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“magical treehouse” 5 of 5 stars
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Castle Cottage B&B
Coates Castle, Fittleworth RH20 1EU, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Fittleworth B&B and Inns
surrey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“magical treehouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed here for our 24th wedding anniversary in April 2013. We were expecting something different and boy did we get it. The treehouse is one of those places that dictate what you do simply by being. The swing seats on the veranda mean that you have to just cover up, read and drink wine, whilst overlooking the garden and trees. The inside was fabulous, very comfortable but a bit to warm for my taste. Shaving in the morning was a bit on the dangerous side as you have a choice of looking in the mirror or staring out into the woods (and not paying attention).

Breakfast was of a very high qualility and served in the conservatory. It was very peaceful and great fun watching the squirrels running around.

Do be warned trees creak !!!!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Me and my partner stayed here for 3 nights in August, 2 nights in the barn and 1 night in the tree house. We wanted to stay some were different instead of your bog standard hotel which is exactly what we got, this place is one of a kind! The couple that own the business are very friendly and make a great breakfast (the coffee is perfection). You eat breakfast in the conservatorie and when the sun is shining its lovely plus the squirells running over the roof as you eat are great fun to watch. The barn is very homely with board games and books galore!! Also the tree house is a great experience sitting out on the terrace amonst the trees on the night is great! Overall ist a great place to stay and its close to Brighton for a fun day out if walking isn't your thing!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We recently stayed two nights in The Barn and were disappointed with the overall standard of this 'Luxury B&B'. I've stayed in a number of B&Bs which truly live up to their luxury status and the Castle Cottage Barn didn't exactly fit the bill!

The Barn could have done with a thorough all-over clean, everything looked a little tired and dusty, cupboards in the bedroom were filled with the owners clothes and coats, elsewhere there are piles of old magazines and the tv stand was stuffed with trinkets and family photos! The downstairs loo is used as a drying room for sheets, all of which didn't really seem to be appropriate as guest accommodation, especially for the prices charged. There are few toiletries provided, just a pair of hand soaps and a well used bottle of bubble bath, which again, doesn't seem all that luxe for the price. It was cold and rainy, but we still had to ask for the heating to be turned on and later found out from other guests that they'd arrived in their freezing cold room as the heat hadn't been put on prior to their arrival. Even with all the radiators turned up to the max, we still struggled to get warm.

Our biggest problem was with the bed, which sported a (presumably elderly) Tempur-type mattress. Both my partner and I had trouble getting comfortable and staying asleep, and the next morning's resulting back and neck pain meant a trip to Petworth to buy some Deep Heat and ibuprofen! Not the cosy, relaxing rest you're after on a romantic weekend break!

The breakfasts in the conservatory were fine, if a little lacklustre.

Overall, the accommodation needs a freshen up and the Barn in particular needs to be made suitable for paying guests (we had a look at the other rooms with the guests that were staying and they had similar problems but didn't seem to be full of the owners' stuff!). It doesn't seem fair to charge over the odds for the rooms and it feels like they're being sold on the novelty of the treehouse and on the strength of old photos. I would not visit again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I booked the treehouse for our anniversary and though it was raining and cold we had a truly lovely stay. Alison and Ron have put everything into all the buildings they created from scratch, built by Ron.

Both have lived in Africa and the furnishings in the Treehouse really portray their passion for it. This is probably the place I've enjoyed the most from all I've stayed in. I've been to both very plush and not no nice and this place is just magical.

This isn't the kind of place for bores or people that have no imagination. To hear people moaning about the irrelevant rubbish they've focused on, really is quite sad. There are quirks to the place and being that it's outside there are noises, and all you'd expect from a Treehouse! The antique leopard skin etc are all on the website, so why you would still book if its not your thing is beyond me. It's so interesting and different to have a themed place that isn't put together by some crap chain that's using it as a gimmick draw.

We arrived at night and through the dark trees, in the pouring rain it was so intriguing and really added to it. Alison and Ron put on an amazing spread for breakfast - everything local or home made and the Victorian style conservatory feels like you're sat in the secret garden.

