jumble sale of retro chairs and thrift-store artwork for convivial gatherings. Manchester’s nightlife is legendary; the spiritual home of post-punk and Madchester, the Haçienda, may be gone, but venues such as Soup Kitchen, Kraak, The Deaf Institute and The Night and Day Café carry the torch. Big-ticket bands and singers play the Academy. If you packed trainers, hangout at the Black Dog Ballroom on Church Street or cosy, shabby-chic drinkery The Angel in the NOMA neighbourhood. If you brought high heels and brogues, nab a window seat at Epernay, crazy cocktail emporium The Alchemist in Spinningfields or beloved-by-bartenders The Liars Club.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this quirky boutique hotel in a leafy part of Manchester’s Stockport neighbourhood and unpacked their United scarves and WAG-worthy outfits, a full account of their country getaway will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Oddfellows on the Park in North England…

Oddfellows on the Park has had a saga’s worth of past lives, as a country home, Cheadle village’s Town Hall, a timber-supply company, highly successful stud farm and, um, offices. Its new guise as a dashing boutique hotel pays deference to all of them in its eccentric interiors (created by the fittingly kooky SpaceInvader design studio) that hold a witty repartee with the past. The former pigsty is now the spa, complete with a dedicated mud room; flashes of Douglas Tartan invoke previous owner John Douglas; and the Galloping Major restaurant is named for the studly horses that earned the house its fortune – there’s also some rather fancy wig-sporting taxidermy pieces. 

Bedrooms have retained original features – Jacobean ceilings and stained-glass skylights – while being modernised with geometric four-posters and block-colour furnishings. A cosseting space to come home to and pull your wellies off after a ramble through the parkland, or fall giggling into at 2am after a night spent in Manchester’s brilliant bars.

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