Our easy guide to living in Cheshire East

National Trust Quarry Bank
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Thinking of moving to the East of Cheshire? With quaint historic towns, offering both rural living and the vibrancy of village life.

Cheshire is in the northwest of England near the Welsh border and has been described by the Telegraph as a desirable location to live in. It’s well known for its industrial heritage and was the heart of the railway, salt, and chemical industries. Although this may have declined over time, other industries have emerged creating jobs in retail, the financial sector, and a whole host of other companies. With the likes of Manchester and Liverpool, only a stone throwaway Cheshire is also a popular location with commuters.

Best places to live in Cheshire East

Wilmslow: Wilmslow is a town in Cheshire offering not only beautiful green space but a lively town centre. The town centre plays host to a multitude of different shops, including designer boutiques and upmarket interior designers, along with chic charity shops. It’s described as ‘a small place with a big attitude’ according to Chester, Cheshire & beyond. 

Wilmslow often holds popular artisan markets giving shoppers the chance to browse over 100 stalls, taste culinary treats, and talk with artists and designers from the local area.

Property portal Rightmove saw detached properties in Wilmslow fetching around £750,000 on average. Semi-detached properties sought an average price of £423,253 and terrace properties sold on average for £298,153. Market trends suggest that property sales were up 11% over the last year compared to 2019.

Cheadle: Cheadle is a large village within the boundaries of Cheshire. It is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester.

There’s something for everyone in Cheadle. Visit the local Village Hotel to enjoy a workout, relax in the spa facilities, catch a bite to eat in the grill and restaurant, or enjoy a coffee in its Starbucks Coffee shop.

For stunning scenic strolls, Abney Hall Park is a picturesque location. It has magnificent woodlands and wetlands to admire and is easily accessible. You’ll find several different species of wildlife along your travels and there’s also a café to enjoy a something delicious. The hall is built on the original site of the Cheadle Print Works. Author Agatha Christie became inspired by Abney Hall and there are many references to it in her writing.

The average price of detached properties in Cheadle £467,818, semi-detached properties sold for £323,824 on average, terrace properties sought an average price of £266,306. Rightmove suggests that property prices are up 15% since 2019.

Alderley Edge: Alderley Edge is a pretty village in Cheshire. Properties in Alderley Edge are a mix of charming Edwardian townhouses with character features to luxurious period properties that boast the finer things in life. It’s famed for being home to the rich and famous and known as the champagne capital of Britain. It has a fantastic range of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

You’ll also find traditional bakers, butchers, a cheese shop, and the monthly farmer’s market offering delicious fresh local produce.

As well as breathtakingly beautiful countryside with views over the Cheshire Plain and Peak District.

Majority of the sales in Alderley Edge were detached properties selling for around £1,000,023 on average, semi-detached properties saw sold prices of £529,604, and flats around £276,914 on average.

Things to do in Cheshire East

The Smokehouse & Smoke Café and Wine Bar

Located in Wilmslow The Smokehouse has been producing cured and smoked foods for generations, shop the fresh produce including an artisan bakery, butchers, wine, beers, and spirits department.

The Smoke Café and Wine Bar offers everything from delicious brunches to magnificent mezze boards to be accompanied by one of the many wines, beers, or spirits on offer. Enjoy live music and the cool contemporary vibe at the Smoke Café & Wine Bar.

Bruntwood Park

Situated in Cheadle Bruntwood Park is an extensive park spanning across 1.4KM with sports and play facilities, The Vinery Victorian conservatory restaurant, and a beautiful Manor House.

You’ll find ornamental ponds, gardens, waterways, as well as wetlands, mature woodland, and hay meadows. On your journey across the park you’ll find a multitude of wildlife from ducks and geese to woodland creatures.

The children’s park is ever popular with locals and guests to the area, providing little ones with fun and excitement in a safe environment. With a superb choice of equipment there will be smiles all round. There’s also an 18-hole par 3 pitch and putt golf course and a world class BMX racetrack plus indoor and outdoor archery ranges.

National Trust Quarry Bank

The National Trust Quarry Bank, situated in Styal, Wilmslow lets you step back in time and discover what it would have been like to work during the industrial revolution. The Quarry Bank was home to a cotton mill established in 1784 by Samuel Greg, powered partly by the water from the River Bollin and the mill workers.

Explore the life of the Greg family, Quarry Bank House, and the charming gardens. The glasshouse and kitchen garden have both been restored and there you can find exotic fruits and vegetables grown by the Greg’s. You can take a guided tour of the Apprentice House and step into the lives of the poor children who worked in the mill. Children as young as eight would work 10-hour days in the mill. Styal village which is along the paths of the quarry bank was used to house the rest of the Quarry Bank’s workforce, there’s now a permanent exhibition which explores the living conditions of the workers and reflects on the growth of Styal.

There are many acres of woodland to explore and wildlife to see, and beautiful views to be witnessed when following the path of the River Bollin and the folly bridges.

Janna Lebanese Restaurant

The Janna Lebanese restaurant is a hotspot for locals in Cheadle, offering authentic Lebanese cuisine. You’ll be spoilt for choice. Sit back and enjoy the traditional Lebanese décor and relax and unwind.

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