Busy week in the office? Feeling stressed?
Need to relax, enjoy some good food and maybe a bit of a pamper? We got you.
Sitting pretty in the fringes of the affluent village of Knutsford, a stones throw from the sprawling grounds of Tatton Park, is Cottons Hotel & Spa. My friend and I arrived on a sunny afternoon in July where the congenial alfresco terrace was in full swing with folks who had clearly knocked off early in favour of cocktails – we were in good company.
After a seamless check in, we are chilling out in a spacious suite complete with a considerably sized corner sofa, a huge bed that I immediately wanted to jump up and down on (I resisted) and a luxurious bathroom complete with the obligatory (extra) fluffy robes, slippers and gorgeous Caudalie toiletries. All the boxes ticked, fizz dispensed, and relax.
Cottons is definitely the type of hotel that makes decompressing after a busy week, a pleasure. I opted to chill in our suite whilst my pal headed down to the spa for a bit of pampering ahead of dinner.
The leisure facilities here are a big draw with a comprehensive gym, a proper size pool you can actually swim lengths in, a sauna and steam room. Treatments use French wine-based Caudalie products again and there is a nice relaxation area opening onto the alfresco hot tub. After what appeared to be a rather zen inducing foot massage (floating through the door was a dead giveaway) and toenail polish, my friend and I joined the rest of the revellers on the terrace for pre dinner cocktails.
The food offering at Cottons is pretty good, and extensive. I was particularly impressed with the dedicated vegan menu, I mean I know everybody is now catering much more for plant based diets but still, the imaginative dishes on offer here were a good effort. I chose wet polenta with wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and truffle oil. They had me at truffle oil to be honest, I love the stuff, however the dish was really good and well executed.
Across the table, Nicola was getting stuck into a fillet steak cooked on the restaurants Inka Grill. Heating up to 500 degrees Celsius, the Inka is both an oven and a grill, adding a unique flavour and texture from the finest embers, while retaining the natural juiciness of the meat.
The food was really good, the service was great, and the atmosphere relaxed – what more can you ask for really?
Oh that’s right, more cocktails.
We had a great night in the bar after dinner, the bar tenders certainly knew how to mix my martini – unfortunately I knew about it the next day, I must learn to resist my penchant for hard liquor…
Breakfast is an equally relaxed affair at Cottons, but as we had pigged out the previous evening, coffee was about all we could manage (nothing to do with the drinks, honest) however the offering was impressive with all the usual suspects available alongside a tasting table full of cold cuts, cheeses, fruit, bread etc.
A quick dip in the pool and a revitalising stint in the steam room and we were ready to face the world again, if a little reluctantly. It’s worth taking a detour and checking out Knutsford itself, there a few nice boutiques and if you like cars you can amuse at the general lack of anything but Range Rovers, Bentleys and Rollers. How the other half live eh?
Cottons Hotel & Spa is certainly worth a visit, it’s welcoming, warm style of hospitality really worked for me and I would definitely return. Tell them I sent you.