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“Could have been so much better”
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Castle Cottage B&B
Ranked #3 of 4 Fittleworth B&B and Inns
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Could have been so much better”
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
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London, England, United Kingdom
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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
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

We stayed in the Garden Room one sunny weekend in May but it would have been great whatever the weather as it had heating and a sense of warmth & cosiness. It was really lovely. It was clean, modern and rustic at the same time. It had all mod cons and a small walled terrace outside the double doors at the rear of the bedroom. There were velux windows above the enormous bed,in the bathroom and the lounge area and it was so peaceful, such an antidote to living in the suburbs. I am known in my family to be ultra fussy when staying anywhere but I felt really relaxed in this rural retreat. It felt as if you were in the middle of nowhere, which you sort of are but within a 20 minute drive of Chichester with a fine theatre, restaurants and historic buildings.
Ron and Alison were on hand if you wanted any help or advice but discreet enough to let you just 'get on with it'. Breakfast was great and the 'communal table ' meant you got to talk to other guests...if you got up in time!! We have booked the Treehouse for next year and look forward to returning as there is still so much for us to do and see in the area. Try it and see for yourselves!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leicestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed in the treehouse during what has to be the wettest weekend in a year. It rained pretty much non-stop all weekend, but this didn't stop us enjoying the charm and unique character of the place.

The hosts are extremely friendly, give great advice on where to eat out and the breakfast is excellent.

I have to say that I think that some of the reviews of Castle Cottage are very unfair. If you're looking for a standard of cleaning and decor that you find in a 5 star hotel then my advice would be to go to a 5 star hotel. If, like us, you enjoy the different experience that an independently run B&B offers, then we'd thoroughly recommend Castle Cottage as a place to visit. If you like the idea of sitting out on a balcony of a treehouse in a hanging chair, watching a woodpecker 20ft away, surrounded by stunning trees then this is a place to visit. If you can put up with the odd cobweb here and there, and you like meeting interesting people, then we'd recommend it.

So, if you're the type that likes to find things to pick holes in, then our advice would be to stay away from Castle Cottage. However, if you like to try something different, and you have a little sense of adventure, then give this place a try, and enjoy something out of the ordinary!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

I never thought I'd write a review of anywhere we'd stayed but our experience of the Barn has forced me to. We booked two nights to celebrate our first wedding anniversary but were so disappointed we left without even staying for one! The photos make it look fresh and airy but it's extremely tired and far from the romantic retreat we had hoped for. There was clutter all over the place and it looked like a dumping ground for the owners' old magazines, clothes, photos, shell collection and suitcases which they hadn't got round to actually throwing out! There was mould growing on the outside of the glass roof, cobwebs in the bathroom, ripped newspaper lining the drawers, and the waste paper bin hadn't been emptied. To top it all, the owner told us that these were all 'minor' complaints and that most people loved it there! We usually look at Trip Advisor reviews before we book somewhere but didn't this time. If we had read the previous reviews we would never have booked, and I wish we hadn't. I'm only glad it was our wedding anniversary that was ruined, not our wedding night as previous reviews have said!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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
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Property: Castle Cottage B&B
Address: Castle Cottage Coates Castle | Coates Castle, Fittleworth RH20 1EU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Fittleworth
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Fittleworth
Number of rooms: 3
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Castle Cottage Bed And Breakfast
Castle Cottage Hotel Fittleworth
Castle Cottage B&B Fittleworth, West Sussex

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