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A Look At Our Quirky Dog-Friendly Getaways March 13, 2024

A Look At Our Quirky Dog-Friendly Getaways

Combermere Abbey is a place where every wagging tail is greeted with open arms and a warm welcome! If you’re looking for a quirky dog-friendly getaway that’s as delightful for your furry friend as it is for you, you’ve come to the right place.

At Combermere, we pride ourselves on being truly dog-friendly, offering a haven where both you and your four-legged companion can relax and unwind amidst the stunning Cheshire countryside. Plus, something totally unique too. How many doggies can say they’ve stayed at a place that dates back to the 12th century, in converted cottages which were once historic stables and coach houses?!

Quirky Dog-Friendly Cottages

Our ten self-catering cottages are not just pet-friendly; they’re designed with your pup’s enjoyment in mind. All cottages welcome one large or two small dogs, (over 6 months old and house trained) ensuring that your furry family member feels right at home. There are nine courtyard cottages and one stand along Stone Lodge which has its own enclosed garden. Upon arrival, your pooch will be treated to their very own Pooch Pack, complete with a sofa cover, bowl, and tasty treats. Here at Combermere Abbey, we believe that every dog deserves to be pampered during their holiday just as much as their human companions.

A Puppy Playground

With acres of gardens, parkland, and woodland to explore, your pup will be in doggy heaven! From leisurely strolls to adventurous strides, there’s something for every canine explorer to enjoy. We have two designated off-lead areas, the Pleasure Garden and Garden Wood, right next door to your courtyard cottage and a walk away from Stone Lodge which provide ample space for your pup to stretch their legs and sniff out new adventures. And don’t worry about those muddy paws, our cottages are equipped with everything you need to keep your furry friend clean and comfortable after a day of outdoor play!

Our annual Bluebell walks are returning from 21st April, and your pups are more than welcome to partake. They make a great backdrop for some amazing Insta-worthy pics of the doggies!

Exploring Dog-Friendly Destinations

Looking to venture beyond the abbey’s grounds? Cheshire and Shropshire are home to some paw-some destinations that both you and your pooch will love. Take a scenic stroll along the Sandstone Trail, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the countryside and historic landmarks along the way. Or head to Delamere Forest for a day of woodland exploration, with trails suitable for dogs of all sizes and energy levels.

If you prefer a more relaxed day out, why not visit one of the dog-friendly pubs in the area? The Combermere Arms, The Swan at Marbury, The Shroppie Fly, and the Pheasant Inn all welcome four-legged guests, and some even offer treats and belly rubs! We recommend getting out and enjoy some local hospitality, and of course, let your pup socialise with other furry friends. And don’t forget our very own Old Piggery Café at the estate’s Parkview Business Centre.

Book Your Quirky Dog-Friendly Getaway

Ready to treat your furry friend to the ultimate ‘pooch getaway’ at Combermere Abbey? Take advantage of our Spring offer of a payment free holiday for your pooch!

Browse our range of quirky dog-friendly cottages and start planning your next adventure today. With cosy accommodations, picturesque surroundings, and endless opportunities for outdoor fun, a stay at Combermere Abbey is sure to leave tails wagging!

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Solo Staycations – Food For The Soul And Your Health And Wellbeing January 22, 2024

Solo Staycations – Food For The Soul And Your Health And Wellbeing

It’s a new year, and a time to try new things. What was your new year’s resolution this year? Was it to try new things, to enjoy your own company more, or to travel about when you can? We have a solution that encompasses all three – a solo staycation.

The allure of a solo staycation, a trend that’s becoming more and more popular as time goes on, beckons as a serene escape – a chance to rediscover yourself and recharge away from the demands of your normal daily life.

Combermere often welcomes guests who’ve come away on their own to our North Wing and cottages, whether to work for a few days in the peace and quiet or enjoy a new experience in their own company.

Getting away from the everyday interruptions and demands and instead embarking on a solo journey within the familiar confines of your own country holds a unique charm. Here’s why you should consider a solo staycation this year, and why Combermere Abbey might be your ideal destination for such an adventure!

