The Inn at Cranborne

Wimborne, Dorset

Hearty soups, spiced plum sausages with mustard and rapeseed mash, then bracing coastal walks and lovely rooms to sleep it off...


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Aussie Jane’s passion for the great English inn runs deep; she waved goodbye to her jet-setting career to take on the faded Fleur de Lys in the heart of pretty Cranborne. Now the Hall & Woodhouse inn glows. In the cosy bar – all panelled walls, rugs on woodblock or flagstone floors, warm heritage hues – say hello to Mikey and Poppy, Jane’s characterful Jack Russells, then bag the smartly upholstered pew bench by the blazing wood-burner and enjoy Daniel Foy’s seasonal menus. Tuck into a hearty smoked meat and fish platter, then spiced plum sausages with mustard and rapeseed mash, leaving room for sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel and honeycomb ice cream. Look to the bar menu for sandwiches and pub classics. Fancy staying the night? Upstairs, rooms have a classy contemporary feel, with cord carpets, fat radiators, painted furniture, and goose down duvets with Welsh blankets on big comfortable beds. Smart tiled bathrooms (the best have roll top baths) with posh Bramley toiletries have village views. Cranborne Chase and the New Forest (for walking and cycling), Salisbury and the Jurassic Coast are close.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. 2 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Bar snacks from £2.50. Small plates from £4.95. Mains from £10.95.


Nightly price
from £85
Singles £85-£140.
2 Twin/doubles
From £85
7 Doubles
From £85


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jane Gould

  • The Inn at Cranborne, previously called 'The Fleur de Lys' (The Fleur),is C16th though it wasmentioned as a one room, single story tavern with adirt floor in the Doomsday Book.It has undergone phases of building through Tudor, Jacobean and Victorian times.
  • Its most famous visitors are Thomas Hardy and Rupert Brooks. Both men having stayed several times they took creative inspiration from thearea to write. Hardy penningTess of the d'Urbervilles and Brooks a poem about The Fleur de Lys.
  • The Inn would have once provided stabling for travelers, as well as a nights rest and food and ale, as it was adjacent to the Toll Gate on the main toll road from London to Poole through Salisbury. Today it still hosts locals and travelers alike.
  • Cranborne village lies at the centre of the Cranborne Estate. It was once an important market town and has a long history. The village dates from Saxon times and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Creneburne, meaning stream (bourn) of cranes.
  • The Church of Saints Mary and Bartholomew is Norman in origin and built on the site of a saxon Benedictine Monastery. It has an eight belled perpendicular tower.William the Conqueror, King John, Henry VIII were regular visitors to Cranborne.
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