Pitfalls to avoid when planning the office Christmas Party

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It’s fast approaching that time of year again whereby the annual work Christmas Party needs planning. If you’ve been chosen to organise the Christmas party this year, here at Inglewood Manor we have a few handy pointers to consider to ensure that your festive event is one thing less to worry about in the stressful run up to Christmas.

Don’t leave organising the event until the last minute

Start pencilling dates in people’s diaries as early as possible, the festive season is an incredibly busy

Our favourite Autumn/Winter seasonal produce


It’s that time of year again when the air is crisper and the landscape evolves from a luscious green to a colour palette spanning burnt orange, red and brown. Whilst summer fruits and crisp seasonal salads have been left behind with balmy summer evenings, it is now the season for roaring fires, soft fruit jams and root vegetables.

As the signature vegetables of the season, pumpkin and squash tend to steal the show in October however, there is plenty of space to celebrate the game season, think

Inglewood Manor hosts champagne picnic for North West millionaires

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Image by Gareth Jones

Here at Inglewood Manor, we were delighted to host the Camelot, Champagne Millionaires Picnic to the backdrop of a sunny, early Autumn day.

The National lottery, which is operated by Camelot recently marked the creation of 4,000 millionaires worth more than 11.5 billion. More excitingly, 461 of them  are from the North West.

The North West winners, who are worth more than £52m combined, gathered here at Inglewood Manor on Tuesday

Inglewood Manor Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Centenary Tea Party

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This October sees us celebrate our 100th anniversary and to mark the occasion we are hosting two spectacular afternoon tea parties.

We are inviting guests who are over 100 years old to join us for a Centenary Afternoon Tea Party. During the afternoon visitors will be provided with afternoon tea and treated to a musical performance by a specially selected singer.

We will also be hosting a separate Sparkling Afternoon Tea afternoon for those guests who have not reached the 100 year milestone, but still wish to celebrate the

5 reasons to spend time at Inglewood Manor

Here at Inglewood Manor we offer many reasons to spend time at our elegant, Edwardian residence nestled in the heart of 38 acres of sweeping lawns, pavilions and ponds, whatever the occasion.
We’re surrounded by an exciting array of things to see and do, from the vibrant sporting and cultural offerings of Liverpool to the rolling history of Chester, not to mention attractions such as Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village.

Rest your head in one of our 29 luxurious en-suite bedrooms

5 minutes with ‘So you’re getting married’ founder and editor, Phoebe Miller

We spent 5 minutes speaking to Phoebe Miller, founder and editor of the successful wedding blog ‘So you’re getting married’ a daily curation of wedding themes, beauty advice, honeymoon inspiration and food ideas.

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How did the idea for ‘so you’re getting married’ arise?

I had moved up to Leeds, freshly engaged and away from all my friends and family. It was initially set up just to keep them all in the loop, what I was up to, how my planning was going and what I was thinking

‘5 minutes with…’ Emma Woodhouse – The wedding reporter

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As children, we are inspired by the chronicles of love in fairy tales, but what if it was your very own love story being told? Emma Woodhouse, is the wedding reporter.

Often found sitting at the back of a ceremony room with her trusty notepad turning beautiful weddings into literary gold, it’s Emma’s job to stand on the matrimonial front line creating a unique keepsake of the atmosphere on your special day which can then be turned into a bespoke book to pass down through

How to use Pinterest to plan a wedding


There are an overwhelming number of factors to consider when planning a wedding. Some pretty big decisions have to be made regarding the major lynchpins such venue, transport and wedding attire. With your head a wash of all things matrimony it can be very easy to let the smaller elements such seating plans, table decorations and guest favours slip your mind.

If you’re serial scrapbooker and enjoy creating collages out of your favourite words and images, then you may be interested to know that there is a way to access thousands of

How to reward your staff effectively

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Digital Image by Sean Locke Digital Planet Design www.digitalplanetdesign.com

Employee recognition is an excellent communication tool that reinforces and rewards important outcomes that employees create for your business.

A winning reward system for employees should recognise performance and behaviour. Performance is the easiest to monitor and address due to a direct and measurable link between a goal and the subsequent results. Employees like to know how they’re doing and most reward incentives can be carried out at a low cost with a high return

Inglewood Manor earns Certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor

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We are delighted to announce that we are now included in the Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame’ having been granted the coveted certificate of excellence award five years in a row.

The acclamation is awarded to outstanding hospitality businesses that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travellers.

This is our latest award following our win as Small Hotel of the Year in the prestigious Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2014, an Outstanding Certificate from Hotels.com for achieving an average Guest Review Score of

Three Queens are coming to Liverpool

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During the summer of 2015, Liverpool is hosting a seven-week programme “One Magnificent City” to celebrate the famous maritime history and transatlantic connections, and also to mark the 175th anniversary of Cunard.

