Bowdon is the jewel in the South Manchester crown.
Small, with a gem of a parish church built in the iconic red sandstone of the area, its many gracious villas and mansions are testimony to the wealth of Manchester in the boomtime of the industrial revolution. (The railway line provided the perfect means of escape from the Cottonopolis smog to the cleaner air of the suburbs for those wealthy mill owners.)
With rows of quaint Victorian terraces and semi-detached homes rubbing shoulders with older Cheshire brick properties, Bowdon is one of the wealthiest and most picturesque places to live in the northwest.
It’s a short walk to both Altrincham’s grammar schools down its quiet, leafy roads; there are excellent primary schools, and it’s also home to both Bowdon and Altrincham Prep Schools.
Bowdon has bustling gastropubs, and a couple of great restaurants for those who enjoy good food. If a cha-cha-cha or a rumba is your thing, then the north-west’s largest sprung dance floor outside the Blackpool Tower Ballroom is available to you in the beautiful Edwardian Bowdon Rooms, built by one of Bowdon’s wealthy residents who wanted his wife to learn to dance in style. With regular live music and comedy events, and wedding receptions, it’s a hive of activity.
A short, sometimes muddy but always beautiful walk down the River Bollin takes you to Tatton Park in Knutsford (via Rostherne), whilst the bustling centre of Altrincham is just 10 minutes’ walk away, with the Metro linking you directly with Manchester city centre. A short hop to both the M6 and the M56 means your transport links are perfect – Manchester Airport is just 15 minutes’ drive.