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.

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Managers Promotion
October 2017 - March 2018

Alongside our Speciality Break programme, we are proud to offer our truly versatile Stay as you Please option all year round (excluding Christmas and New Year).

Stay as you Please gives you the flexibility to do whatever you want, but with the benefit of having knowledgeable staff on hand to help you plan your stay. Chat with our friendly staff to come up with a jam-packed programme of fun or just take a break to relax with a good book – you can do as you please with our Stay as you Please breaks.

You can book a minimum of two nights for a Stay as you Please holiday to make the most of these great value flexible stays.

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October 2017: £65
November & December 2017 £45
January 2018: £45
February 2018: £49
March 2018: £55

Lindors Country House Hotel

October: £65
November & December 2017 £45
January 2018: £45
February & March 2018: £55

Sidholme Hotel

October: £60
November & December 2017 £45
January 2018: £45
February 2018: £49
March 2018: £55

Treloyhan Manor Hotel

October 2017: £60
November & December 2017 £40
January 2018: £45
February 2018: £47
March 2018: £55

Willersley Castle Hotel

October 2017: £65
November & December 2017 £49
January 2018: £45
February 2018: £49
March 2018: £55

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Brave the Shave

Jenny at Treloyhan Manor Hotel, recently took part in the Brave the Shave campaign.

Brave the Shave is a fundraising campaign by Macmillian Cancer Support, the aim of the campaign is for people to shave their head to "stand proudly alongside men, women and children with Cancer"

After hearing an advert on the radio, Jenny felt inspried to do something in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support and in memory of her sister, who sadly lost her battle against cancer in 2008.

Jenny would like to thank everyone from hotel guests, to her colleagues both at Treloyhan and the four other sister hotels, for their continued support and encouragement.

So far she has rasied £1,238.00.

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