Wait a million tales to be told
A visit to the Castle starts as you pass through the gatehouse lodge and up the sprawling driveway. Pass through the surrounding woodland before entering via an open carriage-way, protected by a stunning portcullis through which adventure awaits…
1840 - 1851
It was in 1840 that a Mr. John Tollemache bought the land that would become the home of Peckforton Castle. 36,000 acres of sprawling green Cheshire countryside, the plot included the villages of Peckforton and Beeston, plus the rolling hills destined to house this grand project. Tollemache dreamt of a palatial fortified home in the style of a medieval castle, and so work commenced in 1842 and the castle’s story began… but the sheer magnitude of such an imposing build meant it was not completed for another nine years, in 1851.
1890 - 1952
In 1876, Tollemache was awarded a Lordship in recognition of his services to agriculture. Throughout his life he was married twice, father to an impressive 25 sons and one daughter, until he passed away in 1890 at the ripe old age of 85. Only 12 of his sons survived him. The last member of the Tollemache family to live in the castle was Lord Bentley; who left Peckforton in 1939 and took up residence in Eastbourne. During World War II, in Lord Bentley’s absence, the Castle provided care and a safe home to disabled evacuee children.
1952 - 2001
In 1952, the Castle was recognised and rewarded by English Heritage when it was granted Grade I-listed status; as a building of exceptional interest and importance. In the 1980s the castle welcomed new tenants, hosting a private members club known as The Treasure Trap. Visitors would don medieval costumes for live action fantasy games, and once again the incredible setting was at the heart of all the fun. In 1989 the castle was sold again, becoming a venue for business conferences and wedding receptions.
2001 - Present Day
By 2001 its history had yet again blended with modern times and we were one of the government’s first venues to be licensed for civil ceremonies held beyond the traditional registry office. Over the years, its stunning vista has proven popular as a filming location for TV and film producers. The likes of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who have all graced the grounds, and the enchanting surroundings of the castle have provided the backdrop for many an adventure.
You are cordially invited to...
Enjoy centuries of tradition within the Castle walls, and the ageless charm of this stunning venue. Since 2006 when the Naylor family took ownership of the Castle, their strong commitment to this family-run business has helped shape its unique appeal – and will be the influence for growth in the future. Whether your visiting one of our stylish restaurants, enjoying an outdoor experience such as our Falconry Encounter or going ‘off road’ with the Land Rover Experience, your stay is our pleasure.