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The Castleman Hotel, Chettle, Dorset
This refreshingly authentic and eccentric hotel lies in an extraordinary village surrounded by breath-taking countryside. Chettle is an estate village, largely owned by one family since the 19th century, so it has been protected from development and has a rare sense of community. The hotel, a former dower house, has a sense of grandeur thanks to tall ceilings, some fine Regency plasterwork, and portraits of distinguished ancestors. However, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and with just eight rooms guests receive very personal service. Mercifully, The Castleman has been spared the typical boutique-hotel makeover that has stripped the character from so many country house hotels. The result is something far more true to itself and its history, something really rather special.
Chettle is incredibly special and a pleasure to walk around. Don't miss the village shop and the beautiful church.
The hotel is in a historic Dorset village near the walking trails in Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
By car: around 2 hours 30 mins from London, 1 hour 30 mins from Bristol and 3 hours from Birmingham. Free private parking on-site.
By train: trains from London to Bournemouth take 2 hours 45 mins, the hotel is a 40-minute taxi ride from Bournemouth station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It feels like a romantic retreat, but couples and families alike will enjoy the hotel and surrounding countryside. The elegant drawing room with high ceilings, ornate plaster work and roaring fire is particularly inviting.
Service & Facilities
The Castleman and the village of Chettle are the perfect antidote to our fast-paced world; like meditation in hotel form. Pets are allowed on request.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room three is spacious and decorated with hefty, dark wood antiques including an impressive four-poster bed. We love the galleried landing with oak banisters, ancestral portraits and a model of Chettle House.
Super Large King, Large King, Small King, Cosy King/ Twin
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, free toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The Castleman genuinely cares about provenance, and has focused on local and seasonal produce since it opened in 1996. The pheasant kiev stuffed with Isle of Wight black garlic butter, greens from the garden, crushed potatoes and parsley aioli is delicious.
The restaurant: British seasonal cuisine, dishes include fillet of beef with hasselback potatoes, pork tenderloin and pan-fried hake. Open Mon-Sat for dinner and Sat & Sun for lunch. Mains from £17.