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River House Chester, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,free parking,city centre – Home 167690 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

River House Chester, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,free parking,city centre – Home 167690

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

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House / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Consistently #1 on Tripadvisor Chester for the last 8 years & Winner 5 Star Certificate of Excellence Award and a Visit Britain Gold Award! 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a garden and free parking for up to 4 cars on the driveway. It is situated in a world class location on the banks of the river, in the heart of the city. This luxurious property is ideal for a family or a group of friends to enjoy Chester and the surrounding area. If you want to impress on a special weekend then this house is the perfect getaway.

The River House has 3 beautifully presented double bedrooms; one can be made up as a twin if needed. 2 bathrooms. Parking for up to 4 cars on the private driveway. Both the living room and the kitchen dining room are large, sociable areas, finished to an excellent standard. With the exception of the bathrooms, every room has a flat screen TV & DVD players in most rooms. Separate power shower available in the shared bathroom and bath with shower in the ensuite.

The Riverside Apartment, next door, is also available (Home ID 2905182). The same size as the River House with free parking for two more cars. It is possible for families and couples to rent both the River House and Riverside Apartment, next door, for special occasions, sleeping up to 12 adults. In addition the owners also have The House at Waters Edge, a three bedroom, three bathroom house, near the race course (Home ID 5822914). Families and couples may rent more than one property at the same time.

The River House, twice Cheshire Finalist for self catering accommodation of the year, was also shortlisted in the national finals.

Weekend bookings start on a Friday for a minimum two nights. Late check out may be available - please ask.Chester has plenty of festivals to enjoy. It is full of wonderful shops hidden in the Tudor rows, good restaurants, museums and great connections to North Wales, Liverpool and Manchester. The house backs on to a beautiful park with a wonderful miniature railway for children. Chester Race course is a 10 minute walk away, Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium are a short drive away.

Further details indoors

The house is full of little details that make this more of a home than your normal holiday accommodation: organic cotton, pocket sprung beds, a selection of books and games, a cosy fire, a double oven, fresh herbs in the walled garden, and a liberal scattering of paintings and curios make the River House a very pleasant experience. Fresh Egyptian bed linen and towels are provided. There is a welcome pack on arrival. The house is stocked with kitchen essentials such as oil, condiments, herbs, tin foil, cling film, kitchen roll, tea, coffee, sugar.

Perfect for a family to stroll along the river and feed the ducks or enjoy the music on the bandstand. Great for an extra special romantic break with all the luxury of a boutique hotel. The perfect treat for a group of friends on a weekend away, enjoying the shops and restaurants. The ideal base for a to relax and get ready for a special occasion such as a graduation, a family wedding or christening in Chester.

Further details outdoors

15 meters in front of the River House is the River Dee and the promenade along the river. The walled garden at the back of the house is a sheltered sun trap. Relax on the bench at the front of the house and listen to the music from the bandstand at the weekend. Take a seat in the walled garden and relax to the tinkling bells of St John's Church. There is seating for 6 people in the garden and an infra-red patio heater to ensure every comfort if you are dining alfresco.
Take a short 5 minute stroll into the heart of the city and enjoy the Roman ruins, the shopping in the Tudor Rows, the museums, restaurants and shops. Or take a stroll along The Meadows, opposite the River House and simply watch the world go by on the river.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: King Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

The house sits in the middle of a world class location. So no need to drive. In the heart of the city, the house enjoys privileged driving access to this pedestrian area, and so benefits from peaceful nights and interesting days, watching the boats, the people and the wildlife on the river. There are 3 restaurants, 2 pubs and a cafe within minutes walk. There is no need to drive around the city as everything is within easy walking distance.

Interaction with guest

I'm always about should you need any help or advice about your stay. In the lead up to your stay riverhousechester has lots of info. Before your arrival I will send you detailed arrival instructions and a list of local amenities, restaurants and bars that I have tried and recommend.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £250.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

This is a quiet residential area so NO Hen or Stag groups, or singles groups with a similar intent to party or disturb the peace of local residents. No single gender group bookings across both properties. Should this occur your booking will be cancelled without refund.

Only guests listed on the booking form are entitled to stay at the property.

In either of these cases the Accommodations reserves the right to cancel the booking with immediate effect with no right of reimbursement.


About the owner

Melanie W.

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Average reply time:
1 hour 0 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
19 Feb 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
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Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Italian

This House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 25 May 2011. Located in Chester, it has 147 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1088 to £1890.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 19 Feb 2019.


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Guest reviews

Excellent – based on 147 reviews Excellent
147 reviews

Very Good

“Excellent house”

Reviewed 17 Sep 2018

The house is immaculate, in a lovely location by the river and close to city centre. It is very well equipped and spacious. Would certainly stay again.

