Peckforton Castle Hotel, Tarporley
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Peckforton Castle Hotel
The outer gatehouse is a highlight in itself and must be about a mile from the inner gatehouse uphill through the trees. You can drive through the inner gate to the Castle Hotel but this is for drop off only, the car park being outside the castle walls - mind and grab an umbrella at the door if it's raining for the walk back.
Although the castle is a 19th century replica of a mediaeval castle it is very well done; the atmosphere is good, old rustic yet modern facilities.
The room that we had was ample although lacking one or two amenities such as luggage holder and every woman's necessity; a hairdryer! I'm sure one could have been requested but a bit late if you are in a rush and not realising in advance. The room does come wirh a wall mounted flat screen TV and tea/coffee tray (but no mini bar). A word of warning is the squeaky floor boards in room and the corridor; just make sure you are last to bed if a light sleeper as you will hear everyone return!
Be prepared to carry your luggage up a maze of steps and corridors to your room although again i'm sure assistance would be made available if requested.
The cellar wine bar is very atmospheric with vaulted ceiling and candles everywhere setting the mood. Don't be put off by the "wine cellar" title as it has draught lager, beer (keg) and guinness.
We booked the restaurant on arrival and thought it well worth the money. The choice was limited but varied enough with a red or white meat, a fish and vegetarian dish on offer. The food was fresh and service excellent, everything we requested was provided with a smile and nothing was a problem.
There was also a lounge menu if you preferred not to eat in the restaurant.
Overall I would recommend a stay in this hotel, even just for the uniqueness you would not be disappointed. The staff are excellent making your stay special. The only real minus point is those sqeaking floor boards....!!
Excellent!!! Fairytale castle!!from cheshiredexter
What a beautiful place!!!from Hinchy81
The person who wrote the review must of been an idiot!!!
Peckforton is the perfect place for a romantic break away. The setting is beautiful and the staff very very helpful. The Cellar Bar in the evening is the perfect place for a quiet drink and the local area has so much to do.
We will certainly being going back to celebrate the anniversary of our engagement
PECKFORTON CASTLE NIGHTMAREfrom MerseysideDolly
Sprayed with sewage and was made to feel like a vandal!from abisnail75
A wedding was going on when we arrived which was fine until the disco started up - our room 308 was directly above it. We could hardly hear the TV over Black Lace. I tried to call Reception to enquire about when it might stop but the telephone wasn't working. Went down to Reception (miles away!) and they did apologise but said they were full so couldn't change our room and that the disco was going on until 12.30. They offered to turn it down a little (which didn't happen) and offered to reduce our bill slightly for the inconvenience (we were staying 3 nights). THis all seemed well and good and we were happy until the last day of our stay.
As it's a remote place, they have a pumping system on their toilets and showers to remove the waste water. We have experienced this in the past and has not been a problem unless you put something down the toilet which you shouldn't.
On our last morning, I have a shower after my partner has had one and I notice the pumping system seems to be making more noise than usual. I don't think anything of it until I open the shower door and am sprayed by sewage pumping out of the toilet waste disposal unit (looked like the pipe clip had come off the unit). THis was not just shower water and had lumps of excrement and toilet tissue in it. I was covered, the bathroom flooded and it flowed out all over the carpet into the bedroom. The pumping finally stopped but as the phone wasn't working in the bedroom, we had to go down to reception to complain. As you can imagine I was horrified at a)flooding the room and b)being sprayed with sewage and was somewhat in shock.
At reception we were treated politely but not in a very apologetic way. They indirectly inferred that it was OUR fault. I suspect they believed it was because we had put something down the toilet and found it hard to believe I was taking a shower. I wasn't offered somewhere else to clean up in and we just went to breakfast. To be honest, I was still in shock.
ON checkout half an hour later, they didn't take anything off the bill as promised for the first night and took NOTHING off for me being sprayed with sewage. THe attitude I felt was "you booked a cheap rate through Late Rooms so what do you expect when you trash our room too?" We obtained a free pot of tea and that was it.
To be honest, that ruined the whole weekend away. My boyfriend didn't want to argue at the desk as he's not really a complainer and he was taking me away for a treat. Personally, I think I should have at least had one night free for that trauma. I am hoping that by posting this information online they will consider who the customer is and that word of mouth is key. I had a friend who was planning to stay but has cancelled their trip following my experience so they have already lost business due to their poor service.
The castle itself is nice but a little remote. Would recommend going in Summer rather than Winter as the walking will be better.
BTW the restaurant serves good food but very pricey. We checked what the main meal came with and were told potatoes and veg. When it turned up it came with a tiny dollop of mash, 3 minature carrots and two asparagus spears. We had to eat the biscuits in the room as we were still hungry. The house white is very nice though and at £12.50/bottle is good value. About the only thing I'd recommend about this place.
I think it's a good venue for a wedding where you only have to stay one night and to be honest, I think that they only really value the wedding business - other guests are a necessary evil to keep the wolf from the door.
If you decide to go as there are plenty of positive reviews (and I do hope you have a good time), AVOID ROOM 308 as they probably haven't replaced the carpet which as I mentioned was flooded with sewage and that's a public health risk.
Night away with a difference!from UKMabel
Unusual venuefrom Arstambar
Small but lovely roomfrom SusanMLondon
Go to the hotel and have a wonderful stay but eat elsewhere.
enjoyable stayfrom JulieCLiverpool
Top Local Tips for Tarporley
surrounding areas tarporley is a lovely area check out local pubs and cuisine take long scenic walks
beware!!!! please dont be taken in by a great location because it meant nothing after the service we received wish i would of taken note of bad reviews insted of becoming one
Excellent food Take a mid week break when there are no weddings on and you won't be disappointed with the beauty of the place
Other names for Peckforton Castle Hotel
- peckforton castle
- Address: Stone House Lane - Tarporley - England - CW6 9TN - United Kingdom
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