07 Mar History of Tilstone House: Cheshire’s exclusive wedding venue
Nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside sits Tilstone House, Cheshire’s completely exclusive, luxury wedding venue. Opening its doors a year ago, Tilstone boasts immaculately decorated gardens, luxurious function rooms and eleven opulent bedrooms – providing the ultimate back-drop to your wedding day.
Before Tilstone House transformed into the luxurious wedding venue it is today, the former aristocratic home lived through over 130 years of rich history. Built by Lord and Lady Daresbury in 1888, this sensational period property was used as a hunting and shooting lodge, offering a hub of socialising in Cheshire.
Heading into the 20th Century, Tilstone welcomes another historical figure, Major Frederick Howard Wingfield Fetherstonhaugh and his wife Beatrice. Major Fetherstonhaugh was an Equerry to HM King George V and took care of His Majesty’s thoroughbred stud. They remained at Tilstone House for 19 years, and it was likely they built upon the gorgeous library we know today.
In 1920, Mrs Mary Dempster, wife to the late John Dempster, moved into the house, and she was well-known for enjoying the finer things in life. The couple had lived in a sequence of palatial houses, which included Drimsynie House (Lochgoilhead), Methven Castle (Perth), and Keele Hall (Staffordshire). They had ten servants working at Tilstone and Mary remained until her death in 1932. By an even more extraordinary coincidence, Mrs Dempster’s great granddaughter, Mrs Angela McAlpine lived at Tilstone Lodge, which shares a border with Tilstone House.
The next grand family to move to Tilstone House were Captain and Mrs Oscar Winterbottom, who were well-known in Cheshire society. The whole family were very keen hunters, including their debutante daughter, Noel. They were so keen, in fact, that when the Captain’s leg began to suffer with arthritis, he learned how to hunt side-saddle! Mrs Winterbottom was also the Vice President of Cheshire Bee Keepers’ Association, who used Tilstone House on occasion for their meetings.
This beautiful stately home is steeped in history and the current owners bought the house and grounds in 1997. A large number of people are still employed at Tilstone, including the housekeeper, cleaners, maintenance staff, chefs, gardeners, and a myriad of trades people. Tastefully decorated, the house boasts modern luxuries mixed with the finest historic craftsmanship.
Tilstone House is now, like in the past, a house for entertaining. This timeless property acts as your stage to create something truly spectacular. It truly is a special venue, which offers a wedding day of opulence and total exclusivity. Like so many greats before you, Tilstone House could be yours.