The Grosvenor Arms

Shaftesbury, Dorset
Hotel


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

Bedroom

6 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

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 for miles on end. By day you go in search of sweeping vistas, ancient woodlands, the odd prehistoric hill fort. By night you return to this cool little inn to make merry. Inside, 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, an airy restaurant for wood-fired pizzas and local steaks, then a conservatory that opens onto a courtyard in good weather. 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, the suite comes with a chaise longue, another 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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Free passes for the car park across the road.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Lunch from £5.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £20-£35. Sunday lunch from £16.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £90
6 Twin/doubles
From £90

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Location

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.