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Manchester may be a rough and tough city, but is has some of the UK’s most luxurious hotels. Here we take a look at three of the best, all in or near Manchester…

Holbeck Ghyll Country House

The Lake District is a staple for romantically-inclined British holidaymakers. This, one of the finest country house hotels in the lake, is set in a majestic location overlooking Lake Windermere and the Langdale Fells. To pick Lancashire phrase, you ‘feel the benefit’ as soon as you arrive in the tranquility of Holbeck Ghyll. Surrounded on all sides by many acres of woodland, it feels almost like a different world for your average city slicker. Built in the 19th Century, the house was bought as a hunting lodge in 1888 by Lord Lonsdale, one of the richest men in the country. Recline by one of the log fires and the cares of urban living simply melt away as you submerge yourself into one of the many deep, luxuriant armchairs dotted throughout the public lounges – all, of course, boasting spectacular views across Windermere. A stay here is a real rejuvenation of the spirit, mind and body.

Sharrow Bay

There has been a hotel and restaurant here on the shores of Lake Ullswater since 1948. The restaurant now boasts a Michelin star, for reasons which will become obvious when you sample some of the best British cuisine there is. Sharrow Bay’s wine cellar has a pedigree of international repute, which will be shared with lucky guests by Somelier Nico Chieze. The hotel itself is nicely nestled in twelve acres of private gardens and sprawling woodland. The whole endeavor smacks of innovation, the good service and elegant interior built on a firm historical reputation. Among Sharrow Bay’s many culinary achievements was the conception of classic British sweet dish, the sticky toffee pudding.


If you’re looking to stay closer to Manchester city centre itself, the Copthorne offers the advantages of a picturesque waterfront location combined with easy access to all the action of the metropolis. Visit legendary Man Utd ground Old Trafford, or head to the Lowry Centre for a touch of culture. Prepare to spend time and money on shopping and dining to get the most out of your Manchester experience. Visit the Millenium Hotels website for further information on the featured places, and to see more Manchester hotels.

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