Just returned from a short stay, - Sunday pm until Tuesday am, following an 'offer' from the Daily Telegraph's 'handpicked' series. There are a few items which could quickly and easily be improved with very little effort. On one's first visit, it's not obvious that arrivees can drive straight into the castle yard through the main gate to book in and unload baggage. A valet service parks your car. There IS a sign to that effect which almost everyone misses as they politely drive down to the car park. We saw many people heaving heavy bags up a stiff, quite long slope to the castle unnecessarily, and roundly cursing at the 'you may drive up' sign by the castle gate!
Our accommodation was excellent, immaculate, spotless and 'fresh', -bathroom being particularly 'swish'. The Mem thought the room lighting, even with everything on, was way too dull, and reading was a struggle. -It's probably more the EU's ridiculous energy saving bulbs causing this, but proper bulbs at the bedsides would really help.
Staff throughout were friendly and helpful. Reception, knowledgeable and just a little starchy and businesslike, but that's not a complaint.
The various activities available including archery at £25/hour, 'birds of prey experience' at OVER £100/hour, and the Land Rover mud-plug at £650(!) per day were all hideously over priced, which explained why all those activities were apparently unused. There's a skegway lark-about at £30/hr. which did have some takers, though.
The DT 'deal' which we were on, was for dinner for two, both nights, and with breakfast on both mornings for £250. While breakfast was served in the '1851' restaurant, the evening meals were in the Brasserie. Wine was, as is fairly usual, marked up viciously to over £5 a glass, (a whole boddel is just £4, RETAIL, in ASDA!), but the meals even from the restricted Brasserie menu, were A1. As we were only staying 2 nights variety wasn't particularly important, and we had different selections on the second evening. We were surprised to find 'desserts' had been charged on the second night at over £11, and were assured by reception on check-out that the meals were 2 courses only, -although I've yet to find quite where that was stipulated. Other people we met later had discrepancies on their bills and were heading back to remonstrate.
The chef is clearly an artist as well as a damned good chef, and presentation was peerless. The 'desserts' I didn't expect to be surcharged for was very tasty but ridiculously small, about an inch and a half square!
Despite this, we had a good coupla days, thanks to glorious spring sunshine and the proximity of Runcorn's stunning shopping centre, where the Mem dispensed wealth to numerous shops and emerged smiling!
As a wedding venue I would imagine the castle would take some beating, but I have no idea about any other bedrooms of course, but if they're comparable with our one, they should be excellent, too.
Before booking for a wedding, I would suggest a fact-finding visit and some serious haggling.
The car-park area resembled a Mercedes owners' club rally with a dozen Audis thrown in, -they seem give the impression that owners are wild free-spenders, with more money than sense. Everything is done to slim their wallets down as quickly as possible.
One other example of perceived over-pricing. -Recently in Llandrindod Wells we had a very exotic afternoon cream tea for two, with excellent 'finger sandwiches' loads of cakes, etc with Earl Gray of course, costing £15 for two persons. Believe me it was more than amply generous. The almost identical tea at the castle costs £15 EACH. Seems greedy to me, so check prices first.
- 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