Look no further than Over Peover!
If you’ve booked your special day at Colshaw Hall or Merrydale Manor, you will already know by now that these two wedding venues are some of the finest in Cheshire and beyond. With bespoke interiors, luxuriously high standards and attentive service from the Irlam family team, you’re in safe hands. But how much do you know about the area where these two stunning venues are located?
Both Colshaw Hall and Merrydale Manor are located in a gem of a village, Over Peover (also referred to as Peover Superior). Peover is pronounced ‘Peever’ rather than Pea-over” and the name translates to ‘Bright Stream’ which comes from the Peover Eye, a babbling brook and well worth a visit. You will need your wellies for this little beauty spot which is popular with walkers, fishermen, and children in the summer.
Over Peover is a stunning village which packs a punch when it comes to facilities and breathtaking countryside. A former winner of best-kept village, Over Peover dates back to Anglo Saxon times, this ancient village is steeped in history and was even mentioned in the Domesday Book. The history is evident in its number of halls and listed buildings that still stand throughout the village. One example is Peover Hall which dates back to 1585 and was home to General George Patton during the war. On open days, visitors can stroll around the gardens and walk around the beautiful estate which is also home to St Lawrence’s Church. Many of our couples choose to marry there if they are having a church ceremony!
At the southern side of the parish, a retired mill called ‘Batemill’ still stands retaining many of its features. If you’re brave enough, many of the landmarks can be viewed on the Colshaw Hall 10k race which takes place every year and snakes through the leafy country lanes passing the iconic Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank before returning to Colshaw Hall for a stunning finish! Colshaw Hall itself is, of course, steeped in history. Originally a home for the Peel family before they moved to Peover Hall, a hospital during the first world war and even a golf course before being acquired by the Irlam family who restored it in 2002.
The parish has been home to the Irlam family for generations and in modern times is home to a lovely community of about 700 people. Its centre features a small village primary school, cricket club and parish park. As with any great village, there are three pubs in the Parish. The Whipping Stocks, Parkgate Inn and just down the road, you can find yourself at the Dog Pub. Owned by the Irlam family, the Dog Pub prides itself on real ales, seasonal dishes which are prepared from fresh every day and a selection of fine wines and champagne. There are outside seating areas to enjoy when the sun is out and roaring fires for the winter. A perfect spot for lunch if you are viewing Colshaw Hall or Merrydale Manor!
There is much more to Over Peover of course, this is just a taster, but next time you’re driving to the venues or stop your car for a stroll around the village, we hope you’ll notice that you’re getting married at a stunning venue, in an idyllic location too!