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Recently I had the pleasure of playing golf at Carden Park on the Nicklaus course. As you meander up the drive leading to the Course you know that you are in for something special. The road dissects the course and on both side you can see the beautifully manicured greens and fairways. At the top of the drive you eventually come to the recently built clubhouse, or should I say club mansion. The building itself has been beautifully designed to fit in with the surrounds whilst still having a contemporary feel, spread over two floors their is a well stocked pro-shop and changing facilities on the bottom floor, whilst the second floor houses the bar and restaurant. Included in our package was a 2 course meal that cooked to the highest standard and supplied us with the substance we needed to tackle the course.
For the first course we were present with water melon and various berries with a blackberry jus. The second course was locally sourced Gammon Steak, hand cut chips, egg, pineapple and garden peas (A true british classic). the handcut chips were to die for crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, my mouth is watering now just thinking about them.
The first tee is a short walk from the clubhouse down a tree lined cart path. We were greeted by a starter who advised us where the best place to hit the initial tee shots would be (unfortunately I decided that the trees were the best place for my ball to call its new home). The course itself is beautifully present with the 6th and 17th particularly memorable holes. You can tell that this is a Nicklaus course as it has a distinctive American feel about it, lots of water, doglegs and fast greens. Make sure that you take lots of balls though as the rough can be quite unforgiving in places.
The only criticism I would have would be about the bunkers, even though the weather had been nice they were still hard and compacted and in need of turning over. That said I would not hesitate to go back or recommend the course to anybody looking for a special day out.
The hotel itself is beautiful, it is a modern building that has been designed in a Georgian style. As you walk into the mains reception you can tell tell that the staff pride themselves on first appearances, everything is perfect, from the layout of the papers on the sitting table to the extravagant flower displays that adorned the reception desk. Check-in was very straight forward and within minutes we were in our allotted rooms. The rooms are as you would expect from a major hotel chain. The laundry was clean and sharply ironed, the room itself was spotless and the small touches that let you know you are somewhere special were all in place (ie Complimentary wine, biscuits, vistor guide etc).
Carden Park is a 5 star hotel and is located near Chester. The hotel has an onsite golf course, swimming pool, spa, two restaurants and a bar. The hotel also has a number of function rooms available for functions and weddings.
I have stayed in this hotel three times and absolutely love it's location and facilities. The rooms I have stayed in have a king size bed, huge bath, flat screen tv, tea and coffee making facilities etc
I have dined in the restaurants, the main restaurant servers high quality food and wine. The second restaurant/bar has equally high quality food but of a different nature i.e. more bar food than a restaurant.
I have used the pool many times and have found it to be warm and clean.
This hotel is a 20 minute drive from Chester where you can go shopping, visit the zoo or just walk the canals.
I'll definitely go back!
It was part business, part leisure that took me to De Vere Carden Park Hotel and Golf club this weekend for an overnight stay. I was looking forward to some rest and relaxation, having made several trips to the NW over recent weeks. I have stayed at this hotel before and I am also quite fond of the Cheshire countryside where the hotel is situated, close to the historic city of Chester and the Welsh Border.
The hotel itself is in fact a large hotel on a 17th century estate (with vineyard) and encompassing a fantastic Espa Health and beauty Spa and leisure facilities. There are 45 holes of golf on three courses - including a Nicklaus course, a driving range, outdoor activities such as quad biking and archery, all within its 750 acres. To get an idea of how large that is, the curving driveway from the main gate must be well over a mile long .
Initial impressions for my husband and I were certainly most favourable. This modern hotel has had a significant amount of money spent on it in recently, and as soon as you step into the lobby, you cannot fail to be impressed by the brightness and ambience of it all. I checked in on a Friday night at 5pm, and there was a fantastic buzz in the lobby area, absolutely full of weekend visitors, many of whom were attending weddings at the hotel.
I particularly liked the library area as you walk in the hotel, this was extremely light and airy and open sided, with loads of comfy sofas etc the perfect place for reading morning papers etc.
The hotel itself has rooms within the main building and also villas at the back of the hotel. Depending on what room you are in, it might be easier to get the valet to park your car for you, so it is most convenient. We were checked in very efficiently and were in fact in a Junior Suite in one of the villas just off the rear courtyard, but you will be given a little map of the hotel should you need it.
