Peckforton Castle - The Ultimate Weekend Escape

The reason I love reading fiction so much is because it allows me to escape reality and delve into a world so completely far from my own that I forget any stresses and problems that are usually passing through my mind. So, when visiting Peckforton Castle last weekend, it felt like I was living in a Medieval fiction novel, quite literally a dream come true.


Placed in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Peckforton Castle is a grade 1 listed building built between 1844-1850, a Victorian country house built in the style of a medieval castle at a time during a great gothic revival in architecture. It was built for John Tollermache, the 1st baron of Tollermache and in WW1 was used as a hospital for handicapped children. The outstanding building has held host to a wealth of history and in 2006, was bought by the Naylor family who transformed the castle into the hotel, wedding venue and spa that we know today. 


The hotel has 48 guest rooms, all eloquently decorated to fit with the medieval architectural features. Have you ever had one of those moments where you feel as though things seem too good to be true? It was that feeling I experienced when finally stepping into the executive room that evening. I'm not made of money, so staying is such a high brow hotel really was a bit of a big deal for me, thick burgundy curtains covering the view of the forest  made me feel like I was a part of the history. And I really felt like I'd made it when I saw the free-standing bath, that was one life goal ticked off the list that evening...





We only got to stay for one night but that's all I needed to relax and unwind. If you're based in the North West then this truly is the perfect city escape. Just an hour away from Manchester, this magnificent hotel oozes elegance and allows you to forget any problems you were panicking about 30 minutes previous. Booking a hotel for an evening may seem like an expense not worth paying, but surely spending that money with a loved one truly enjoying time together and forgetting about work is much worthier than spending that money on a night out. Then feeling awful and totally NOT refreshed the next day. 

If you have a few days to spend there you don't even need to leave the grounds to enjoy yourself. The castle holds host to a variety of different adventure activities such as archery, laser pigeon clay shooting and Segway tours. Or if you are solely there to chill then why not take full advantage of the spa facilities. When you book in for any of the treatments then you have access to the relaxation rooms, hot tubs, sauna and rainforest showers, now if that doesn't sound like the perfect way to relax then I don't know what does. 

Sometimes physically taking yourself away from your troubles can really help to clear the mind and let you breathe. Whether you want to go away with someone or just take yourself away alone and get some headspace, Peckforton Castle is the ideal place for this. The staff are exceptional and you constantly feel at ease, something we all need from time to time. For more information, click here

Cya! 
Eryn


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