Back in 1989, Madeleine & James Callaghan converted their family home into The Knoll, a 10 bedded care home for the elderly residents of Urmston. A year later and The Fairways opened its doors, doubling occupancy. The family business continued to grow when Fairways increased from 10 to 20 beds and regulations changed.

Their overriding principles were based on a strong family ethos, and this took form as their children and wider family worked in and for the business.

The Knoll Care Partnership grew and developed over time as the current cohort of directors stepped into new roles; but each development had the family ethos at its core. Being from a large family, all The Callaghan’s quickly learned the importance of having clearly defined values and maintaining strong family ties.

Bowfell House is the latest development through this journey and remains family owned and managed, with the same values at our core. To extend family care to all those who live in, work in, and visit Bowfell House; to work with Integrity and Compassion and look for Excellence in all we do.

Our History


The Knoll opened its doors and Elsie Harrison moved into bedroom C on the ground floor


The Fairways followed and opened as a 10-bed care home.


The Fairways was extended to provide an additional 10 bedrooms each with an en-suite.


Jayne became deputy manager at The Fairways


Jayne became registered manager at The Fairways.


Claire came back to the Knoll full time


10th Anniversary celebrations


Millennium celebrations at both The Knoll and the Fairways


Pat Barnes retired as Registered Manager of the Knoll after 14 years, Claire was appointed Registered Manager


Madeleine and Jim Callaghan retired and the business was taken over by the current management team. Jayne became Registered Manager at The Fairways with Julie Devine as Deputy Manager.


First CSCI inspections for both The Knoll and the Fairways


20th Anniversary celebrations


The Knoll and The Fairways both awarded the maximum rating of ‘three star excellent service’ during their final inspection by CSCI


First inspection by the new regulator the CQC for both The Knoll and The Fairways.


Julie Devine retired after 20 years and Sarah Fraser took her position


Acquired the former Flixton Library site from Trafford Council


Planning Permission for Bowfell House Care Home granted on 12/05/2016


The Fairways and The Knoll awarded a ‘Good’ rating by CQC in what was their final inspection.


Main building contractor operations commence on site at Bowfell House


Summer garden party to celebrate 30 years and say goodbye to The Knoll and The Fairways


Our first residents took their steps into Bowfell House (14/10/2019)


First Anniversary celebration was a 40’s themed party


Bowfell House Awarded ‘Outstanding’ Rating by the CQC achieving Outstanding in 4 out of the 5 areas. [Report published 26/10/2021]


Awarded top 20 award -


Became a living wage employer.


Regional Winner - Great British care awards

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Bowfell House

2 Brook Road,
M41 5RQ