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
Booked through Secret Escapes as a special birthday gift to myself! hoping for a mother and daughter bonding experience with my 17 year old daughter.
My experiences echo what many others have already written.
We'd travelled over 4 hours to reach the castle, and my goodness, from the flag peeping over the tops of the trees, through the sweeping woodland drive, through to the inner courtyard - it was breathtaking and true to the photos on the website which is what prompted me to book in the first place.
I found all the staff very personable and helpful - particularly the young man (with nice teeth) when we checked in (July 9th Olly?) and the foreign lady (sorry if that sounds rude) who checked us out, (July 10th) and a young man who walked us to our room.
We were 'pointed' down the corridor (after checking in) and told where the stairs were allocated, but from there on - there were a couple of ways we could have gone, and thus 'looked lost'. He was a very helpful chap.
The castle is indeed very impressive and atmospheric, and you could almost imagine floating around in medieval costume. I can see that it would be a beautiful place to get married - indeed, they seem very 'geared' towards this, and there was some sortof wedding fair going on that afternoon.
There were a few observations we made.
Many rooms are a fair trek away, so if you have mobility problems, I would request a room not so far away if possible.
The room we had (308 I think) was quite small, very dim and extremely hot.
The chap that helped us find our way, explained that this is because the walls are so thick, which made sense, and there was a fan (along with an iron and ironing board) in the wardrobe.
There was a small window, which unfortunately didn't stay open.
All this was understandable, being a period building, but what I was a little surprised by was attention to detail wasn't what it could be.
There was a bedding 'sticker' that had been stuck to the chair arm, clearly after the staff had unwrapped clean sheets - not a deal breaker by any means, but the hot tap in the bathroom just didn't turn on at all. The cold tap was very wobbly, and was a bit grubby underneath, as when you turned the tap, the whole thing moved.
In the cupboard, where the tea/coffee was, instead of the usual two bottles of water - still and sparkling - there was only one bottle - which had been opened!!!! The neck seal had been twisted off - maybe somebody had picked it up and opened it, and then realized it was sparkling not still, and just put it back - not sure if it had been sampled!
I was a wee bit surprised for somewhere that has a certificate of excellence.
Our dinner was taken in the brasserie, but somehow this wasn't 'in keeping' with the rest of the castle. Quite small 'bar like' area, with tables very close together - God help you if you wanted to propose, and pub grub type of food on offer.
The meal however was nice, and staff pleasant.
We decided to visit the spa, but no body was on duty. We took a seat and waited and waited. A man wandered out (customer) and basically said 'don't bother there's only a hot tub and a sauna and they charge £15 for the privilege.
In my head, I'd assumed large spa, treatments, pool and thought that would while away an hour or two before dinner. Bit disappointed to be honest, but to be fair, it was my assumption that it would be 'grander' than it actually was.
This left us with very little to occupy us. There were beautiful forest walks that you do, but after a hot sweaty drive up, we really didn't want to do anything to strenuous - again, not the hotels fault.
So, a bitter sweet experience.
We left straight after breakfast as my daughter hadn't had much sleep due to the hot room, and was complaining about severe tummy pains.
In fact - she ended up in A&E back home in Essex.
I wouldn't say I'd never return, because it certainly is a unique experience, and I imagine in a group, particularly at Christmas time, it'd be great fun - but, for us, it was too far to have travelled for just a meal.
Feel mean, as the staff were lovely, but I liken it to a beautifully tapestry cushion, but with little or no stuffing.
At first I was a little overwhelmed by the wedding venue planning having not done it before, I was constantly worried that we weren’t hearing anything from them (well we did book just over a year in advance and now realise there wasn’t much to say at that point!) although they were very efficient to communicate they’d received each instalment.
During the planning phase we unfortunately dealt with four different wedding coordinators so it felt like we had to constantly go over what we had already agreed because it hadn’t been written down etc.
BUT! Come the day they were just incredible, and it was such a relief to have such professionals available on the day to help with anything. They kept timings, herded guests, helped the photographer, learnt people’s names and even fixed our cake which had an unwelcome sugar sculpt addition on it when it arrived!
I believe the woman on duty that day was called Amy and she was just awesome, so helpful and really nice.
The venue itself is stunning, the food was delicious and the accommodation was luxurious! Thank you ❤️
From the moment you pass over the drawbridge and enter the courtyard you feel something special is afoot.
Enter the doors to the reception and you feel you have got back to medieval times, although this is the last castle built in England (1851) it is really atmospheric. The reception staff were very welcoming and carried our bags to the bedroom in one of the towers which was up three flights of stone steps. A note of caution here, if you have difficulty with mobility ask about an easy access room when you book, not all floors have lift access.
Great bedroom with wonderful views over Cheshire.
The food in the 1851 restaurant is very good indeed.
There were some problems at breakfast served buffet style they kept running out of bacon etc. Apparently a new chef but I think this is only a small temporary glitch.
All in all a memorable experience, we will certainly return, and roam through the extensive woodlands.
Came her for a business meeting with work in the executive boardroom. First impressions were strong. Fantastic setting, and a magical building.
Boardroom was well laid out and the initial service was excellent, with lots of tea and coffees from their Nespresso machine available in abundance.
Unfortunately, events manager hadn't made booking at hotel restaurant, so two of our party with strict dietary requirements (due to health issues) were forgotten, limiting their meal choices which should've been catered for in advance. The chef made a sterling effort to accommodate them and deserves a little t of credit.
The salad, steak , sea bass and pork belly were all cooked perfectly, as were vegetables and the cheesecake dessert was divine.
Unfortunately, PC is a popular wedding venue, even during midweek as out stay was, which half our party were kept up until early hours by the incessant noise from loud mouthed drunk guests in corridors throughout the hotel well after 2am. Whilst I acknowledge people are allowed to have fun on special occasions, staff could make more effort to contain wedding parties after certain times to provide a compromise for all guests. It didn't help our sleep in what were excellent rooms - clean, well laid out and well equipped with a modern twist to see lovely period design (WiFi, large TV, roll top bath, walk in shower and poster beds). I stayed in Bulkeley, which had a lovely view of the courtyard and a subjectively comfy bed, and felt roomy even for two people.
Our breakfast the next morning was once again cooked perfectly to order, as was our lunch. The kitchen staff deserve all the plaudits.
The house staff at reception and in the boardroom were courteous and conscientious. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the events manager who clearly did not relay the booking to other staff members ahead of our stay. We were a party of 8 , all with separate rooms, and paid a substantial sum to be here.
I can't recommend it for conference events, but can so for the wonderful food and excellent rooms. Considering the cost, this should events service should be a lot better.
This a beautiful hotel in a beautiful location.
Having attended a Wedding Reception during the day, we stayed overnight. Therefore our room was at a reduced rate, wouldn’t have liked to pay full price,
the room was lovely, but we were very disappointed with breakfast, service was very sloppy, verging on rude, over cooked bacon, rubbery hard fried eggs.
Not the quality we would expect.