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The Lock Keepers Cottage


Excellent 5/5 Score from 17 reviews

The Lock Keepers Cottage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Lock Keeper's Cottage is a beautiful 18th century cottage offering self catering canalside holiday accommodation in Chester. With two bedrooms and sleeping up to 4 guests, this historic cottage is ideal for family breaks or holidaying with friends. The cottage was built in around 1790 and offers unique accommodation situated on the Hoole Lane Lock on the Shropshire Union Canal.

The Lock Keeper's Cottage has excellent facilities including a comfortable lounge area with a HD TV with DVD player, a dining room with lock side views, wifi access and a modern kitchen ensuring you have everything you will require for a self catering break in Cheshire.

The cottage is ideally placed for exploring all that Chester has to offer. The city centre is just a 10 minute stroll away and is home to an excellent selection of local shops, bars and award winning restaurants along the Chester canal.

Walk in the other direction along the canal and you will be in the Cheshire Country side, with canalside pubs along the towpath.

The cottage is also an ideal base for sightseeing and is within walking distance of Chester Cathedral, the historic city walls and the Roman Amphitheatre. Chester Racecourse is also within reach, and Chester Zoo is a short drive away.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Liverpool or Manchester, Nearest railway: Chester
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Further details indoors

The Lock Keeper's Cottage has excellent facilities, with everything you will require for your self catering break. The cottage has two bedrooms, with one double and one twin room, as well as a luxury bathroom with a roll top bath, living room with a HD TV and DVD player, internet access, iPod player and a fully fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences. There is also a dining room with lock side views and a courtyard garden.

Further details outdoors

Walled court-yard Garden and seating. Plenty of on street parking alongside the cottage, with no restrictions.

Further details

Please note smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms at The Lock Keepers Cottage, and sorry to say pets are also not allowed at the cottage for the interest of all future guests.

The Heart of England/Peak District

Cheshire is an area packed with charms and attractions for visitors. The area boasts Chester, a Roman city set on the borders of Wales; the silk town of Macclesfield located in the Peak District foothills; historic Nantwich in the county's rolling dairy country - and Daresbury, birthplace of Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll.

As if that weren't enough there's dynamic Ellesmere Port, where waterway history comes to life; ancient Sandbach with its Saxon Crosses, the modern retail centre of Warrington - and at the heart of it all, Northwich, a town literally built on salt.

Yet Cheshire is more than the sum of these parts. It is one great, accessible destination - rich in gardens and heritage, exciting family attractions and fascinating museums, intriguing craft centres and tempting designer shopping.

For more information on Cheshire visit


Chester holds some gems of history within the Chester City Centre Walls, including the historic clock on Eastgate Street which is Chester’s best known landmark and the second most photographed clock in Britain. It was paid for by Colonel Evans-Lloyd out of his own pocket to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 80th birthday

Chester has a quality selection of sights to be seen, all just a short walk from the Lock Keepers Cottage. Due to the design of the Chester, the Chester rows and city walls, it makes it an ideal place to stroll around to see the sights. Although there is a bus stop just outside of the lock keepers cottage if you want to get a lift into the Chester City Centre.

For more information on Cheshire visit

Also, see Chester Walls Information site

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Review 1-10 of 17

5 Oct 2014


"Lovely cottage and ideal location for Chester and surrounding area."

The cottage is lovely and cosy and has everything needed for a wonderful stay. It is right next to the canal and only a short walk along the tow path to Chester town centre. You do not need to drive t… More

9 Sep 2014


"Ideally located for walking into Chester and visiting Liverpool, north Wales and the surrounding areas."

Myself, husband and 23 year old daughter have just spent a week in this cottage. The cottage inside is accurately depicted on the official website photographs. The supplying of flowers, wine and milk… More

12 Jul 2014


"Perfect family base for a Holiday in the NorthWest"

what's not to love about this accommodation! Help the boats through the locks, the children (9 + 14) loved this and the boat people were so friendly! With in walking distance to Chester centre, t… More

12 May 2014


"Great place to rent for Chester"

We stayed here for 4 nights and had a great time. Pros:Very centrally located to Chester town centre and nearby restaurants along canalEasy access to LiverpoolGreat wifi and house spotlessOwners are … More

9 Oct 2013


"Lock Cottage Chester"

Very good accommodation. Walking distance to city centre. Accommodation was very well presented and would recommend it to anyone staying or visiting Chester… More

8 Aug 2013


"Unique cottage in great location"

A unique cottage in a lovely setting. We loved watching the canal boats moving through the lock and chatting to the boatmen/women who were very friendly. The location is perfect for walking into the city along the canal. The cottage is well equipped, clean and comfortable and we would recommend the cottage to others. Thank you Steve and Jane.

9 Oct 2012


"Great weekend at a lovely cottage"

Just returned from a long weekend at Lockkeepers Cottage in Chester. The cottage itself is very nice and despite being on quite a busy road, it was really quiet. It is not a big cottage, but it is very well furnished and the fresh flowers and welcome bottle of wine were a nice touch. We sat in the sun and watched the canal boats going by, chatting to some of the people, very relaxing. Its location is excellent, being just a short stroll into Chester City Centre. There are 3-4 bars and restaurants within a short walking distance along the canal path so if you don't like walking much you can have a stop or two before you get to Chester! We were very fortunate to get beautiful weather - wall to wall sunshine - which just made the weekend. The walk around the city walls was very nice with some lovely views in parts. We stopped at the Albion for lunch on the way -a very old fashioned pub with great home cooked food - can recommend it. This was our first time in Chester, but we liked it very much and am sure we will return.

2 Jul 2012


"Fantastic Stay"

I have stayed in many self catering places and this one is one of the best. The rooms were clean. There was a bottle of wine waiting for me on arrival. The bathroom is spacious with a lovely roll t… More

1 Jun 2012


"Best self catering cottage ever."

We have stayed in many self catering cottages over the years and this was by far the best. From superb comunication with the owner to the bottle of wine that was waiting for us on arrival. Spotlessly clean, everything that would be needed for a s/c holiday was provided. The proximity to the town was excellent, just a 15 minute stroll along the canal and you arrive in town.Peace, comfort and superb facilities - what more needs to be added !! If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Well done Steve !!

7 Dec 2011


"Charming canal cottage offering all the amenities of home."

The cottage was fully equiped with everything we needed for a long week-end. The owners had left a welcoming bottle of wine, tea, coffee and biscuits. The interior was thoughtfully decorated with photos of the cottage from the past, barge and canal pictures and even some Bargee Wear! It was easy to park-right outside, and from then we didn't need to use the car at all, walking into Chester along the canal and having a drink at one of the bars on our walk back! The owners had left maps, books and lots of ideas of things to do during our visit-so many that we didn't fit every-thing in. It was great to return to the cosy cottage after a day exploring and have a soak in the lovely deep bath. There was the added attraction of watching people use the lock and speaking to the canal users. It must be good to be able to barbeque in the courtyard in summer and watch the barges go by.

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