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Cheshire Situated between North Wales and Central England, Cheshire is a great destination for a self-catering break in England. Choose from luxury Cheshire holiday homes, country cottages and seasonal rentals and self-catering cottages in and near Neston, Runcorn, Widnes, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Nantwich, Malpas, Lymm and Chester. The city of Chester has been shaped by over 2,000 years of history. It's a great shopping destination, with a good mix of exclusive independent stores and high-street favourites. The beautiful 13th century buildings also house numerous restaurants, pubs, B&Bs and hotels. Chester is home to Britain's largest Roman Amphitheatre and has a stunning cathedral. After strolling around Chester's many shops and museums, you can enjoy refreshments in the cathedral's refectory. A walking tour will ensure you get a glimpse of all the historical sites, including the City Walls.

If you are self-catering in Chester and looking for family-friendly attractions nearby, consider a trip to Chester Zoo. It's one of Europe's best conservation zoos with thousands of animals in acres of landscaped gardens. There's Monkey Island, Tropical Realm, Animals in Danger and a Children's farm.

Finding a holiday cottage on the western edge of Cheshire, near Neston for example, could give you stunning views across the Dee Estuary to the hills of North Wales. There are opportunities for sailing from the nearby Wirral coast. Those preferring inland water pursuits can investigate the miles of canals and rivers running through Cheshire. The Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port has an impressive floating collection of inland waterway craft, bringing Britain's canal history to life. Ellesmere Port is also home to the Blue Planet Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK. There are more the ten different species of shark, including some pretty sizeable individuals! The moving walkway through the 70m long Aquatunnel takes you on an impressive underwater adventure. Renting a self-catering cottage near Ellesmere Port will give you an opportunity to explore this lovely part of Cheshire.

Tatton Park near Knutsford offers two period properties for the price of one: The Mansion, dating back to the 1700s and the Tudor Old Hall. The grounds are extensive. You can take a peaceful stroll along the banks of Tatton Mere, take the children along to the farm and enjoy the walled garden and beech maze.

Walkers and nature lovers staying in Cheshire are well catered for by the Sandstone Trail. This was originally opened in 1974 but has been recently extended to link the towns of Frodsham and Whitchurch. The train is split in to three sections of around 10 miles (17km). Each section generally makes for an enjoyable day's walk, but the terrain varies dramatically so it's best to plan a suitable route for your abilities. You may have to deviate from the trail to reach pubs and cafes, but you could always take a long a picnic instead.

Wherever you end up staying in Cheshire, you won't be short of good food and drink. The county has a reputation for dairy farming and prides itself on the finest milk, cream and cheese. Hollies Farm Shop at Tarporley has won several awards. There are regular farmers markets across the area and some top quality local restaurants. Renting a vacation rental in Runcorn, self-catering retreats in Wildnes, holiday houses in Frodsham, country cottages near Holmes Chapel, self-catering near Nantwich or an idyllic cottage to rent near Malpas - all are wonderful ways to spend a holiday in Cheshire.

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