What is Cheshire like?
The ‘golden triangle’ south of Manchester between Wilmslow, Knutsford and Prestbury is home to both established families and newer residents such as professional sportsmen and women. The area that we cover gives you a diverse choice of locations and lifestyles from High Peak, Derbyshire in the east, south towards the Potteries, towards Tarporley in the west and north to the Ribble Valley and the Lake District and across to the Isle of Man.
Property in Cheshire
The market here is more property-led than location-led: the historical dominance of large estates until the 19th century means that big country houses surrounded by cottages and other estate buildings predominate, with comparatively few villages. So a wide variety of property is scattered across the area, ranging from quintessential Cheshire cottages to Georgian and Victorian country houses and lavish contemporary mansions.
For period townhouses and family homes, look in Knutsford and Buxton.
For pretty cottages try Great Budworth, most of rural Cheshire or the Peak District villages.
For peaceful bolt-holes in more rugged landscapes, head for the Peak District and villages such as Wildboarclough, or the Lake District.
For stone-built farmhouses with land, look in the Ribble Valley and the Peak District.
For the last word in modern statement houses, go to Alderley Edge and Prestbury.
The local scene
Wilmslow is synonymous with the glamorous lifestyle of premiere-league footballers, and their presence around Alderley Edge and Prestbury does ensure a wealth of superb leisure facilities, hotels and restaurants and high-quality shopping. Yet this is also an area of timeless rural charm, of quaint villages and lovely market towns.
The breathtaking landscape of the Peak District National Park is the perfect setting for walking and other outdoor pursuits, while the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford, is a major annual event. There are also regular concerts at Jodrell Bank.
In thrilling contrast, Manchester provides a vibrant hub of culture: world-class concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, exciting theatre at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and the Imperial War Musem North and the Lowry Centre at Salford Quays. Liverpool, just 45 minutes away, offers a similarly rich cultural array, and superb architecture.
The M6 runs North to South up to Carlisle, providing fast access to the Lakes and Birmingham. The M60 links the commercial centres around Manchester and the M62 which crosses the Pennines to Leeds and the East.
Manchester and Liverpool Airports offer both domestic and international flights.
Trains from Wilmslow and Macclesfield run to Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street and London Euston. Fast services from Manchester reach London Euston in under two hours from both local stations.
Schools in Cheshire
Cheadle Hulme School
The Ryleys, Alderley Edge
Stockport Grammar School
The King’s School, Macclesfield
Alderley Edge School for Girls
Pownall Hall School, Wilmslow
Beech Hall School, Macclesfield
Terra Nova School