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THE ART OF THE SPECTACULAR

Tilstone House combines the grandeur of a stately home with the intimate air of a country residence. Built by Lord and Lady Daresbury in 1888, this luxurious period property was originally used as a hunting and shooting lodge and boasts over 130 years as a hub of socialising in Cheshire.  Now, this timeless property acts as your stage to create something truly spectacular, from luxury weddings and private parties to corporate events.
Baron Daresbury at Tilstone House in 1888

1888

Tilstone House was built for Old Etonian Gilbert Greenall (later 2nd Baronet and 1st Baron Daresbury). The house was built primarily as a hunting lodge, albeit on a grand scale. Baron Daresbury (as he later became known) was one of the great huntsmen of the early twentieth century. The Greenall’s cemented Tilstone House’s a social hub, regularly entertaining on a large scale.

An historical photograph of Tilstone House from 1901

1901

By now, Tilstone was home to Major Major Frederick Howard Wingfield Fetherstonhaugh and his wife Beatrice. He was an extra Equerry to HM King George V and ran His Majesty’s thoroughbred stud. The Fetherstonhaughs were still at Tilstone in 1920.

An historical photograph of Tilstone House from 1920

1920

Mrs Mary Emma Dempster, wife of John Dempster, bought Tilstone in around 1920. John and Mary Dempster had a taste for the finer things in life and lived in a sequence of palatial houses, which included Drimsynie House (Lochgoilhead), Methven Castle (Perth) and Keele Hall (Staffordshire). They also spent time aboard their yacht, the ‘Vol- au-Vent’. Mrs Dempster lived at Tilstone with ten servants until her death on the 31st January 1932.

Oscar Dunstan Winterbottom fishing at Tilstone House

1935

By 1935 the Winterbottom family were living at Tilstone House. Oscar Dunstan Winterbottom was a son of Old Etonian Book Cloth manufacturer, millionaire George Harold Winterbottom. The Winterbottoms were part of Cheshire society, and were extremely keen hunters within the region. Captain Oscar Winterbottom was such a keen horseman that, when arthritis gave his leg terrible pain, he began to hunt sidesaddle!

Present Day

The current owners of Tilstone House bought the house and grounds in September 1997. A large number of people are still employed at Tilstone House, including the housekeeper, cleaners, maintenance staff, chefs, gardeners and a myriad of trades people.

 

In 2003, Tilstone House won the regional and came third in the national Quality Standards Awards for the rebuilding of the West Wing. The award commended the standard of the restoration including the faithfulness to the style of the original house. It is hard to tell where the old work ends and the new begins. The house now boasts the latest luxuries alongside the finest historic craftsmanship.

 

Tilstone House is now, like in the past, a house for entertaining. For nearly one hundred and thirty years Tilstone House has been a social hub in Cheshire. Long may it continue!

THE PERFECT PARTY DESTINATION

First of all, there’s the element of total exclusivity. From the immaculately landscaped grounds to the sumptuous bedrooms and function rooms, you can look forward to enjoying one of the most impressive Cheshire back-drops in total privacy.

 

Pair this with our passionate events team, personal butler service and cuisine from our award-winning catering partners, it’s safe to say that ‘indulgence’ is at the core of everything we do. Wherever your main event takes place, you will be served from an in-room bar, featuring an extensive bar menu and a press for champagne button to ensure the fizz is always flowing.

 

From weddings and christenings to parties and corporate events, your guests will be well and truly wowed.

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