Owner's reply: Hello and thank you for coming to stay. I really appreciate how nicely you looked after The River House. Hope to welcome you back again one day. Kind regards Melanie

“Beautiful house that ticked all the boxes for a fabulous weekend away for the races”

Reviewed 13 Jul 2018

We have been coming to the races in Chester for many years and this was probably the best place we have ever stayed in. Location was perfect and the house was stunning, spacious and very comfortable. Everything we needed was there for a relaxing weekend away.

Owner's reply: Thank you Janet. Lovely to meet you. I really appreciate your visits and I'm so glad you liked the River House. And, I'll see you next year! Kind regards Melanie

“A luxurious base for touring Chester or indulging in relaxation”

Reviewed 7 Dec 2015

We rented River House and its sister property, Riverside Apartment, for a week while in Chester to attend a family wedding. The house is roomy, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. The modern kitchen was our favourite room, with a lovely view of the pretty garden through the glass doors. On more than one occasion, our group from both properties gathered in the kitchen for a meal and conversation. It is apparent that the owners’ goal is for their guests to have a relaxing, hassle-free vacation. They have found many ways to make that possible—from the basket of brochures and maps on the kitchen table; cupboards stocked with all the essentials (tea, spices, sauces, and biscuits); and even the drawer filled with gift wrap, ribbon, and birthday candles! The owners also left fresh bread, milk, butter, and jam, to get us started the next morning. This being my fourth trip to Chester in four years, I can confidently say River House is in the absolute best location for touring the town. We arrived from Canada and had no need to rent a car, as the house is so centrally located. Even my elderly mother was able to walk to everything we wanted to see and experience! Within just a minute or two’s walk you can be on the ancient city wall, crossing the suspension bridge, boarding a boat for a cruise along the River Dee, strolling through lovely Grosvenor Park (or enjoying a theatrical production there in the summer months), and visiting the superb 12th-century St. John the Baptist Church (whose bells you can hear from the house)! In ten minutes or less you can be at the racecourse, at the ancient Roman amphitheatre and Roman Gardens, and in Chester’s shopping district with its beautiful half-timbered shops, dark crypts, and the famous Chester Rows. When you're tired of touring, grab a cup of tea, walk out the front door, and sit on a bench by the river where you can watch the ducks swim by or enjoy a beautiful sunset. Melanie, one of the owners, was easy to communicate with and very gracious. She gave excellent directions and many recommendations for restaurants and attractions. Although we never met in person, I still felt as though she were there welcoming us to her lovely apartment and city. We had a spectacular time at River House and made memories we will treasure forever.

Owner's reply: Thank you, Sharon, for your very kind words. You were the first family to rent both properties for your special occasion. I'm so happy that everything worked well for you and your guests and you so enjoyed the open plan of Riverside Apartment and the lovely sociable kitchen at the River House. I hope to see you next time you're over. Kind regards Melanie

“Relaxing, Rejuvenating, Resplendent, River Retreat”

Reviewed 16 Jun 2015

As a family of three currently living in Asia we were looking for a base to reconnect with family and friends, enjoy home cooked food, slow down the pace and savor the scenery. The River House quite simply ticked all those boxes and more. So if you are looking for somewhere ideally located in Chester to enjoy river walks, roman amphitheaters, great restaurants/pubs and quite simply relax then the River House is the place for you. In total we stayed for two weeks and these are a few of our highlights: - Location - The open plan kitchen/diner and cottage garden is fantastic place to spend many hours. - Quality of decoration/finish is a step ahead of many other places that we have rented. - Very well equipped with everything that you could hope for ... a home from home. - Welcome and attentiveness of the owner, special thanks to Melanie. As always there were a few niggles over the course of the two weeks, and to provide a little bit of balance: - The stairs are quite steep and I wouldn't recommend the property to anyone with mobility issues. - All the bathrooms are upstairs. However these are very minor points and I won't hesitate to re-book the next time that we are in the area.

Owner's reply: Thank you for you kind words. You're so right, the courtyard garden is lovely at this time of year. We hope to welcome you back again next year to use the River House as your home from home. Thank you for choosing the River House as your base in the UK. Kind regards Melanie

“What a lovely place!”

Reviewed 29 May 2015

We stayed at River House over the Bank Holiday an we couldn't get over what a lovely place it is! The location is AMAZING; right on the River Dee with ample parking for our 3 cars and what was even better was we didn't need to use them at all as everything is so close. The accommodation was very cosy with plenty of room for all 5 of us in the huge kitchen and roomy lounge. The heater on the back patio has inspired to buy one too! The bedrooms were well appointed and comfy. We found the information provided about the local sight and eateries very useful and we particularly loved The Architect near the racecourse. We booked the house for a joint 60th birthday and due to a bereavement were hesitant about keeping the booking but we're so glad we did. We'll be back!