Across the city, there are a series of exhibitions lined up which are being hosted across Liverpool’s Museums and Art Galleries including Light Night and a re-enactment of the very first transatlantic crossing from the River Mersey on July 4th.

One of the major events will include a historic maritime moment, during May 24th-26th, when Liverpool welcome the Three Cunard

Conferencing and Team Building Top Tips

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Inglewood Manor is the ideal team building venue, set in 38 acres of rolling countryside, it will certainly be one of the conferencing venues that your delegates will remember. A stunning setting, outstanding customer service with expert conferencing experience, award-winning catering service and three different rooms types for you to choose from.

Organising a conference can be quite a daunting job for someone without plenty of experience, so it’s fair to say that many of us who haven’t done so before are desperately looking for where to start.


A guide to Wirral’s top Easter Egg Hunts

RELEASEDÑMCCM Jerry McLain, CNRNW PAO LCPO, credit as a U.S. Navy Photo by Maebel Tinoko With Easter just around the corner we’ve decided to put together a round up of our top Easter Egg Hunts taking place in Wirral over the holidays.  Why don’t you hop down, there is plenty going on across Wirral to keep the kids entertained… egg 4   Here’s our top five and there are so many more, Wirral is a hive of activity over the Easter break,

Inglewood Manor nominated for Visit Wirral Tourism Award

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We have been nominated in the prestigious 2015 Visit Wirral Tourism Awards for ‘Outstanding Customer Care.’

The awards are aimed to reward businesses and individuals who offer exceptional customer service in Wirral.

Customer service is extremely important to us, and our receptionist Jennifer Morrow, has been nominated for her warming, friendly hospitality by a number of new and repeat customers.

General manager Fiona Creed commented: “We’re extremely delighted to have been nominated for this award and we would like to say a big thank you to our guests for putting Jennifer forward for

Have your shorter notice wedding at Inglewood Manor

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© David Paul Photography


Sometimes our circumstances can change and it can in some cases determine bringing wedding dates forward.  Or you may be an unconventional couple, who just wants to tie the knot as soon as you can have the first available date at the venue of choice.

Today, it’s becoming more and more popular to have a shorter notice wedding. Who wouldn’t want to cut out the fuss, stress and added expense that weddings seem to accrue over the months and years! With the

Go Wild with our Chester Zoo Family Package

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Chester Zoo has fast become a renowned tourist attraction and since Inglewood Manor is in such close proximity to Chester zoo – in fact we’re only eight miles away! – we thought we would get together to offer you an affordable treat for the whole family.

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit the zoo so why not take a look at what we can offer…

Our Go Wild Package offers overnight accommodation in a luxurious refurbished family room that sleeps up to 2 adults and 2

Inglewood Manor scoops Cheshire tourism award for Small Hotel of the Year


 Inglewood Manor is celebrating being named Small Hotel of the Year in the prestigious Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2014. 

The leading Wirral hotel was commended as Small Hotel of the Year 2014 at this year’s glitzy awards ceremony, proudly celebrating the 10th year at Chester Racecourse. The awards attracted over 380 guests, who each enjoyed an evening of fine dining and entertainment hosted by Andy Bailey.

The Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards ceremony recognises the exceptional work delivered by the businesses and professionals who work in the local tourism and

Inglewood Manor Photography Competition


It takes so much to plan the perfect wedding but at Inglewood Manor we are honoured to celebrate so many beautiful weddings all year round. To celebrate this and give something back to our hard working wedding photographers we are running a photography competition to pick the photo that has really captured the beauty of a special day. We selected 8 of our top photographers to submit their best wedding photo taken at Inglewood Manor and we would love for you to pick the winner. The winner will receive an overnight midweek

We’ve been nominated for a Marketing Cheshire Award 2014

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We’re delighted to announce that Inglewood Manor has been nominated for ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ in the Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2014.

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It’s a fabulous achievement to be shortlisted for such a prestigious Cheshire award and this nomination really does fires our belief that all of the hard work and effort made by the staff really does pay off.


We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our staff for their dedication over the years, we’ve

Christmas Gift Ideas

With the festive season fast approaching, we don’t blame you for frantically racking your brains trying to think of anything you can buy, that work colleague, spouse or best mate. To help make this season go without a hitch we’ve done all the raking for you this year, so all you have to do is, pick it up, wrap it and sit back and enjoy the praise for such a great gift.

Ladies in your life

You’re pretty much on to a sure thing with any lady in your life with a bag, and this beautiful pearl clutch bag is the

Top tips for a Festive Wedding

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As the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”, and the perfect time to get married. From stunning snow scenes and frost-covered countryside to rich, warm colours and luxurious winter fabrics, a festive wedding can be a truly magical affair.


