Refurbished and restyled behind its electric gates, Victoria House is just that. A palatial slice of grand-scale luxury five minutes from the beating heart of England’s cosmopolitan third city. Open for business to stags and hens, Victoria House sleeps up to 22 and stands ready to party into the early hours.
There’s plenty toys here to help things go with a swing. Take a dip in the heated pool with its decorative waterfall, pile into the hot tub and simmer a while, shoot a little pool, play a spot of poker, or get out into the garden. Take a break for a barbie on the delightful decking.
At the front, there’s space to escape in the lounge and sitting room, with its box seat and logs to burn. Paint the town, or put your feet up with a book. After the glasses are cleared away, pick from bedrooms that go all the way up to the attic. Sleep off the excesses, then do it all again tomorrow.
There are more toys outside than inside at Victoria House. There’s space aplenty here in a quarter-acre of grounds for outdoor entertaining, with al-fresco dining on the outside deck, and space for reclining on the funky furniture.
Sink yourself into the eight-person hot tub. Pour a long drink and simmer awhile. But make sure you’ve got a towel handy, because what’s that in the corner of the garden? The five-metre covered swimming pool comes with mosaic tiles and lights. You’ll stay toasty at around 32 degrees, so it works whatever the weather. Dive in and do very little for a while.
This house does wow well. After the electronic gates and the multi-car driveway comes the spacious hallway. From here, there’s an open archway to the main reception room. This is the place to chill and spread in front of the flatscreen Sky TV. There’s a natural flow from here, glass in hand, to the dining room.
Escape the madding crowd, at the front of the house, in the sitting room on the window seat. Get the woodburner crackling, pour a few drinks and pore over a paperback. Need to catch up with the world? Follow the wifi to the sizeable study that works as an extra reception room.
There’s more privacy beneath the vaulted ceiling of the rear sun room. From here it’s an easy glide through French doors to the timber-decked outdoor leisure area and swimming pool. But stay inside awhile for the games room. There are plenty games of pool or even poker to be played.
Cook on the split-level double oven and four-ring electric hob and eat in a dining room that seats 20 comfortably. Gather round, light a few candles, pour some wine, break some bread, make a meal of it. Fancy being spoiled? Call on our caterers to come up trumps for a special celebration or fully catered break.
Prefer al-fresco dining? The wooden decking and outside barbie set a great stage, with the hot tub and pool for dessert. Fancy a takeaway? You’re within the city centre delivery zone. Pick from Indian, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Lebanese.
Head off for the city lights to dip a spoon in Manchester’s melting pot. It doesn’t get more eclectic than Yo! Hot, with a choice of 160 dishes from all around the world. Try the authentic Brazilian Churrascaria experience at Bem Brasil or opt for Eastern eating at Sapporo Teppanyaki, and wash your sushi down with Yamazaki whisky.
For fine dining, head to Tattu in Spinningfields for Chinese and Japanese, to Manchester House for the 14-course tasting menu, to Asha’s for Indian, or to Hawksmoor to get your teeth into British steaks accompanied by a marmalade cocktail or grapefruit picador.
This is like the hotel where you choose your own guests. But if you want to bag the best bedrooms, best be quick. There are six here in a giant of a house that officially sleeps 22, but up to 26 with a little jiggery-pokery.
Bedroom one is a large en-suite double to the front. There’s an angled bay window with built-in seat for page-turners or people-watchers. Bedroom two is an L-shaped double with built-in boxed bay window seat. An en-suite comes with large step-in cubicle and thermostatically controlled shower.
Bedroom three, at the rear, is quiet with garden views, while bedroom four is a spacious attic room sleeping four and flooded with natural light from several aspects. Bedrooms five and six are doubles, sleeping two and four respectively. Two beautifully appointed shared bathrooms come with power showers and large baths.