The Castle Inn
Following an extensive 3-month refurbishment, The Castle Inn near Lulworth Cove has been transformed into a stylish destination. Reopening its doors to the public in time for the Easter holidays, the popular 16th century pub includes a bar, dining room and 12 individually designed bedrooms.
The Castle Inn, part of Butcombe Brewery’s property portfolio, is steeped in culture, sitting minutes from the stunning Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and surrounded by the Isle of Purbeck countryside. The Castle Inn’s vibrant history has been retained wherever possible, with tasteful nods to the building’s traditional architecture and original design elements evident throughout the bar, extended dining room and bedrooms, brought to life with bright, contemporary fabrics and eye-catching feature walls.
The Castle Inn’s transformation was led by award-winning interior design specialists Concorde BGW. Melissa Chavarro, Interior Designer at Concorde, spoke to Premier Hospitality about the project:
“The main brief was that this was going to be a destination pub. Obviously because of the history and the location, the idea was to try and keep all the feature pieces, maintain them and update them. Also, in the main bar area the idea was to try and open it up a bit more because the space was very divided.
“I think the main that’s going to standout is that as soon as you enter you’re going to see that the bar has increased. There are now two sections of the bar whereas before it was two bars completely separated. Now, there is still a slight separation but you can see it as one working bar. In terms of the space itself, the drinking areas a much more open. We’ve taken out some of the low level walls. On the left hand side of the building where there is a bay, there was previously a window that we’ve reinstated so there’s a lot more light coming in. Before where everything was pretty much white, we’ve definitely had a good play with including some funky colours.
“For me personally this has been an amazing job. I’ve learnt how important this pub is, not just to the local area but also the region. Knowing that added a bit of pressure but I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Each of the 12 guest bedrooms boast an individual design filled with quirky, unique furnishings that hark to the hotel’s beautiful coastal location, tied expertly together with plush bedding and sleek en-suite bathrooms to give each a distinctly boutique feel. Design highlights include beautiful woven vinyl flooring, supplied by The Unnatural Flooring Company Ltd.
Food at The Castle Inn is under the direction of head chef Ashley Walcott, who arrived at the pub with an impressive resume, including time at the celebrated Fat Duck in Bray under Heston Blumenthal. The new-look restaurant includes a daily-changing market menu with grill and seafood as its centrepiece, showcasing a host of delicious Dorset produce sourced from within 30 miles of the restaurant.
The Castle Inn was acquired in Autumn 2017 by Bristol-based Butcombe Brewery – part of the Liberation Group of pubs and inns. Jayson Perfect, Managing Director at Butcombe Pubs and Inns, expressed his excitement to unveil the Castle Inn’s transformation:
“The Castle Inn is an incredibly special property close to the hearts of locals and the frequent visitors to this beautiful corner of Dorset’s coastline, so we knew that the renovation had to preserve the distinct character of the property and do its heritage justice. We can’t wait to open its doors and show everyone exactly what we’ve been working so hard to create.”
To find out more about The Castle Inn, please visit www.thecastleinn.co.uk.
The Unnatural Flooring Company
The Unnatural Flooring Company specialises in the provision of practical, cleanable, but most importantly, beautiful flooring solutions for all those problematic areas in both domestic homes and commercial environments. The company has been in operation for more than 15 years and within this time has worked on many high profile projects, including office developments, boutique hotels, restaurants and high-end residential kitchens and bathrooms.
Most recently, The Unnatural Flooring Company Ltd has been involved with The Castle Inn refurbishment project near Lulworth Cove. Working on this scheme, The Unnatural Flooring Company Ltd supplied the woven vinyl flooring, which was then installed by valued stockist, General Flooring.
Barney Green, The Unnatural Flooring Company Ltd, said:
“At The Unnatural Flooring Company Ltd, we have developed brilliant problem solving and great looking textured floor coverings. We understand the importance of getting the right product for the right environment. Usually we supply only to trade customers, so it was great to be involved with The Castle Inn, where we had the opportunity to see the end result after our products had been installed.”
“We supply homes, restaurants, hotels and offices with great looking and robust flooring that allows you to enjoy life without the fear of ruining your floor coverings.”