Every year since I turned 30th, Paul and I have been abroad in the run up to my birthday celebrations. We hit Thailand for 14 days for my big 30, Marbella for my 31st and our babymoon and Halkadiki for my 32nd and our first family holiday. This was the first year that we were celebrating in the UK, and to be honest I was a lovely change. I am nearly five months pregnant as well as having a 22 month old, and I really wanted to celebrate with my family and friends on home soil.
My family all got together for a wonderful Thai dinner at Siam Oriental in Chapel Allerton in Leeds, my grandparents, aunties, cousins and our kids. My birthday this year fell on Thursday 14th April, so with it being mid week, I spent my actual birthday with my mum having afternoon tea at a potential wedding venue for my 2018 wedding. Peckforton Castle is situated in the leafy suburb of Tarpoley, Cheshire. I had come across this venue a few times, on reality TV show’s and recommendations from friends, so it was most definitely on my lists of places to see.
The castle is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. It was built in the middle of the 19th century as a family home for John Tollemache, a wealthy Cheshire landowner, estate manager, and Member of Parliament in 1844-180. Its regal, almost aristocratic exterior is very palatial and I could see why couples would see this as their perfect wedding venue.
Mum and I booked to see the venue’s wedding planner and event manager to show us around the rooms, suites and wedding facilities. Everything from the medieval spiral staircase took you back to being in a history lesson brought to life. The interior of the castle has heavily bricked walls juxtaposed with plush red carpets and lots of candles. The grounds are home to falcons and peacocks that just leisurely stroll around the vicinity and clay pigeon shooting is a popular sport with locals. The venue does offer a chapel, but since I am catholic, I am looking for a church wedding with a reception destination nearby. Its a full hour away from my house, so it was a bit of a trek, but worth the visit at least.
After a full tour of the wedding facilities, bedrooms and suites, it was time to sit back and relax in the restaurant for a bite to eat. Afternoon tea was suddenly too light for the appetite we had worked up so we chose to dine from the a la carte menu which showcased some fabulous British dishes with a modern twist. I order the rump steak with seasonal vegetables and twice fried chips, and mum order the most stunning looking (and tasting!) fish and chips I’ve ever seen.
After such a fabulous day with my No1 lady, chatting about weddings, babies and putting the world to rights, we left the venue with a welcome pack of information with everything to think about from the food and beverage menus, suite and bedroom bookings, exclusive hire fees and all the trimmings, I was exhausted. So much to think about, but I have so much time and I cant wait to keep looking at other potential venues until I find my perfect one for my perfect day.
My birthday weekend with the mister was spent at the newly opened King St Townhouse in Manchester which boasts an infinity pool overlooking Manchester city centre. My birthday was complete with a shopping trip to Selfridges for a new pair of ‘choo’s’ and dinner reservations at Asha’s Indian restaurant to finish off a fabulous week of celebrations.