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Chettle House
Chettle House and gardens - geograph.org.uk - 503867.jpg
Chettle House
Grid reference: ST95141318
Location: 50°55’5"N, 2°4’14"W
Built 1710
For: George Chafin
by Thomas Archer
Country house

Chettle House is a country house in Chettle in Dorset, about six miles north-east of Blandford Forum.

The house was built in 1710 for George Chafin, to designs of the architect Thomas Archer,[1][2] and today it is a Grade I listed building.[3]

The house was bought by the banker William Castleman in 1846, who together with his solicitor son Charles Castleman built the first railway into Dorset in 1845–47 (the Southampton and Dorchester Railway, which was known as "Castleman's Corkscrew" because of its convoluted route).[2]

Pevsner called Chettle "the plum among Dorset houses of the early 18th century, and even nationally outstanding as a specimen of English Baroque".[4]

In the 1950s, the house was converted into flats.[1]

In May 2015, it was listed for sale at a guide price of £3.95m, and soon sold, "reputedly for more than 50% above the guide price", and was described by Country Life as "arguably, the country-house sale of 2015".[4] The house is being restored as a single private house.[1]

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