Owner's reply: I'm so happy that you decided to come to the River House and let the location work its magic on you and your family. I hope to welcome you back again and thank you for looking after the house so beautifully. Kind regards Melanie

“Fabulous House in Fantastic Position”

Reviewed 27 May 2015

We hired River House for a long weekend over the May Bank Holiday. What can I say, fabulous house in fantastic position right overlooking the River Dee in Chester, but only minutes walk and you are in the City Centre. Loved the décor and absolutely everything in the kitchen you could wish for - now have kitchen envy and will have to rip mine out ! Everyone in our party really relaxed and enjoyed the break, felt at home straight away and will definitely be back later this year. Only one slight negative as had some older relatives visit, is if you have trouble with stairs. Stairs are quite steep and toilets are all upstairs. That said, only a pointer for the less able, as I would not hesitate to recommend River House. Book it !

Owner's reply: Lovely to host you and your friends and discover that you felt so at home. I will update you with available dates for later this year. Thank you for choosing the River House. Kind regards Melanie

“Absolutely Gorgeous”

Reviewed 29 Apr 2015

An absolutely wonderful house set in beautiful surroundings which is just a stone throw away from Chester Town Centre, the River House was an absolute revelation. Comfortably sleeping six adults, the house has generous proportion rooms decorated to the highest standard and it truly felt that we were in five star luxurious accommodation. What made our visit extra special, however, was the little thoughtful gestures left for us by the owners - simple things like leaving the fridge stocked with milk and condiments, a fresh loaf of bread for breakfast and even a pack of digestives for that ever need cup of tea after a long journey, made our stay even more special. It was a joy to know that a supermarket run was not needed immediately! The owners even went above and beyond to leave a birthday balloon for my mother who was celebrating a special birthday (as she referred to it)! Throughout the booking process, I found the owners to be approachable, friendly and accommodating and was very impressed with the detailed welcome note/instructions that were sent to me well in advance of our stay. The house itself is a mere 5 minute walk into Chester Town Centre, although, with a view facing directly onto the peaceful River Dee, you would never have thought you were so central to everything. We had a fantastic 3 day stay and will definitely be booking The River House again in the future. (PS: The cafe next door serves amazing soups and had us salivating at their homemade cakes. Definitely worth a visit!)

Owner's reply: When we set out to create a holiday home from home for guests we were hoping that this is how you would feel about the house. So, thank you so much for your lovely review.

“Lovely stay”

Reviewed 25 Jan 2015

4 of us stayed for a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The house is lovely and the location is very central. You can easily walk into Chester city centre.

Owner's reply: Hello - I was so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and your special celebration. It is a short walk to the very centre of the city which makes it very convenient. It's nice to read that you enjoyed the comfort of the house. Thank you so much for drawing to my attention that the heat was unevenly distributed. I have adjusted the settings of the heating controls and the ground floor is warmer, and nice and toasty. Please get in touch if you would like to come back as we very much appreciate such thoughtful guests, and I will ensure that the House is just right to make your stay delightful. Kind regards Melanie Warburton

“Stunning cottage in the perfect location”

Reviewed 16 Dec 2014

I stayed in Melanie'e stunning cottage with my parents and sister for our annual christmas weekend away. With 6 adults staying in this lovely period cottage there was plenty of space for us all. We arrived to find the heating had already been put on so the place was lovely and warm and Melanie had kindly left us a complimentary bottle of champagne as an apology for building works happening next door. The cottage is decorated and furnished to the highest quality with anything you could possibly need within the kitchen. The lounge has incredible views over the River Dee and is just a 30 second walk from a good pub. Location couldn't be better - we walked around the city walls, down to the racecourse and into the city centre all in under 10 minutes and Melanie had recommended some lovely bars and restaurants for us to sample. She emailed promptly when answering any questions i had and really made our weekend extra special with the finishing touches she placed in the cottage. I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough, luxurious but homely and Melanie was really very helpful.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful review. I was so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much. The River House is located in such a very special place that it always surprises our first time guests. Although they didnt' disturb you, you'll be pleased to know that our neighbours have finished their building work and their house looks absolutely beautiful. Between guests, the River House is having it's annual lick of paint to make sure we keep up the standards of this beautiful river promenade. Please do get in touch if you would like to come back as you were lovely guests and we'd love to host you again one day. Kind regards Melanie


Reviewed 24 Nov 2014

Fantastic house, fabulous location, perfect hosts and a wonderful weekend was had with wonderful friends.Would defiantly stay here again and have no hesitation in recommending to family and friends.

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