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Nunsmere News

“And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; $QGHDFKÁRZHUDQGKHUERQ(DUWK VGDUNEUHDVW rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.” (Percy Bysshe Shelley) We have had a wonderful Autumn here at Nunsmere with a whole host of exciting events and as the seasons change, I am delighted to be able to tell you a little more about some of the fantastic events we have planned for you during 2010. The early Spring programme will include a choice of options for Valentines weekend, Mothering Sunday and a fantastic offer for Easter weekend. Read on to learn more!

2010 Highlights APPRENTICE NIGHTS RETURN Three special nights, created by Nunsmere’s own apprentices See page 3 for more

LADIES DAY @ CHESTER RACES Join us under starters orders for a great day’s racing See page 3 for more

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Valentine’s Weekend The weekend of Saturday and Sunday DQG)HEUXDU\KDVRIÀFLDOO\EHHQ designated as romance weekend at Nunsmere. The number of marriage proposals that are made here at Nunsmere are legendary and every year we are overwhelmed by the romantic nature of our guests!

Easter Weekend 2 - 4 APRIL 7KHÀUVW%DQN+ROLGD\ZHHNHQGRI the year and where better to spend it than here with us at Nunsmere when the gardens burst into life again. Enjoy the breathtaking spectre of the Spring sunshine sparkling on the lake whilst walking around the wooded shores – perfect. Enjoy a 3 night stay from only £135.00 per person per night , Bed and Breakfast with the third nights accommodation complimentary.

Mothering Sunday 14 MARCH Show your appreciation for Mum in the traditional way! With a choice from lunch or dinner served in the beautiful Crystal Restaurant or afternoon tea in our stunning drawing room – both of which offer fantastic views over the delightful Nunsmere gardens. £35.00 per person, with children under 12 charged at £17.50 – includes a gift for Mum Cheshire Afternoon Tea - £18.50

Or why not join us for Easter Sunday luncheon or dinner and sample our Spring menu created to use only locally sourced and seasonal produce.

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY Enjoy a dinner and dance amidst the splendour and romance that epitomises Nunsmere. You and your partner will be greeted on arrival with bubbly and canapés, prior to enjoying a wonderful dinner served in the award winning Crystal Restaurant, followed by dancing to the sounds of Chris Gaskell. £85.00 per person. Why not complete the evening and stay overnight from £135.00 including breakfast?

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY The mood continues as we offer romantic dining on Sunday evening. Head Chef Craig Malone has once again surpassed himself in creating yet another superb menu for this the most romantic day of days. £55.00 per person Double rooms available from £99.00 including breakfast

On Easter Monday evening, we will be offering our renowned 2 for 1 offer at only £45.00 per couple.

Animal Earth Exhibition

Nunsmere Hall Polo Weekend

Throughout Easter weekend we will be hosting an exhibition of original artworks from leading local artists Janet Anne Carden; June Lesley Fox and Julie Horner collectively known as Animal Earth.

12 & 13 JUNE

Works will be available to purchase and the Exhibition will cover a range of sizes from large feature pieces to small intimate studies. For further details regarding the artists and their works visit their website:

We are sponsoring a weekend of Polo at the Cheshire Polo club on 12 and 13 June. Why not come along and experience the glitz and glamour at this well known playground for the rich and famous.

GIFT VOUCHERS You need never be stuck again trying WRÀQGWKHLGHDOSUHVHQW1XQVPHUHJLIW vouchers start from £25.00 and may be used in full or part payment for any services at Nunsmere including our themed events.


The Apprentice Nights Return 21 MAY - 11 JUNE - 23 JULY Following the enormous success of our Apprentice nights and by popular demand, we are delighted to be hosting them again in 2010 – each with a slightly different twist! For those of you not familiar with our Apprentice nights this is when we partner an experienced member of staff with a junior and ask them to arrange their own themed nights. This involves planning; costing; marketing and ultimately running the event on the night – great fun and invaluable experience.







Chef Craig Malone will partner Trainee Manager Ben Robinson and their Apprentice Night theme will be a New Orleans Barbecue, incorporating a Swing band with dancing until late on our delightful South facing terrace. A fantastic opportunity to enjoy an early summer evening here at Nunsmere smooching to such classics as That’s AmorÊ; Strangers in the Night and The Lady is a Tramp, to name but a few.

