Castleman

‘Set in a period property, this hotel pampers its clients like friends, and captures an age of country house hospitality,’ write readers this year, of Barbara Garnsworthy’s former dower house in a feudal village. More

Contact details

Castleman
Chettle
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 8DB
England
01258 830 096

Hotel information

Bedrooms

8. 1 family room.

Open

Mar-end 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, restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

only guide dogs.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £80, double £105-£120, D,B&B double (midweek only) £135-£155. A la carte £33.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Set in a period property, this hotel pampers its clients like friends, and captures an age of country house hospitality,’ write readers this year, of Barbara Garnsworthy’s former dower house in a feudal village. The hybrid building began life as a 17th-century farmhouse, growing over the years to acquire 19th-century drawing rooms, Regency plasterwork and a Jacobean fireplace. ‘If you’re looking for a trendy boutique hotel, this is not for you!’ The ambience is that of a family home. There are antiques and oil paintings in abundance, ‘a comprehensive library’. Bedrooms are spacious, handsomely furnished, perhaps with four-poster, cheval glass, Victorian wardrobe. The daily-changing menu includes such dishes as smoked cod, sorrel, white wine and cream; pork medallions, glazed shallots and port. ‘You wait with bated breath as the menu rolls off the press at about 7 pm. The quality of the food is outstanding and superb value for money.’ At breakfast, ‘you start with freshly squeezed orange juice, then enjoy whatever you would like cooked for you’. A good base for golf and country sports, while walks start at the door. (Bob and Jean Henry)

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Visit us in Chettle and enjoy a night in a standard double room with breakfast and dinner, price £135 per night for a couple, £100 for single occupancy. Upgrade to a large double for £155 per couple. The offer applies from Sunday to Thursday nights.
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Castleman
Chettle
Blandford Forum
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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