My experience at The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

pirates of penzanceI was lucky enough to go to The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival six or seven years ago. I was a guest at the Moorside Grange Hotel before it closed. It suited our needs perfectly, maybe had more than we even really needed. See I came there with my acting troupe/ theatre group, that I belonged to in college. We went to research and enjoy the festival during that year instead of doing summer stock, which is what most of us did during the other summers.

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Some of the amenities at the Moorside Grange Hotel

moorside grange hotel swimming poolThere was an 18 meter pool at the hotel. It was an indoor pool which is not always looked upon as a relaxation source, but this pool was housed in such a beautifully crafted building which included vaulted ceilings that boasted high, rustic looking wooden beams.

This addition to the hotel was something that drew attention, and of course more paying guests, simply from its pictures. Along with the rustic look of the indoor pool came the spa that was offered by the hotel. Guests were able to rest and relax by the indoor pool, workout doing laps, or easily take a dip before they were called in for their spa treatments.

The pool was another big expense to keep up and had to be tiled and plastered often to keep up with the demand of hotel guest who visited for the pool and spa facilities. There were guests who loved to bring their expertise to the spa and for that the owners and management were blessed and grateful. Many bachelor parties and girls weekends were spent enjoying the pool and its detailed tiling and smooth bottom that was always kept up by one of the best clients of the hotel at.

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Animal Wildlife In Cheshire

Sightseeing was one of the favorite activities of the hotel guests, and not just because of the beauty of the topography. Experiencing the diverse animal wildlife around Cheshire is really an amazing experience.

Some omoreside grange hotel pintailducksf the birds to see are incredible. The pintail ducks are one my favorite birds. The male being more striking than the female, he has a white breast area and dark brown head. He has slight yellow highlights on his back end with a long tail. While still beautiful, the female is not quite as stunning and looks like a dark mallard duck. You will see plenty of the pintail in the larger estuaries like the Dee during the colder winter months.

moorside grange hotel oystercatcherMy second favorite bird is the Oystercatcher. The complimentary orange, black and white colors make this bird something amazing to see.  They have a long orange beak as you can see from the photo, and a chunky torso. Their white breast contrasts fabulously with their upper black body and orange/pinkish legs. The oystercatcher usually can be found hanging around and feeding on the estuary shorelines.

I can go on and on about the birds of Cheshire! But I would like to tell you about some of the other wildlife around the hotel.

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The Cheshire Surroundings

The Cheshire countryside is what continues to draw people to visit England’s quaint, but beautiful Peak District area. The rolling hills offer an unprecedented backdrop to an area rich in history and sightseeing. The popular go to places to stay these days are small bed and breakfasts and little inns if you will, but during the  Moorside Grange Hotel era there were guides hired by the hotel to take visitors on hikes, cycling, and many park adventures and animal sightings through this National Park.

The countryside scenery is simply breathtaking and has so much to offer in terms of sightseeing. Many of the trails in the park are famous hikes for outdoor enjoyment in the Peak District. One can take in the scenery by simply hiking on foot or riding a bicycle and there are cycle rental shops in town for those who choose to bike.

There are also many bridal paths that wind through the countryside for those who enjoy horseback riding. And for those who prefer exerting less energy and relaxing, you can also easily enjoy the scenery via automobile or motorcycle. There are 3 or 4 visitor centers for more information, but when the hotel was operating, we prided ourselves on giving thorough information on where to go and what to do based on people’s interests and needs.

It was common, after a long day of fun in the park for hotel guests to come back tired and ready to kickback and enjoy the view through the massive hotel windows! Some of which were floor to ceiling and were difficult for the maid and cleaning staff to keep up and clean! They painstakingly cleaned every window in the hotel so that the views could  be taken in without obstruction from dirt! However it wasn’t without careful and meticulous effort on their part.

This was perhaps one of, if not the most difficult jobs in keeping up and maintaining the hotel on a daily basis. There was a time I can remember we had guests from California, USA staying at the hotel, one of which owned a large window cleaning business in his hometown. One morning some of us came into work to see him teaching our staff how to better clean the hotel windows.  Continue reading “The Cheshire Surroundings”

Welcome To My Moorside Grange Hotel Website

Hey everyone, this is my new website dedicated to the Moorside Grange Hotel! The hotel closed in early 2013, but as an employee there for 6 years, I had many great experiences (you can read more about me here). The hotel is now a school for children who have learning disabilities. These grounds are perfect for therapeutic learning and while the hotel will be missed I feel that anyone who visited would agree it’s going to be used for an amazing and much needed cause.

I will tell you many facts about the history of the hotel and share with you some interesting things about the area so that if you are looking to visit The Peak District you will have some knowledge.

About The Moorside Grange Hotel

The hotel was located in England at the corner of Lyme Park, in the Peak District. It was really one the nicest “country house” type hotels in the country, although it was too large to be considered a bed and breakfast! The hotel overlooks beautiful green rolling hills, surrounded by small farms of the moorland.

The hotel had 98 rooms, with most having a view of the scenery described above. There were also 8 corporate meeting rooms, making the hotel a great choice for a company retreat.

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