Peckforton Castle is an enchanting hotel in the heart of Cheshire, described by English Heritage as "the only intact medieval style castle in the country." Built in the middle of the 19th century, it is one of the North West's venues for leisure breaks, corporate events, conferences and weddings. The castle has been used as a film location for shows, including Robin Hood, Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.
Since taking over the castle in 2006, Chris Naylor, MD has set about enhancing the visual aspect of the Grade I listed building, yet still making sure it functions well as a hotel.
Improving secure access to the hotel's guest rooms is an important part of his development plan. In early 2010, he contacted Simon Farmer of ACC Security Solutions to specify an electronic access control system for the newly restored wing of the castle.
"After taking a look around the hotel we knew aesthetics would be very important, Paxton's architectural readers were perfect because they are so low-profile, it meant we could offer discreet locking for the rooms,” Farmer said.
To enhance the look and style of the hotel, Farmer chose to have architectural readers with glass inserts branded with the Peckforton Castle logo. To match this, Farmer used the free card designer feature to create guest access cards in the same way, for a really professional finish.
ACC installed Paxton's access control system on 22 doors, including the lift. When guests arrive at Peckforton Castle they are given a designed access card that works the lift and allows entry to their bedrooms. Once in the lift, they swipe their cards on the reader and the lift knows exactly which floor to take them to, which will not give the guests access to any other floor.