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Scarlet Hall | Luxury Self-Catering Manor House | Chester

Scarlet Hall

Malpas, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Set down a sweeping drive within the grounds of a sprawling 12-acre estate, Scarlet Hall is the perfect marriage of rural meets regal. Within its timber-framed wisteria-clad walls lies a wealth of history spanning farm tales, princes and Italian prisoners of war held captive in WWII. With an indoor pool, sauna and abundant gardens, this large and luxurious self-catering house in Cheshire offers one fine English escape.


A home and farmstead since the 1640s, this Grade-II listed country manor is a home where relaxation, fun and time spent together are centre-stage. Lap the indoor heated swimming pool before breakfast, warm bones in the infrared sauna and challenge friends to a game of snooker over a tipple or two. On midsummer evenings, gather around the firepit under a darkening sky and in winter, gather in the cinema room for family favourites. The large open-plan kitchen and living room provide beautiful and informal space to make meals, have long, late night conversations and warm toes by the fire.


Spread between the main building and the coach house, Scarlet Hall can sleep up to 22 in 11 luxurious bedrooms. In the main house are two super king-size beds, two king-size beds and two zip-and-link beds; each flaunting an en suite shower or bathroom with underfloor heating. In the coach house, there are three zip-and-link bedrooms (two of which are connected to a Jack and Jill shower room), a king-size bedroom and one double. There is one family bath and shower room in the coach house, along with one further shower room and two more downstairs in the swimming pool complex. 


Settled in the centre of 12 acres with a meadow for sprawling between the flowers to watching clouds make shapes above, Scarlet Hall’s grounds are as plentiful in colour as they are in size. Send children, big and small, for a kick around in the adjoining field while wine and conversation flow on the suntrap patio. On hot summer days, grab a blanket and sweetheart by the hand and make tracks towards the shaded orchard. Further afield Tatton Park, home to a 1,000-acre deer park, is eagerly awaited by both two and four-legged family members for leisurely strolls in the fresh air.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 22 guests
    From £5,995 per week, £4,450 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 12 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe main house boasts six bedrooms, five of which are on the first floor (three double en suite; two large zip-and link en suite) and one on the ground level (with en suite shower room). There is also a separate ground floor WC. The adjacent coach house holds two double bedrooms and three zip-and-link bedrooms, two of which share a Jack and Jill shower room. Three further shower rooms, a WC and a family bathroom with bath and shower are spread among the coach house and pool house.
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  • FeaturesIndoor heated pool, sauna, games room, snooker table, cinema room, badminton hall, boules, golf, table tennis, croquet
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday and FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for 10 cars at the rear of the house, and electric oak security gates at the entrance. The kitchen includes a large Aga with electric hob, double Miele fridge-freezer with built-in ice maker and a Miele dishwasher. A washing machine and tumble dryer are also on site. Please note, when booking the smaller group option the bedrooms in the coach house will not be available to guests. Dogs are to stay in the boot room (with underfloor heating) overnight.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Sky TV, Netflix, five large LCD TVs and DVD players, Sonos multi-room sound system, underfloor heating, iPad, WiFi internet, gas barbecue, board games, croquet, linen and towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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History runs through the ancient city of Chester and its Roman remains. Tudor charms and signs of Victoriana are all still evident within the sandstone walls, making for a history-rich destination.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The property is located in the village of Shocklach, just 12 miles from Chester, 38 miles from Liverpool, 51 from Manchester and 65 from Birmingham.
  • By Car Scarlet Hall is 30 minutes from Chester, an hour and 20 minute drive to central Manchester or Liverpool and an hour and a half from central Birmingham.
  • By Train The best and most direct station is Chester and Crewe, with regular train services to London and the rest of the country.
  • By Air The nearest airports are Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon, an easy one hour drive away.

From the owner

“The house has a lovely homely feel, it´s amazingly bright and sunny for a 17th century timber-framed building. Cleverly redesigned mixing an open-plan layout with traditional features, it creates a feeling of space and flow. You get views from all sides, from sunrises to the magnificent sunsets.”

From the owner

Scarlet Hall was originally built circa 1640. It is a timber framed building with close boarded timber panels which were used in this period as a sign of affluence. Over the generations the house has been encased with brickwork.

We were fortunate enough to purchase this gem in 2004. We were looking for a project to create a family home in the country to bring up our two children. So, when this came up for auction we jumped at the chance, probably not thinking too much about the enormity of the project! Fortunately, we have enjoyed renovating properties before and so we relished this opportunity and it has taken 14 years of careful restoration to create this haven for our family.

