We know Heaton Park mainly for being the home of Parklife and many other summer gigs to remember, but there’s actually a pretty lengthy history to it. Perched on the grounds of Heaton Park is Smithy Lodge, a hexagonal former gatehouse for the lodge keeper of the time, and now you can book to stay there.
The park itself is a historic, stunning green space and Grade II Listed on the English Heritage Register of Parks. It’s home to the Manchester Beekeeper’s Association and has the only flat bowling greens in Manchester (which were built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games).
Dating back to 1806, having been designed in 1772, the similarly Grade II Listed Smithy Lodge was once the original gatehouse for Heaton Park, and part of the Earl of Wilton’s estate. Instantly recognisable with its distinctive eight-sided design, it has now been fully restored providing a wonderful opportunity to stay within the grounds of one of Europe’s biggest municipal parks.
Sleeping up to four guests, the luxury self-catering accommodation is perfect for couples and small groups alike, looking for a unique stay on the outskirts of Manchester city centre. Once inside, downstairs you’ll find a comfortable lounge and spacious kitchen/dining area, and then upstairs two good sized bedrooms and the bathroom.
The property holds certain features which, due to its original design and Grade II Listing, must remain. The stairs for instance are incredibly steep, with no handrail, and most of the lighting is provided by lamps. Although this may not suit all, it adds to the charm and historic nature of this wonderful property.
Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels are all included, alongside an enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area if you happen to catch Manchester on a lovely sunny day – much more comfortable than sitting on a blanket with a picnic.
Parking is also included for one car, with the ability to add more cars for £3 each, perfect for groups and families – be warned, though, only four people can be accommodated at the lodge at a time. Public transport in and out of the city centre is also a great option with regular buses going to and from the perimeter of the park, and access via Heaton Park tram stop – which Parklife-goers will be very familiar with.
If you fancy a staycation with a difference right here in beautiful Manchester, look no further than Smithy Lodge at Heaton park – book here.