What We Love
- A romantic country stay at England's only intact medieval-style castle, with renowned diningExploring the castle's winding corridors and turrets
- Choosing between dinner at 2010 Brasserie or the award-winning 1851 Restaurant
- Unwinding with some time out in the spa
What To Know
- This fairytale castle sits on a hilltop overlooking the Cheshire plains
- There are a ton of activities including a private Land Rover tour, falconry classes and tastings in the wine cellar
- Inside, the decor feels medieval with stone walls, spiral turret staircases, towers and open fires
Perched high on a hill with stunning vistas across the Cheshire plains, the dramatic Peckforton Castle combines fairytale charm with modern luxury to create an exclusive four-star hotel retreat with a real touch of enchantment. Being the only intact medieval-style castle in the country, you have the rare chance to indulge your chivalric side with stone walls, spiral turret staircases, towers and open fires that add a touch of fantasy to your stay.
With individually designed castle bedrooms, atmospheric dining with exquisite cuisine and a range of gung-ho country activities such as falconry and Land Rover experiences, you’ll feel like king of the castle from the moment you pass through the drawbridge.
How to Get There
The staff were lovely. Lunch in the brassiere and dinner in the restaurant amazing. Breakfast the next morning pretty average. The towels in the room were so fluffy!! The treatments at the spa really good but the facilities very basic. Two outdoor hot tubs a sauna, fancy shower and relaxation room. Would be disappointed if I had paid £15 each to use the spa facilities. Housekeeping in room not great, toothpaste on the sink dust on the lampshades and radiators. Not a nice smell in the bathroom which could have been due to the heavy rainfall that day. Overall a nice stay but would not say it was worth four stars
Rather isolated quirky country house in nice part of the country. Lacking in nice walks around the grounds and meals rather basic. Bedroom was comfortable and spacious. May suit wedding or large party better than couple.
We stayed here for my husband’s birthday in March 2019. On driving through the gatehouse entrance to the castle we were truly blown away when we saw the actual building. The building is beautiful, with grand corridors and halls to explore when you get there. The room itself was amazing with super high ceilings, wood panel walls, a huge old-fashioned wooden bed looking out through a grand stone window and a roll-top bath in the bathroom. Unfortunately our view was not great overlooking the spa, but the room itself made up for that.
The grounds are stunning, and meticulously kept. I also was delighted to find pheasants running all over the estate! Ask the helpful and friendly reception staff for a walking guide and you’ll be able to check out the amazing countryside walks on the castle footstep.
We stayed with a breakfast and three course dinner package. The restaurant is apparently double rosette awarded, and very well deserved - the dinner we were served was fabulous, my tea smoked guinea fowl was particularly delicious. The breakfast was served buffet style and was really very good for an ‘English breakfast’ type affair (something I would normally not eat!). The produce was locally sourced and was of an exceptional quality – we both really did enjoy it.
The crown jewel in this place, however, must be the hidden ‘wine cellar’ bar. Sunken into the bottom of the castle and tucked away, it gave out the most cosy and special atmosphere, almost like you had discovered a well-kept secret. The bar tender mixed some exceptional cocktails – the ‘After-8 Martini’ is still talked about several months later!
My only gripe about this hotel was the lack of availability of either treatments or space to relax in the spa. We were told by staff that availability is booked out far in advance due to the sale of deals on a well-known voucher website. A true shame as we would have happily paid full price for a couple of treatments whilst here. Perhaps the hotel could consider reserving spaces for the hotel guests?
None the less we will definitely be returning – we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return.