The first of its kind; a members-only country estate in the heart of Dorset…
Just a two-hour drive from London, 10 Castle Street, a newly opened private members club, offers their members the ability to enjoy their own personal country estate without the hassle of owning one.
Born from the idea of turning Cranbourne Lodge into a boutique hotel, 10 Castle Street is the brainchild of Alex and Gretchen Boon, who previously owned the King John in Tollard Royal. The Palladian style country house was built in the 18th century by the Stillingfleet family and is surrounded by magnificent grounds and ancient woodlands to wander in. Situated on the edge of Cranborne Chase in Dorset, this area was a favourite of medieval kings as a hunting ground and also has links to Thomas Hardy’s classic novel – Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
On entering the Grade II listed club, previously known as Cranborne Lodge, a welcoming and nostalgic sense greets you from the magnificent open fireplaces and homely interiors designed by Gretchen. The members-only areas are situated on the first and second floor along with the nine beautifully designed en-suite bedrooms. Each of the nine guest rooms in the main house posses their own unique personalities; boutique décor, period pieces, bespoke furniture, and marble bathrooms (with freestanding bathtubs) have all been hand-picked from around the globe. Other members areas include the Eagle Bar, a private drawing room, billiard room, childrens’ playroom and the private Garden Bar.
“We want 10 Castle Street to feel like a home-from-home and every aspect of the club should be personal to our members.”
– Alex Boon, Club Owner
On the ground floor the Pillar Bar is the heart of the club where members and non-members alike can relax with friends and enjoy a selection of drinks including 10 Castle Street’s own label wines and local vodkas. The restaurant and tasting room are also on the ground floor with the drawing room and The Loggia – an outdoor room with an open view to the garden and lots of sofas and armchairs with a colonial décor.
Art is a key focus at 10 Castle Street and is carefully selected to bring together an eclectic collection from various artists and famed galleries such as the Cob Gallery in Camden and Messums in Mayfair, London. The grounds are home to some fantastic sculptures by Hamish Mackie, one of which is a stallion standing proudly between two manicured hedges. As well as artwork, a selection of the walls have been carefully designed and hand painted by local artist Frederick Wimsett.
This particular country club offers its members not only preferential rates, benefits and exclusive use but also access to an array of truly exceptional events organised by the club and its carefully selected partners – including the South Kensington Club in London. Such events include wine tasting, game shooting, screenings, artist talks and private parties, members can enjoy an impressive social calendar of events throughout the year.
Additionally, 10 Castle Street offers several clubs for members to enjoy with particular interest groups such as wine buying, bridge and cycling. If guests need a reason to visit, the unique feel and charm, along with fabulous views, provide the ideal location for a weekend away or a wedding or shooting party.
Dogs are also welcome at 10 Castle Street and a number of the rooms are pet friendly. So friendly in fact, that luxury dog beds and treats can be arranged prior to your stay. Non-members who would like to stay can do so by becoming passing members.