Castleman

Something of the French country house permeates this former dower house turned restaurant-with-rooms: perhaps the ‘gorgeous, unspoilt’ setting, or the ‘thoughtful, laid-back’ staff, or the ‘real personality’ of owners Barbara Garnsworthy and brother Brendan. More

Contact details

Castleman
Chettle
Dorset
DT11 8DB
England
01258 830096
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

8 (1 family).

Open

Mar–Jan, except 25/26, 31 Dec, restaurant closed midday except Sun.

Facilities

2 drawing rooms, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 2-acre grounds (stables for visiting horses), riding, fishing, shooting, cycling nearby, only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £100–£115, D,B&B (midweek only) £125–£145. À la carte £30.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Something of the French country house permeates this former dower house turned restaurant-with-rooms: perhaps the ‘gorgeous, unspoilt’ setting, the ‘air of faded gentility’, the ‘thoughtful, laid-back’ staff or the ‘real personality’ of owners Barbara Garnsworthy and brother Brendan. ‘Brilliantly’ looked after ‘as individuals’, guests find their delight in the ‘first-class’ menus, the ‘spot-on’ service, the ‘away-from-it-all’ atmosphere. Most of the bedrooms are ‘spacious, with a wonderful outlook’, though ‘careful selection’ is advised. Trace architectural fashions in the building’s period additions and expansions: one drawing room has Regency plasterwork, the other a Jacobean fireplace; ornate carved woodwork decorates ceiling, doors and shutters. In the ‘delightful’ dining room, Barbara Garnsworthy and Richard Morris’s ‘first-rate’ cooking, ‘promptly’ served, often draws ‘a full house for dinner’. Consider roast partridge, bacon, redcurrant jelly; pan-fried sea bass fillet, cobnut pesto. It is ‘very good value’. Breakfast has home-baked bread, ‘wonderful’ plum jam, ‘the finest scrambled eggs’. (AF, and others)

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Castleman
Chettle
Dorset
DT11 8DB

Guest comments

'The best-value hotel we know in this country. The staff were friendly and helpful. In the well-deisgned restausrant, the food was exceptional. Our large room had sofa, desk and table; lovely views. Edward Bourke died in August 2011. His widow, her brother and the chef continue to run this outstanding establishement. ' - Leo Pilkington - October, 2011
'Food excellent. All staff able, polite, appropriate, and helpful beyond the call of duty.Lovely, quiet, away-from-it-all environment. Delightful gardens, walks, views, and plenty of villages, fine buildings, churches, and ancient town s to visitie. ' - Alec Frank - February, 2017
'We enjoyed it as much as ever. Barbara Bourke leads a strong, dedicated and friendly team. She emphasises that this is primarily a restaurant with eight rooms above. Bedrooms are clean and comfortable. The superior ones are very larg. Do not expect room service or mini bar as this is a straightforward country house where you are made to feel like friends. You may find damaged paint work and a mish-mash of coat hangers. Standards of cooking and service in the busy dining room remain high. We appreciate breakfast (more or less anything you ask for) served until 10am. There is complete silence here, no notices or rules and delightful country walks await you right outside the front door. ' - Janet and Dennis Allom - May, 2012

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