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

[2017] per room B&B £100–£115, D,B&B (midweek only) £100–single occupancy, £135-standard double, £155-large double. 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

'In this unspoiled village, the philosophy is that 'everyone helps each other'. This extends to The Castleman where many of the villagers and their children provide their guests with a comfortable and homely experience. If you're looking for a trendy boutique hotel, The Castleman is not for you! It pampers its clients more as friends, and captures an age of country house hospitality which has been lost in so many areas. You start your day with freshly squeezed orange juice, and ask for what you want - it will be cooked for you! Bread is homemade as is the preserve. The extensive dinner menu is changed daily. You wait with baited breath as it roles off the press at about 7 pm. The quality of the food ,often featuring local produce, is outstanding and superb value for money. Wines have a very reasonable (£10) mark up). ' - Bob & Jean Henry - June, 2017
'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 - October, 2016
'Once again we found the Castleman to be friendly and comfortable, with exceptional, unpretentious food from local produce. Our spacious bedroom had superb views from its bay window, wonderful old-fashioned bathroom with huge bath (I am 6'3" and could lie flat in it) and lavatory bowl encased in wood. Two comfortable armchairs and a desk (all essential), but not enough light. With breakfasts and three dinners the bill came to £616.95 - very reasonable. We'll go back again. ' - Leo Pilkington - March, 2016

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