Peckforton Castle was built in the middle of the nineteenth century by John Tollemache, a wealthy Cheshire landowner and MP. The architect Anthony Salvin designed it in the Gothic style popular at the time. In 1858 Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of many Gothic revival churches and of St Pancras Station, called Peckforton Castle "The largest and most carefully and learnedly executed Gothic mansion of the present."
The Tollemache family continued to live in the house until 1939, which was the last time it was used as a family residence. During the Second World War it became a children’s hostel. During the 1970s and 1980s a number of films and TV programmes were shot here, including Doctor Who, the film Robin Hood starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman, and the Treasure Trap live action role-playing game.
Peckforton Castle was converted to a hotel in 1988. The Naylor family discovered the Castle in 2005 when their eldest son chose to marry his bride Kate here. They subsequently bought it and turned it into a luxury hotel available for weddings, medieval banquets, private and corporate parties and other events.
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