An overnight dinner bed & breakfast break. As we approached the castle at 17.30 in the very dimly lit drive, it was was difficult to visulalise the signposts pointing us in the appropriate direction. Which way were we to go? The castle itself was floodlit at the front and looked most impressive and splendid! Check in dealt with by a rather unwelcoming and frosty receptionist. I think a wee course in civility and public relations/communications may be beneficial there! Oops! We stayed in the Buccleugh suite which I expected to be somewhat larger than it was. Comfy bed and a view over an adjacent roof towards the front of the castle. Small but perfectly formed bathroom with rolltop bath and separate shower were adequate but not particularly luxurious.
Downstairs bar area/ brasserie lacking in ambience, therefore we ventured to the restaurant for a three course dinner which was lovely. Some of the teenage staff could do with some silver service tuition from their peers, however our waitress talked so fast it was impossible to understand exactly what she was saying!
During the night the lights in the bathroom went off completely, necessitating the electrician's arrival early the next morning & removal of overhead halogen lights and warned not to use the shower.
The breakfast was first class, hot, hearty and wholesome. Overall for a 'luxury' hotel we were a little disappointed. Even the birds of prey tethered immediately outside the inner castle walls looked disgruntled!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Peckforton Castle - An enchanting Hotel in the heart of Cheshire. Rising majestically above the Cheshire landscape, the castle is both enigmatic and enchanting. Originally the home of Lord Tollemache and built in the early 19th Century, this Grade I listed building is the only intact medieval style Castle in the country. Over the years the castle has been the location for numerous movies including Robin Hood and Dr Who. Now owned by the Naylor family, the stunning exterior has been complemented by a loving and considered restoration programme resulting in a magnificent hotel and venue offering contemporary luxury and impeccable service. Services include 48 stunning individual guest rooms, conference, events, and wedding facilities for up to 180. Tranquility beauty, on site Falconry and team activities all adding up to a rather magical experience. Dining at the Castle truly is a special occasion, welcoming the public as well as hotel guests. The 1851 Restaurant offers a dining experience fit for royalty. Holder of 3 AA Rosettes and a Taste Cheshire Award. Alternatively the more informal and cosmopolitan 2010 Brasserie, located in the former scullery of the castle, features many of the amazing features of the original scullery including two cast iron cooking ranges dating back to the 1840's. Peckforton Castle's enchanting medieval style beauty and stunning location make it a truly impressive and desirable venue for weddings, christenings, birthday parties, or just about anything that's worth celebrating. Everything plays a part; the fabulous setting, stunning location, the attentive service and smiling faces, the bespoke menus and decorations. A magnificent venue for conferencing and meetings. Within the medieval walls, old and new combine seamlessly to offer state of the art multi media and conference facilities. Captivating on arrival, Peckforton Castle's unspoilt, natural beauty will stimulate and motivate, delight the eye, inspire the mind, tantalise the taste buds and leave you enchanted. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peckforton Castle Hotel Tarporley
- Peckforton Castle Tarporley, Cheshire, UK