The Cholmondeley Arms

Malpas, Cheshire
+44 (0)1829 720300
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£110 - £150
per night

A converted Victorian schoolhouse with a glorious oak bar, an impressive selection of gins, hearty food and attractive bedrooms


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£110 - £150 per night

The Experience

The sandblasted brick walls of this famously dog-friendly old schoolhouse rise to raftered, vaulted ceilings and large windows pull natural light into every corner. Shelves of gin hover above fat radiators, cartoons and photos nestle amongst old school paraphernalia, and oriental rugs sprawl beneath an auction lot of tables, pews and chairs.

The glorious carved oak bar dominates the main hall and apart from the malted charms of Cholmondeley Best Bitter and other local cask ales; a staggering 366 varieties of ruinously good gin to discover, with the aid of a well-thumbed guide or one of the charming staff. Study the many events on blackboards while sharing a traditional pub and seafood board followed by their legendary steak and kidney pie.

Rooms in the old headmaster’s house behind are calm and civilised with all the comfort you need. Gin tastings can be booked on Saturday afternoons.

The Cholmondeley Arms - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being surrounded by castles and countryside so there are lots of lovely walks
  • Choosing from over 300 different gins
  • Being able to stagger to a comfortable bedroom afterwards
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You should know

  • No TVs in bedrooms
  • Breakfast doesn’t start until 9am at weekends


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £110
1 Twin
From £110
5 Doubles
From £110


Booking information

Open all day.

Biscuits on the bar, water bowls, Doggie Beer and good walks. Welcome in the bar and basket available when staying in downstairs bedrooms.

Dogs, £10 each per night.

Land where a dog can exercise chasing a tennis ball. Many walks nearby: the Sandstone Trail, Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Beeston Castle.

Lunch & dinner from £11.95. Sunday lunch £14.95. Sunday roast, room & next day breakfast for 2, £150. Gourmet breaks with a 2-course dinner & next day breakfast, £195.


The Cholmondeley Arms is a delightful group of buildings set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The newly renovated rooms in the Headmaster's House, have been updated to provide very comfortable and attractive accommodation with the added advantage of having a warm welcome from the pub next door. There is a wealth of activities in the area and there should be plenty to suit everyone.

Steph, Sawday's Inspector

Stayed just one night in the Headmasters House. Excellent food and excellent service. Thoroughly recommended.

Heather, Winchester

Stayed one night on way up to Cumbria. Lovely welcoming pub with a gorgeous bar The food and friendly service very good . Our room was lovely too but the bed could have been better. We will go back there another time for sure.

Sue, Havant

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The neighbourhood

The road winds through Lord Cholmondeley’s estate - open countryside, parkland and some Longhorn cattle. There are many small towns nearby for exploring and you can walk to a farm shop in 20 minutes, also a beauty salon for a spot of pampering. Visit Burwardsley (15 minutes in the car) for an art hub for a coffee with views, or Alderford lake (11 minutes) for a stroll or a wild swim.


Jess Moody

Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin started Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars in 2008. Their aim was to restore some of the local pubs that were disappearing and create pubs with an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. They aim to make each customer feel valued, with a great welcome, fresh local and seasonal food and drinks handled with care and pride.