The Cholmondeley Arms

Malpas, Cheshire
+44 (0)1829 720300
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Light-flooded former schoolhouse with a glorious oak bar and impressive selection of gins. Rooms are currently being re-furbed, due to reopen in summer 2022


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

As prim and proper as a Victorian schoolmistress on the outside, as stylish as Beau Brummell within: the sandblasted brick walls of this famously dog-friendly old school house 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 sporting 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 menus on antique blackboards or opt for sharing a seafood trawler 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. There’s an annual Gin Fest, and Juniper Berry Music Festival in July. Weddings can be held in the grounds. Seldom has going back to school been this much fun.


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Rooms are currently being refurbished - they are due to re-open in mid-summer 2022.
Open all day.

Biscuits on the bar, water bowls, Doggie Beer and good walks. Dog basket available for dogs staying in rooms.

Dogs £10 per stay. Max. 2 per room.

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.


Nightly price
from £60
1 Twin
From £60
5 Doubles
From £75



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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