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Restaurant Manager, Jozef Furtak partners with Sous Chef Mark Fletcher for a Made in Cheshire evening.

And – an added bonus – the opportunity to see our acclaimed leader, Mark Huntley. learning how to swing. I know – we all thought he had 2 left feet, on this occasion he is going to attempt to prove us wrong with his interpretation of Celebrity Come Dancing £60.00 per person including dancing and wine match

A traditional French bistrot is a small, informal restaurant, where French people like to meet and enjoy traditional cuisine around a carafe of the house wine with the friendly chatter of diners in the background and Chez Mattwill will be offering exactly this for both lunch and dinner along with some extra touches!

Local produce; local suppliers; local food! A truly made in Cheshire evening, with all food sourced from within the County ²EHLWà RXUIRUWKHKRPHPDGHEUHDG ÀVK²\HVORFDOÀVKDQGRIFRXUVHÀQH Cheshire meats from The Great Tasting Meat Company. When it comes to the food, if it’s not from Cheshire it will not be on the menu. £59.95 per person including wine match

ÂŁ24.95 lunch ÂŁ28.95 dinner

To make the most of your visit to Nunsmere – at each of our Apprentice nights, accommodation is available at a charge of ÂŁ99.00 for a double room including a great Cheshire breakfast. Those of you who have attended some of our themed evenings over the last 12 months will be familiar with our great pal – Fungalpunk Dave. Fungalpunk is a ‘human google’ when it comes to matters regarding Lepidoptera and following dinner on the above nights he will be leading his popular moth hunt – trapping; identifying and releasing all variety of moths living in the grounds at Nunsmere. Not only will you get to enjoy wonderful food prepared by our award winning Chefs – you can also learn more about these delightful nocturnal creatures with our very own Lepidopterist! 'RFRPHDORQJRQFHDJDLQDQGOHQG\RXUVXSSRUWWRWKHVHKLJKO\HQWHUWDLQLQJHYHQLQJV$IWHUDOOZHGRQ¡WZDQWDQ\RQHWREHĂ€UHG


DeFine Wine Tasting

Talented Young Chefs



Jon Campbell, as those of you who have attended previous wine tastings with him here at Nunsmere will know, is legendary!

August sees the return of the Chester and Cheshire Talented Young Chef Evening to Nunsmere Hall. Keep following our website for the latest details

His wine tastings are fully booked almost as soon as the dates are announced and we are delighted that he will be back here with us on Sunday 20 -XQHZLWKDĂ€QHVHOHFWLRQRIZLQHVIURP around the world to tempt you with. “A rare coming together of complimentary forces, where warped minds happily co-exist. Between us we have visited over 300 producers, from 45 countries and tasted over 20,000 wines, VRLILW¡VĂ€UVWKDQGTXDOLĂ€HGDGYLFH \RX¡UHDIWHU\RX¡YHIRXQGLWÂľ$TXRWH from DeFINE. Visit their website to read more amusing comments from Jon! ZZZGHĂ€QHIRRGDQGZLQHFRP Call 01606 882101 to reserve your tickets

Simply Red at Delamere Forest 2 JULY Delamere Forest is hosting another of its famous outdoor concerts on Friday 2 July with Simply Red set to headline the bill. The Simply Red Nunsmere package includes tickets to the concert; a late supper on returning to Nunsmere following the gig and overnight accommodation with full English breakfast.

Gents Weekend Away Any chaps out there who would like a couple of nights away to enjoy a round of Golf? We have formed an association with Sandiway Golf Club – one of the prettiest golf clubs in the North West of England – with preferential green fees available for Nunsmere guests. Why not combine this with clay pigeon shooting or archery in the grounds at Nunsmere and enjoy a gentleman’s country breakaway. Even more tempting – we have an outstanding selection of ÀQHZKLVNLHVDQGEUDQGLHV available in The Captains Bar.

