I was born and raised in the North West of England – I still live there and I love it! Our home is in the Borough of Trafford, part of Greater Manchester, where we’re lucky to have access to great schools, world class hospitals, beautiful parks and unparalleled shopping, bars and restaurants – plus enviable transport links, such as the Metrolink tram system and Manchester Airport close by.
Where I live, we are a stroll from Sale Water Park, a parkland with meadows and an artificial lake for watersports, which is one of my scenic running routes. We also have the old market town of Altrincham close by, which is where I went to school and now my children do; and since the successful re-development of the market house it has become a cool destination where you can discover artisan food, drink, makers and creators; the town is busier than ever.
The county of Cheshire offers visitors plenty of country villages, leafy towns and it’s fair share of National Trust properties – places like the beautiful historic estates of Tatton and Dunham, for example. If you love shopping – and especially interiors and homeware like me – then there are some great independent places to discover, e.g. Rose & Grey in Altrincham and over in Macclesfield the grand department store, Arighi Bianchi. Or enjoy a wide choice and plenty of bargains at the discount retail outlet, Cheshire Oaks.
Day trips are in abundance, from the Jodrell Bank Observatory (home of the Lovell radio telescope) to Delamere Forest, the largest wooded area in Cheshire where you’ll find a Go Ape Adventure and can catch an outdoor concert, or just enjoy cycling and walking. (There’s even going to be a 5k ‘zombie run’ there soon – being chased by zombies might just help me achieve my fastest 5k!) You could take the ‘wizard walk’ at Alderley Edge, too, or visit Quarry Bank Mill in or the quaint walled city of Chester.
I hope that’s given you a little flavour of the area and what it has to offer; Cheshire is a large county, therefore if you wanted to move here, property varies enormously. From the glitzy and glam millionaire houses of the ‘Cheshire set’ in the so called Golden Triangle which comprises the most affluent towns and villages, to much more affordable neighbourhoods. In Cheshire you’ll find a great mix of gorgeous cottages and period townhouses with original features to the latest high-tech new builds. House builders like Laurus Homes are known for creating attractive, brand new developments in desirable locations around Cheshire – and they have come up with this #ExploringCheshire infographic to highlight some of the best bits about the area, plus some interesting facts concerning the property market in this corner of the UK: