Willersley Castle Hotel

Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

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Willersley Castle History


The construction of Willersley Castle in began in 1790, commissioned by Sir Richard Arkwright, the great industrialist who developed the Water Frame which revolutionised the cotton milling industry in this country and all around the world. In 1791 a fire broke out causing severe damage to part of the interior of the Castle, a major setback in construction. The damage was repaired, but sadly Arkwright died in 1792 before completion of the building. His son, also named Richard, moved into Willersley Castle with his family in 1796 and the family continued to live there until 1922.
 
Many of the original features can still be seen today. The most striking of these is the Well Gallery, an oval gallery with a glass dome situated in the centre of the building, with cantilevered galleries on the first and second floors. An Adams archway leads through the building towards the Well Gallery, whilst the Music Room, Drawing Room and Dining Rooms all contain their original Adams fireplaces.
 
In 1927 a group of Methodist businessmen bought Willersley Castle as a Methodist Guild Holiday Centre, and opened its doors on the 5th May 1928. It became a popular location for young Methodists, with its tennis courts, bowling green, games field and organised excursions in the Peak District proving a real success.
 
During the Second World War the Castle was used as a Maternity Hospital by the Salvation Army, which had relocated from Clapton in the East End of London. Over four thousand babies were born at Willersley between 1940 and 1946.
 
Willersley Castle still is a popular hotel. In addition to providing holidays, Willersley also caters for residential conferences, day conferences, coach parties and group meals.

Special Offers

The Lake District, the Peak District, the Wye Valley; each is packed with a wealth of attractions
to keep your whole family entertained this summer
.
And in case caves, castles, walks and watersports weren't enough to whet your appetite, we're also extending our fabulous children's discounts so your children 10 and under can stay for free!

The offer extends to all our fantastic summer family holidays at Abbot Hall, Lindors Country House and Willersley Castle hotels, so whether it's Cumbria, Derbyshire or the Welsh-English border, that family holiday just got a little bit more appealing.

We have also added a fabulous offer from £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast on selected dates for our Summer family breaks between 15th July to 2nd September at the hotels below.

Abbot Hall Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Lindors Country House Hotel, nr. Lydney, Gloucestershire

Willersley Castle Hotel, nr. Matlock, Derbyshire

Prices on selected dates £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast, 3 night Minimum Stay. Other package options are available to suit your family's particular holiday requirements. Please call the hotels for dates when this offer is available and further details.

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News

Friend of Sidholme Music Room near £30k target to restore Chandeliers

Friend of Sidholme Music Room are now only £3,000 away from their £30k target to restore seven Osler Glass Chandeliers.

 

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