Our Proprietors

Kit & Louise Chapman, Proprietors of The Castle Hotel


The Chapman Family have been the custodians of The Castle Hotel since 1950 when Peter Chapman took over the running of this historic landmark.

Today, Peter’s son Kit, with his wife Louise, are the proprietors, and their two sons, Dominic and Nicholas, sit on the family board.  In 2013, Nick took over from his father as Chairman of the company.

Kit Chapman is a well-known personality on the British hotel and restaurant scene as a writer and television presenter. He has been a vigorous campaigner for improving culinary standards in the UK.

Meanwhile, Louise represents the heart and soul of The Castle with her gifts as an interior designer and an eye on making the hotel warm and welcoming for its visitors.

In 1989, Kit was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his work in hospitality and the tourism industry.

Kit has written four books. His two volumes of Great British Chefs were award-winning studies of the state of gastronomy in the UK. An Innkeeper’s Diary, published in 1999, is an amusing and waspish account of a year in his life at The Castle. And his fourth book, My Archipelago, an epic saga about the turbulent history of his family, was published in September 2010.

Read more about My Archipelago by Kit Chapman
“Families are strange and wonderful organisms. Bound by blood, they embody relationships which can be at once loving and nurturing, fragile and combustible. Every family is different, each one unique – but all confront difficulties and dramas common to the human condition.”

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