You don’t have to travel far from Manchester to find yourself in some of the most beautiful spots in the country.
Whether it’s the Peak District, North Wales, The Lakes or Alderley Edge, there’s plenty to see, do, and love in Manchester’s surrounding areas - particularly as we approach the prettiest season of the year.
There’s one town that probably isn’t on your radar yet but it should be: the quaint town of Padiham, on the outskirts of Burnley.
You are constantly surrounded by the beautiful Lancashire countryside when in Padiham.
You’re only a short walk away from Gawthorpe Hall and it’s stunning grounds. Where you can wander around for 2 hours and it will feel like 5 minutes.
The Lawrence is a genuinely stunning hotel situated on Padiham High Street; a renovated, 200 year old listed building that will quickly become a home from home over a weekend stay.
Michael the owner is as lovely and helpful as they come. If not for him, we wouldn’t have known to visit Gawthrorpe Hall. He also pointed us in the right direction when it came to the local pubs and eateries as well as supplying us with delicious homemade brownies.
The hotel even has its own resident dog - Hetti - and she is a true cutie.
For food, you simply cannot avoid the avoid The Freemasons which is just down the road; in the neighbouring village of Wiswell.
A recommendation from Michael, we were lucky enough to visit on a Sunday and experience their famous roast dinner. It is to die for and easily the best Roast I have ever had, other than mum’s as, let’s face it - nothing can beat that.
The duck fat brioche and seafood gratin are appetisers that are seriously worth considering. But we’re sure the entire menu is up to scratch...
And what better way to cap off a long day of walking, exploring, and eating - than a nice, big, hot, bath?
There’s one inside your room at The Lawrence. As in, not inside the bathroom - in the bedroom. And it is literally the deepest and best bath ever.
Never stop exploring. Next stop - Lancashire!