At Inglewood Manor, we have lots of experience when it comes to planning and hosting a fabulous festive wedding. So we have put together a few ‘I dos’ and ‘I don’ts’ to help you plan the perfect day.


Think about a theme


Just because you’re planning a

Top Tips for Booking a Christmas Party

Yes, Christmas is months away but to get the perfect Christmas party venue you have to act quick. No matter what size your team is, throwing a Christmas party is the perfect way to reward hard work and bond as a company. At Inglewood Manor we have a dedicated team for organising corporate parties, so here are our top tips for booking a Christmas party that everyone will love. Christmas_Side

Think location!

Booking a venue that is convenient for most people, will win people over and make them more likely to

It’s the weekend, it’s Adventure Time in the Wirral

The sun is shining and the weekend is fast approaching but the question is…what can you do? The Wirral is full of really great things to do whether you are visiting for a wedding and want to make the most of it or want something fun to entertain the kids. To help here are some of the top attractions to suit all your adventure needs.

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BOOK NOW for the Open Golf Championship 2014

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The Open is returning to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake on 13th – 20th July 2014.

As the Open Golf Championship nears, if you still require accommodation whether it’s a single or group booking, you’ll be glad to hear that we still have rooms available!

Inglewood Manor is the perfect luxury venue for the duration of the golf championship, and it’s conveniently located only 12 miles from the course, taking just 20 minutes by car.


The hotel is also

Win Champagne Afternoon Tea at Inglewood Manor for You and Your Mum!

Every mother needs to be spoilt; she needs a little thank you in return for all that effort she put into raising your right? That’s why we have Mother’s Day, and we’re sure you’ve got a box of her favourite chocolates and flowers waiting for her, haven’t you? (If not you better get out there and get some now before it’s too late!).


But maybe your mum is worth more than just chocolates and flowers. Maybe she deserves to be spoilt rotten, and showered in more gifts – if that’s the case

5 Best Ways To Show Your Mum You Love Her This Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is approaching and those chrysanthemums from the local petrol station and 99p card just won’t do. It’s time to get creative and show your mum just how much you appreciate her – after all she raised you, she was your personal taxi when you were a teenager, she changed your nappies when you were little and she put up with your temper tantrums when you were a child – and she still loves you. That must really take

7 Best Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cheshire and the Wirral with the Kids Over Half Term

We all know how difficult it can be to entertain the kids over the holidays – at first it’s a novelty to have them home, but very soon you’ll start tearing your hair out as they bounce off the walls and release all that hyperactive energy! Taking the kids out really helps them to blow off the cobwebs and get some fresh air and exercise, but every parent knows that can be expensive, especially if you have a large flock. So we’ve gathered together a few ideas for free and cheap family things to do in the local Cheshire and

Love is in the air


Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge your partner with a lavish treat or a romantic getaway.

As we finally get over the January blues and enter into February, a romantic air comes over us, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.  If you haven’t already made plans or booked the perfect getaway, it’s about time you started planning an unforgettable day for you and your loved one.

If you are on the hunt for some fantastic Valentine’s gift ideas, then look no further!

Get in the romantic mood and indulge a loved

How to Plan the Perfect Whirlwind Wedding

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If you’re thinking of a short-notice wedding in 2014 look no further. Here at Inglewood Manor we’ve created a number of fabulous short notice wedding packages especially designed for those couples who have decided they simply can’t wait to get married. Inglewood Manor offers the most superb package for short notice weddings.

The whirlwind wedding packages starts from just £3,995.00 making the happy couple some great savings, what better excuse do you need to tie the knot?

We’ve put together some top tips to ensure your whirlwind wedding runs smoothly without

Love Get’s Sweeter Talks Inglewood Manor

We recently contacted Charlene, a videographer based in West Lancashire (who covers the Cheshire area) in response to a wedding she recently filmed at Inglewood Manor. As we continue to provide loved ones with days to never forget it’s great to have feedback from those who have specialist skills in the industry. Take a look at why Inglewood Manor stays in Charlene’s mind below, and a little bit more about the work she provides!


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Hi Charlene, can

Wedding Planning #3 – Choosing the Entertainment

What Entertainment Should I Have At My Wedding?

Getting married is one of life’s stressful times. I don’t mean, of course, the day itself and the declaration “I do” (which will be lovely, I promise) but the planning and surrounding entourage you’ll have to deal with to make things just right. Maybe you have to change your bouquet because your Grandma is allergic to the flowers, maybe there’s a guest who can’t eat wheat products, maybe your best friend’s kid will throw a tantrum because you forgot to provide a Wii room!

