We visited a friend near Nantwich, and stayed at Peckforton Castle in Tarporely. We found a good price for the room on LateRooms.com and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The location is in the middle of nowhere (even the sat nav couldn’t locate it). The entrance is by an imposing gate house, up a narrow wood-lined road and into the castle under a portcullis. The place is quite stunning. It was completed in 1851, and although not a ‘genuine’ medieval castle, is built to the same standards. The architect went to a lot of trouble to create the size and scale and use suitable materials. The outside is made of local red stone which glows in the evening sun. Unfortunately we arrived just a bit too late and most of the sun had gone off the building, just the tower still ‘lit’ up.
The Castle was equally stunning when lit up at night.
We had some refreshment in the Brasserie, a nice cosy room, if cosy is a term you can apply to a castle!
The TV lounge was a comfortable room to catch up on the news on the big TV, the room equally imposing with its architecture and book case.
Our room, one of 48, was on the same scale as the rest of the building. The bed was huge, room enough for 4 people!
The detailing in the rooms was nice. I loved the carving over the bed.
We went out to see our friend in the evening, and it was dark and cold. However, I couldn’t resist a shot of our jalopy parked outside.
We had an sumptuous English breakfast in the morning. There were quite a few people staying and the restaurant was quite full. After filling up, we were ready to be off. Outside the Castle has a number of birds of prey which they promote as an entertainment and offer as part of Wedding package too. There was one super white owl, but he stayed in his cage. Some were outside in the bright sun when we loaded the car so I couldn’t pass up a chance to shoot a couple (with the camera!)
I’d recommend Peckforton Castle as a place to stay in this part of Cheshire. What a find!