A unique accommodation option at a staggeringly mid range price, Leasowe Castle is a chance for travellers to escape into another world and stay in a 16th Century castle on the Wirral Peninsula.
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Leasowe Castle is a grade II listed heritage building that overlooks the stunning Wirral coastline, far enough away from everything to escape into your own idyllic retreat for a few days but close enough to both Liverpool and Cheshire that getting here isn’t too arduous, but perhaps the most staggering thing about this hotel is the price!
Unique accommodation options are relatively few and far between in the UK and usually come with a hefty price tag, but Leasowe offers you the chance to stay in a castle for the price of an average mid range hotel!
Built in 1593 by the 5th Earl of Derby, second in line to the throne, as a hunting retreat and as a stage to watch the Wallasey races on Meols sands. Leasowe Castle has undergone numerous changes and even a period of dereliction since then, but now embraces a much more modern interior that is still proud of its heritage and displays it with honour.
Pictures throughout the halls tell the story of the castle as it passed through the hands of the nobility after the death of the original Earl and eventually became a grand hotel. Later being used to house German prisoners of war in WWI and then later as a railway convalescent home before being returned to its former glory as a grand hotel.
A modern refurb has given the hotel a new lease of life but little details still give you that sense of history to remind you that this truly is a unique chance to stay in a grand castle and a piece of local heritage. The grand stairwell is embellished with the battles England has historically taken part in as well as the reigning monarchs at the time, and the grand Star Chamber is named after the same hall in the Palace of Westminster in London, where the intricate oak panelling, chimney and tapestries where rescued from after the original hall’s demolition in 1836.
Leasowe Castle is located in Moreton on the Wirral, an often forgotten part of the North West and well off the beaten track for travellers who will usually make a beeline straight for neighbouring Liverpool, Chester or Cheshire, but the fact that the castle is located on an absolutely stunning stretch of the Wirral coastline with views of the famous Liverpool skyline visible across the water and even the Welsh mountains in the other direction makes this stretch of coastline worth the trip for the views alone.
The closeness to some of the North West’s major travel hubs as well as the relative remoteness and stunning coastline makes this an ideal getaway for a tranquil break for those travellers who want to get away from it all for a little while.
Leasowe Castle is an easy walk from Leasowe train station which can be reached from all major hubs from Liverpool, Chester, Cheshire and other surrounding areas. Regular buses also run from Liverpool city centre, Chester city centre and throughout Cheshire to Moreton via Birkenhead and drop you off a few minutes walk from the castle. For those driving it is easily accessible from the M53.
The service at Leasowe Castle was professional and unobtrusive but at the same time extremely friendly and staff were full of knowledge about the castle’s history and heritage as well as ideas for local things to see and do.
I stayed in a large, comfortable and contemporary double room with stunning dual views over the Wirral Peninsula, giving the room a real air of grandeur that most mid range hotels could never come close to matching. It was a real pleasure waking up and relaxing in my room to views of the beach and even the faint outline of the Liverpool skyline through the winter fog!
Other than that the room was standard 3 star modern comfort. Decorated to a high standard with a comfortable King size bed and en suite with a quality finish and a reasonable shower it was more than worth the price per night and stacks up extremely well for its reasonable mid range price tag.
The only thing was as comfortable as the room was, and as clean and as well decorated as it was, that was about it. It could have been a room in any 3 star modern hotel, and apart from the amazing views over the coast there wasn’t all that much to remind you of the fact you are staying in a castle and I do think that is a little bit of a shame!
At this price range you are getting amazing value for money and the room would be immaculately perfect in any modern 3 star hotel, but the reason travellers would stay here is the fact that it is the unique chance to stay in a castle and that was lost a little once you were cocooned in your room. It would have been nice, either through decor or architecture to have something to remind you of that heritage.
Saying that though I would still choose to stay here over any other modern 3 star hotel just for the views alone! You still get to enjoy and explore the castle grounds too and the bragging rights of staying in a castle are half the fun of choosing unique accommodation options such as these!
Leasowe castle has three different dining options open to both guests and non guests, the Wreckers Bar and Lounge, a modern bar with live music most weekends and a range of signature cocktails, Brasserie 1593, a stylishly contemporary restaurant, and the Star Chamber, a grand dining room that oozes heritage and is perfect for having afternoon tea with a sense of occasion.
No matter what option you choose, the food here is absolutely spectacular and the team of chefs do an absolutely amazing job of creating some of the best food on the peninsula! Even if you aren’t staying here and are in the region I would still strongly suggest that you come for a visit just to have a meal. The salt and pepper chicken wings with sweet chilly sauce are just so good that I even ordered a second starter after my main!
Overall the room itself is a great mid range option easily accessible to most budgets, and even though the rooms do have a contemporary, modern, cookie cutter feel to the decor it is still a fact that this is most travellers chance to sleep in a castle at a reasonable budget. The fact that you can stay in such a unique slice of local history and heritage at all should have travellers in the region flocking here, and the location on the stunning Wirral coastline is the absolute icing on the cake.
If you want to get away from it all and stay somewhere unique either for a weekend break or simply just for the chance to say you slept in a castle, then Leasowe Castle should be very high on your list!
Leasowe Castle is located at Leasowe Road, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 3RF.
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Have just discovered this, I had no idea there was anything like this close to Liverpool! Looks like it would be perfect for my partners birthday.
I’m sure it would be, it’s an amazing destination!