10 Castle Street, Dorset
THE HOTEL: 10 Castle Street is a Grade II listed country house hotel in Cranborne, Dorset. Set in stunning grounds, it has recently been remodelled and has nine individually designed and furnished guestrooms. Bournemouth Airport is 15 miles away.
THE CHECK-IN: My room wasn't ready when I arrived, but the receptionist went through the check-in process and then offered to store my bags whilst I enjoyed a welcome drink in the bar.
THE ROOM: My room on the second floor was nicely designed and decorated with white and cream colours complemented by dark wood furniture and red seats. It featured a superbly comfortable super king-sized bed, work desk, and a separate seating area with sofa, two single armchairs and a coffee table situated in front of a fireplace. Also provided were bathrobes, slippers, coffee and tea-making facilities, a hairdryer, iPod docking station, DAB radio, Smart TV and ample storage space including two chest of drawers. The marble-clad en-suite bathroom was quite stunning and included a separate shower and a freestanding bath, plus Temple Spa toiletries. An added bonus were the stunning views across the property's manicured lawns and gardens.
THE FACILITIES: Within the house were two bars, a billiards room and various lounges including one outside which can easily double up as a meeting space – each of them offered a unique atmosphere and design. The elegant restaurant also offered a ‘tasting room’ where guests can sit and watch the chefs at work. The food is all locally sourced including from a vegetable garden within the grounds. There was complimentary wifi throughout the property but mobile phone signal wasn’t great – but that could be seen as a positive. Numerous activities can be arranged including wine tasting, game shooting, screenings, artist talks and private parties. The property is available for exclusive use. There are plans for a spa to be opened in the not too distant future.
THE VERDICT: This was a wonderful country house experience and the property has obviously been lovingly restored. It would be ideal for external meetings or a company get together.
THE DETAILS: 10 Castle Street, Cranborne, Wimborne, BH21 5PZ. Rates start from £265 (B&B). Day delegate rates are £60 and the 24-hour rate is £285. 10castlestreet.com
Reviewed by David Clare (2018)