ÂŁ125.00 per person

Jazz Sunday Luncheon 11, 18, 25 JULY & 1 AUGUST Our very popular Jazz on the terrace return with the Vernon Fuller Trio serenading you whilst you enjoy our delightful Sunday Luncheon . The season starts on Sunday 11 July and continues on 18th, 25th July and 1st August. We look forward to you joining us once again ÂŁ30 per person


Mushroom Hunt Weekend

Financial Times Promotion

23 & 24 OCTOBER Take the opportunity to have great fun whilst learning more about fungi. Saturday morning after breakfast we take to the grounds, led by Fungalpunk Dave who will advise us on the many species in the extensive grounds at Nunsmere. After the hunt you will enjoy a hearty BBQ lunch including our haul of mushrooms. Following dinner on Saturday Fungalpunk will lead one of his infamous moth hunts £25.00 per person for breakfast and Mushroom Hunt £45.00 per person for breakfast, mushroom hunt and dinner on Saturday evening including wine Arrive on Friday 23 October and stay over from only £135.00 per room including breakfast Stay over on Saturday night from £135.00 per room including breakfast Visit our website to read some guest comments from previous events

“Take a Friend for a Fiver”

Ladies Day at Chester Races 6 MAY A change of venue for our Spring Luncheon Club. We will be inviting you to join us for Ladies Day at Chester Races. Arrive at Nunsmere for a Champagne Brunch, before we depart by luxury coach to the renowned Roodee – the oldest 5DFHFRXUVHLQ%ULWDLQDQGXQLTXH in that it races anti-clockwise. After a wonderful day backing winners we return to Nunsmere for a superb dinner Join us for this fantastic days racing for only £90.00 per person to include Champagne brunch; luxury transfer to the Roodee; tickets to the County Stand and tasty Nunsmere snacks served on board the coach returning to Nunsmere. Combine the above with dinner in our award winning Crystal Restaurant for an additional £35.00 per person.

We are delighted to be participating in the FT Take a Friend for a Fiver promotion. Don’t forget to buy your copies of the FT to take advantage of this great value promotion available every lunchtime, excluding Sundays from 16 January until Friday 12 February 2010

GIFT VOUCHERS You need never be stuck again trying WRÀQGWKHLGHDOSUHVHQW1XQVPHUH gift vouchers start from £25.00 and may be used in full or part payment for any services at Nunsmere including our themed events.

Stay overnight including racing; dinner and accommodation in our luxury bedrooms for £175.00 per person.


A Year in the life of Nunsmere

What a year it has been here at Nunsmere … with Pumpkins;

Queen Mary; Mushrooming; Fund raising and of course, our absolutely stunning refurbishments





Our nominated charity is The Winsford Neuromuscular Centre which provides vital services and employment for people with muscular dystrophy across the North West and beyond. Muscular dystrophy is a condition which progressively weakens muscles and for most people this means getting on with life in a wheelchair.

This little pumpkin weighed in at 5.7kg – (that’s 12.5 lbs in ‘real’ money to you and me).

The Queen Mary commemorative weekend was fantastic. The comments from all our guests who attended this weekend have been amazing. So much so that guests are persuading us to run the weekend again to commemorate the maiden voyage – watch this space!! Pictured is The Brocklebank Tug – berthed at Merseyside Maritime Museum, named after Sir Aubrey Brocklebank who designed not only Nunsmere Hall but the RMS Queen Mary 1 too.

We are very pleased to support the Centre and pictured are some of the F\FOLVWVSUHVHQWLQJWKHFKHTXHIRU monies raised in our sponsored ride from Tytherington to Nunsmere a grand total of £1877.00 which, with the money raised from the 60’s Charity Ball, makes a grand total of £2600.00

Whilst Mark is trying to convince HYHU\RQHWKDWKHKDVJUHHQÀQJHUV and grew it from seed – a little bird tells us that it was kindly donated to the Huntley family who spent many a happy hour carving it in time for Halloween.

CHESHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST We are delighted to have joined the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. This will enable us, in conjunction with the Trust, to develop an ongoing focused programme to H[SORUHWKHZLGHUDQJLQJÁRUD and fauna habitats in the grounds of Nunsmere.

Nunsmere Hall Hotel ‡ Oakmere ‡ Nr Chester ‡ Cheshire ‡ CW8 2ES Telephone : 01606 889100 ‡ Fax : 01606 889055 ‡ ‡ email :


Nunsmere Hall Hotel  

Nunsmere Hall was built around 1900. The extraordinary location, bounded on three sides by a 60-acre lake, strongly appealed to its first ow...