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“A firm family favourite for many years” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Castleman
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chettle
Brockenhurst
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“A firm family favourite for many years”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Cosy, welcoming with scrumptious food and an unstuffy atmosphere; these elements have remained constant for the 13 years we have known the Castleman and it was a delight to sample them once again yesterday evening.

The combination of Brendan and his attentive staff, gorgeous surroundings and scrumptious food make the 2 hour round trip well worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank C S
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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bournemouth
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117 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

We came here for a Christmas do, however even a week before Christmas there was not even a single decoration up, now I'm known as ba humbug, but even I put up some xmas dec's. The food was very tasty but not very hot, service was good, but the room lacked any atmosphere. We retired to the lounge where tea and coffee were served, if you managed to avoid tripping up on the old loose carpet you then have to try and sit on what can only be describled as a mis-mash of low old uncomfortable settees. The whole place has sense of faded glory.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank asicit007
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

The food at The Castleman is absolutely delicious. There is variety on the menu yet everything is as good as the other. We visited on a Saturday evening and the place was fairly full, creating a friendly atmosphere despite being in a quaint, quiet village in Dorset. This is the place to go for a really special evening.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank G M
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Milton Abbas, Dorset
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

I recently attended a birthday celebration here for about 24 people. There was a warm welcome from the staff and the dining room looked amazing. The food was exemplary and the sevice could not be faulted, nothing was too much trouble and if anything on the menu needed to be changed slightly due to personal prefference it was not a problem. After an excellent meal coffee was served in a very comfortable lounge. My first visit to the hotel but it will not be my last. A 5* experience!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

I booked the Castleman as a base for getting to Salisbury, Blandford Forum and Wimborne for a couple of days. The description on the Castleman website is exactly as it is. Do not expect bland, every one the same chain hotel or expensive, modern furniture in the rooms. Our room was large, overlooking the garden and fields towards Chettle church. There is ample parking and absolute peace and quiet. A few minutes drive from the main Salisbury to Blandford road. Salisbury is about 20 minutes drive away and Wimborne Minster about 15. The public rooms are large, comfortable with a faded charm with many period features. Staff are very welcoming and friendly, attentive but not intrusive.
The dining room is a late extension which blends in extremely well with the rest of the older parts of the building. Dinner is exceptional and changes to the menu are made daily. Modern needs are catered for with free wi-fi and computer to catch up on e-mails.
Some of the furniture is dated and this adds to the charm although it may not appeal to some guests who favour up-market designer chairs and settees. A great place to chill out for a few days in beautiful surroundings with a superb restaurant. Go there and enjoy!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LondonHerbert
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

Such a warm welcome was given on our arrival and this continued through our stay. Our room though not huge, was large enough and the bathroom had fantastic views over the back garden. Comfortable bed and perfectly cooked breakfast, included home made bread for the toast. We ate far to much!
Our only small grumble was the door banging outside our room rather loadly but it did get us up in plenty of time for the feast ahead.

Room Tip: A room away from a fire door
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stephen N
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Stoke Newington
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

It goes to say that a hotel that has been around for 17 years and never felt the need to advertise must be doing something right ! Our stay was very relaxed and the staff were charming and extremely helpful The food is to be believed with a great wine cellar - Breakfast was delicious. This is a place of yesteryear charm. Go enjoy - we did

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank simmssj
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Property: Castleman
Address: Chettle DT11 8DB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Chettle
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chettle
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Castleman Hotel Chettle

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