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
First impressions are just wow this place looks amazing, when walking through the arched entrance into main courtyard
Arrived for checkin at 3, and checkin was easy, and shown quickly to our room. We upgraded and had a loving room and a four poster bed. Lovely welcome letter, and two cards from hotel as it was our anniversary and a birthday. Music was blasting, we put it down to cleaners having a dance, and why not.
Strangely there was no hotel book( the one with bit of info about hotel, check out times, no room service menu. Etc) When called reception for a wine list, I was told one would be sent straight up, an hour later no list. So gave up.
I Was nervous when reception had told me there was a wedding from reading other reviews. However wedding didn’t interfere with our stay. We couldn’t get into function rooms but that didn’t really annoy me.
We went to venture on a walk around the grounds to find, that you cannot! reception gave us a map of walks that can be completed around the outer grounds and further away from hotel. Would say you would really need to have walking boots for these compared to trainers that we had.
When we returned from our little stroll we found the music had been turned off in our room. Which means someone had been in our room to turn it off. Didn’t like that at all.
The main let down of the stay was at the restaurant 1906, there was no welcome, we waited 5 mins before walking in to find a member of staff. Portion sizes I had read in reviews were small, but I actually laughed out load at my half chicken breast, which was smaller than my husbands carrot.
We asked twice for glasses of tap water with our meal and in third request was brought a big bottle of water which was opened and placed on table before we could say anything. Of course charged for this. Don’t get me wrong the food was nice, just service let it all down.
Down at the cellar bar there is a drinks menu however no prices at all. Which worries me, I mean you could be ordering a £200 bottle of wine or a £30 and you just wouldn’t know and staff member had to check all prices on the till, embarrassing to ask, and yet another slight let down.
Over night sleep was fine. Room and bathroom was great.
Breakfast was again an issue. I singly went down at 8.30, to a busy breakfast area, again waited ages to be recognised by staff. Then when trying to get me a table I was asked 3 times if I knew anyone I would like to join. On the third time I repeated again loudly ‘I’m dining alone, I know no one’ embarrassed again.
Check out was ok, mentioned about the water being added to my bill, but no offer to remove it £5! Not a lot as a gesture of goodwill.
Overall glad i visited the hotel, and stayed in the castle, but the negative experiences with the stay outweighs the positive. Wouldn’t go back.
First impressions, were "wow"!This overnight stay,with spa treatments,was a gift,from our daughter and son in law.We stayed in an executive room.The room was lovely and spacious and the bathroom was great a separate shower and underfloor heating,which was lovely.We had bathrobes but no slippers,which we were meant to of had.We had a couples back massage,a facial and head massage,which were so relaxing.We were meant to if had,a mini manicure,for myself and a foot treatment,for my husband but this didn't happen and as this was a gift,we did not know, what we were getting,until I got back to our room and read the brochure.I said what had happened to the receptionist, the next morning,on checkout.She suggested,having the treatments,that morning but we had to get home.It was disappointing,that we were not offered,a refund ,for these treatments, as the overnight stay, was no cheap and we didn't get what my daughter and son in law, had paid for. I emailed the Hotel and they offered me,an afternoon tea,with use of the spa but we live too far away,to do this.I am awaiting their next suggestion, with interest. The evening meal,was delicious but was marred by us not getting,all of our spa treatments.
The Hotel is stunning and on entry you will be impressed.
Look closely at the positive reviews and you will see a trend. Wedding guests or upgraded rooms are positive.
Our welcome was nice. The room is small and basic a classic room. Certainly not a 4 star room. The carpet was dirty and old. The bathroom was however fresh and clean. The bed comfortable but with tired and old furniture.
The hotel prides its self on offering a relaxed place to be. Our stay we had wedding parties both nights. With loud music playing till midnight and our room at the front we could hear everything. I also don't understand why on the first night the hotel allowed a group of men shouting and swearing outside our room and other rooms to be acceptable for an extended period of time.
We eat at the main restaurant. The welcome was nonexistent and our server just couldn't be bothered. The food mixed standard however it was reasonably priced.
I cannot recommend this hotel if your staying in a standard room nor if your not part of wedding. I have to admit the wedding parties have really annoyed my whole experience of the hotel.