Then, once you’ve sorted out the fusspots, here come

Wedding Planning #2 – Choosing the Menu

How To Choose The Best Menu For Your Wedding

Getting married is arguably one of the most stressful experiences you will have to endure! Why? Because whilst you’re planning perfection for your big day, you also need to consider every single person who is attending your wedding and how your decisions will affect them. Maybe your Babies Breathe bouquet will have to be re-considered because your great aunt has severe hay fever, maybe there’s a ‘sensitive’ eater who insists on organic, maybe all the kids have ADHD and threaten to ruin the day unless entertained with a creche!

And what’s worse,

Wedding Planning #1 – Choosing the Venue

How Do You Choose The Right Venue For Your Wedding?

Getting married is one of life’s most stressful experiences, because whilst you’re planning every single little element that makes up your big day, you also need to consider every single person who is attending your wedding and how that decision will affect them. Maybe you have to change your wedding bouquet because your great aunt is allergic to Lilies, maybe there’s a fussy eater who only eats organic, seasonal veg, maybe there’s even a whole host of kids who are threatening to scream through your entire day unless you provide them

Last Minute Weddings – We do them, plus much more

Planning a wedding is a stressful part of anybody’s life, and at Inglewood Manor we know the feeling of panic and wedding nerves. Your wedding venue is important because this is where you will be reciting your vows, and where your guests will spend their day. At Inglewood Manor, we have been a top wedding venue within the Cheshire area for years, and have been there for couples through hundreds of special memories.

Built in 1915, Inglewood Manor is a stunning country house hotel set amongst well kept gardens and a scenic location. We offer last minute weddings, exclusive use of

Love is in the air …..

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, so we’ve gathered a few facts together that you may not know

  • Every year, around 1000 letters are addressed to ‘Juliet’ in the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived.
  • It is reported that the first man to send a Valentine note was a Frenchman: Charles, Duke of Orleans, who had been imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. He wrote 60 love poems to his wife after remaining there for 25 years and it is claimed these are the first formal “valentines”.
  • According to romantic legend, Valentine was a Roman priest

Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2013

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In 2013 flowers are going to be all the rage much like they have been for hundreds if not thousands of years. Whilst flowers are here to stay though styles and type are not, and in 2013 it is going to be little bud vases lined up down the table, rather than big bunches of flowers that are in trend. The Peony is tipped to be the hottest wedding flower of 2013.


Cascades are set to be huge in 2013, much like little bud vases mentioned above. A vintage

Stress Busting Tips for a Happy Christmas

It’s hard to avoid stress at Christmas, even though we may not be aware of it’s cause.

Tiredness, general overindulgence, lack of exercise and dreading the 24 hours with your parents or in-laws can all lead to stress, according to the researchers.
The complete breakdown of our normal routines means we often fail to do many of our regular stress-busting activities such as exercise, eating well, and relaxing with friends.

Christmas can also be a sad time. It’s the time when all those things you’ve been keeping a lid on all year float to the surface, such as the loss of a loved one.


Gorgeous Gifts

The gift of an Inglewood Manor Gift Voucher has always gone down a treat, but this year we’ve gone all out to excel ourselves in the presentation department.  Our hugely talented receptionist Jane, who makes all lovely personalised cards for our guests, has been hard at work designing gorgeous hand-made packaging for all our vouchers and gifts.

We’ve also added the option to upgrage each voucher into a gift bag with other luxury goodies, (think Molton Brown toiletries, handmade chocolates, Champagne, our very own Freddie Bear or even one of our luxurious bathrobes).

Our vouchers cover everything from afternoon tea for two to a ‘Luxury

A Guide to Wedding Budgeting

Once you’ve finished basking in the glow of engagement, you’ll find it very hard to get anything accomplished without a detailed wedding budget.

This article will give you an outline of what you should spend on each item, so as to ensure you don’t spend more than you intend to overall. Here’s how to create a wedding budget that you can afford.
Who’s Paying?

Although tradition says that the bride’s parents pay for the whole thing, this is frequently untrue for today’s couples. If you can pay for the whole event yourselves, then that’s great . If you want your families to

Halloween 2

Who says the sequel is never as good? Our Halloween pumpkin carving competition was such a ‘howling’ success last year, we simply couldn’t resist another go!
Once again all our pumpkins have been generously donated by Oliver Kay, ensuring that every penny we raise will go straight to ‘Help for Heroes’, our chosen charity.
Simply make a minimum donation of £5 per entry, and we will give you a pumpkin with which to create your scariest (or cleverest or funniest) Halloween lantern. We will take a photo of each lantern (so keep

‘Nice Weather for Ducks’ Wine Offer

Fed up with all this hideous weather? We’ve been thinking about ways to cheer you all up, and we hope that this offer might raise a little smile!
Just pop into the hotel for a meal in the lounge or restaurant when it’s raining* and say ‘Nice Weather for Ducks’ , and we’ll give you a glass of wine each, with our compliments.


The offer will run throughout October, so we’re definitely hoping for a better month than September!

*Terms & Conditions Apply.
Offer is subject to