After two years of planning, 10 Castle Street will be opening its doors early next month (7 December), providing a luxury private members club with rooms alongside a public restaurant, bar and garden terrace in the heart of the Dorset countryside.
Formerly known as Cranborne Lodge, 10 Castle Street is situated on the edge of Cranborne Chase, a favourite hunting ground of medieval kings, with links to Thomas Hardy. The house itself, a Grade II listed building with formal gardens, boasts an extravagant history, and is currently leased from Cranborne Estate.
10 Castle Street will offer luxurious-styled bedrooms to its members and fine dining under the leadership of head chef Dan Syndercombe. Members can book all bedrooms and have exclusive use of the first and second floors, which will include their own private chef, drawing room and dining room as well as using the amenities of the public restaurants, bar and garden terrace on the ground floor all at preferential club rates. In the second phase of development, a spa and fitness centre is to be built to which all members will automatically join.
10 Castle Street will be a luxurious country club from which people can base both their social and business lives. It will also offer an arts hub in East Dorset, where prestigious artists will be able to display their work, and the garden will feature installations by Hamish Mackie, which will include the sixth Andalusian Stallion, and a Sylph sculpture from Simon Gudgeon constructed from more than 1,000 leaves welded together.
Alex and Gretchen Boon, who are behind the venture, previously owned the King John Inn in Tollard Royal, an award-winning country pub with rooms.
Three types of membership are being offered, Country, Town and Honorary, prices start from £550 per annum.