On to the room ours was downstairs with a shared front door to two other rooms, with presumably the same arrangement upstairs. The villas are finished with that red Cheshire brick that dominates the county, and their presence certainly gives a little village feel to the whole resort. Inside the suite, the living area was fantastic, with a decent sized living room, with separate TV and playstation, leading into the bedroom with its massive king bed that could easily sleep 4, and another TV.
We also had a balcony with two chairs and a table, and a good sized dressing area. The bedrooms were all refurbished last year, and the colours are fantastic, with reds, gold and greens adding to the warmth of the room. It was certainly a place where you will arrive and dont want to leave (we tried but they were fully booked for the Saturday night!)
Work done, we decided to order a bottle of wine for room service for dinner it was a lovely summers night and the balcony was just too inviting for words...we ordered a lovely Pinot Grigio which was with us within a few minutes.
There are a number of restaurant/dining options within the hotel. At the front of the hotel is the Garden Restaurant, which is the fine dining option, and also where breakfast is served. We wanted something more casual/lighter so we opted for the Brasserie restaurant, located just off the main reception. I didnt get to see the clubhouse, where guests and golfers can also eat, and there is also the Peacock bar, which is a large bar in the rotunda at the end of the building serving cocktails as well as the usual beers and wines.
On Saturday, I had some Espa treatments booked and so it was to be a relaxing day at the hotel for us. We had full English breakfast in the Brasserie (both restaurants were open for breakfast) and there was complimentary coffee on the go in the lobby all morning. We did take a wander onto the front lawned areas, to read the papers and even had a game of Giant Connect 4!
The Carden Spa
I made my way to the Spa mid morning. As my appointments were not until noon, I had an hour to enjoy the pool and sauna/steam room etc. The locker rooms are well appointed and I was given a nice Carden robe and slippers to wear for the rest of the afternoon. After bagging myself a deckchair, I enjoyed many lengths of the 20m pool, which was not overcrowded at that time of day.
I always find the aroma of Espa products at their spas to be absolutely heavenly and walking through to the ladies relaxation room that familiar aroma came back. The spa is a peaceful haven, and the music, lighting, décor and smells create that ambience. The relaxation room is well appointed, with a slight touch of Asia feeling, and it was never overcrowded. There was teas/coffee/water/fruit and fruit juice available to customers.
My hubby had booked me two treatments I had dropped him rather large hints about how this might be a good idea given we have now been together 21 years this weekend and how I love Espa etc! My first treatment was an Espa Mud Envelopment with a fantastic consultant called Gwyneth who was an absolute pleasure to chat with as she covered me in all kinds of wonderful products and finally a layer of mud, before wrapping me in foil...This treatment uses a spearmint beaded exfoliator to start with, which is extremely refreshing, and also includes a head and scalp massage with their pink hear and scalp mud, which is one of my favourite products, as the smell lingers for ages and is wonderful.
After a five minute rest in the relaxation room, I met my second consultant who was to do my facial. An Espa facial is always a delight, when I had my first one about five years ago, I couldnt believe what I had been missing out on all these years. No less than about ten Espa products are used in the treatment, and again the scent is wonderful for the senses and great for relieving tension and stress.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our 24 hours at Carden Hotel and Spa, and I cannot wait to go back again. The hotel has plenty to offer everyone, whether on business, or for leisure guests, then golf, spa and other activities including childrens activities are second to none.
Prices are not unreasonable for bedrooms either. It is possible to book a Junior Suite like the one I had for around £130 including breakfast for two people next week. The sofa in these rooms can be used for a sofa bed if you have children. There are even better rates available if you take a standard room (which are all either two double beds or a king bed) and if you can stay more than one night e.g. from around £80. Plus the hotel is a great location for exploring Chester and North Wales if you can drag yourself away from that fantastic Spa that is!
http://www.devere.co.uk/deluxe/Carden-Park/ for more information
Tel 01829 731000
A historic 17th Century Estate, Carden Park hotel is set amidst 750 acres of breathtaking countryside, nestling between the open landscapes of the rugged Welsh hills and the Cheshire plain. The hotels perfect locations allow you to enjoy the surrounding area of Chester. Carden Park is the ideal location from which to explore the many exciting attractions and great days out that are available around Cheshire. From the picturesque black and white buildings, delightful gardens, sweeping hills and historic towns, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Wander around the hotel grounds, venture off the beaten track with our off road driving or quads biking facilities or head for the great indoors and discover new worlds of relaxation with a holistic therapy treatment in the spa.