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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 12-acre private Cheshire estate, here is a large country home created with grand family escapes in mind. Spring wisteria, roaring fires, an indoor pool and miles of green space to frolic across when the sun shines high in the sky; this luxury self-catering manor house promises holidays filled with connection and rejuvenation. Oozing class and romance, it'll come as no surprise that Scarlet Hall can also be hired as an exclusive-use wedding venue.

Introduction

Heavy timber beams, deep inglenook fireplaces and an ancient soul that, if it could, would sing with stories of homesteading, princes and prisoners of war since the 1640s; Scarlet Hall is the archetype of an English country home. Characterful and authentic, the open-plan kitchen-come living area is the real heart of this impressive home, where the ever-present warmth of the Aga exudes a comfort that wraps guests with an inviting embrace. On midsummer evenings, take life outside and congregate around the firepit as stars sprinkle the sky above the seemingly never-ending front lawn.

Inside

Every detail at Scarlet Hall has been put in chosen and positioned with indulgence in mind; pad across the courtyard to the coach house for a peaceful morning swim as the family lay slumbering in bed, sink into a tub looking out over the grounds or employ an in-house chef to serve a supper to remember in the show-stopping dining hall. Come rain or shine, the sauna promises deep recharging of the body and mind while the cinema and games rooms will bring hours of unrivalled entertainment.

Outside

With a lawn so large that the annual village cricket tournament used to be held here, there is no shortage of space for family games of rounders or hide and seek, while the evergreen topiary adds a touch of whimsy to gentle parkland strolls. While there is so much to do here that one will barely even have time to turn on the TV, if guests do feel the need to roam beyond the grounds, North Wales and Snowdonia National Park are within easy driving distance, offering fine dining, mountain hikes and coastal adventures aplenty.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 22 guests
    From £6,995 per week, £4,995 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 12 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe main house flaunts 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 has 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 (water and air temperature heated to 32 degrees), sauna, games room, snooker table, cinema room, badminton hall, boules, golf, table tennis, croquet, rounders
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £120 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday and FridayArrival Time: 4.30pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, 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, Miele dishwasher and Virtuoso coffee machine. A washing machine and tumble dryer are also available. Please be advised that while discreet, the owners live on-site and can be contacted in case of an emergency. A wheelchair ramp is available. 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. The barn will be available between 9am and 9pm. Should you wish to use the barn for a celebration during your stay, please speak with Unique Homestays to arrange this, as this may incur an additional charge. Amplified music in the barn must end by 10.30pm midweek, and 11.30pm at weekends. When booking the property for a yoga retreat or similar, an additional charge of £1,000 will be added. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds by prior arrangement.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Sky TV, Netflix, five large LCD TVs and DVD players, Sonos multi-room sound system, Virtuoso coffee machine, underfloor heating, iPad, WiFi internet, Original Jerk charcoal barbecue, board games, croquet, linen and towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyTwo electric car charging points
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner, fireworks and lanterns are not permitted due to the close proximity of livestock
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The pool is situated in the coach house
Relax with a sauna session after a swim

Weddings

Covered in vines and flanked by sweeping lawns, Scarlet Hall offers a magical setting for an English country wedding. The house was once home to a visiting Prince and exudes regal romance. Exclusive use of the venue includes the main house as well as the wedding barn within the grounds - all yours for the taking.

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Chester

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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Chester

Getting there

  • On the Map The manor 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. Helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds of Scarlet Hall by prior arrangement.

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 manor 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.

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.

Sandstone Trail, Duckington

To Do

Sandstone Trail, Duckington

The Sandstone Trail is a 55km long walkers path running North to South, from the ancient town of Frodsham to Whitchurch. There are many beautiful walks from any area along the ridge, all with fabulous views and it has been featured by Julia Bradbury on ´Britain´s Favourite Walks´.

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!

Guest Testimonials

We have had the most amazing weekend celebrating my belated 80th birthday. Thank you so much for letting us have this amazing property for all the family. A truly special place and will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

What a perfect spot for our extended family get-together. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. We loved all the games, badminton, pool, swimming, and table tennis. Stunning gardens, a magical week in the sunshine. Thank you!

Thank you for an incredible and unforgettable weekend! Your generosity has not gone unnoticed. The vegan scones and tiffins were delicious. It was the most perfect weekend to bring my friends and family together to celebrate the completion of my PhD. Thank you to the owners for making our stay at Scarlet Hall ´a one to remember. An absolutely amazing experience! Thank you.

Thank you for arranging the spring sunshine during our family weekend away celebrating a special birthday. We´ve had such a good time in this beautiful place. We all loved the house, the pool and the gardens and have happy memories to take away with us. Many thanks for making us feel so welcome!

Following a very long wait, we finally arrived returned for a second visit to the fabulous Scarlet Hall. Everything is absolutely perfect, just as we remembered it. We have all had the best of times making more wonderful family memories here.

We have had the most amazing time here, and whilst there are some fantastic places to visit right on the doorstep; we have been quite content to stay at the house! The pool and badminton have been most enjoyed, but this property literally caters for all eventualities and weather conditions! It has been just magical! Thank you for such a warm welcome - the foodie hamper and homemade brownies were delicious! You really have thought of everything, this place feeds the soul. Thank you!

What a phenomenal way to celebrate the lifting of restrictions. We will return in the summer all being well, as we have found a piece of paradise here at Scarlet Hall. The house and grounds are truly exquisite in all aspects. The standard is of the highest order and other luxury places pale into insignificance. The best family short break we have ever had. Thank you.

What an amazing and fantastic weekend spent with the family. Scarlet Hall is such a gorgeous venue, you have considered everything and thought of every detail. Thank you so much, we will be back!

Thank you so much. The house was the perfect location for our wellbeing retreat. Everyone had a fantastic time and couldn´t stop admiring the interior and exceptional attention to detail. We are already excited to come back!

We all had a wonderful time in this beautiful house. We very much appreciated all the little touches, the fresh flowers and welcoming cakes and scones. The swimming pool area is absolutely superb and your facilities are outstanding. We would simply love to return again one day.

We have had a wonderful week in your beautiful house. It has made the start of 2020 absolutely amazing. Thank you!

We have had a fantastic Christmas in your beautiful house. What an amazing venue! It´s beautifully decorated and catered for all ages of the family. The swimming pool was popular with all! We can´t wait to return in the summer months.

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 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!

Unique extras

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