Country Life at the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa

Surrounded by the golden green acres of Cheshire countryside and perched close to the quaint rural town of Tarporley, the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa is the perfect country retreat with just a touch of executive charm. As soon as you curve up the sweeping drive you can see golfers teeing off on the green flanked by shadowy hills rolling in the distance. The warm welcome as soon as you step through the door is enough to tell you that the staff are willing to go that extra mile to ensure your Cheshire retreat offers the best unbridled atmosphere for sheer relaxation.

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Suites at the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf  & Spa are designed with muted modernity and a dash of luxury. Spacious, clean and bedecked in warm creams, deep chocolate hues and a splash of plumb, you can feel your eyelids flutter as soon as you stretch out on the opulent thick duvet. Two plush armchairs and a rich mahogany table provide the perfect space for relaxing and sipping a complimentary bottle of crisp, chilled white wine or firing up your personal top of the range Nespresso machine for an extra kick of velvet caffeine. Whilst the bathroom may lack the thundering rainfall showers often associated with executive suites, the tub is large enough to sink down deep and let the aches and pains of long English walks melt away.

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Down in the spa you can take your pick from lavish treatments hidden behind endless doors permeating the evocative scents of Tahitian Coconut and Frangipani flowers. The modern pool boasts more than enough space for a cooling dip or invigorating swim before you slip into the aromatic steam room, the rock sauna or the infra-red room for a sublime and sweltering experience.

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Dinner at the hotels Ranulf Restaurant is a spacious and elegant affair with twinkling candles and floor to ceiling windows. Peruse the market menu or order a selection of bespoke local dishes crafted from the farmyards and the gardens. Sweet asparagus served with a perfectly poached free range egg makes for a delightfully simple starter, especially when followed by Shetland salmon with a bright pesto crumb crust and seasonal greens. Finishing with warm ginger parkin cooled by clotted ice cream and a generous drizzle of thick toffee sauce adds the final flourish to an exceptionally home cooked meal full of seasonal cheer.

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Mornings at the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa are as long and lingering as you can hope for. The serenity of ordering a freshly cooked breakfast and watching the mist clear over the tranquil countryside is a moment to revel in. On summer mornings you can picture perfectly sipping freshly squeezed juice and nibbling on pastries on the terrace with unrivalled views across the plains and pastures. You can prepare to spend the day teeing off on the designer green, rambling through the ample countryside or visiting the historic market towns that put Cheshire on the map.

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For those who are seeking a step away from the bustling cities and to immerse in the ambience of country life, the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa is a comfortable retreat steeped in the intrinsic joys of the great outdoors.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes