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“Not your average b&b...” 4 of 5 stars
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Coates Castle, Fittleworth RH20 1EU, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Fittleworth B&B and Inns
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“Not your average b&b...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

We stayed in the treehouse which is tucked away amongst the grounds of Castle Cottage. Ron, our host, was friendly and welcoming. He had built the treehouse himself and it seems to have been a labour of love. The detail was extraordinary. Every fixture, fitting and detail was either animal or nature in some way. For example, the door handle was a dragonfly, the bathroom cup holder was a leaf, the blind pulls were natural shaped wood pieces. The light in the bathroom was a leopard head. This is a unique place, not for your average person. If you want pristine decor, shining surfaces and 5* luxury, don't bother. What you will get is a secluded,quirky,natural environment, made with love. There is so much to take in within the treehouse. Always something to catch the eye. I love wood and nature so it was ideal, however, you will encounter the odd cobweb, the creaking of the trees and the rough finish on things. You still get underfloor heating in the bathroom, a good quality shower, tv and tea/coffee making facilities. There are swing seats outside, upstairs and down by the pond. All in all, if you love alternative, slightly hippie and out of the ordinary, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

This is a very secluded spot, a few miles from Petworth. We stayed in the barn. It affords a high degree of privacy, is appealingly laid out, and is an unusual and interesting spot.

There have previously been comments about the standard of cleanliness. It's fair to say that this place is not for the squeamish. I certainly wouldn't describe it as dirty. But neither is it spotless. You will find a few areas of dust, some imperfect finishes on walls and surfaces, a bit of dirt on windows, and probably the odd spider too. If you're easily fazed by such things, look elsewhere. But realistically, this is what you're going to get in a property this tucked away in the countryside - especially one that's run by plant-lovers who have a somewhat hippie sensibility.

Castle Cottage makes a nice change from deodorized city living. It's also a good location for someone looking to explore this part of Sussex. The interior of the property is a little tired compared with the very well taken photos on the website, and it's not cheap to stay here, but it beats a hotel if you're looking for space, seclusion, a real proximity to nature, and a rather English (idiosyncratic) approach to hospitality.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

Our one night stay at Garden Room allowed us to slow down, chill out, and forget about the stress and pace of modern life. We arrived late on a school night, pampered ourselves in the spacious bed and roomy shower, and enjoyed a lazy and very organic breakfast in the conservatory.

True, there is no satellite TV or 3G phone signal, and maybe could have had more mod cons, but you know what, that's why it worked !

We look back at our evening and lazy morning (we checked out late) of relaxtion and mindfulness with great warmth, and will be back.

Room Tip: Garden Room where we stayed was stunning. Warn, beautiful decor, huge comfy bed and shower for two...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011 via mobile

This place was so awful! We could not understand how this place had any good reviews! If you like dirt, horrible rooms, cobwebs and a feeling of your not going to survive the night then this place is for you! This place was a massive let down to what they advertise it as! We stayed in the cottage, upon arrival we was shown inside which was like walking through their cloakroom and past the divder (a sheet hanging down!) between their part of the house and ours! We were presented with our accommodation, me and my wife was in a state of shock! We could not believe the state of it! My wife was very tearful. We gave it ago and tryed to get comfy but it was impossible! The place was filthy, the t.v was a thing from the stone age. There was no towels, no soap, no drinking water. There was also not a shop for miles. We had to get out, so we left and found a premier-in, which was 100% better that this place! You would have a better night in a tent!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011 via mobile

We arrived here the day after our wedding for 2 nights away to unwind. We were meant to be staying in the cottage. We arrived in the dark and found it really hard to find, once we arrived there, there was no lighting so struggled to see where we had to go. Luckily the lady owner came out. She showed us into the cottage, which straight away we found very strange when we were taken through the main door to find their boots and coats hanging up in the porch! The room and bathroom were up some stairs, the bathroom was ok ish but had no towels or soap, the main bedroom was filthy, it looked like it had not been dusted or hoovered in months! The tv was so old it could not get signal, and any picture it did get was of 'snowy affect'! The sheets where meant to be crisp white (the one thing that did look clean) there were bedside lamps which had cobwebs hanging down from them and the tea and coffee facilities were filthy also! Me and my newly husband felt so uncomfortable we managed to stay in the room for about 30 minutes (didn't even remove our coats!) before we had to leave. We were meant to be staying for 2 nights but could not even face one! I would expect to pay nearer £30 for this not over £100!!!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Just spent two nights in the barn, just as we hoped and expected. It was quirky and old worlde. Much nicer than staying in a box in a new hotel! From the outside you would never believe how much space was inside. Large living area, lovely spiral staircase up to the bedroom and bathroom. Would love to stay again, the Tree House looks quirky and the Garden Room also looks nice. Had a lovely full English breakfast after juice, fruit and muesli, followed by more fresh coffee and toast. Hosts were friendly and helpful. If you are looking for something different, you should give it a try!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

The Barn was booked for my sons' wedding night for 20 - 21 Aug 2011. On arriving just after midnight from a long days' celebrations at Grittenham barn (Stunning) they found the Barn absolutely filthy. They where unable to sleep in the building and their wedding night was totally ruined.

The bathroom was full of laundry hanging everywhere, and the skylight windows obliterated with mould and dirt. The folds in the curtains where filled with cobwebs and spiders. Each room was the same, with layers of dust, cobwebs and spiders in abundance. He has many photos as evidence (available for posting), and can only assume that the photos on the website where the ones taken many years ago. It appears there have been others had similar experiences from reports recently posted.

When complaining the following day, the ?owner ranted that my son was mentally deranged, and slammed the phone down on him after being extremely abusive - very aggressive and defensive!! No apologies or concerns expressed at all.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castle Cottage B&B

Address: Coates Castle, Fittleworth RH20 1EU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Fittleworth
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Fittleworth
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Castle Cottage Bed And Breakfast
Castle Cottage Hotel Fittleworth
Castle Cottage B&B Fittleworth, West Sussex

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