Castleman Hotel & Restaurant

Blanford Forum, Dorset

A restaurant with rooms in a small country house that’s hidden away in rural Dorset - it’s quirky, relaxed and the food is a treat


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


It’s a little like stepping into the pages of a Hardy novel: an untouched corner of rural Dorset, a 400-year-old bailiff’s house, sheep grazing in lush fields, a rich cast of characters pottering about. The Castleman – part country house, part restaurant with rooms – is a true one-off: quirky, intimate, defiantly English (you’ll think you’ve landed in Ambridge). It pays no heed to prevailing fashions, not least because the locals would revolt if it did. Barbara runs the place in great style. Touches of grandeur are hard to miss: a panelled hall, art from Chettle House, a magnificent Jacobean ceiling in one of the sitting rooms. Follow your nose and find a cosy bar, fresh flowers everywhere and books galore. The restaurant has garden views, though your eyes are more likely to be fixed on Barbara’s delicious old-school food, perhaps potted shrimp terrine, haunch of local venison, meringues with chocolate mousse and toasted almonds. Homely bedrooms fit the bill: comfortable, delightfully priced, a couple with claw-foot baths. Magical Dorset will fill your days with splendour. Don’t miss it.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Sunday lunch £25. Dinner, 3 courses, about £27.


Nightly price
from £95
Singles from £70.
1 Family room for 4
From £95
4 Doubles
From £95
1 Four-poster
From £95
1 Twin
From £95
1 Twin/double
From £95


Had a delightful two night break with friends. Lovely bedrooms with comfortable beds. The living rooms are beautiful and the food delicious. The staff very friendly. A real treat. Thoroughly recommend.

Suzanne, Princes risborough

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