Introducing the charming Oddfellows in the heart of Chester.
Self-described as “idiosyncratic, whimsical and charming” there isn’t too much to add here. It is, as they say, just that. On the exterior, a beautiful Georgian town house sits proudly in the heart of Chester, a skipping stone from the river… but step inside and you’ll discover a quirky soul which reveals an intriguing history and a modern beat.
Step back in time…
Oddfellows takes its inspiration from a society for the “ODD fellows”, those who couldn’t be categorised. Taking inspiration from this collective, Oddfellows today is proud to poke its head above the parapet, go against the grain and live a life full of character and charm.
Oddfellows Hall was originally a town house built in 1676 for Lady Mary Calverley, she petitioned the City Assembly for permission to demolish her house, which contained a section of the Chester Rows and replace it with a new house. This was granted but as it led to the loss of a portion of the Rows she was fined £20 (£3,000 in modern money).
Since then, it has played home to a local attorney general, a school, a club, offices, shops and today a thoroughly delightful hotel.
Step forward to 2016…
Where can you dine around a tree? Or sit under an upturned table and chairs? It is all in a day’s play at Oddfellows.
Home to ‘The Garden’ restaurant, trees grow through tables. Beyond and into the Secret Garden which lets you escape the city and enjoy a full sky (as well as the odd gnome) with warmth of outdoor fires and private heated booths. The perfect setting for an evening cocktail.
When the hour to retire for the evening arrives, comfortable bedrooms await with beds to sink into, deep roll top baths and many, many other creature comforts.
Set off in the right direction
The hotel is ideally connected to the M56 & M53 motorway networks and is 6 miles from the North Wales border. Liverpool and Manchester can be reached in 45 minutes. Chester railway station is five minutes by car and Manchester International Airport is only 45 minutes by road.
What They Say
“The supremely eccentric Oddfellows dazzles and intrigues in equal measure”
Condé Nast Traveller
“There’s a hint of wonderland behind the hotel’s elegant 17th Century façade. Eccentric, charming and whimsical”
Mr and Mrs Smith
“The perfect place to enjoy all the delights Chester has to offer”.
Living Edge Magazine
“A Georgian-fronted, Grade II listed designer-fever dream”
More to come!
The group is expanding and “Oddfellows On The Park” is soon to open its doors. Situated in Bruntwood Park, Cheadle, work is nearing completion to restoring and converting the 19th Century mansion of Bruntwood Hall to create 22 bedrooms, a restaurant, cocktail bar, private dining rooms and spa facilities. Due to open late summer 2016, keep an eye out for more details…