Yesterday was my Mum's 50th birthday so obviously we needed to do something super special. Originally I had mentioned to my Dad that I would like to arrange for all of us to go away to a hotel somewhere for the night including a meal and maybe a spa day of some sort but he wasn't too keen. His plan was to whisk Mum off to Paris for a few days which I'm sure she would have loved however, if you have been following my blog you'll already know My dad's sister is very unwell and he didn't want to be too far away in case something happened.
After some thought Dad decided it would be nice for us all to go away for the night so I set about searching for the perfect place. I actually found a really good deal on Groupon for a one night dinner,bed and breakfast for two at Peckforton Castle. I'd never actually heard of it before but after looking at their website my mind was made up instantly. How could I resist making my mum a princess for her birthday and letting her stay in a castle?
On the day of Mum's birthday we didn't actually leave until quite late and enjoyed a lazy morning slowly making our way through Cheshire to arrive around 4pm. The Castle was beautiful, unfortunately I didn't actually take many photographs which is a shame as it was such a special occasion. The grounds surrounding the hotel were swarming with wild flowers and beautiful birds, we were actually greeted by a friendly peacock upon arrival which Dexter thought was amazing.
Mum seemed really happy with the choice of hotel, the grounds were so beautiful and it was really nice to see her enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine. For the rest of the afternoon we relaxed, had a walk around the grounds and a nosey at our rooms before dinner. The hotel has two restaurants on site, the 1851 Fine dining restaurant and the less formal brasserie. Having Dexter with us we thought it would be best to stick to the brasserie although I'm sure he would have been fine in the restaurant as long as he had some sort of distraction. Before heading down to dinner we tried to out Dex down for a nap but he wasn't having any of it.
Our meal in the Brasserie was lovely but it's a shame I cannot say the same about the service. The reception staff and groundskeepers were absolutely lovely but something has gone terribly wrong in the brasserie. They weren't particularly pleasant, offered Dexter some colouring in things that never materialised, Mum ordered three separate drinks which had to be chased up repeatedly each time and after they had taken our food order it took the waitress 15 minutes to let me know they didn't have any of the dish I'd ordered left. On a positive note the food we had was delicious and the portions very generous, the home made chips were the best I think I have ever tasted! On the whole the experience wasn't ruined by the lack of staff training but it could have easily been a different story.
My name is Kelly & I am the author of Life as Mrs P. Thank you for stopping by & I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog. If you have any questions or comments then please do not hesitate to contact me xx