The house has been decorated with calming, warm neutrals which complement the many timbers and beams. Although this house has origins from the 17th century, it has many modern-day touches which provide a light, bright and very comfortable environment.

Scarlet Hall has been a place for our family to gather and celebrate birthdays, Christmas, New Year and special weekends! As the inscription found in an old chimney says, "Ye Friends Meeting House" and that is what this house represents to us.

The Coulter Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Chester with an insider’s perspective.

The city of Chester
To See

The city of Chester

Chester was built as a Roman fortress and is renowned for its Roman walls. It houses the largest Roman amphitheatre in the UK as well as The Rows, a two-tier Tudor shopping arcade. After a morning shopping, take a soothing boat trip along the River Dee.

Rhyl Beach
To Do

Rhyl Beach

An enormous expanse of sand which stretches for around two miles from the Clwyd Estuary to Splash Point, making Rhyl beach one for the bucket list on your break at Scarlet Hall. Stroll along the promenade with an ice cream and take in the sea views.

The Bull, Shocklach
To Eat

The Bull, Shocklach

A great village pub, The Bull has been stylishly refitted and serves real ales and homemade food using local suppliers. The simple menu is packed with good ol´ classic favourites and includes a superb Sunday roast too!

Mountain Bike, Coed Llandegla Forest
To Do

Mountain Bike, Coed Llandegla Forest

One of the UK´s leading forest visitor centres, Coed Llandegla offers mountain biking for all abilities on some of the best trails in the country. Bikes can be hired and lessons booked, and there are well-marked walking paths too.

Guest Testimonials

This property completely satisfies every aspect of what you can expect from its inclusion on the Unique Homestays portfolio. The house is a perfect combination of old farm buildings, retaining superb historic feel combined with completely up-to-date facilities with the highest level of decoration and furnishings. The owners have created a fantastic environment to relax in.

Another amazing couple of days in a wonderful location. The house, facilities and attention to detail is wonderful. We will definitely be coming back and making others aware of this hidden gem.

Thank you so much for letting us stay at Scarlet Hall. The house is just perfect and everything has been thought of! We have ha such a brilliant weekend!

Having grown up here and married close by; Scarlet Hall seemed the ideal venue to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with some of our closest friends and family. The house is stunning, with fabulous decor and so well stocked. We love what you have done to this wonderful house. A big thank you to the owners, we will be back to see you again!

What an incredible house with so much entertainment for the children - the list is endless! Our whole family have had such a wonderful week, and with so much room to roam we often lost each other! The chocolate cake and cheese board was very thoughtful and happily devoured by all. Thank you to the owners for opening up your house - we will be back next year!

Return trip and it was even better! Thank you so much for making my 70th birthday party such a wonderful occasion.

Wow, what an amazing house. We´ve made some absolutely brilliant and funny memories here. Andrew, the pianist was a real treat. We also enjoyed some unexpected warm and dry weather to top it off! See you again, and a very big thank you.

Thank you for an amazing week in your beautiful house. We all had so much fun in the house and grounds, we didn´t need to leave the property! Lots of wonderful memories have been made to treasure.

Thank you! We´ve had the most magical weekend. It made my hen party just perfect - what a beautiful place! It will never be forgotten!

Beautiful imagery on the Unique Homestays website but it still does not do this place justice. Stunning, with attention to detail which is evident at every turn. There was nothing we wanted for, from comfortable beds to well equipped kitchens, sports equipment, swimming pool, cinema room, plenty of lounges and chill out areas. Not to mention the barn. We´ve sung, danced, laughed and cried (the good, happy kind of crying)! Memories have been made here which will last a lifetime! From ages 3 to 80, we have all had the time of our lives!

Scarlet Hall, we´ve had a ball! Absolutely fabulous says it all. A five star property - the height of luxury, but inviting and comfortable, like a holiday home should be.

We have had a fantastic time in this beautiful house! Everything possible has been thought of to enable guests to enjoy themselves and, importantly, to relax. The decor is amazing and the facilities are first class. We had a range of ages in our party and there was something for everyone. Special mention of the wonderful grounds and thoughtful little touches which have made us all feel so very welcome here! A huge thank you to the owners for such generous hospitality!

