Back in June, I took a break from the DIY to take a train up north. Mum left Dad at home, and the pair of us checked into the beautiful Oddfellows on the Park for another little mum-daughter staycation, this one super close to where I grew up, just outside of Manchester. I do LOVE a mum-daughter weekend anywhere, anyhow, but Oddfellows on the Park was somewhere I'd had my eye on, waiting for it to open for ages. I love the idea of there being a swishy Design Hotels property 20 minutes from my parents house — the only one outside of London make that!
Oddfellows on the Park is the result of the extensive renovations to Bruntwood Hall, a 19th-century Victorian mansion in Cheadle’s Bruntwood Park, just 15km from Manchester. Surrounded by parklands, oak trees and ponds, it's the perfect English countryside retreat (okay I am a little biased, I grew up in the beautiful area!)
Mum and I checked in late afternoon and spend a lovely hour or two firstly relaxing in our seriously beautiful suite. Proper slick and sumptuous with original beams, a vaulted ceiling, rainfall shower, marble side table, Roberts radio, and a sophisticated slate grey palette.
After a little R&R, we headed down for dinner at the on-site restaurant, The Galloping Major, a beautiful space set in what was the Hall's original ballroom. From the get go, the service was impeccable, all the waiters so fun and charismatic (Northern Charm, right?) and the food totally exceeded expectations! SO GOOD.
We shared a couple of starters including an amazing cured sea trout, and a delicious bottle of South African red, then moved on to mains: gnocchi with poached duck egg and spinach, and roasted monkfish with lentils, wild mushrooms and celeriac puree. All so delicious. We didn't really need both a cheese board and a dessert but we were feeling indulgent... And they were totally worth it. That cheeeeese!
Back in our room, full up to the brim, we did face masks in bed (doesn't every mum-daughter include face masks!?) then fell into a deep slumber in a matter of minutes — not hard in that heavenly, huge bed! Come morning, two little paper bags had arrived on our door, filled with OJ, giant fluffy croissants, and a yoghurt — how perfect!
We took a stroll of the beautiful grounds before checking out and leaving the gorgeous Oddfellows behind. We weren't feeling flush enough on this trip to check out The Pigsty, the quirkily named spa, but that can be an excuse to go back...