For my boyfriends birthday, we decided to go away for a few days to Chester as it was somewhere we haven’t been together before. We found a great deal on BuyaGift for a 2-night stay at Peckforton Castle, which we thought would be lovely for our stay in Chester. It was only 30 minutes drive away from the places we wanted to experience as well which was fantastic.
We explored Cheshire Oaks (and made a massive dent in the bank accounts) and had a day at Chester Zoo.
After funding a great deal for a 2-night stay, we decided to stay at the luxurious Peckforton Castle.
The Castle is set in the country lanes by Beeston Castle and is very picturesque. We parked in the main car park and walked up to the reception; to learn they offer a valet parking service. We left our luggage with reception as our room wasn’t ready and they put the luggage into the room ready for us to settle in…LUXURY!
We upgraded our room to a 4-poster bed for the extra experience at an additional £45 per night. The hotel offers 2 restaurants, outdoor activities such as archery and has a spa in the hotel. We had lunch at the bistro restaurant at lunchtime and went to the fine dining restaurant in the evening.
We did have an issue with the room which was sorted out straight away and the staff was always on hand to help.
I would recommend Peckforton Castle if you wanted to treat yourself or a loved one to a luxury and relaxing a few nights away.
I would note that phone signal was very poor in places due to it being out in the countryside, but they have Wi-fi throughout the hotel which is fast.
Range Rover Experience
Matt was given a gift voucher for the Range Rover experience which is located just on the courtyard in Peckforton Castle, so not far for us to walk to.
The gift voucher was for an hours experience and allowed me to also join in on the fun. I sat in the back seat, holding onto the side and praying the car which was on an 70% angle wasn’t going to turn onto its side.
Matt got to drive the top of the range car (the Autobiography) which they had at the Experience and he was very happy! The controls in the car were phenomenal and made you feel like it was a spaceship.
The track set within the forest had obstacles, hills, cliff edges, and wildlife throughout. The views the track offered across the Mersey to Liverpool, Chester and North Wales were breathtaking; then the drop back down the hill equally took my breath away – oops.
In total, we were at the Experience around 1 and a half hours and the instructor who was with us (Russell) was so knowledgeable about the car and also super friendly. He made us feel at ease around the course as he knew it and the car like the back of his hand. You can tell he had a passion for his job and it was lovely.
We didn’t actually set out for this trip to include Cheshire Oaks, but it did and we spent 6 hours there over the 2 days.
I was shocked to see how many top brands were there and how of a discount there is. Some shops were offering 70% off RRP with an additional 20% off that or buy 2 items and get a 3rd for free.
When I saw converse there, I had to treat myself to a new pair.
We have already said we will return for a Christmas shop.
The place we decided to come to Chester for. Matt and I love animals and Zoos and after seeing the TV show and the great work they do with conservation, we wanted to pay them a visit.
The zoo was a lot bigger than we thought, and seem to be doing work on site to make improvements. Sometimes this didn’t help us get our bearings around the site. 1. some routes were blocked and 2. we are generally not great with directions without the help of Google Maps. Something I feel the Zoo should make, an actual map where you type in what animals you want to see and it takes you there on the path with least traffic. I know it probably isn’t possible – but with technology advances, you never know.
Have you ever Visited Cheshire?
As I said earlier, Matt and I want to go back to Chester near Christmas; so do you recommend anywhere to go see or visit? Let me know…