The Hotel Review: Carden Park Hotel & Spa

Review: Dex Jones

Pulling off the main road from Chester onto the mile-long, winding, private drive,  it’s easy to see why this hotel is one of the North West’s premier venue for golf, spa and a myriad of outdoor pursuits.
As you drive along the entrance tree line, the grounds open up revealing the full glory of the hotel and perfectly manicured gardens with a large, central fountain in the lake, cascading white water high into the air. Carden Park also have their own vineyard with an average production of 6000 bottles of sparkling wine per year.

Set in a 1000 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside complete with two championship golf courses, boasts 198 rooms including;

  • Carden luxury suites
  • Carden courtyard suites
  • Carden accessible rooms
  • Estate view king
  • Estate view family
  • Double rooms
  • Single rooms

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We stayed in an Estate View king room. Housing a king-size bed,  twin bedside cabinets, lamps and reading lights. Two cosy chairs and a small circular glass coffee table were set in the window area and afforded extensive views of the lake, grounds and woodland – this hidden gem is certainly set in one of the most beautiful parts of our countryside. Also in the room there was a flat screen TV, ample wardrobe space with matching robes and slippers, trouser press and ironing board, safety deposit box, and a mini bar  stocked with complementary bottled water.

 

The Spa

There spa facilities feature wet room, steam room, sauna, and a large pool with easy access steps. The heated loungers make for comfortable relaxation, while the large jacuzzi bath invigorates every muscle in your body. There is a £10 million pound construction of a state of the art spa renovation well underway and due to be opened late Summer 2020.

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The Dining

For dinner we were seated in the conservatory area which had a lovely view of the lake and golf course. To start I chose pork cheek, black pudding and apricot terrine with walnut mayonnaise, mushrooms and a sourdough crisp. My wife picked pan seared scallops with a light onion ​consommé, mushroom tortellini and sea herbs.

My main was a perfectly cooked Rib Eye steak with a blue cheese sauce. My wife stayed on the seafood menu and chose sea bass papillote with new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a lemon and dill sauce.

The food was fresh, cooked well with a great blend of flavour combinations. The restaurant staff were warm, knowledgeable, professional and made our evening a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Following a very comfortable night we checked out and thanked the staff for a wonderful stay in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Broxton Road | Chester | CH3 9DQ

www.cardenpark.co.uk