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Peckforton Castle's history dates back to 1840 when John Tollemache bought and inherited 36,000 acres of land in the villages of Peckforton and Beeston. John began his dream of building a medieval castle on the top of the Peckforton hills in 1842 but the magnitude of the project meant it was not completed until 1851.

Awarded English Heritage Grade 1 status in 1952, Peckforton has been used as a location for a number of television and film productions.

 The Challenge

 The Castle became a venue for wedding receptions in 1989 and became one  of the government's first venues to be licensed for civil ceremonies beyond the traditional registry office in 2001.

The Naylor family took ownership of the Castle in 2006 and began a restoration project which was sympathetic to the tradition and ageless charm of the Castle whilst creating a stunning backdrop for weddings and other special occasions.

However, disaster struck in 2012 when a groom deliberately set fire to the hotel at his own wedding reception. Over 100 firefighters tackled the fire at the Grade 1 listed 19th century castle and 120 people, including 13 children had to be evacuated. The fire caused almost £6 million worth of damage to the castle and left much of the interior as a burnt out shell.

The solution

The team at Chantelle Lighting worked closely with Tony Naylor to restore the castle's impressive light fittings to their former glory. Working with images of the original fittings, the craftsmen and women  at Chantelle Lighting painstakingly restored the statement chandeliers and bespoke candle wall lights to ensure the castle once again became a beautiful wedding venue.

The result

 The Castle has been restored to a traditional venue with a modern twist which is sensitive to the centuries of history associated with it. From the stylish 1851 restaurant to the atmospheric wine cellar, the 48 bedrooms to the Great Hall, visitors are captivated from the moment they enter the Peckforton grounds. 

Tony Naylor said:

"We are continuing to work with Chantelle Lighting  today on our ongoing renovations to the Castle and are always delighted with how they interpret our ideas and come up with something unique which looks like it could have been in place at the castle for hundreds of years. The fire in 2012 was devastating but we were really pleased with how hard the team at Chantelle worked to restore our beautiful, bespoke light fittings."

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