We were here for a 70th birthday celebration. What a fabulous week! Every single detail has been covered. This is a wonderful house in beautiful surroundings, and in a great location close to lots of lovely places. Such a relaxing place too. Everyone has had such a great time, we are all very sad to leave. Many thanks to the owners for making our stay such a perfect holiday celebration!

Oh my goodness, what a home to host simply the most amazing weekend I´ve ever had! Each room is so well thought out and designed beautifully. None of us wanted to leave. We have made memories here that will last forever! Thank you!

A truly amazing house that none of us wanted to leave. Everywhere you turn there is something beautiful to look at. Stunning! Good memories made from a week of togetherness. Thank you.

We had a 60th birthday party extraordinaire, and an amazing weekend here. Badminton, pool, golf, table tennis, snooker, croquet - I don´t think there was one activity we didn´t partake in. The house is amazing and every room with its special touches are a delight. From the 6-month old, to the 81-year old, we all had the best time ever. Thank you to the owners for all that you did for us.

Scarlet Hall is a truly amazing house; none of us wanted to leave! Everywhere we turned there was something beautiful to look at, stunning. Good memories made from a week of togetherness. Happy 83rd birthday mum!

Thank you the owners for providing the most beautiful venue for our first ever Book Matchmaker Reading Retreat. We have had the most wonderful time eating, drinking, relaxing and of course reading books in your stunning home. We would love to come back again soon for another retreat, everything including the weather has been perfect.

Can we stay forever!? The house is perfect! It´s felt like a home from home and we couldn´t have wished for a better weekend. Thank you!

We were a group of 22, 3 families who meet every year and this was our first time at Scarlet Hall. It surpassed all of our expectations and we truly had a wonderful time. Our families are of mixed ages but everybody found so much to do. We were very comfortable in the en suite bedrooms and self catering was made so easy by the well-stocked large kitchen. We all want to come back, we had so much fun!

Scarlet Hall is a magnificent and wonderful home in a delightful and relaxed setting. The decor throughout is beautiful and every facility and activity has been carefully thought out. It has been a truly brilliant weekend and we will all take away lovely memories of our stay. There has not been a single fault. Thank you!

Thank you for letting us use this wonderful home for our celebrations. We used every single excellent facility, especially the pool! However, we also thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing and homey feeling to the house. We hope to be back soon!

Thank you to the owners for creating such an amazing house. Everything is here, everything was used and the atmosphere over the weekend was incredible; lively and relaxed, and in such a beautiful setting. We hope to return soon!

Thank you for letting us use this wonderful home for our celebrations. We used every single excellent facility, especially the pool! We also thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing and homely feeling of the house. We hope to back back soon!

We´ve had a lovely week. We´ve stayed in several big houses and this is without a doubt the best - so beautiful and thoughtfully renovated. We hope to return.

Thank you for a peaceful and restful time here. There was nothing we wanted for, everything has been thought of. You know somewhere is truly special when you feel at home. We hope to be back. P.S. The chocolate cake was delicious.

What an amazing house! We couldn´t have asked for a better place to celebrate with a big group of friends. The grounds are beautiful and each room is more beautiful than the last. The owners have been a pleasure to deal with and we will 100% be recommending this to our friends and family for years to come! We hope to return again soon.

We couldn´t recommend this beautiful place more - we will 100% be back! We had the most magical weekend with friends and family celebrating a big birthday. I don´t think we could have found a more perfect place if we tried. A massive thank you to the owners for being so amazing and even going out of his way to stock vegan welcome treats for the birthday girl and receiving balloons early for the big day.

We´ve had a ball! Thank you for your warm welcome, the treats went down a storm. You have a beautiful home in a stunning setting, you´ve thought of everything too which has contributed into making this one of the most memorable weeks - truly fitting for a 50th birthday celebration. We´re all very grateful for being able to share your home. Thank you again for everything.

Wow! What a truly gorgeous home you have. We have all had a fantastic week and used all of your fabulous facilities (the younger members of our party weren´t seen for hours!). Out of every window is a stunning view and Oreo enjoyed every stroll around the field fetching his ball. Thank you so much.

What an amazing weekend! Mum had a wonderful 75th birthday celebration with all the family. Your home is beautiful and all the beautiful furnishings, pictures, sports equipment, views and peaceful settings all made the weekend very special. Thank you so much for letting us share your home and we look forward to returning.

Thank you to the owners for letting us stay in your your beautiful home. We have had a fantastic time and the little touches for your guests have made the experience truly special. We look forward to returning.


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