1939 to the present day
During World War II, Peckforton Castle was used as a hostel for 200 physically handicapped children evacuated from the London area.
Apart from Tollemache family gatherings and one-off events the Castle remained unused until 1969. From 1969 to 1980 one wing of the castle was rented by an American, Mr B Barratt and his French wife and their family.
Over the years the Castle has been used by producers as a location for making movies, both television and for the cinema, namely; 'Gawain and the Green Knight', Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who.
During the 1980s the new tenants used it for a private club called 'The Treasure Trap', the members of which don medieval costumes and play 'George and the Dragon' type fantasy games.
In 1989 the Castle was sold again and after an extensive renovation programme planning permission was given to convert the premises to a hotel and a license gained to undertake Civil Wedding Ceremonies.
The Naylor Family
By the Millennium the castle was hosting weddings, a business which slowly grew but still meant the premises were never used on a full time basis. It was this ambition that prompted the Naylor family to investigate the possibility of buying the business and in June 2006 the deal was completed.
Peckforton Castle has been transformed into an exciting and enchanting venue where exclusive weddings dovetail perfectly with business and leisure guests.
Recent investments have been made to the hugely impressive interior. Visit the stylish 1851 Restaurant or the incredibly atmospheric wine cellar, view the magnificent entertaining rooms and wonder at the craftsmanship and design.
Stay in one of the 48 bedrooms, each furnished in a style befitting of a Castle. Chose from standard, executive and four-poster rooms.
Book an outdoor experience such as our Falconry Encounter where you can meet our Golden Eagle, go 'off road' with the Land Rover Experience based at the Castle and enjoy walking the "Sandstone Trail" which passes through the surrounding 4000 acres of forest.
Check availability and book a room with our online reservation system