The Grosvenor Arms

Shaftesbury, Dorset
+44 (0)1747 850580
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£90 - £160
per night

A nicely priced inn on Shaftesbury’s high street with a warm contemporary style and some excellent bistro food – fine local walking waits


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£90 - £160 per night

The Experience

Shaftesbury, an ancient country seat, has seen its fair share of history. In 888 King Alfred founded an abbey here; in 1035 King Canute died within its walls. It is surrounded by flawless country, with Cranborne Chase rolling south. By day you go in search of sweeping vistas, ancient woodlands, the odd prehistoric hill fort. By night you return to this cool inn to make merry. The sitting-room bar doubles as a café and acts as the hub of the inn; it’s open all day and buzzes with local life, so sink into a sofa, grab the daily papers and while away the afternoon. Elsewhere, there’s an airy restaurant for wood-fired pizzas and local steaks, then a conservatory that opens onto a courtyard. Bedrooms upstairs are just the ticket: none are small, some are huge, all have warm colours, big beds and sparkling bathrooms. One opens onto a balcony, one suite comes with a chaise longue, the other has a claw-foot bath in the room; all have coffee machines, flat-screen TVs and posh oils. Gold Hill, a steep cobbled street around the corner, is famous for its timeless view.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £90
Dogs £10 per night.
8 Doubles
From £95
2 Suites for 2
From £140
6 Twin/doubles
From £90


Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Other details
Free passes for the car park across the road.
Open all day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £5.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £20-£35. Sunday lunch from £16.


My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous two night stay here. Excellent location, superb food and drink- and the best part being the warm and friendly staff. Highly recommended for a visit to this beautiful area and its many country walks.

Marybeth, California

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rob & Camille Greacen

  • Shaftesbury is a thriving market town with a fascinating history rooted in Saxon times. It has plenty of inns, cafes and restaurants, and there are lots of independent boutiques and shops to explore.
  • The famous Gold Hill, made more famous by Ridley Scott’s memorable Hovis commercial, is 100m away with stunning views across Blackmore Vale. Wander around the museum at the old Saxon hill top fort, the Abbey from King Alfred’s day, and the farmers market
  • Shaftesbury, is known as ‘the gateway to the south west’, and is well positioned in the most stunning of English countryside. It lies on the edge of the once vast hunting grounds of Cranborne Chase.
  • Old chalk downland and ancient woods make for some wonderful walking and riding. The magnificent houses of Wilton, Longleat, Sherborne Castle, Stourhead and Kingston Lacy are between 20 to 30 minutes away.
  • Within an hour’s radius there is the World Heritage City of Bath to the north, Salisbury (Salisbury Cathedral), Old Wardour Castle and Stonehenge to the east, Lulworth Cove to the south and Sherborne to the west.
  • Please speak to our manager if you would like any help in planning your trip. There are so many opportunities for walking, cycling and exploring, and for those inclined, fishing, riding and shooting. All in close proximity.