A Self-Tailored Itinerary

Our favourite thing about travelling solo, is that you have complete autonomy over where you go and the length of time you have!

A solo staycation can become the ultimate bespoke experience for you because you can do whatever you’d like. Why not craft an itinerary that resonates with your own interests, whether it’s cultural explorations, gastronomic adventures, or moments of tranquil solitude?

The freedom to set your own pace allows you to savour each experience fully, ensuring that every moment works for you and aligns with your preferences and desires.

Plus, if you choose the prestigious and sought after North Wing for your solo staycation, our House Manager Stephan, who’s recently been nominated for the Unsung Hero Award in Cheshire, ensures you enjoy a bespoke and first-class stay. Stephan and his team at Combermere are ready to help you plan  your itinerary, from suggesting local attractions to recommending scenic walks and the best restaurants and pubs in the area, as well as making reservations for you. This personalised touch allows you to set your own pace and create a staycation that perfectly aligns with your preferences and desires, plus, should put you at ease as a solo traveller.

In our smaller award-winning self-catering holiday cottages, you can truly be on your own, self-sufficient, and master of your own timetable.  Still luxurious, with wood-burning stoves and option of a breakfast hamper – they are equipped with everything you need for that short break, and you can bring your dog along too.


Embarking on a solo staycation doesn’t just involve physical travel; it can be seen as journey into self-discovery.

Free from external influences, you have the rare opportunity to tune into your own thoughts, desires, and aspirations. Whether you choose to explore a quaint market town, try a new experience such as glassblowing or immerse yourself in the natural world which surrounds you at Combermere, the solo staycation becomes a background for self-reflection and personal growth. Sounds idyllic!

Disconnect To Reconnect

In a world tethered to technology, a solo staycation provides the ideal opportunity to disconnect and reconnect – with both you and the world around you.

Put away the screens, silence the notifications, and immerse yourself in the present moment.

Combermere offers the perfect chance to do this without even having to leave the estate. Leave your phone in your North Wing room or cottage, and head out for a stroll through the Pleasure Gardens or sit down by the mere for a while. You’ll be surprised at how cathartic it actually is!

For more ideas on how to embrace wellness at Combermere Abbey, you can read our blog all about it.

Cultivate Independence

Something else we love about solo travel, is that it creates a sense of independence and self-reliance. Navigating your way through a new destination, making decisions based solely on your preferences, and embracing the unknown all by yourself fosters a profound sense of empowerment. It’s something to be so proud of.

A solo staycation is not just a getaway, but a testament to your ability to navigate the world on your own terms. If your new year’s resolution involves empowering yourself, then this is the ideal way to do it!

Rediscover Your Own Country

Often, the allure of exotic destinations draws us away from the hidden gems in our own backyard. A solo staycation allows you to rediscover the charm of your country or region and explore with fresh eyes.

It’s shocking to us that the average British person has only discovered 32% of their own country! Now is the time to unearth local secrets, try new places to eat, and engage with what’s on your doorstep in a way that a hurried daily routine might not permit.

Expand Your Comfort Zone

Finally, stepping out of your comfort zone and embarking on a solo staycation is a gateway to personal growth plus a gentle nudge to try new activities, meet new people, and embrace the unexpected. The courage to navigate solo opens doors to a world of possibilities, fostering resilience and adaptability in the face of the unknown.

In the journey of life, a solo staycation is a thread of self-indulgence and reflection, weaving moments of joy, relaxation, and personal growth. At Combermere Abbey, we’re passionate about making your trip, no matter how short or long, as welcoming, easy and enjoyable as possible.

As this new year unfolds, give it to yourself as a well-earned present – a journey that begins and ends with you. All our availability can be found here. Just book in and let us know your preferences and leave the rest to us.

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Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks, How To Spend Your Time Here December 7, 2023

Dog-Friendly Weekend Breaks, How To Spend Your Time Here

How To Spend A Dog-Friendly Weekend Break In Cheshire / Shropshire

Combermere Abbey is where the charm of the Cheshire and Shropshire countryside meets the joy of shared moments with beloved pets. If you’re longing for an escape with your four-legged friend, Combermere Abbey provides the perfect setting for a dog-friendly weekend break.