They're lovely people and really helpful with places to eat and see.

Will be coming back with friends to rent them all out!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I booked the treehouse over a year ago as a surprise for my partner. I had originally heard about the treehouse from Sawdays website which I have always found very reliable and was a bit horrified when the recommendation disappeared from that site soon after I had booked.

I read a number of reviews before we travelled, good and bad, and have to say all of them have at least an element of truth. Unfortunately I think it unlikely that the owners Ron and Alison bother to read these reviews. Why would they? They are booked up for months in advance and have visitors' books full of glowing testimonials.

The good- we both slept soundly, the bed was comfortable and the room cosy and we enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the wind and the creaking of the trees. We were warned of the limited capacity of the hot water tank but there was plenty for us both to shower. Breakfast was fine, the full English you would expect and veggie sausages provided for my partner. A highlight was the homemade marmalade. Personally though, I'm not a fan of the communal breakfast table.

The not-so-good - the whole Africa theme is looking a little tired. It's as though, having found furnishings to fit in with their theme the owners are determined to keep using them until they fall apart! The 'soft fluffy towels' referred to on the website were two small bathtowels and one handtowel between us with a leopard print. Atlhough clean they were obviously well washed and had seen better days as had the fake fur bedspread. The hideous fluffy cushions were put in the cupboard and remained there for the rest of our stay.

TV reception was almost non-existent but to be honest you do not stay somewhere like this to watch TV.

The only toiletries provided were two tiny guest soaps. I had arrived without shampoo, confidently expecting some to be provided for £150 per night and ended up using shower gel which was still in my bag from a previous trip. On the plus side a hairdryer was provided.

I for one could have done without the rather motheaten tiger skin positioned to peer at you through the branches on the verandah.

All in all were a bit disappointed. The experience was not a bad one but was not one we will be rushing to repeat. The owners clearly continue to trade on the novelty value of the treehouse and charge and inflated price for B&B. However there are now far more luxurious treehouses available and they will have to look to their laurels if they want to compete. The sad thing was it would not have taken a lot to have made this so much better - a few nice toiletries and some fresher and less tired-looking linens would have helped enormously.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed in the tree-house last week having 'inherited' a night's stay that could not be used by a relative. My wife was apprehensive of damp and spiders, but the heating was on and the room was pleasantly cosy.
The English weather did it's best to offset the African theme of the room, and we wished it had been more summery to enjoy the hanging chairs on the veranda! Nonetheless, other than the odd conker dropping or squirrel on the roof, there was little to disturb the peace and tranquility.The bed nested between the trunks of the tree was very inviting and comfortable.
We ate at a local pub we had stayed at previously and retired promptly on our return, so did not suffer unduly from the TV reception problems mentioned in other reviews. Breakfast the next morning in the Conservatory was first-class, and our hosts were attentive without being intrusive. Overall a very pleasant break and a change from the normal B&B.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We have just returned from a fantastic night's stay in the Treehouse to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. The hard work Ron and Alison have put into their B&B really comes across - we were amazed to hear that Ron built everything himself and Alison made it all come to life with all the finishing touches. The Treehouse had an African feel with lots of quirky little features but had all we needed. The bed was very comfy and the bathroom was beautifully done. Yes, there was the odd cobweb and one of the teaspoons was dirty but it really didn't matter. It was the perfect place to escape to for some peace and quiet! We especially liked the setting and the feeling of being all alone in a forest!

We had our evening meal at Meghdoots Indian Restaurant in Petworth and could not recommend it enough...fabulous food and excellent service. I'm dying to go back!

Breakfast at Castle Cottage was very good - melon and freshly squeezed orange juice followed by a full English with a good range of cereals to choose from too. Ron was able to cater to my request for herbal tea instead of 'normal' tea or coffee.

The surrounding area was beautiful and I'm very keen to go back and explore for a longer period. I would definitely stay at Castle Cottage again - either in the Treehouse or one of the other two rooms. All in all a peaceful and quirky experience. It wasn't easy to come back to the buzz of Brixton!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Coates Castle, Fittleworth RH20 1EU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Fittleworth
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Fittleworth
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