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Located in the tiny and leafy rural hamlet of Butley, this charming, olde-worlde pub is surrounded by rolling green fields and some of the north-west’s most upmarket mansion-studded postcodes.

You will find the Butley Ash in Prestbury in the heartland of Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, nicknamed so for its star residents. Alongside the attractive villages of Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, Prestbury is a magnet for celebrities, including A-list footballers like Wayne Rooney. The area is regularly name-checked among the most sought-after places to live outside of the capital, and Prestbury itself is home to the most expensive street in the north of England, where the average house price runs into the millions. The town centre is a designated conservation area, dominated by a Grade I-listed church and lined with a mix of modern shops, restaurants and buildings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

In contrast to the modern-day mansions nearby, the Butley Ash is a charming old building with a lovely rural setting. The only pub for miles, it is surrounded on all sides by panoramic views of rolling Cheshire countryside. The exact age of the pub is up for debate, but the old wooden beams suggest its former life as a coaching inn could stretch back to when London Road was laid in the early 1800s. The village of Butley itself is even older. The hamlet was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was valued at two shillings.

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Despite the pub’s rural location, the popularity of The Butley Ash sees guests return from as far afield as Stockport, eight miles away, and Manchester, which is 10, to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and hearty pub food. There is even greater demand for this place in the summer, when guests descend on the large beer garden and patio for al fresco lunches and dinners.

A mile from the pub, in Prestbury’s town centre, is the historical St. Peter’s Church. The Grade I-listed building is centuries old and sits on a site that dates back even further, to the Anglo-Saxon era. The churchyard alone has Yew trees dating from the time of the Hundred Years War and a Grade II-listed sundial that has been telling the time sine the 17th century. Three different churches are believed to have preceded the current one and the last of the three, a Norman chapel, is among a handful of listed structures still standing within the church grounds. The face of the current church of St. Peter’s has changed dramatically over the centuries and there are traces of every era within its architecture, making it a fascinating and atmospheric place to explore. The form you see today began to take shape in 1220 and changes were made continuously during the 500 years that followed. Work increased during the Georgian era, when the pews and pulpit were expanded, as was the gallery, and a new, richly decorated ceiling was added. Celebrated architect Sir George Gilbert Scott was behind the design of the church’s restoration during the 1880s. Further renovations took place in the 20th century, and even as recently as the past two decades.

A couple of miles from the Butley Ash is Adlington Hall, a grand country house with architecture dating back to the 1480s and striking features from the Tudor and Georgian eras. The spectacular Grade I-listed property and its 2,000-acre grounds have been the home of the Legh family for 500 years, but are open to the public for visits and tours. An enormous ballroom, oak-panelled dining room and Grand Hall are among the star features, while the gardens and parkland were made for picturesque strolls through woodland, rose gardens and follies. There are no fewer than 11 Grade II-listed buildings to discover within the grounds.

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Butley Ash

London Road, Cheshire, SK10 4EA

 

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