Exploring Combermere’s Woodlands

Start your weekend adventure with a leisurely stroll through the enchanting woodlands that surround Combermere Abbey. Our estate boasts acres of ancient trees and flora and fauna – an ideal backdrop for an invigorating walk with your canine companion. Plus, the doggies just love all the new smells! Unwind amidst serene landscapes, taking in the beauty of ancient landscape and lake views.

Your pet will be greeted with a specially prepared basket, a dedicated bowl, and a delightful treat, ensuring they feel just as pampered as you do. They love a snooze by our fires too!

Local Walks

If you and your four-legged friend are itching to explore further than our grounds, then you’re in luck! We have an abundance of rolling hills, sprawling fields and beautiful landscapes for you and your pet to explore. Some of our favourite options include The Shropshire Union Canal towpath, providing a peaceful route with scenic views. Alternatively, the circular walk around the nearby village of Audlem offers a charming blend of countryside and village life.

Additionally, the enchanting Delamere Forest awaits just a short distance away from Combermere, providing a diverse and immersive natural experience for both you and your furry companion. With its network of trails weaving through ancient woodlands, Delamere Forest offers yet another enticing option for an adventurous outing with your pet. Even better, there are a number of lovely countryside walks with pubs for you and your doggie.

Dog-Friendly Pubs and Eateries

Worked up an appetite? All our dog-friendly holiday cottages come fully equipped for you to cater for friends, family and pets, but isn’t it nice to treat yourself to a meal out? You are on holiday after all! We are very lucky to have a wonderful variety of pubs and eateries around our grounds that are also dog friendly!

Of course, our first recommendation is The Combermere Arms. Only a short distance from the top of the drive, this village gastro-pub ( famous for their cask beers and freshly home cooked food) will welcome you with a refreshing drink and delightful menu, along with a bowl of water and a treat for your pooch.

Another recommendation to try if you’re looking to explore a bit further is The Shroppie Fly. Located just five miles from us here, this innovative Canalside pub welcomes ALL guests (four legged or otherwise) to dine on their locally produced cuisine, while watching the narrow boats drift by.

For a memorable lunch with outstanding panoramic views, venture to The Pheasant Inn at Burwardsley. Situated amidst the captivating landscape, this gem offers not only a delectable menu but also an unparalleled visual feast. Treat yourself and your furry companion to a delightful meal while soaking in the breath-taking scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see. Plus, The Pheasant Inn is conveniently located right off the Sandstone Trail, making it the perfect pit stop for those eager to explore the scenic wonders of this iconic trail!

Other Nearby Attractions

Why not extend your exploration beyond Combermere Abbey by visiting nearby attractions that welcome pets? Some of our guest favourites to visit with their pets include Hawkstone Park Follies. The captivating landscape filled with cliffs, crags, caves, and extraordinary features is a fantastic place to visit with your pet. This fantasy-themed park allows dogs on leads, making it an ideal destination for a day of exploration with your canine companion. You can navigate through the maze of trails, discover hidden caves, and enjoy the breath-taking scenery with your furry friend.

Or if you’re looking for something a little closer, just a stone’s throw away we recommend the magnificent Sandstone Trail. This scenic trail is a haven for nature enthusiasts and avid hikers alike. The Sandstone Trail offers not only a physical challenge but also a well-rewarded one. As you traverse the well-marked paths, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the iconic Peckforton Castle. This trek along the Sandstone Trail promises a perfect blend of adventure and tranquillity, making it an ideal outing for both two-legged and four-legged companions.

Dog Friendly Weekend Breaks At Combermere Abbey

As the day winds down on your dog-friendly weekend break, retreat to your cottage at Combermere Abbey for a cosy and comfortable night. The cottages are equipped with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay, allowing you to unwind and bond with your loyal companion in the tranquillity of our historic estate.

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