Chettle is one of those rare estate villages that has hardly changed in the 150 years it has been in the benign ownership of one family - who live in the fine Queen Anne manor house, open to the public during summer months. Teddy Bourke, one of the family, took on the decrepid ex-dower house ('locals all thought it was haunted') in 1996, together with his partner, Barbara Garnsworthy, transforming it into a charmingly eccentric and very reasonably priced hotel and restaurant.
  Part of the building dates back 400 years, but it was much altered in Victorian times when it was tricked out with a galleried hall; a richly carved oak Jacobean fireplace was also installed in one of the reception rooms (the other is Regency style) with bookcases to match. Upstairs, the elegant proportions of the rooms have been left intact, and bedrooms are just right: comfortable and in good taste, but without room service or unnecessary frills so as to keep prices sensible; several of the bathrooms have Victorian roll top baths. The 'large' rooms are enormous, one with a huge bay window overlooking the fields, whilst the smaller ones are still spacious.
  The Castleman's restaurant - a long, rather plain room at the rear - serves straightforward traditional and modern British dishes - and the bill is not indigestible. 'Superb value', say regular guests.