Cheshire-based hotel and events venue Peckform Castle celebrated its fifth anniversary of ownership by the Naylor family on 20 June despite a fire that ripped through the castle in the early hours of Sunday morning.
At 4.45am on 19 June the alarm was raised after a fire broke out in the castle’s largest function space decorated with chandeliers and tapestries. Twenty fire engines rushed to the scene and 70 guests evacuated to the safety of the courtyard by hotel night staff. No one was hurt but around a quarter of the castle has been damaged and a man has been charge with arson.
To mark the anniversary a showcase was planned for key staff, suppliers, corporate and leisure clients. The party went ahead on 20 June despite the family coming to terms with the scale of damage caused by the fire.
“We are extremely lucky that so little of the castle has been affected,” said hotel MD Chris Naylor. “Most of our function rooms and public areas will be useable following a good clean. Most importantly no one was hurt.
“We felt it was important to hold the party as a thank you to them and to celebrate our strength and visions of a new and improved business going forward. We will not be beaten.”
Peckforton Castle will reopen to the public on 24 June and all booked events will continue as planned, however, might change see slight changes due to the damage.
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