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Experience Magical World Alices Wonderland Uk

Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Mad Hatter's tea parties, the Queen of Hearts, and White Rabbits with stop watches...


UK tourism and accommodation expert iknow-uk is inviting holidaymakers to experience a piece of Alice's wonderland for themselves with a break to some of the UK's most magical properties.


Marcus Simmons, managing director at iknow-uk, explained: "The new Tim Burton movie is set to be the film event of the year when it's launched on 5 March, and is guaranteed to bring about a renewed interest in the classic Lewis Carroll tales.


"With busy work schedules and hectic home lives, most people want to really switch off and get away from it all on their holiday, and on the iknow-uk websites we really do have some of the most magical properties in Britain.  They certainly offer an opportunity to get away from it all, and bring a little bit of wonderland to any trip away."



The Enchanted Manor Retreat

Niton, Isle of Wight (Telephone: 0844 372 9211) 



This multi-award winning boutique accommodation is luxurious and unique.  Owners Maggie and Ric Hilton bought the property in a run-down state over four years ago, after acquiring it at an auction profiled on the TV programme 'Homes Under The Hammer'.  They developed it to the five star standard it is now - with eight luxurious suites all incorporating pieces from world-renowned artist Josephine Wall.


With its on-site enchanted woodland and folly, plus unrivalled views of the Isle of Wight coastline, The Enchanted Manor Retreat is the perfect place for an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding. 


The hosts already run Fairy Grand High Teas for locals and guests, and are set to launch a series of Mad Hatter Champagne Tea Parties in their brand new restaurant area.  These will include croquet in the gardens, and a special tea including diamond and heart-shaped sandwiches, Queen of Hearts tarts, Cheshire Cat's goats cheese, tomato and basil bites, and lots of other sumptuous treats to accompany a glass of fine Champagne.


Maggie Hilton, co-owner of The Enchanted Manor Retreat, said: "When we opened the guest house we were adamant that it would be the ultimate place for people to escape from their day-to-day lives and indulge. 


"We work extremely hard to provide a unique and personal service to every guest, and the Alice in Wonderland themed events have already led to a lot of enquiries.  They're a bit of fun, but fit in perfectly with the enchanted, magical sanctuary we have here.  Couples looking to escape from it all can join us, and experience their own piece of wonderland on the Isle of Wight!"



Wizards Thatch Luxury B&B

Alderley Edge, Cheshire (Telephone: 0843 208 3152)



Described as 'living in a fairytale for the night', Wizards Thatch is situated less than a minute from Alderley Edge's famous street of restaurants and bars.  But thanks to its tea cosy of roses and ivy which completely camouflages the house in the summer, even many of the village locals haven't heard of it.


The property is steeped with magical stories and legend - its name comes from a local legend about the Wizard Merlin, who offered a local farmer gold in exchange for his horse, which was required by King Arthur and his men for a dangerous mission.  Merlin invited the farmer into a local cave, gave the farmer treasure in payment for his horse, and then magically disappeared without a trace. 


The Wizards Thatch boutique accommodation is located on the very road where this magical encounter is said to have taken place, and with its five star suites (Merlin, Camelot or The Wizardry), is the perfect magical retreat for a romantic weekend away.


The self contained Merlin, Camelot, and The Wizardry suites all have four poster beds, draped in red and gold tapestries - with Camelot and The Wizardry boasting seven footers.  Travellers from all over the world have visited to experience a taste of Olde England and they are not disappointed judging by the quality of reviews received.


Ian Lambert, owner of Wizard's Thatch, explained: "I'm really proud of the magical heritage surrounding the property.  Films such as the new Alice in Wonderland movie, or Avatar really appeal to Brit's imaginations and we get a lot of guests coming along who want a break from reality and to truly escape from it all.


"People are always saying it's like living in a scene from The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - but probably the greatest attraction is the candleabra which hangs from an old rose over the pond.  Guests can light it and sip their Champagne - magic and romance is definitely in the air as the centuries old aura casts its spell on you! "


eButler Apartments

Stockton Heath, Near Daresbury, Cheshire (Telephone: 0844 372 7243)



The eButler apartments are based just a few miles from Daresbury, the birthplace of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, and offer the perfect location from which to explore the locations that inspired the classic stories.


Lewis Carroll was born in Daresbury in 1832 and spent the first ten years of his life in the quiet corner of rural Cheshire.  The fully serviced eButler apartments and luxury Penthouses provide a great base for fans of the books to really get under the skin of the region that inspired such imaginative tales - from the beautiful country villages and peaceful forests, to historical architecture such as the Parish Church of All Saints in Daresbury which features a fine stained glass window showing many of the characters from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.


Geoff Crawford, owner of the eButler apartments, said: "This really is a great region for tourists to explore, and our serviced apartments aim to provide a cost-effective solution that offers complete flexibility and freedom without losing any of the service or comforts a hotel might offer. 


"They're the perfect base for people wanting to explore Cheshire, and the magic the region has to offer."


Founded by Marcus in 2003 with the iknow-yorkshire website, iknow-uk now operates 14 regional websites for accommodation and hospitality providers including hotels, guest houses, holiday cottages and B&Bs.


iknow-uk's websites cover the UK's most popular tourist regions and are visited by almost a million users each month.


Holiday home owners looking to list on one of iknow's regional websites, should visit www.iknow-uk.com.







Notes to Editors:



-     iknow-uk ltd launched iknow-yorkshire in September 2003. They have since launched iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest, iknow-cornwall, iknow-devon, iknow-wales, iknow-scotland, iknow-dorset, iknow-kent, iknow-somerset, iknow-sussex, iknow-hampshire and iknow-northeast .

-     April 2009 saw the launch of a comprehensive hospitality section to iknow-yorkshire, which is also available on iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest , iknow-devon, iknow-cornwall and soon to be available on iknow-wales.